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Job Summary

Please Note:  This position is a three-year termed appointment.

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improve business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (evening and weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a partnership between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan. The institute’s mission is to create a sustainable world through the power of business. The institute was founded in 1996 as a dual-degree teaching program in which participating students study between the two schools and graduate with both the MBA and MS degrees. Since then, the program has expanded its work into a full-fledges institute covering research, teaching, and engagement in both social and environmental sustainability.

The Erb Institute has three chaired professors, two postdoc fellows, an administrative staff of five, and over 400 dual-degree alumni in 17 countries. The Research & Thought Leadership Manager will serve as a vital link among all of these groups, particularly between research faculty and administrative staff.

Erb’s many stakeholder groups all share a deep commitment to the institute’s mission. The institute’s work environment is fast-paced, adaptive, and team-oriented. Our Strategic Plan lays out a strategy, goals, and objectives for the institute during the 2015-20 period, and the accompanying Thought Leadership Agenda sets four priority areas for the institute’s thought leadership in support of the institute’s research platform for the five-year strategy.

The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment’s (SNRE) overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Recognizing that the current rate and scale of environmental change are unprecedented, SNRE has adopted an ambitious, but essential mission: To train leaders, develop policies, and teach the skills necessary to manage and conserve the Earth's resources on a sustainable basis.

Through research, teaching and outreach, SNRE faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

To design, fund, and manage a coordinated thought-leadership agenda based on:
The Erb Institute Strategic Plan’s two pillars of Market Transformation and Enterprise Integration; and
The accompanying Thought Leadership Agenda’s four focus areas of Conscious Consumption, Human Development, Corporate Governance (including stakeholder engagement and global supply chains), and Global Change (including climate change, energy, water, and a broad range of ecosystem services).

In this case, “thought leadership” includes scholarly research, applied research, management toolboxes, industry engagement, and joint projects with other universities. In alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the institute’s “broad view of sustainability” includes a comprehensive range of social, environmental, economic, labor, and human-rights risks and opportunities that businesses face in a rapidly changing world.

The institute’s Impact Initiative aims to define, measure, and communicate businesses’ sustainability impact (both short- and long-term). The Research & Thought Leadership Manager will be responsible for leading the initiative, which kicked off in Summer 2017, and for weaving impact metrics throughout their research, fundraising, and engagement activities.


Strategy & Execution
> Further development of the institute’s Thought Leadership Agenda into an implementation roadmap with research priorities; deliverables; action plans; budgets; impact metrics; and dissemination plans (in coordination with Erb MarComm Department).

Impact Metrics
> Define, measure, and communicate sustainability impact across all areas of the institute, including Erb students and alumni, as well as our business partners and sponsored projects.

Applied Research
> Translation of Erb, Ross, and SNRE scholarly research into management toolboxes, approaches, case studies, and white papers to aid managers and executives in having sustainability impact.

Fund Raising
> Identification of potential funding partners to execute the roadmap (including companies University of Michigan, US Government foundations, private foundations, industry associations, and nonprofit partners); partnership development and grant writing.

Research Management
> Coordination of the work of various research partners (including Erb faculty, Erb Post-Doctoral Fellows, University of Michigan faculty, and other universities’ faculty/researchers, and industry partners); administration, metrics, and documentation to assure fulfillment of all requirements of research grants awarded.

Required Qualifications*

>     Graduate Degree: MBA, MS, Ph.D.
>     Five to seven years of experience in related field.
>     Demonstrated project-management and organizational skills.
>     Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
>     Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative.
>     Proven ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people, including scholars, researchers, business people, and nonprofit activists.
>     Strong writing skills, and impeccable presentation/grammar.
>     Excellent communicationand presentation skills; diplomacy; discretion; and skills in successfully navigating large, complex bureaucracies.
>     Ability to work in a dynamic environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
>     Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
>     Experience in strategic planning and execution.
>     Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Desired Qualifications*

>      Additional languages: Chinese and/or Spanish would be desirable for work in the institute’s geographical focus areas.

Additional Information

Skills testing may be required.



Position requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials.
The person in this position routinely presents information at events.
The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings and access files or information.
Position may require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.


The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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