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Job Summary

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center of Excellence in the Department of Neurology is seeking an experienced manager, coordinator, and communicator to serve as Managing Director. The Managing Director will be responsible for working closely with the Director to direct the operation of the organization, to oversee activities of the ALS Board, to administer its personnel and finances, and to coordinate the dissemination of research advances from the ALS Center to the scientific community and the general public. This individual must be an effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with a strong scientific background and the ability to interact with patients, clinicians, scientists, donors, and staff, as well as all sectors of the community. This individual must have proven leadership abilities to leverage the best possible performance from the staff and to manage the projects, programs, and initiatives of the ALS Center. A creative vision and a facility for developing community outreach and educational programs to support the ALS Center’s mission are desired.

This position is 1 year term limited with potential for extension.


Manage and coordinate the activities of the ALS Board and the ALS Center team

Serve as a liaison within the ALS Center to coordinate communications between clinicians, staff, discovery research scientists, and Center directors

Direct projects, programs, and initiatives as assigned

Serve as a key administrator for the ALS Center, helping to manage all aspects of operations, including finances, human resources, and communications

Participate in strategic planning for the ALS Center

Perform writing and editing activities

Highlight and communicate current scientific advances from the research programs and scientists supported by the ALS Center

Relay research advances to the general public; formats include press releases, articles for newspapers and magazines, Web and social network sites, and public forums

Partner with the Development team to support donor relations, as well as designing proposals and materials that effectively communicate ALS Center programs, research, objectives, and accomplishments

Meet with donors, community members, and the media as needed; be available to speak to the public about medical science and related issues

Develop innovative ways to expand scientific education programs and events to reach a wide range of audiences

Required Qualifications*

Requires independent judgment to search out appropriate course of action within the context of policies and procedures.

Bachelor's degree and considerable professional experience with reasonable prior management, supervisory, or team leader experience is required.

Desired Qualifications*

Advanced degree in a medical-related field plus at least 10 years of administrative experience

Writing skills are essential; personal writing portfolio including general media formats will be requested of final candidates

Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, with the ability to interface and communicate effectively with clinicians, senior-level scientists, and lay audiences

A broad scientific background with the ability to understand complex information, and analyze and interpret clinical and scientific projects

Excellent planning, organizational, and work coordination skills are needed, including a positive, flexible, responsive, service-oriented attitude, the ability to take initiative, meet deadlines in a timely manner, organize and manage a large and diverse workload

Computer skills are needed; knowledge of personal computer tools including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and electronic communication and calendaring software packages is required; familiarity with social media and web site design is desired

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.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.