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Job Summary

The Mission of The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is to inspire and transform the Michigan community into entrepreneurial thinkers and doers. The CFE is an innovation hub where ideas, people, resources, and technology meet and create the future. The CFE provides active-learning experiences to all students and faculty at The University through classes and programs that are designed to teach the skills needed to successfully translate high-potential projects and ideas into the world. In learning these skills, individuals become better prepared to identify and act on opportunities to solve problems in any organization or entrepreneurial endeavor.

Since its inception in 2007, the CFE has developed a rich and diverse set of offerings that cater to needs of the students and faculty at the University. Just like a startup, the CFE team continues to evolve and grow to meet the increasing demand for entrepreneurial curriculum and experiences. The CFE has made an unprecedented commitment to spur and enable entrepreneurial activities among students, faculty, and the greater community. Course enrollment, immersion treks, workshops and fellowships include students from all U-M schools and colleges.

The Fellowship Programs Specialist will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of the CFE’s Fellowship Programs. CFE Fellowship Programs include: Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (ELP), TechLab at Mcity, and TechArb Student Venture Accelerator. These efforts include supporting and conducting recruitment events, program management, event planning, marketing, outreach, and data management for each Fellowship Program, including the Global Treks.

ELP is a flagship educational program of the CFE that develops the next iteration of entrepreneurial leaders through significant investment in immersive experiences and leadership practices taught by technologists and business leaders. The program includes a year of programming that includes two 3-credit hour courses and a paid summer internship over the summer.

TechLab at Mcity is a Company-in-Residence program  (company-sponsored technical projects housed at Mcity and the Ann Arbor campus) for early-stage advanced mobility companies in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) industry through the work of outstanding and technically-skilled students. Students in the program are educated through two credit-bearing courses: 1) in the Winter semester focusing on developing a fundamental intuition of the technologies central to the CAV world; and 2) the Fall semester focusing on entrepreneurial topics related to the field.

The Global Treks, the Northeast Entrepreneurship Startup Trek (NEXT) and the Weather Underground Startup Trek (WUST), immerse Fellowship students in emerging and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems such as the San Francisco Bay area, Washington D.C., and New York City. During these 2-5 day treks, students visit growing startups and interact with innovative teams gaining an understanding of best practices and various startup environments.

The CFE is looking for a talented, motivated, and committed individual that is excited about and dedicated to the CFE mission. This position is an unique opportunity to be a part of a globally-recognized leader in entrepreneurship education.

Responsibilities*

Program Management

  • Oversee the planning and execution of logistics for CFE Fellowship Programs: Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (ELP), TechLab at Mcity, and TechArb Student Venture Accelerator. This includes: extensive communication with participating students and teams, assisting in curriculum development, keeping students and teams accountable to deadlines and guidelines, creating presentation templates, and working with the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice and the Assistant Director of Student Ventures to run programs smoothly and efficiently
  • Run training sessions for students participating in CFE Fellowship Programs and provide programmatic support to guarantee the professional and flawless execution of each programmatic component
  • Provide administrative support to the CFE Fellowship Programs
  • Serve as point of contact for participants in CFE Fellowship Programs
  • Solicit and respond to feedback regarding various aspects of the CFE Fellowship Programs
  • Support the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice, the Assistant Director of Student Ventures, and other CFE team members by independently managing special and ongoing projects as needed

Event Planning

  • Plan and execute multiple events and activities to support CFE Fellowship Programs
  • Event planning, including but not limited to finding and securing space, managing contracts with vendors and U-M Procurement Services, maintaining multiple budgets, ordering catering, creating event timelines, understanding payment processes, and organizing group transportation
  • Coordinate Global Immersion Treks: Northeast Entrepreneurship Trek (NEXT) to Washington, D.C. and New York City, Weather Underground Startup Trek (WUST) to the Bay Area, and other global locations. Immersion Treks launch students into the entrepreneurial ecosystems outside of the Ann Arbor classrooms and are intense immersions into the cultures, companies, and communities that ignite innovation
  • Support the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice and the Assistant Director of Student Ventures to draw sponsorships to support the CFE Fellowship Programs

Program Recruitment, Marketing, and Outreach 

  • Work with the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice, Assistant Director of Student Ventures, and CFE team to recruit U-M students to participate in CFE Fellowship Programs
  • Set up application portals and materials
  • Work with the CFE Marketing and Communications team to develop outreach and marketing materials for diverse CFE Fellowship Programs audiences. Create and maintain relevant program materials. Publicize activities, programs and goals. Analyze results of initiatives and revise plans accordingly
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice, Director of Mentorship, and CFE team to recruit alumni and industry partners to participate in CFE Fellowship Programs and related activities

Data Management

  • Maintain CFE’s fellowship programs data in CFE Customer Relationship Management tool
  • Organize and track individuals and teams through application, participation, and follow-up processes
  • Collect and manage surveys, feedback, progress and processes
  • Prepare comprehensive and detailed reports; present data in a meaningful, logical manner

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • Extensive experience in event planning and program management
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and leading and instructing large groups
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, develop relationships, and interact effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience organizing large amounts of information into tangible content and layouts
  • Experience working with a diverse range of people and demographics
  • Comfortable troubleshooting and problem solving under pressure
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working within a university environment
  • A demonstrated understanding of the College of Engineering and/or University of Michigan policies, procedures, and systems

Additional Information

This position is funded for a period of 3 years after which a detailed assessment will be conducted to decide the long-term implementation of this job.

Mission Statement

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.


The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.

 

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.