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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 Barger Leadership Institute is an independent unit in the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts dedicated to developing the leadership skills of Michigan Undergraduates through an engaged liberal arts education that is anchored on a common language and set of skills. Students practice those skills as they pursue projects they devise with the support of BLI through curricular and co-curricular activities and interactions with alumni in many fields and locations (

The BLI Assistant director will have primary operational responsibility for all aspects of the institute’s day to day management including: Functional oversight of a three-person staff and numerous student employees.  Developing relationships with and serving as liaison to partners on and off campus. Aiding the Director in the strategic development and funding of new programs and opportunities in the region and around the world. Working with potential donors and stewardship of existing alumni relationships in partnership with LSA Development Marketing and Communication. Some travel will be necessary.


Management and Supervision (30%). Primary responsibility for overseeing and directing the day-to-day operations of the BLI (30%). Responsibilities include: (1) staffing, and overseeing implementation of current BLI programs such as leadership labs, student projects, capstone and advanced fellows programs; (2) functional supervision of a three person professional staff and oversight of staff supervision of 20-25 student employees; (3) liaison with Chief Administrator and LSA representatives to oversee and direct program budget and reporting; (4) implement and expand systems and processes to manage workflow related to programs and their assessment; (5) lead efforts to insure the diversity, equity and inclusiveness of BLI programs and activities.

Development and Stewardship (20%). Responsibilities include: (1) Assist director in development of new funding sources including philanthropic gifts, foundation or other grants; (2) develop and sustain stewardship relationships with current and future BLI donors; (3) organize alumni volunteer work to address specific BLI program needs; (4) aid in planning and implement alumni gatherings and special events on and off campus.

Managing Partnerships and Representing BLI On and Off Campus (20%).  Responsibilities include: (1) identifying and developing relationships with other units on campus whose program offerings and substantive foci complement or expand BLI programs; (2) representing the Institute in relevant college and university-wide meetings; (3) managing relationships and collaborations with other Michigan leadership programs (4) identifying and developing relationships with organizations and groups off campus whose activities and substantive foci complement or expand BLI initiatives.

Strategic Program Development (15%).  Collaborate with director and stakeholders to envision and develop new strategic and programmatic initiatives aligned with existing programming and strategic planning priorities.

Student Mentorship and Curriculum Development (15%). Responsibilities include: (1) Providing mentoring and support to advanced student project teams and student employees. (2) Aiding in the development and revision of BLI content and teaching materials.

Required Qualifications*

Advanced degree and 5 or more years of relevant professional work experience in an academic setting, including program or project management.  Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  Entrepreneurial mindset and comfort with ambiguity. Experience working with and engaging diverse groups of undergraduate students.  A demonstrated ability to work independently and a proven record of working collaboratively and diplomatically with others.  Capability to implement and assess programs relevant to strategic goals.  Experience planning, managing and directing program budgets. Demonstrated capability to manage a diverse team in a fast-paced environment. Capacity to develop productive relationships and work collaboratively with a variety of University stakeholders.  Experience with grant writing and donor engagement.

Desired Qualifications*

Advanced degree in social science, education, social work or related field preferable.  Ph.D. in education or a related social science or professional field.  At least 8 years of relevant professional and/or academic experience is desired. Experience in a higher education or non-profit environment.  Experience in curriculum design and development, especially in the areas of leadership development and organizational training.  Expertise in developing student programming and facilitating growth in student leadership.  Experience in program evaluation. 

Additional Information

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.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Salary Range:  70-80k with higher salary possible based on the experience of the selected candidate.

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.