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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 special counsel to the provost will be tasked with providing strategic advice to the provost on all consequential matters affecting the academic mission of the university as well as matters affecting the Office of the Provost.  He or she will have specific responsibility for issues management, advising the provost on prioritization of and approaches to proactively addressing policy, and reputational issues that arise.  The special counsel will analyze sensitive issues and identify emerging opportunities, determining who is best suited to address those issues and opportunities, and coordinating the response. 


  • Facilitate excellent communication (oral and written) between the Provost’s Office and the various constituencies that interact with the office. 
  • Lead the development, coordination, and implementation of initiatives that span academic units.
  • Coordinate communications between the Provost’s Office and the Board of Regents, including oversight for materials presented at monthly board meetings assuring consistency, accuracy, and quality. 
  • Plan, attend, and participate in academic leadership meetings.
  • Attend key meetings along with the provost, providing real time support and advice.
  • When needed and appropriate, represent the provost to internal and external stakeholders at meetings.
  • Serve as an occasional spokesperson to media inquiries.
  • Analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action.
  • Develop written communications for the provost to address strategic issues. 
  • Coordinate and monitor the operating budgets for the Provost’s Office and all departments that directly report to the provost.
  • Provide advice and input to the provost on all issues related to the goals and mission of the University.
  • Serve as a liaison to the deans and to executive officers when the provost is unavailable.
  • Compile data, statistics and other information and materials for the provost’s use in meetings and lectures as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated experience in the management of complicated, potentially sensitive issues is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex assignments with a high degree of organization is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, both internal and external, is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic analysis, planning and implementation is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in and an understanding of the structure of public universities is highly desired.  
  • Experience in progressively higher levels of responsibility in positions of higher education administration is highly desired.
  •  An advanced degree is highly desired.

Additional Information

Under FLSA, incumbents in this position meet the criteria for exempt status. 

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.