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Job Summary

Under general supervision, responsible for the design, planning, implementation, benchmarking, and preparation of evaluative data and materials for academic programs, initiatives, policy, support, services, and special projects that are strategic in nature for the Associate Dean of Graduate Education (ADGE) in the College of Engineering (CoE). May involve creation, coordination, participation in, and support of multifaceted teams composed of internal and external groups/offices related to graduate education in the CoE. Advises, supports, assists, coordinates, evaluates, collaborates on, and implements planning, pilot projects, and policy for the ADGE. Creates and implements data-driven analytical frameworks for complex decision-making regarding programs, activities, strategic initiatives, and strategic opportunities for the CoE related to graduate education. Organizes, raises issues, problem solves, creates data-driven tools and processes, integrates solutions, and implements initiatives, solutions, and actions for the ADGE. Acts as a liaison to resolve problems and ensure successful (1) implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives for the ADGE and (2) evaluation of metrics and outcomes for programs and activities related to graduate education in the CoE. Education and Experience: Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience. Under FLSA, this is the exempt job classification for this title. Incumbents in this position must meet the full criteria for exempt status: salary level, salary basis, and duties tests.


Support the activities of the CoE Associate Dean for Graduate Education (ADGE) by performing a range of ongoing high-level and varied executive activities including:

  • 30% - Implement CoE strategic initiatives related to graduate education. Orchestrate projects and tasks for CoE initiatives and committees led by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Work collaboratively with the ADGE team, as well as campus and other partners, to create, oversee, and implement strategic initiatives for graduate education, as well as college-wide initiatives. Oversee and manage special projects as needed using independent judgment to move CoE initiatives forward in collaboration with CoE leadership, faculty, staff, and students.
  • 20% - Evaluate CoE strategic initiatives related to graduate education. Gather and organize relevant background information; create data-driven frameworks for complex decision-making; summarize information in a manner that is understandable and creates efficient review for the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.
  • 15% - Design, draft, edit, format, and complete complex communications, documents, presentations, and reports using Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  This requires assisting the ADGE team with developing the unit’s strategic objectives and the underlying supporting data, as well as an ability to compose and edit work products with limited supervision and guidance.
  • 15% - Evaluate CoE graduate programs, as well as CoE recruitment, retention, and placement activities related to graduate education. Obtain and organize data on metrics-for-success and outcomes; create data-driven processes for evaluation and decision-making; summarize information in a manner that is understandable and creates efficient review for the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and program leadership
  • 10% - Oversee timelines and manage outcomes of all project materials as assigned. This requires careful and consistent coordination with the ADGE team members, as well as those in other units across the College and University
  • 5% - Identify emerging strategic opportunities for the CoE related to graduate education.
  • 5% - Benchmark graduate educational programs and activities relative to peer institutions.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five years of experience supporting activities of upper level management / executive leadership, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Exceptional analytical skills in support of creating the data-driven frameworks and processes for complex decision-making.
  • High-level computer skills, including exceptional data analysis and data visualization skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise reports, policies, and correspondence; ability to interact effectively with various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and work effectively toward solutions.
  • Excellent ability to work effectively with academic leadership, faculty, staff, and students in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to implement complex projects from initiation to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, while working quickly and effectively under tight time constraints.
  • Team-oriented and willing to be flexible in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities.
  • Considerable knowledge of University policies and procedures.

Additional Information

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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.

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