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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 Program Manager will be the organization’s U-M-focused leader, reporting directly to the Director of Wolverine Pathways.  This vitally important role will ensure that WP continues to attract, select and retain the most promising scholars available in our target communities.  This person will also manage connections and collaborations between WP and the many U-M faculty and organizations with which we interact.


WP Scholar Recruiting

  • Meet with WP constituents to determine recruiting needs
  • Lead the design recruiting material that reflect the needs of each community
  • Work with ODEI communications and other relevant on campus partners to develop and enact a marketing/dissemination plan 
  • Meet with school administrators regarding recruiting 
  • Present to potential scholars, parents, and educators

WP Scholar Application Review

  • Interview and decide final hire decisions for readers
  • Develop reader training materials
  • Manage application review process (initial reader and CAC reviews) 
  • Manage final decision process & notification of scholars
  • Work with the evaluation and assessment analyst to ensure that data from the Fluid Review system is complete, accurate, and readily transferred for analysis

UM-Focused Work: Senior Capstone Projects

  • Attend planning meetings with UM faculty and WP Executive Director
  • Determine work that is required to complete the projects at high level, ensure that it is executed
  • Attend regular check in meetings with campus collaborators
  • Provide one-on-one scholar mentoring/counseling
  • Facilitate senior capstone project assignments for U-M faculty and scholars
  • Co-plan annual youth conference where scholars present their projects to U-M faculty, staff, and WP educators

UM-Focused Work: Marketing and Communications

  • Interface with U-M Communications office
  • Ensure that all needed information is supplied
  • Ensure that WP receives all PR available
  • Work with ODEI Marketing Manager to develop WP marketing and communications plan
  • Work with ODEI Development specialist to maintain communication with WP donors 
  • Co-facilitate communication with WP Parent work groups and community partners

Scholar Internships and UM Campus Enrichment Programs

  • Develop partnerships with U-M campus and local community (Southfield, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit) employers
  • Collaborate with parents to plan and execute scholar job readiness seminar that includes: resume workshop, mock interviews and workplace etiquette
  • Meet with and guide employers on necessary rigor and sense of purpose for scholar internships
  • Create and conduct scholar career fair to assist with career paths
  • Monitor and finalize scholar placement in enrichment programming and internships, to include completion of necessary state and job paperwork
  • Monitor scholar internship payroll process to adhere to net 30 timeline requirement
  • Conduct observation visits to scholar educational enrichment programming and internships.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in the education field, or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • At least 10 years’ work experience, with some administrative experience
  • Demonstrated ability to give exciting, informative and effective presentations to large groups of parents and students
  • Extensive experience guiding students as they navigate their educational and career goals
  • Experience with marketing and communications
  • Experience with education application processes

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of U-M structure, and ability to effectively navigate it
  • Knowledge of Fluid Review application tool, Sales Force database, and Canvas electronic grade book
  • Experience working with the Detroit, Southfield and/or Ypsilanti schools and communities related to education and/or employment
  • Experience as a classroom teacher
  • Experience with database management
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite, and/or Google docs, sheets and slides

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Michigan leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable University community. Our office also engages surrounding communities in mission-focused, mutually beneficial partnerships.

In support of this overarching effort, four units within our office - the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), Detroit Center, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), and Wolverine Pathways - all work closely with ODEI to further the strategic vision of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways Program (WP) was established to increase the high school graduation rate, college acceptance and retention rates of academically promising scholars. Wolverine Pathways program is a free, year-round program that partners with the families, schools, and communities of Detroit, Southfield, and Ypsilanti. This partnership provides learning experiences that will help students succeed in school, college and future careers.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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