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Job Summary

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening, Weekend, and Online formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About the Department
Global Initiatives works to sustain and grow the school's international engagement at all levels to meet the Ross mission to build a better world through business and education. The Global Initiatives team is organized within the Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation (OSAI), which includes Global Initiatives, the Career Development Office, Digital Education, the Office of Action Based Learning, and the Living Business Learning Experience. The Managing Director of Global Initiatives leads the Global Initiatives Student Experience team as well as CK Prahalad Initiatives, India Initiatives, and China Initiatives, dedicated to building the school’s presence in these markets and around the ideas of the late CK Prahalad.

This position provides strategic leadership for Ross in the area of global engagement to further build Ross’s presence, brand, and impact abroad.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation (OSAI), the Managing Director works to develop and implement a cohesive strategy around internationalization efforts with an integrated team of key Ross and UM leadership. The Managing Director will also manage global engagement efforts across the Global Initiatives team including global student experience and a set of special Initiatives, India, China, and CK Prahalad; as well as work to maximize Ross’s visibility and engagement globally with partners, friends, alumni, prospective students, corporate partners and other stakeholders.


Duties and Responsibilities
Contributes to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes.  Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others. 

Strategic Management

  • In collaboration with the Ross Leadership Team, develop and work to implement a cohesive global strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • Maximize efforts across the Global Initiatives team, as well as the broader efforts to increase Ross’s visibility and engagement across the globe with alumni, partners, prospective students, corporate partners and other stakeholders.
  • Work across the University to align global efforts and increase Ross’s brand visibility and value.
  • Build and nurture internal and external relationships with key individuals and organizations to determine how they can best partner with the program.
  • In partnership with Ross Development, identify, establish, and cultivate relationships with potential national and international organizations, alumni, and donors to promote initiatives.
  • With faculty, encourage global research and build a research agenda aligned with internationalization efforts.
  • Set the strategic direction for all marketing and communications efforts including web presence, effective use of social media, and other vehicles to communicate with internal and external audiences; ensure optimal positioning of the programs and promote positive public relations.
  • Monitor emerging trends, research, student interests, resources and prospects to identify innovative opportunities to enhance global engagement.
  • Recommend and work with the Associate Deans/Faculty Director(s) to develop new content, degree program partnerships, workshops, co-curricular activities, case competitions, and other programs (as relevant) to complement and build on global involvement.
  • Conduct presentations to internal and external audiences; represent the organization at conferences or events.

Program Management

  • Oversee and manage the Global Initiatives Team, providing a strong culture of excellence, collaboration, and service.
  • Provide operational leadership support to the Executive Director of OSAI and Faculty Directors of the Initiatives in carrying out the mission of the department.
  • Work closely with the degree program offices and provide strategic collaboration and high-quality services to their students and faculty.
  • Develop and implement assessment and metrics around global competence and programs, as well as work closely and collaboratively on leading efforts around building cultural competence.

Financial Management

  • Establish and oversee the Global Initiatives operating budget and external funds.
  • Work with directors to ensure budget and financial compliance, and create protocols as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s level education in a relevant field
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in international higher education or equivalent combination of education and related experience required with significant leadership and management experience
  • Demonstrated ability in project management and strategic planning and execution
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines and consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative
  • Team-oriented, flexible and customer-service oriented manner
  • Proven ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people
  • Excellent communication skills, diplomacy, discretion, and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated managerial and team leadership skills are essential
  • Candidates must have a proven track record in fiscal management  
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Second language proficiency and experience living and working abroad highly desired

Additional Information

Skills testing is not required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials
  • The person in this position routinely presents information at events
  • The person in this position regularly moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
  • Domestic and/or international travel will be required
  • Will require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven days.  The job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.