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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

The Department of Surgery seeks an experienced program manager to oversee the National Institutes of Health funded, “Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center.” The Center, also known as MNORC, was initially funded in 2010 to support, integrate and enhance research related to obesity and nutrition among the faculty of the University of Michigan. The goal of the MNORC is to create an environment to encourage and enable researchers from preclinical, clinical and translational research disciplines to integrate advanced, phenotyping and computational tools to more fully define individual and population characteristics that arise in response to dietary nutrient composition or amount.

MNORC provides core laboratory infrastructure, educational and training opportunities and large and small pilot grants to enhance research productivity. We are seeking someone to oversee the day-to-day operations, as well as support the future growth and evolution of the Center by working closely with several different departments, schools and institutes to plan, manage and evaluate an efficient and service driven center that maximizes service for members.


Initiate, develop and implement administrative procedures to enhance member satisfaction; develop and implement policies and standards consistent with University practices and ensure implementation and compliance across the Center.

Prepare projections, analyses and plans for operational improvements; develop and monitor budgets; prepare, monitor and manage billing and other fiscal services including the monitoring of recharges.  

Act as an administrative liaison with centralized or external offices regarding account status, governmental regulations, etc.

Maintain detailed and organized records of Center activity. Assist the Principal Investigator in preparing the annual non-competitive renewal, as well as the competing renewal (anticipated in 2019).

Organize an annual research symposium and provide administrative support for both the Internal and External Advisory Committees.  

Oversee the pilot and feasibility grant program.

Create, recommend and implement programs that maintain and /or increase member productivity and satisfaction; this may include recommendations for marketing, using space efficiently, and promotion of member service programs.

Participate in the development of center wide policies and procedures. Prepare special periodic reports, including financial summaries and activity statistics.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree, as well as three to five years of professional/administrative experience. A background with experience in research, financial analysis, operations management, and scientific writing is essential. Experience communicating with federal scientific and budgetary agencies is essential. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, follow-through, time-management and meeting deadlines are required. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a dedicated team. Proficient computer skills are essential including demonstrated proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PDF’s and e-mail.

Additional Information

This is a term-limited appointment. At the end of the stated term, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits. This is a grant funded position, t he current grant ends 6/30/20, with the option for renewal.

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.