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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, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Office of Academic Innovation (AI) is seeking a Student Program Coordinator to reimagine how we work with students. This new position is an exciting opportunity to lead AI’s efforts to engage students across U-M in the growing program of initiatives, events and activities being driven by AI. The ideal candidate will help AI in attracting the University’s most creative and driven students to help foster new ideas and support AI initiatives. Students help AI to realize its vision in many ways, including through the co-creation of new initiatives, providing structured feedback and applying subject matter expertise to AI’s academic R&D model.  Students engage with AI in a number of ways, including as paid academic term and summer fellows and through events such as design jams and hackathons as well as through providing user research related to AI-led programs and educational technology software tools. The Student Program Coordinator will recruit, engage, and provide oversight of programmatic activities for students across AI’s portfolio of initiatives and subject matter areas. The incumbent will design and manage new student engagement activities, including working to identify and fill new student positions, fellowships, and advisory boards, and organizing student events and project showcases. This role will be uniquely positioned to connect with students, programs, and schools/colleges from across the entire campus and AI team.

Help the Office of Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan reimagine our work with students, and drive innovation at a top public research university! 


You are an intellectually curious, creative and organized problem solver with a knack for building community and fostering positive relationships. You lead by listening, by collaborating, and by encouraging. You think impractically before layering in constraints. You have experience working on something new and helping an organization and community to realize its potential. You enjoy working in diverse teams and have experience designing inclusive and collaborative initiatives. You are passionate about building partnerships and collaborations with a wide variety of constituencies.


The Office of Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

Our preferred future includes:

  • An open model for pre-college learning and preparation that broadens access and enhances participation
  • A personalized, rigorous, and inclusive model for residential learning grounded in learning analytics and experimentation
  • A flexible and networked model for global and lifelong learning that embraces the evolution of a more permeable university
  • A participatory and inclusive model for public engagement that accelerates bilateral knowledge construction and sharing

As we reimagine the global public research university and create a culture of innovation in learning, we value:

  • boldness and humility
  • creativity and process
  • risk taking and tradition
  • personalization and scale
  • openness

For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.

Note: This is a three year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal.


  • Design and coordinate a range of student focused co-curricular opportunities aimed at providing integrated learning experiences for students at U-M within the Office of Academic Innovation
  • Partner with AI staff in designing programs to engage students, overseeing those programs, and identifying U-M students to contribute to AI in the following areas:
    • Fellowships in areas such as software development, user experience design, media production and design, graphic design, marketing, product commercialization, and event planning.
    • Student advisory boards for key AI initiatives and projects
    • Participation in problem solving and design challenges such as hackathons and design jams.
  • Lead student orientation, evaluation, and reflection sessions.
    • Showcase student work to AI
    • Facilitate students talking about their goals for their fellowship/internship while in AI
  • Act as a liaison to identified faculty members. Collect project documentation, and aid faculty members in identifying student staff to assist in project planning and execution.
  • Maintain communication with students who have expressed interest in AI student fellowships and other co-curricular opportunities like design jams, hackathons and advisory boards.
  • Build community among student fellows and interns (including across disciplines), as well as alumni who worked with AI as students.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 or more years of experience in a higher education or non-profit setting
  • Effective relationship builder with ability to understand a variety of viewpoints and to foster opportunities
  • Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude
  • Experience managing and/or mentoring students, volunteers, or part-time employees
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Excellent team and communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Strong commitment to problem solving, teamwork and the ability to act independently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree and/or 3 or more years of experience in a higher education or non-profit setting
  • Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, Canvas, edX and other educational platforms
  • Experience in a research-­focused university setting
  • Experience with work productivity tools (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and project management tools (e.g., MS Project, Teamwork, Gantt charts)
  • Enthusiasm for technology-enhanced learning in the context of a public residential research university
  • Skill in promoting diversity and inclusion and bringing an equity focus to our work
  • Experience developing community

Additional Information

NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited position.

  • Excellent benefits are available, for details, see
  • Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development.
  • TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

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.

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.