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Job Summary

The UM Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) is on the forefront of innovative, advanced efforts to combat the magnitude of cardiovascular disease.  It serves as a premier center for creating and understanding cardiovascular disease across the life span, through multidisciplinary collaboration between clinicians and scientists to achieve superior compassionate patient and family-centered care, innovative science and discovery, and excellence in education.  

The Commercialization Education Project Manager/Coordinator will lead the planning, development, and execution of the Innovation Academy, a new collaborative program between the FCVC and Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) that is designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship targeted at FCVC faculty (clinical and research), staff, and trainees.

FFMI is part of the Office of Research at the University of Michigan Medical School.  As the "front door" to biomedical innovation, FFMI accelerates commercialization of technologies in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT.  With the ultimate goal of impacting patient health, FFMI supports research at its inception, collaborates with commercial partners, and nurtures a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing faculty, researchers, and students the tools and knowledge necessary to translate an idea into something of impact.


The Commercialization Education Project Manager/Coordinator will work with the FCVC Innovation Team and FFMI Commercialization Program Manager in the following ways:

  • Execute all program components of the Innovation Academy, including a FCVC/ FFMI fullPACE (Commercialization Education) Course, an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Symposium, and related innovation events.

  • Promote the Innovation Academy and recruit program participants by presenting at faculty, staff, and trainee meetings, creating and disseminating promotional materials (i.e., newsletters, websites, flyers, etc.) developing and maintaining social media tools, and conducting individual consultations in collaboration with an FFMI Innovation Specialist.

  • Manage and provide mentorship to a portfolio of existing participants and innovation projects teams.

  • Integrate the Innovation Academy and resulting project teams with existing resources from the FCVC and FFMI, including the FCVC Innovation Challenge, FFMI Mi-Kickstart/Mi-TRAC translational research funding, and FFMI Business Development services.

  • Connect Innovation Academy participants and project teams to UM campus innovation partners such as UM Ross Zell Lurie Institute and the UM College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship.

Direct supervision is received from the FFMI Commercialization Education Manager

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree required; Master’s preferred
  • Three+ years of relevant work experience, particularly project management  
  • Strong organizational, project management, presentation, and written communication skills
  • Ability to set priorities for themselves and others
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people, both internally and externally
  • Ability to act effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Fluency with computer software (spreadsheet, word processing, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage groups of planning committees, project teams, and additional stakeholders.
  • Prior experience in entrepreneurship and/or education a plus
  • Maintain knowledge of university faculty and research interests, capabilities, and activities, particularly those of the FCVC.
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork capabilities
  • Demonstrated project management and strong organization skills
  • Employees in this classification typically analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities.
  • Flexibility to work evening hours

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.

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.