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Job Summary

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan provides professional education for students interested in careers addressing public problems and their solutions.  Graduates of the Ford School work at all levels of government, international agencies, non-profits, and the private sector.  As a member of the Ford School Graduate Career Services (GCS) and Alumni Relations (AR) team, the Student Engagement Coordinator will be part of a team responsible for creatively enhancing career development support and communication/outreach of career related programming to Ford School graduate students.  This position reports to the Assistant Director of Graduate Career Services.    

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.  Please note that the initial appointment will be for two years.  Continued employment beyond two years will be contingent upon programmatic needs.    


Program Engagement & Outreach 
Create and manage electronic, print and video messaging to promote student engagement initiatives and career programming for GCS/AR, including creating and managing content for This Week in Graduate Career Services newsletter and the GCS public facing website 

Collaborate with Ford School’s Communications & Outreach team to design and execute GCS/AR social media strategy across multiple platforms

Develop written and online career materials to address wide range of career exploration needs

Assist in developing alumni profiles for careers map on Ford School website

Career Advising/Programming
Serve as front line advisor for public policy graduate students exploring careers and completing the required Master of Public Policy summer internship

Meet with students one-on-one to discuss career development issues, assessing students’ interests and professional skill development needs, and making recommendations for additional follow up meetings with career counselors

Create and lead career development workshops

Student/Programs Administrative Activities 
Coordinate logistics of GCS career programs and off-campus events (DC and Detroit career exploration trips), including catering and room set up/breakdown and student registration

Track and analyze student office use/program attendance to inform strategic planning

Provide support and updates for FordCareers (career and job posting system)

Collaborate with Ford School staff on school and joint program initiatives and serve on school-wide staff committees to foster staff and community development.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of one year experience in communication, marketing, public relations, advising, career services or related field

Ability to take initiative, work independently and creatively to deliver results and execute projects

Experience and proficiency with Google Suite, Adobe Products, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp, Qualtrics and/or related programs

Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, and ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines. 

Ability to effectively interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including effective interpersonal and customer services skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders (i.e. students, staff, faculty, alumni, employers, vendors). 

Demonstrated experience with social media, communication/outreach strategies

Demonstrated project management skills

Excellent verbal, written communication and listening skills. 

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree

Experience counseling, coaching or advising college students

Familiarity with video and print content creation strategies 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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