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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included as the first page in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in a career path in higher education. The Executive Project Assistant provides high-level administrative and project management support to the Project Manager and Jr. Project Manager in the Office of the President. The work performed by the Project Managers and supported by this position includes running executive searches (for positions reporting directly to the President), overseeing award selection processes (honorary degrees and commencement speakers, President’s Awards for Public Engagement and Impact, and the Thomas Frances Jr. Medal in Global Public Health), supporting various presidential advisory committees, and assisting with other presidential initiatives and special projects as assigned. The successful applicant will have relevant experience supporting high-level strategic and complex projects. The Executive Project Assistant reports to the Project Manager. General administrative support for other staff within the Office of the President, as well as some work on evenings and weekends, may be required.

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 fostering learning, creativity and productivity, and to supporting 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.


  • Provide confidential administrative support for executive search advisory committees and other presidential advisory committees, initiatives, and special projects as assigned. This includes organizing background materials and agendas, scheduling meetings, and taking notes upon request. Occasional staffing of committee-related meetings and events may be required.
  • Effectively manage deadlines by maintaining or implementing necessary filing and organizational systems and databases.
  • Provide calendar support for two Project Managers. This includes scheduling with internal and external participants, often with broad representation from varying departments and across university campuses.
  • Assist with composition and preparation of written materials for the President and Regents, including correspondence for the President’s signature.
  • Proofread and finalize confidential and sensitive correspondence, documents, and reports. Conduct background research as needed.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements, prepare itineraries, and organize materials for confidential special guests and delegates.
  • Reconcile and process invoices, prepare expense reports for payment, and maintain necessary financial records.
  • Coordinate hosting and catering arrangements for meetings and special events, including set-up and clean-up.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2-3 years experience in performing responsible administrative duties. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Strong commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong attention to detail, deadline management, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly (written and verbal) and to interact comfortably with a variety of professionals and constituents, including senior university administrators.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate a large and diverse workload while demonstrating flexibility when faced with changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Capacity to exercise discretion, independent judgement, diplomacy, and confidentiality with a positive, professional, and service-oriented attitude.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively with staff from various divisions and departments.
  • Demonstrated savvy in relation to digital environments—and an openness to learning new software tools as those environments change. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, specifically), G Suite, Adobe Acrobat, computer file management, web editing, and internet research.
  • Capability to take a proactive approach to assignments and willingness to take initiative in assuming additional responsibility for tasks outside of defined position description.
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the mission of the university.
  • Experience working resourcefully in a fast-paced professional environment.

Additional Information

  • Minimum salary for this position is $50,000

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.