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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

The successful candidate will be one of four professionals working as part of a Student Services team to provide a high level of service to the students and faculty in the Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) and Middle East Studies (MES).

The Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures and Middle East Studies are interdisciplinary centers for the exploration of Asia and the Middle East.  Faculty and students study the literature, film, language, religion, and history of these dynamic regions of the world. ALC offers instruction in the languages and cultures of Asia (including Bengali, Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, and Vietnamese) and MES offers instruction in the languages and cultures of the Middle East (including Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and various ancient languages of the region).


This position’s duties are primarily focused on managing the departments’ PhD and Masters programs. The Graduate Program Coordinator is the primary point of contact for students and faculty regarding the policies and procedures of the programs, milestones, funding, and degree completion.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Track progress of approximately 50 graduate students from matriculation to graduation

  • Communicate with students and faculty advisors regarding program milestones and see that milestones are met by identified deadlines

  • Plan and implement recruitment visits for potential or admitted graduate students

  • Lead orientation sessions and ensure a successful transition to the University of Michigan for matriculating graduate students

  • Assist the Student Services Manager in the hiring of GSIs each term

  • Act as the primary liaison for the departments with Rackham and the College of LSA  for all graduate matters

  • Oversee the print and online presence of graduate-related subjects, maintaining department, University, and externally posted information

  • Assist in the nomination and application process of graduate students for Rackham, internal, or external fellowships/scholarships

  • Maintain student review records and manage the review cycle during the academic year

  • Report on various aspects of the graduate program to the College of LSA, Rackham, or external entities

  • Assist in the planning and tracking of program funding each academic year

  • Participate on the Graduate Program Committees for both departments

This position exercises functional supervision over one staff member, primarily in the area of admissions, the input of financial aid, and student retention or recruitment activities. This position works closely with the Student Services Manager in tracking funding, properly determining GSI needs/allocations, and program reporting.  The Graduate Program Coordinator also works with the Directors of Graduate Studies to monitor student progress and review program needs or changes.

Required Qualifications*

An associate’s degree or progressively responsible work experience. At least three to four years working in an academic department. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds; exceptional writing skills and experience drafting original, complex correspondence; a demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and diplomacy; accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work well under pressure and to handle various tasks simultaneously with some interruption; extensive computer experience with email, spreadsheets, word processing, and data tracking; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; demonstrated analytical skills and a commitment to organization and meeting deadlines.  

Desired Qualifications*

A bachelor’s degree; an interest in world cultures; previous experience in graduate student services; knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures; experience with the student services and financial aid modules of M-Pathways.

Additional Information

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.  


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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.

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.