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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. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is one of the leading university programs dedicated to early engagement in research. Each year, it works to recruit and support over 1300 first and second year undergraduates who conduct research with faculty, research scientists, postdoc, and graduate students across the University of Michigan campus. UROP also runs several summer programs, most notably the Detroit Community Based Research Program, Michigan CommunityCollege Summer Research Fellowship Program, M-Cubed Fellowship Program and SummerBiomedical and Life Sciences Program, and is nationally recognized for its work to engage diverse students in research to promote retention and student success. For more information on the large and robust portfolio of the program, see:

We are searching for a director who will lead the program into the future. He or she should have experience with and commitment to working with diverse student populations, including first generation college students, underrepresented students and community college students, and knowledge of and experience with transition issues facing students. This seasoned professional will be responsible the successful operation of the program, including day-to-day logistics; budgetary and HR compliance; program evaluation and assessment; curricular and co-curricular components; marketing and communications; donor stewardship; and working collaboratively and creatively with others to set the program's strategic direction.


Work in collaboration with staff and faculty in all University of Michigan Schools and Colleges to cultivate strong relationships and program reputation; and serve on College and university-wide committees that promote undergraduate research.

Manage an annual budget of over $1 million, working closely with a College budget analyst; provide strong stewardship of financial resources; participate in budgetary decision-making and oversight.

Oversee the operations of UROP including long-range strategic planning; program implementation; student and faculty recruitment, including marketing and communications; oversee the hiring and training of professional and student staff, and the financial (work-study) and academic credit options for students who participate in the program.

Provide administrative and functional supervision for several UROP staff members; and leadership development for peer advisors and students in program.

Oversee curriculum development for bi-weekly seminars for UROP participants along with other educational and capacity building aspects of the program, including summer programs for community college students considering transferring to the U-M.

Supervise program evaluation and assessment, including longitudinal assessment and evaluation of program impact on student participants.  

Work collaboratively with the College’s Development Office to maintain good stewardship with the program’s existing donors, and participate in fundraising activities including the cultivation of new donors and grant writing; administer grants from state and federal government agencies and private foundations.

Develop new programs and initiatives in collaboration with staff and other offices, especially those that promote the goals of the College and University Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans.

Other projects as assigned. Participate in after-hours emergency response rotation. Conference travel and site visits as appropriate. Evening and some weekend activities and programming are also required.  

This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education in the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science and Arts.

Required Qualifications*

Requires advanced degree (master’s or PhD level), preferably in a liberal arts field or higher education, experience working in an academic student setting, ability to learn quickly and prioritize multiple demands, experience working with a diverse student population, as well as a demonstrated interest in student retention and academic success.

Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively as a member of a team.

Experience with student recruitment and marketing.  

Experience with curriculum development. Demonstrated ability to teach courses and workshops; strong presentation skills.

Excellent verbal, writing and public speaking skills.

Three to four years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.

Desired Qualifications*

A doctorate or masters with a preferred background in higher education, engineering, natural or biological sciences, social sciences, or the humanities and three or more years of program coordinator or project management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience administering undergraduate research programs or related activities.  

Research experience and understanding of the research culture, including experience working with faculty.  

Experience in undergraduate academic advising, program development, and transition programs, especially with a diverse student population.

Five years professional supervisory experience.  

Experience supervising student staff.

Demonstrated experience with program marketing and communication including use of social media.

Excellent analytical, writing, verbal skills, including ability to make effective presentations to prospective students, regular and temporary staff as well as other constituents.

Direct experience with program assessment and evaluation.  

Moderate domestic travel may be required within southeastern Michigan.  

Will be required to work one night a week during the academic year and a few weekend hours occasionally.  

Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and database applications, i.e. Access and Filemaker.

Demonstrated success in obtaining grants and donor funds is highly desirable.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, full-time, days

Monday through Friday, with some evenings and weekends

Additional Information

  • Note: This is a five-year term appointment with possibility of renewal. 
  • Review of applications will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • The salary for this position will range between $90,000 and $115,000, based on education and experience.  A higher salary may be possible for exceptionally well-qualified candidates.  
  • The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.