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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

Department Summary

Residence Education for Graduate and Legacy Housing’s mission within Student Life is to create and facilitate diverse, inclusive, learning-centered communities that further the goals of the University, with a focus on the experiences of graduate and professional students. The work is grounded in the principle that innovation, engagement across identity and across schools of thought can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global society. Our core values of social justice, restorative justice, inclusive community building, integrative learning, and shared leadership guide our everyday work. Foundational learning outcomes include bridging diversity, strengths based assessment, lifelong learning, and collaborating with other passionate learners to innovate and explore solutions.

Job Summary

Graduate & Legacy Housing, within University Housing, assists in the facilitation of a 12-month living learning environment that supports over 1700 graduate and professional students from all of the University of Michigan’s schools and colleges. Munger is the home of a transdisciplinary living learning program where residents are challenged to develop networks across disciplines and to pursue new ideas together, through both formal programs and casual interactions, and the Northwood community engages graduate and professional students and their families. The Program Manager will lead the expansion of this program across all University Housing graduate student residential communities, as well as engage non-residential graduate and professional students in high impact learning activities.The Program Manager for Graduate Academic Initiatives will report to the Assistant Director for Graduate Academic Initiatives.

NOTE: This is a 3-year term limited term appointment with the potential to reevaluate for extension.


Program Coordination & Implementation – 40%

  • Provide leadership to programming including lecture series and workshops that encourages residents to grow in their functional literacy in disciplines other than their own, their ability to work across difference, and manage conflict.
  • Develop and implement strategies to raise awareness of and encourage transdisciplinary work and thinking into Munger’s and Northwood’s physical environment and social media through leveraging digital signage, public posting boards, and other community spaces.
  • Develop Wellness initiatives in collaboration with CAPS and Wolverine Wellness with the launch of the Graduate and Professional Student Wellness Zone in Munger.
  • Work with campus partners within and outside of Student Life to coordinate and deliver signature events, including but not limited to, Graduate Student Opportunity Fair, Resource Fair, semesterly Case Competitions, & recurring events.
  • Assist with event survey/assessment report development.
  • Draft weekly newsletter and semester report content.
  • Assist with the mapping and tracking of the transdisciplinary curriculum in alignment with Student Life learning outcomes.
  • Implement the use of sessions to track program participation and analyze and generate reports.
  • Assist with budget planning and purchasing, including programming supply procurement, Pcard reconciliation, travel arrangements for staff & guests.


Student Staff Supervision and Student Advising & Support – 40%

  • Directly supervise the 10-12 Transdisciplinary Fellows, an hourly student staff position focused on transdisciplinary programming initiatives in Munger and Northwood communities.
  • Develop and facilitate bi-weekly Resstaff meetings with the Hall Directors.
  • Develop and facilitate bi-weekly Transdisciplinary Fellows meetings.
  • Develop and facilitate training for Transdisciplinary Fellows.
  • Manage the Student Staff Selection processes relating to the Transdisciplinary Fellows.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the Student Affinity Associations, and the proposed Theme Suites.
  •  Serve as a resource for Fellows, Resident Advisors, and residents in facilitating community building through a transdisciplinary lens.
  • Advise Fellows, Resident Advisors, and residents on working across disciplines, entrepreneurship, and innovation by connecting them to resources.

Communication & Outreach (20%)

  • Develop strategic partnerships across Student Life and the University’s 19 schools and colleges that foster transdisciplinary engagement within Munger.
  • Communicate with prospective residents about the transdisciplinary program.
  • Respond to resident inquires about the transdisciplinary program and Munger community amenities.
  • Conduct tours of Munger for prospective residents, campus partners, and alumni.
  • Advise on the creation of marketing materials highlighting the transdisciplinary program.
  • Liaise with the Student Life Graduate and Professional Student Advisor to implement programs and support for graduate and professional students.
  • Partner with graduate and professional student organizations as appropriate.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  •  A Master’s degree.
  •  2 years supervisory experience in a student environment.
  •  Experience facilitating conversations around topics of learning, difference, social justice and inclusion.
  • Event planning and coordination experience with demonstrated organizational and administrative skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with graduate and professional students.
  • Familiarity with Sessions@Michigan, Happening@Michigan, & CampusLabs.
  • Experience utilizing integrative learning models.
  • Interpersonal communication skills with diverse student and staff positions with an understanding of and experience in community development.
  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures.

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE:  Actual salary commensurate with experience, education, and equity factors.

 This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

Position Criteria:

These are the criteria that the hiring team will be evaluating the candidate for

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in written and spoken formats.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships with others across all identities.
  • Commitment to and understanding of multicultural education practices including social justice education and student development.
  • Action oriented, program development skills, and skill in leveraging resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize multiple projects using strong organizational skills.

Financial/Budgetary Responsibility

Reconcile a program budget of $40,000 to include tracking and reporting.

Working conditions

Work Schedule:

  • 40 hours/week.
  • Requires working weekly evening hours and periodic weekend hours; Coordinate with supervisor to design a flexible work schedule.

Physical requirements

Occasionally moves items weighing up to 25 pounds. This position involves travelling to various locations on campus.

Direct reports

10-12 Transdisciplinary Fellows, an hourly student staff position.




U-M EEO/AA Statement

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