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Job Summary

The Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) seeks to fill a new position of Managing Director.  With more than 10 years of providing exceptional outcomes to our project partners and unique experiential learning opportunities to our students, CHEPS seeks applicants who can embrace our vision, approach, and collaborate with us to chart and implement the next 10 years.  The Managing Director will work closely with the CHEPS faculty director to oversee Center projects and programs, and to develop new initiatives.  This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate to grow into the position and assume additional leadership responsibilities over time.

Who We Are

CHEPS Overview


We envision a healthcare system which delivers the highest-quality care in a patient-centric way; supports the mental and physical well-being of its providers; and ensures economic viability for individuals and institutions.


In order to be fully realized, our vision requires maximal use of systems-based engineering techniques in healthcare. We work to break down barriers of language, culture, and siloing between engineering and healthcare by teaching engineers how to work effectively in healthcare and healthcare providers to have engineering literacy. In doing so we can utilize established engineering techniques to address operational problems in healthcare delivery; we also facilitate the development of new tools and techniques to address healthcare-specific problems and conduct new research when needed. We aim to broadly disseminate the tools, techniques, and training models that we have developed in order to achieve our vision.


  • We foster a community based on diversity as well as respect for the value that our differences bring to our work.
  • We recognize individuality in our students, faculty, collaborators, and the patients and providers we serve. We leverage many talents and viewpoints in order to meet the unique needs of individuals and of the healthcare system as a whole.
  • We focus on ensuring the highest possible impact on the healthcare system, the patients and providers that we serve, and the students that we train.
  • We solve real problems for real people through a systems-based, data-driven, multi-disciplinary approach.
  • We emphasize the importance of joy in our work, our collaborations, and our interactions with those we serve.

CHEPS is a program of the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (ADUE) in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.   


Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinating Center oversight and management in support of the CHEPS vision, mission, and values
  • Formalizing and maintaining processes to ensure that CHEPS runs smoothly
  • Managing tasks of staff and students to make healthcare safer and more efficient - involving both attention to detail and handing off responsibilities to others
  • Mentoring and onboarding a diverse group of students from a variety of majors and backgrounds - from undergraduate to doctoral students - with leadership development and project management skills
  • Providing staff supervision and creating a positive culture for professional development
  • Stewarding financial resources and partnerships

Additional Responsibilities

  • Developing and managing new projects, funding relationships, industry partnerships, and programs
  • Collaborating with other ADUE, Michigan Engineering, and University of Michigan initiatives.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in engineering or a health field
  • 5+ years of experience in full-cycle program and project management
  • 2+ years of experience managing staff
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Appreciation for CHEPS family focus (warmth, enthusiasm, humor, commitment to students)
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Highly collaborative and excited to learn new things
  • Willing and able to take initiative but also take direction
  • Knowledge of data analysis and reporting methodologies

Additional Information

College of Engineering Mission Statement

Michigan Engineering provides scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world. We seek to improve the quality of life by developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, creating collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

The College of Engineering seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of the University of Michigan.  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:


U-M 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 foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support 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.

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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