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Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document following the naming convention "LASTNAME, Firstname" to M-Box by copying and pasting this link into browser: https://goo.gl/qhFaMH

  1. Three samples of your graphic design work
  2. Optional: list of links to web pages or other media that contain your original design(s)

Job Summary

This full-time position provides highly responsible and skilled support to the departments of Philosophy (50%) and the Center for Social Solutions (50%). An enthusiastic, detail-oriented and positive persona is critically important to this position. The ability to manage a large workload, exercising a high level of initiative, discretion and judgment to efficiently complete projects in a timely manner is essential.

As an Events and Communications Coordinator in Philosophy, you will work with faculty and graduate students to offer over 80 research/scholarly events annually. These events fall into four general categories: departmental colloquia; departmental visiting speaker series; undergraduate events; conferences and workshops, involving nationally and internationally acclaimed lecturers. The audiences for these events are undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and keynote events open to the public.

About the Department of Philosophy - Michigan has ranked among the top five philosophy doctoral programs nationally and top six departments internationally in assessments spanning five decades, with strengths in all the main areas of philosophy — ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language & mind, philosophy of science, and aesthetics — and in the history of Western philosophy, from antiquity to the present.

As an Events and Communications Coordinator in the new Center for Social Solutions, you will work hand in hand with the Director, Associate Director, Program Manager and Secretary and are expected to manage large-scale launch events related to the publication of books in the series, Our Compelling Interests. These events take place in various metropolitan areas in the US and involve constituencies ranging from university scholars and presidents to leaders in civil society and the arts. You will also act as the driver of the brand development and marketing of the Center for Social Solutions, including design of poster and brochure materials as well as event signage and email communication templates. In addition, you will work with Center leadership in the rollout of initiatives in the three other developing thrust areas--slavery, water, and the dignity of labor.

About the Center for Social Solutions - The Center is a new initiative spearheaded by Professors Earl Lewis and Al Young. Lewis, a noted social historian, is President of the Organization of American Historians, a former dean and vice provost at Michigan, a former provost at Emory University, and president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Young is a celebrated teacher and urban sociologist and the recent chair of the department of sociology at the University of Michigan. The Center’s work addresses four main areas. The four foci are the value of diversity for a prosperous democracy, slavery and its aftermath on American life, the new mechanisms for enabling the movement of water from flood-prone areas to drought stricken communities, and policies and practices to address the dignity of labor in an automated world.

Responsibilities*

What will you be responsible for?

  • Assisting faculty and graduate students with coordinating lecturers, colloquia, seminars, and conferences, including nationally and internationally acclaimed lecturers
  • Facilitating communication with presenters and guest scholars to arrange travel
  • Maintaining social media presence and website updates 
  • Development of high-quality branding materials in multiple media
  • Occasional travel to support events, if needed
  • Creating and monitoring budgets for events and marketing

What skills will you utilize?

  • You’ll use project management skills to ensure deadlines are met and events are successful
  • You’ll use communication skills to facilitate engagement with internal and external stakeholders
  • You’ll become skilled in stewarding resources
  • You’ll use graphic and website design skills
  • You’ll collaborate with faculty, students, and staff

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate must possess the following skills and experience:

  • High School education or equivalent and 2-4 years of related work experience
  • An enthusiastic, detail-oriented and positive persona is critically important to this position
  • An extremely high level of organizational skills, the ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team while promoting a culture of respect and cooperation
  • Exhibit excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Flexible schedule, allowing for occasional evening and weekend events
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow complex directions; ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated investment in issues of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion
  • A high level of proficiency with technology and specific experience using the Microsoft Office suite of software and Adobe CS
  • Demonstrated graphic design skills and proficiency with graphical design software
  • Proven facility with wide variety of social media, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • This job requires the ability to move materials weighing up to 25 pounds to a height of 3-4 feet and set them on tables, carts, or other surfaces

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated experience with complex, large-scale, multi-venue academic conference and seminar planning, including those on a national level
  • Demonstrated budget planning and management for large-scale scholarly events
  • Exemplary writing and communication skills appropriate at the scholarly research level
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications or equivalent combination of education and experience and 2-4 years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of University and LSA policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of and experience with website management tools
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of operations and implement changes

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.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

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.