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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 Assistant Director will manage events focused on ceremonies, cultivation, fundraising and stewardship.  The Assistant Director, will meet and partner with department stakeholders on the strategy and execution of successful events. A team player mentality, cross-collaboration and support of events across the team is also expected. This role will also maintain a portfolio of community fundraising events, providing support to and working with donors who are raising money for various Michigan Medicine (MI-Med) causes to ensure success.

This positon requires the highest standards of excellence in event planning and execution necessary to represent Michigan Medicine to donors, alumni, leadership, faculty and staff.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent leadership and motivational abilities, be able to work independently, show initiative and prioritize tasks within a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.


  • Build, implement, manage and execute a portfolio of events.  Manage event budgets with fiscal responsibility and assess ROI of events with the goal of leveraging expenditures to deliver the best results.  Provide onsite logistical supervision at Michigan Medicine Development events as needed.  Exhibit the utmost professionalism at all times, as this position requires significant interaction with donors and leadership.
  • Manage and support a portfolio of third-party fundraising events.  Offering assistance to community fundraisers as needed including providing toolkits, Michigan Medicine brochures, other event collateral as well as promotional and stewardship activities.
  • Engage in the strategic discussions pertaining to events, developing event constructs that support movement of donors along the donor continuum.  Develop collaborative relationships within the MI-Med Development Office Cores, Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs (EVPMA), and Associate Deans offices.  Promote a team culture and envision event constructs that will deliver the most strategic value to our stakeholders, alumni, donors, and faculty.
  • Investigate non-traditional fundraising strategies, benchmarking best practices within development events. Evaluate best practices outside of development to create new event strategies, including but not exclusive to fundraising events.
  • Manage other projects and perform duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and equivalent combination of experience in academia or professional event management.

  • 3-5 or more years of progressively responsible roles in fundraising, development or event strategy and execution. 

  • Proven ability to execute complex events independently and with a team.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to develop working relationships with internal and external constituents.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy, and an impeccable commitment to confidentiality is required, as well as the highest integrity and ethics.

  • Shows initiative and has the ability to prioritize tasks within a fast-paced work environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a team driven environment.

  • Experience managing complex vendor relationships and effectively negotiating contracts. 

  • Punctuality, great attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are required.

  • Ability to set and meet multiple deadlines and priorities simultaneously; ability to work independently and interactively.

  • Highly professional and donor-centric demeanor. 

  • Flexible schedule and ability to work early mornings, evenings and weekends.

  • Routinely lift/move equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds to event venues for event execution needs; Must be able to remain in a stationary position during entire shift and move throughout event venues to execute events.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with fundraising events (academic and/or medical preferred) including the donor continuum and envisioning events which cultivate and steward relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability working with committees and event sponsors.
  • Proficiency in event management in a development or academic setting.
  • Experience working with academic leadership.
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures, protocol and organization of the Health System.
  • Knowledge and working experience with personal computers and complex database systems.

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.