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Job Summary

The A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute (AATMRI) at the University of Michigan is seeking a Managing Director to work with the newly appointed Executive Director to carry out the mission of the Institute.  AATMRI was created in 2007 from an endowment commitment created by the Taubman Family Foundation.  Since its inception, the Institute has been focused on biomedical research led by physician-scientists.  A five-year strategic plan has recently been completed which outlines broad-based approaches to increasing the impact of AATMRI on biomedical research-based improvements in health. The new mission recently stated in the strategic plan is: “To empower medical scientists to expand the boundaries of medical discovery, to develop new treatments for disease and to alleviate human suffering.”

The Institute is seeking a Managing Director to partner with the newly appointed Executive Director to build upon its past achievements and lead AAMTRI to even higher levels of performance and impact.  The Managing Director will be responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the Institute.  The must have excellent interpersonal skills with experience interacting with research scientists, donors, and external and internal stakeholders. 

The Managing Director has additional administrative accountability to administrative accountability to the Executive Director of Administration & Chief Operating Officer for the Medical School.


Operational Accountability 
  • Responsible for working with internal partners to manage the Institute's financial performance, human resources, communications, and services to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with the Executive Director to refine and implement the strategic plan and vision, assessing and adapting organizational capabilities and infrastructure.  
  • Support the Executive Director in working with various committees, most notably the Scientific Advisory Board, to drive the mission and goals of the AATMRI.
  • Manage the staff of AATMRI including hiring, developing, evaluating and monitoring the work of the team.
  • Represent the Institute with senior University leaders, donors and external partners.
  • Develop and implement a communications and marketing strategy to grow, promote and support the work of the Institute.
  • Partner with the Michigan Medicine Development Office to expand and secure additional funding for AATMRI.
  • Collaborate with the Leadership Advisory Board and Fast Forward Medical Innovation team to create investment opportunities to support the research of AATMRI scientists.
  • Foster a community of scholars through training, programs and engagement opportunities.
  • Develop and refine processes and infrastructure to support the evolving Institute, insuring a culture of accountability and providing the most supportive environment for each project.
  • Support existing and envision new programs to assist in the achievement of the Institute's mission.  
Leadership Competencies
  • Collaborates to create a shared vision, effectively communicates the vision and inspires stakeholders to build consensus.
  • Creates value for a diverse community by fostering a climate of service excellence.
  • Leads innovation and change through the application of lean thinking philosophy, tools and techniques to increase operational efficiencies. 
  • Fosters and supports diverse teams and provides a work climate that is inclusive and elicits a high level of team engagement.
  • Collaborates and builds inclusive relationships with appropriate stakeholders and models respect, recognition, helpfulness and collaboration.
  • Coaches and develops others and provides professional development support.  Develops talent with both the individual and organizational needs in mind.
  • Develops a culture of accountability, provides the team with the strategic direction, prioritization and support in order to achieve results. 
  • Identifies problems and involves appropriate individuals to reach resolution.
  • Leads in the alignment of Michigan Medicine culture by being organizationally astute and leveraging processes and relationships to succeed.  
  • Adapts oneself in a complex environment, adjusting as required and always engaging in self-reflection, continual learning and growth.
  • Acts with courage and confidence to encourage creative thinking, seize opportunities, demonstrate personal conviction and convey an optimistic outlook.
  • Communicates effectively to a multitude of audiences, using the appropriate medium/s of communication at the appropriate time in order to elicit feedback, share information and construct messaging that will have the maximum impact on others.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree required, ideally in public policy, public health, management, business or a related discipline.
  • Five or more years of demonstrated successful management, supervisory and leadership experience.
  • Ability to lead effectively in a large complex and dynamic organization with diverse groups of staff, faculty, researchers, and external partners.  
  • Ability to manage the budget, finances and stewardship of a complex unit funded primarily by donor funds.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree preferred, ideally in public policy, public health, management, business or a related discipline.
  • Successful track record of working with development (fundraising) to engage and steward and donors and alternative funding sources.
  • Demonstrated experience working with donors and other external funding agencies requiring strong engagement skills to maintain and grow relationships. 

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM

Work Locations

Michigan Medicine Main Medical Campus - Ann Arbor

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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