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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 working in the LSA Opportunity Hub, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please also address the following:

  • how did you hear about this role?
  • the value of a liberal arts and sciences education
  • covers letters should be no more than 1 page

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

Job Summary

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for a Coordinator of Alumni and Employer Engagement in the LSA Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub is led by the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives, and reports to the LSA Dean’s Office. The Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. Hub staff collaborate with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors. Through these channels, the Opportunity Hub helps students explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts education to work.

We are seeking candidates who have an innovative approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students, and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.

Responsibilities*

The Coordinator of Alumni and Employer Engagement will perform a variety of professional responsibilities in support of the day-to-day operations of the Alumni and Employer Engagement area at the LSA Opportunity Hub. They will analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action in order to proactively and strategically support the Alumni and Employer Engagement team. This person reports to the Director of Alumni and Employer Engagement.

Coordination of Alumni & Employer Engagement: 40%

  • Coordinate the alumni experience with the Hub and serve as the lead point of contact for event and communication efforts as a result of various Alumni and Employer Engagement opportunities. This includes all programmatic steps of the opportunity, internally with Hub staff and externally with alumni.
  • Liaise with LSA Advancement and the Office of University Development colleagues in coordinating and executing alumni engagement opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Alumni and Employer Engagement team, research and contact prospective alumni in the western, central, and eastern regions of the United States who may have interest in engaging with the Hub.
  • Connect the western, central, and eastern Regional Managers with prospective alumni who have confirmed interest in engaging with the Hub.
  • Collaborate with Communications Specialist and Events & Communications Coordinator to create Alumni & Employer Engagement event messaging/communications plans.
  • Coordinate regional travel itineraries for the team in collaboration with Hub administrative staff.
  • Attend regional Opportunity Hub opportunities (i.e. flash internships, summer networking events) to provide programmatic and logistical support as needed.
  • Assist Director of Alumni and Employer Engagement in various projects as assigned.

Data Management: 30%

  • Support the Alumni and Employer Engagement team and Assistant Dean to ensure alumni, employer, and friends of LSA engagement is being captured and accurately documented in the Opportunity Network.
  • Manage Opportunity Network referrals by approving new contacts, conducting background research, and coordinating introductions with the appropriate regional manager.
  • Partner with Data and Systems team to manage alumni and employer data processes in the Opportunity Hub to ensure engagement data is available to University partners in DART.

Strategy: 15%

  • Support the team with establishing and executing the annual calendar of Alumni and Employer Engagement opportunities.
  • Support the Alumni and Employer Engagement team with establishing, tracking, and sharing engagement metrics.
  • Foster alumni cultivation and stewardship by ensuring all portfolio engagement is tracked and maintained accurately.
  • Collaborate with the Alumni and Employer Engagement team in the strategic planning of alumni opportunities and effectively communicating these opportunities with campus partners such as LSA Advancement and the Office of University Development.

Operational Support of the Opportunity Hub: 10%

  • Work with Alumni and Employer Engagement team to interpret, monitor, and analyze information regarding operating policies and procedures.
  • In collaboration with lead and administrative teams, work on special projects as needed.
  • Provide additional administrative support for the administrative team during peak times and staff absences. 
  • Support the whole Hub experience by providing backup coverage for Information Services as needed.
  • Represent the Hub by serving as liaison with external units.
  • Effectively execute Hub events by providing staffing support.

Professional Development: 5%

  • Build and foster relationships with LSA and U-M staff in similar roles, to share and learn best practices.
  • Attend workshops, trainings, institutes, and conferences related to the profession and Hub mission.
  • Actively engage and contribute to the profession at campus, local, regional, and/or national level.
  • Be an active member of related professional organizations.
  • Attend meetings, represent LSA & Hub interests, and participate in sub-committee partnership work within the Career Services Network, a professional network of University of Michigan Administrators.

Remain current on research, scholarship, and best practices related to the liberal arts and sciences, higher education, and position specific requirements.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent combination or education and/or relevant experience in a higher education setting
  • Three to five years work experience in an office setting
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complex requests and issues
  • Appreciation of and ability to articulate the value of the liberal arts and sciences
  • Strong communication skills
  • Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
  • High level of organizational ability, including the ability to organize and coordinate a diverse workload with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access and inclusion
  • Must be able to set priorities, work simultaneously on numerous projects, and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive material
  • Must have extensive demonstrable experience using Microsoft Office and other database tools
  • Possess a positive demeanor 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field and/or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with alumni, donors, and highly engaged stakeholders
  • Experience using databases beyond the normal including the ability to create reports, queries, and use the database as a management tool
  • Basic familiarity with FERPA
  • Experience in a newly developing organization, and a demonstrated ability to adapt to change
  • Demonstrated experience with higher education systems, policies, and procedures

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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