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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 Department of Human Genetics is seeking an experienced Student Services Specialist to plan and coordinate key educational activities for the Ph.D. Program in Human Genetics, the Master’s program in Human Genetics, and a large NIH-supported Genetics Training Program.  This position is full-time with occasional weekend and evening work-related events.

More information on the above programs can be found at:


Independently coordinate and provide student services management including—but not limited to—Department liaison activities with the Registrar’s Office and the Rackham Graduate School, non-academic advising, curricular issues, student recruitment and admissions, administration of financial aid, and tracking of student records. Position serves as first point of contact for graduate students accessing academic resources and support for non-academic student program needs.

Provide administrative oversight for an interdepartmental Genetics Training Program including periodic reporting to the NIH, preparing grant renewal applications, coordinating NIH site visits, administering financial awards, assisting in the selection of students, and coordinating research seminars.

With the Associate Chair for Education and the Department Administrator, actively participate in annual budgeting process and on-going verification and monitoring of departmental spend in instructional and student program areas.

Coordinate special events for the Department including an annual picnic, a scientific retreat, student recruitment, and orientation and graduation events.

Creatively contribute to improving the above areas within the Department and develop a good rapport with the student population.

This position reports to the Chief Department Administrator with significant input provided by the Associate Chair for Education. This position will also provide “as needed” back-up support for the Genetic Counseling Master’s Program.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree and five years of related experience required. Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, outstanding interpersonal communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a group, and a good understanding of the academic environment.  Skill set should include working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A professional presentation, flexibility, and resourcefulness are necessary qualities.

Desired Qualifications*

Working knowledge of University student services systems and human resource systems, knowledge of Rackham Graduate School policies and procedures.  Experience with student data and the ability to perform data analysis.  Working knowledge of Business Objects and data query tools.  Experience with developing and managing budgets.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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