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Job Summary

The mission of the University of Michigan Medical School is to transform health through bold and innovative education, discovery and service. This mission is supported by a set of strategic pillars with our commitment to people, discovery, education, care and service.

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at Michigan Medicine is seeking a Chief Department Administrator (CDA). The chief department administrator (CDA) is the administrative leader of the department, working with the department chair and department leadership to execute the strategy of the department. The CDA represents the needs of the department throughout Michigan Medicine and campus and collaborates to insure departmental strategy and operational plans align with the overall vision of Michigan Medicine. The role is institutionally focused, truly embodying the tripartite mission of education, research, and patient care within one operational area of the institution.

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology is a well-established Medical School Basic Science Department. For fiscal year 2019, the department will have 36 primary instructional track faculty; 3 lecturers; 35 secondary instructional track faculty; 18 research track faculty; and 13 adjunct professors.

The Department has an operating budget of $30 million, including the faculty noted above, 12 administrative and 42 research and programming staff; 54 postdoctoral fellows; 43 PhD students; and 35 Master’s of Science graduate students.                                                                

The CDA will report to the Department Chair, with additional administrative accountability to the Executive Director of Administration & Chief Operating Officer for the Medical School, and will be a member of the Medical School’s broader Chief Department Administrator team.


  • Partners with the Department Chair and the leadership team to establish a unifying vision and strategy for the department. Aligns the departmental strategy with Michigan Medicine, and implements objectives to meet clearly defined goals.

  • Responsible for managing the day-to-day department operations including, but not limited to, financial performance; human resources; service agreements; space utilization; graduate education; compliance; and communications.

  • Partners with the Department Chair in all areas of faculty affairs including appointments, privileging, and faculty satisfaction. Actively engages in the processes for recruitment and retention, and assists in faculty issues that may arise requiring creative resolution. Incorporates DEI into all faculty strategies.

  • Advances, strengthens, and oversees departmental research programs. Partners with faculty to ensure all needs are met to support our research activities.

  • Ensures the success of the educational process and environment and supports educational initiatives across campus. Partners with the Department Chair and leadership in the success of the department through the support of all of learners. Incorporates DEI into all educational strategies.

  • Engages with appropriate external audiences to represent Michigan Medicine and the department; stays apprised of trends impacting the academic field.

  • Engages with appropriate external audiences to represent Michigan Medicine and the department and stay apprised of trends impacting our business.

  • Collaborates on Michigan Medicine priorities by providing individual input or serving on various committees as required.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Collaborates to create a shared vision; effectively communicates the vision and inspires stakeholders to build consensus.

  • Creates value for a diverse community by fostering a climate of service excellence.

  • Leads innovation and change through the application of lean thinking philosophy, tools and techniques to increase operational efficiencies.

  • Fosters and supports diverse teams and provides a work climate that is inclusive and elicits a high level of team engagement.

  • Collaborates and builds inclusive relationships with appropriate stakeholders and models respect, recognition, helpfulness and collaboration.

  • Coaches and develops others and provides professional development support. Develops talent with both the individual and organizational needs in mind.

  • Develops a culture of accountability; provides the team with the strategic direction, prioritization and support in order to achieve results.

  • Identifies problems and involves appropriate individuals to reach resolution.

  • Leads in the alignment of Michigan Medicine culture by being organizationally astute and leveraging processes and relationships to succeed.

  • Adapts oneself in a complex environment, adjusting as required and always engaging in self-reflection, continual learning and growth.

  • Acts with courage and confidence to encourage creative thinking; seizes opportunities; demonstrates personal conviction; and conveys an optimistic outlook.

  • Communicates effectively to a multitude of audiences, using the appropriate medium/s of communication at the appropriate time in order to elicit feedback, share information and construct messaging that will have the maximum impact on others.

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of a positive and inclusive environment.

Required Qualifications*

  • 8+ years of leadership experience.

  • MBA, MPH, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to present and gain acceptance of ideas and proposals.

  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, and budgeting.

  • Demonstrated strength in verbal and written communication.

  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader in a complex and dynamic organization.

  • Broad understanding of current trends in basic science research and higher education.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in managing research and grant activity and knowledge of human research regulatory requirements and lab safety standards.

  • Experience in developing and preparing contracts and proposals.

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.

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.