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Position Summary
General Manager, University of Michigan, Office of Student Publications
The University of Michigan Board for Student Publications is seeking applications for a General Manager to serve as financial and operations manager of our four on-campus publications.
Mission of Student Publications: Our mission is to support students in their efforts to create high quality publications in an environment that is safe, financially sound, intellectually stimulating and enduring, in a manner worthy of our alumni, donors and the University.  We publish independent student productions, including a daily newspaper, The Michigan Daily; an annual yearbook, The Michiganensian; a quarterly humor magazine, Gargoyle; a semi-annual fashion magazine, SHEI, their websites and an ecommerce website selling merchandise, photos and services.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: The Manager is responsible for reliable financial accounting, supervision of professional staff, assisting staff and students with the financial and organizational tools needed to meet and achieve goals, overall management of operations, including maintaining the Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building, serving as liaison between Student Publications and the University and wider community, and following applicable University policies and procedures. The Manager proactively seeks and maintains current knowledge and awareness of accounting, reporting, financial strategy and traditional and digital media. The Manager provides financial forecasts and oversees endowment activity. The Manager will develop a budget for Student Publications and work with student managers and editors to develop a budget for each publication. The Manager will help the student managers develop and maintain reporting metrics. In addition to these duties, the manager will work as a mentor to the students in creating of RFQs, completing cost analysis, setting credit policy, setting and measuring progress toward attaining business goals, and other business matters as they arise.
All print publications face a challenging business environment.  The Manager must create and maintain a sustainable atmosphere of innovation, entrepreneurial vision, journalistic and financial vigor, support, and sound fiscal management for our student journalists (who have complete editorial independence), designers, and business and advertising representatives while managing a professional staff with input and direction from the Board for Student Publications. The Manager will partner and collaborate on strategy and initiatives with students, staff, Board and alumni and is also responsible for alumni relations, fund raising and events.
The Manager is also responsible for interfacing with the Board for Student Publications, a body appointed by the Regents of the University of Michigan to oversee the Office of Student Publications (SPUB). The Manager manages the annual calendar of meetings, is responsible for setting and preparing monthly meeting agendas and supporting materials, providing monthly financial data to the Board for Student Publications and serves as the primary interface between the Board and the students.  The Manager works with the Board to develop and implement a strategic plan for SPUB.
The Manager actively promotes and works to build relationships and opportunities throughout SPUB, the campus, and the general public. The Manager develops and directs policies and procedures that capture new technology and opportunities, coordinates administrative and operational activities including approving purchasing, inventory, service providers and vendors. The Manager will strive to maintain active communication with the student managers and editors, a group that changes annually. Active communication involves meeting with the students on a regular basis and assisting with other major projects which may not be financial in nature.
Since the Student Managers and Editors change annually, this role also serves as a source of institutional knowledge. The Manager serves as the driving force behind all students at SPUB through forging long-lasting relationships that not only will lead to immediate success of SPUB, but future success through fundraising and development ties. This leadership quality helps bridge the gap between the separate publications and gives students extra intrinsic motivation to succeed. The Manager serves as team leader for the professional staff and runs day to day operations.
Desired Qualifications: Bachelor's degree; working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); possess both strategic and hands-on skills in business management; strong computer proficiency, including Excel and QuickBooks; organizational skills are critical, initiative and follow-through a must; considerable administrative and supervisory experience is necessary; able to juggle competing demands and personalities effectively;  problem-solving and analytical abilities are necessary; excellent communication skills;  Leadership skills
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree preferred; accounting knowledge and work experience in a non-profit environment; experience with multi-fund accounting and endowment investments; mentoring experience; journalism/media background
Reporting:  The Manager reports to the Board for Student Publications, an elected body approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan. Applicants are encouraged to visit the publications' websites and the Board's websites prior to submitting an application. Please see for more information.
To be considered, an application must include cover letter, resume and salary requirements together as a single electronic document. A minimum two-year commitment is requested from the successful candidate. Apply online at
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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