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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Manage the administrative operations of the Robotics Institute (RI) including budget, accounting, human resources, student services, research administration, and facilities; assist the director in planning and management.


  • Manage the RI operating budgets including planning, allocations, authorization of expenditures, and monthly reconciliations.  Provide reports and analyses to the director for assistance in planning and development.  Advise director and faculty regarding University and College policies on financial operations.
  • Supervise and monitor all other RI funds, including sponsored, gift, designated, equipment, and recharge funds; authorize expenditures and monitor reconciliation.  Serve on Financial Aid Committee, advising on resources, allocations and distributions.  Oversee sponsored projects process (proposal preparation through closeout) for projects relevant to the RI.
  •  Support major Institute functions (e.g. bookkeeping, student appointments, sponsored project administration, facilities, etc.); make hiring decisions, assess performance, recommend salary adjustments, etc.; develop and implement staffing plans.
  • Serve as human resources specialist for the Institute; provide expertise to faculty and staff regarding employee rights, benefits and responsibilities; coordinate hiring, performance evaluations, timekeeping, etc. for all non-academic staff in the Institute; process human resources appointments and appointment changes.
  • Oversee facilities operations; participate in planning and decision-making regarding renovations and improvements; authorize furniture and equipment expenditures; complete quarterly space inventory surveys.
  • Represent the Institute to the College, to other administrators, and to other University units with authority to make commitments regarding finances and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Five years of experience in a management/administrative role.  Proven expertise working with spreadsheets and databases.  Demonstrated excellent organizational, critical thinking, and analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and to work collaboratively and diplomatically with others.  Experience with the University’s financial systems, including sponsored programs.  Reasonable knowledge of University policies and procedures, including those regarding human resources, financial management, procurement, travel, facilities, student services, etc.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.