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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 College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) is seeking a project coordinator with experience in research, assessment and community-based learning, to help implement a new partnership with Henry Ford College (HFC) funded by the Mellon Foundation. Transfer Bridges to the Humanities@Michigan uses a variety of techniques involving advisors, faculty, students, as well as academic and co-curricular programs to create robust pathways for transfer students from Henry Ford to LSA in humanities-based disciplines and majors. The coordinator will provide program and curricular support and serve as the primary liaison between the various grant stakeholders. He or she will also design and implement an assessment strategy working collaboratively with the principle investigators and others to produce updates, reports, published findings, and evaluations. This is a new position that will also provide logistical support for the project’s steering committee and working group, and help coordinate the partner units during the grant period, which will run from January 2018 to June 2021. This is a term limited position through June 2021 with the possibility of renewal based on additional funding.

Responsibilities*

This project focuses on the intersection of academic excellence, access, diversity, and reflects a commitment to help students leverage the full scope of their liberal arts education. This initiative aims to support transfer students—especially those from lower socioeconomic and underrepresented backgrounds—who aspire to obtain degrees in the humanities. High impact practices, including undergraduate research and community- based learning, are key components of this project, which will actively experiment with and test a variety of approaches. The focus on transfer students is a fundamental part of LSA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) plan and coincides with an initiative across the State of Michigan to create better transfer pathways for students from two-year to four-year institutions. Too few students, locally and nationally, are able to meet their dream of successfully transferring from community colleges to selective four-year institutions like Michigan. We believe that we can do better, and are inviting invitations from energetic, well-organized, experienced and dedicated persons committed to the work of this project. The Project Manager will join the staff of the Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) team, which reports to and works closely with the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

30% Program Support: Work in concert with Transfer Bridges steering committee and serve as a member and convener of the working group. Offer logistical support and coordination of the collective work of the group, while creating and maintaining detailed timelines with target dates to chart and assess the progress of the overall project. Identify and propose plans for evolving program needs. Develop resource materials (guides, templates, forms, etc.) about program creation and implementation to facilitate optimal functioning of partnership. Propose implementation of high-level programming in support of Transfer Bridges goals, and develop initiatives to support collaboration among partners, especially those involving community-based learning (CBL).

30% Research & Evaluation: Research internal, national and international best practices in the field of transfer education and compile reports. Work with the steering committee, faculty, departments, and students to develop assessment tools for related programs. Identify ways in which to assess grant-related high impact practices. Design, administer and collect participant feedback.

20% Curricular: Deliver academic support programming, including designing, coordinating and potentially leading workshops and program-specific training for the faculty institute associated with Years Two and Three of the grant. Support related CBL programs offered through CEAL. Support community-based learning (CBL) programs and related graduate student training and consultancies offered through CEAL.

20% OutreachOutline communication strategies in consultation with the steering committee. -Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant students, faculty, and staff within partnering institutions.- Help organize relevant campus, local, and national communication (institutes, symposia, video-conferencing, etc.).

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in social sciences, education or other relevant field. Master's degree in social sciences, education or other relevant field with 4-5 years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Experience with and knowledge of research techniques, including data collection and analysis, preparing reports and completing research projects.
  • Proven excellence in workshop creation and facilitation.
  • Experience in higher ed institutions.
  • Direct experience collaborating well with students, academic faculty, staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with all aspects of programming including goal setting, project planning, implementation/logistics, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines and use good judgment, while operating in a flexible and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a busy environment and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Professionalism, attention to detail, and excellent organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to self-initiate, work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of academic applications for various technologies (video conferencing, ePortfolios, etc.).
  • Applicants should have a valid driver’s license according to the laws of the State of Michigan and must meet the requirements of the Fleet Services Vehicle Operator Policy.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in social sciences, education or other relevant field.
  • Experience in community college or four-year research institutions.
  • Prior experience with community-based learning.
  • Demonstrated capacity for creative problem solving, innovation and for anticipating future needs.
  • Working knowledge of a second language.
  • Experience using engaged pedagogies for teaching and learning.
  • Experience using multiple assessment techniques.

Work Schedule

  • 40 hours per week, full-time
  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Standard hours are negotiable and based on unit need
  • This position is required to work occasional evening and weekend hours

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 http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

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.