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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 University of Michigan has outstanding clinicians, learners and researchers in diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorders, and their complications. The Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute (CDI) is a new campus-wide Institute that works across disciplines, serving as the central hub to coordinate exceptional research, education and patient and family centered care. This role will support UM faculty and staff, patients and communities in preventing, treating, and ultimately curing diabetes and related disorders. The CDI seeks a Managing Director to grow and sustain an interdisciplinary coalition of researchers, clinicians, staff, learners, patients, families, and educators. The person in this role will support large campus-wide initiatives, develop new programs that align with strategic priorities of the Institute, work collaboratively with other centers and institutes, plan and direct the Managing and operational activities, and oversee the staff and budget. She/he/they will work with CDI leadership, Advisory Boards, patients, families and the community, and Program Directors in establishing strategic direction, which includes coordinating and supporting diabetes- and metabolism-related research programs to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness; engaging patients and their families to integrate cutting-edge research with clinical care; coordinating among clinical programs to enhance care and experience for patients with diabetes and related disorders; and coordinating and supporting the training and mentoring of those focused on diabetes and metabolism research and care at the University of Michigan.

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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


The Managing Director will report to the Director of the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, and will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing the CDI strategic aims, which includes integrating current and future projects and programs and using knowledge of science, research, and business to run a thriving Institute.
  • Serve as the coordinating administrator for the JDRF Center of Excellence (COE) at the University of Michigan, as an affiliated center of the CDI. The COE administrator will support the PIs and leadership team of the COE. The administrator will also aid the COE with reporting and communication to the JDRF, as well as responsibility for coordinating among the COE, the CDI, and the departments of the participating faculty and staff.
  • Connecting with experts in diabetes, metabolic disease, and related conditions to identify best practices in research, education, and clinical care, and identify opportunities and mechanisms to loop discoveries into practice and policy.
  • Collaborating with the Institute members and other Centers on areas of mutual concern. Engage in active communications and collaboration with colleges and schools across campus and beyond to develop partnerships, shared resources and common projects.
  • Supporting faculty and personnel in securing and coordinating new interdisciplinary research grants, such as program project grants, center grants, and multidisciplinary university research initiative grants.
  • Communicating 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.
  • Developing and stewarding new and existing long-term projects, facilitate relationships with essential departments and partners to expand programs through state, regional and national contacts.
  • Implementing opportunities to enhance the Institute and create new projects as needed in supporting strategic aims.
  • Identifying ideal patient and family experience across key clinics/areas where patients with diabetes, metabolic disease, and associated disorders are seen, and working with stakeholders to implement improvements.
  • Developing and facilitating Advisory Boards and meetings related to goals and initiative, and implementing relevant directions that derive from board input.
  • Overseeing day to day operations for all programs, workshops, etc., reinforcing a collaborative, learning-oriented and high performance culture, including staffing and financial management and projections.
  • Work with Development and CDI leadership to gather and utilize funds for the enhancement of diabetes-related programs across campus.
  • Identify metrics to quantify Institute progress and track these to determine the past and ongoing impact of the CDI.

The Managing Director for CDI will be responsible for providing leadership and professional expertise to leverage the knowledge and skills of others, and to strategically grow the Institute services. The Managing Director will work directly with the Institute Director to develop staff members, and to build the Institute Infrastructure in partnership with staff  establishing operational objectives and assignments, and delegating assignments to appropriate team members.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in related field and considerable professional experience with a minimum of 5 years management experience, strong interpersonal skills, creativity and experience in capacity building and securing grant funding for research and program development.
  • Experience in securing and managing research and program grants.
  • Experienced in strategic planning and building new programs, including establishing data/metrics framework, strong local and national partnerships, and building relationships with national nonprofits, health systems and government agencies.
  • Requires independent judgment to search out appropriate course of action within the context of policies and procedures.
  • Experience in development and oversight of budgets. Experience with finance, accounting, and spreadsheet applications and analyzing and reporting data in order to identify issues, trends, or exceptions to drive improvement of results and to find solutions.
  • Experience in utilizing quality improvement processes and tools.
  • Developing and managing services and programs that support and sustain improved patient outcomes, including determining pursuing unmet patient/community needs.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, extensive experience with grant writing and proposal administration. Experience building and coordinating teams of faculty and staff across disciplines, experience with outreach and partnership building.
  • Advanced program development, strategic planning, and organizational development skills.
  • Knowledge of the requirements and management of NIH funded centers and experience with NIH grants and grant-writing.
  • Strong public speaking and community relation experience.
  • Established ability to analyze and integrate information from complex data sources into comprehensive executive summaries.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with organizational partners, donors, potential donors and development
  • Experience in working with patient, family and community partners.
  • Experience in quality improvement efforts in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting complex, multi-site research.
  • Knowledge of University of Michigan business practices and financial operations.
  • Knowledge and experience with the diabetes research at UM and national landscape.
  • Prior experience working in a multifaceted, multi-department and mulit-school institute or center.

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.   The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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.  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.