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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

To serve as Project Manager for the Program for Positive Aging (PPA) at the University of Michigan, with two main components: 1) coordinating research group tasks (including IRB, grant preparation, timekeeping, training and hiring) as well as 2) contributing to the development of WeCareAdvisor, which is built upon the DICE (Describe, Investigate, Create, Evaluate) Approach. The desired candidate would develop detailed plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans and status reports in working toward commercialization.


Guide project team and provide day-to-day oversight of technology development and commercialization, which includes the preparation and management of project budgets by forecasting requirements, tracking expenditures. Initiates pre-emptive corrective actions for anticipated budget variances

Identify and assess issues, risks, and interdependencies, determines root causes, and recommends sustainable improvements

Assist with regular reporting requirements for funding agencies, strategic planning and implementation for the Program for Positive Aging. This will also include contributing to the development of marketing and communications strategies and coordinating and collaborating with analytical and performance improvement resources as needed.

Maintains effective and transparent documentation by developing detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, status reports, etc. Identify resources needed and establish clear project roles and responsibilities.
Conducts effective project meetings. Prepares documented communication planning and presentations for a variety of audiences including senior leadership.
Effectively communicates stakeholder requirements, brings teams to consensus, and communicates project progress to all stakeholders

Provides strategic implementation guidance to the project team, ensuring teams are practicing principles of collaboration, prioritization, and team accountability.
Assist with IRB regulatory documentation.
Grant preparation and oversight such as budgeting, budget justifications, and forecasting. Collaborate with investigators and staff to collect shell documents such as biosketches, other support, letters of support, and other relevant documentation as required by the funding agency. Assist with writing other grant sections as needed such as facilities and resources, human subjects, and enrollment targets. Review and recommend additional personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Assist investigator with personnel oversight responsibilities such as job descriptions and postings, hiring, orientation and training.
Serve as liaison between internal and external constituents such as HR, IT, philanthropic development team, donors, and other research collaborators.
Use standard project management methodologies.
Other duties as assigned dependent on project and departmental needs.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree required in field of business, healthcare management, technology development, or social sciences.
  • 5-8 years of prior experience in project management, budgeting and administration.
  • Candidate for this position must be able to: 1) work well independently; 2) demonstrate a strong ability to establish rapport with individuals at all levels across multiple fields; 3) demonstrate a strong ability to keep accurate and detailed project records; 4) show proficiency at multiple levels of project management, including managing budgets, hiring and supervising personnel; and 5) Excellent writing and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in business, healthcare management, technology development, or social sciences and at least 5 years of experience in the business sector.
  • Training or certification in any one of the following:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • PROSCI Change Management Certified or other demonstrated knowledge of Change Management Broad understanding of current trends in the health care (e.g., regulatory environment, payment systems, etc.) and higher education industries.
  • Lean training/certification and knowledge of lean thinking concepts in planning and operations analysis, and/or Six Sigma training and experience.

Additional Information

This will be a 1 year, 50% (half-time), term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension.

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.  

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.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR E-Verify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. This position is identified as a position that may include the E-Verify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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