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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration of this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight your related skills and experience.

Job Summary

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is dedicated to advancing understandings of Latin America and the Caribbean through the promotion and exchange of new ideas, language training, and interdisciplinary academic research, along with a robust tradition of partnership with and outreach to K-12 and post-secondary institutions and the public at large. It is one of 17 area studies centers within the International Institute (II), housed in a newly refurbished building on the heart of Ann Arbor’s central campus. LACS is a recognized National Resource Center (NRC) per the US Department of Education and serves as a local, regional and national resource for the study of the region. 

The Community Outreach Coordinator position within LACS and II is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is committed to this mission of outreach, and to nurturing and growing our important relationships with K-12 educators, community colleges, and minority serving post-secondary institutions (MSIs). The person in this position will lead our educational programs for teacher training, MSI collaborations, and public engagement.  Under the guidance of the LACS Center Director and LACS Center Program Manager, the Community Outreach Coordinator works to produce short- and long-term educational programming for K-16 communities, business, media, and the general public. Annual activities include but are not limited to: public event coordination, the coordination of MSI collaborations with the University of Puerto Rico and San Diego State University, workshops for K-12 teachers, and collaborative projects with community colleges.

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.


  • Serve as lead LACS representative and liaison for K-12, Community College, and other outreach initiatives. Work closely with other II center staff and directors on strategic planning to fulfill grant mandates related to education and outreach.
  • Build and maintain relationships with outreach partners locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. May require annual domestic and/or international travel.
  • Collaborate with institutional and other partners such as the UM School of Education; the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research; the State of Michigan Department of Education; Washtenaw Community College; the University of Puerto Rico; and San Diego State University, among others.
  • Organize annual SCECH-hour approved LAC-themed professional development workshops and programs for K-12 and community college teachers in Michigan.
  • Organize annual UM-UPR outreach symposia and annual UM-SDSU symposia and experiential site visits in Tijuana.
  • Maintain bilingual UM-UPR collaboration website, including translation of web content.
  • Work with contacts at partner institutions to determine goals and set agendas that serve needs of all constituents.
  • Develop curriculum for teacher and community college faculty education that meets the requirements of standard professional development guidelines.
  • Coordinate invitation and logistics of invited speakers and presenters related to outreach programming.
  • Recruit program participants from targeted audiences. Promote the centers’ outreach initiatives to audiences identified, including writing press releases and recruitment materials, maintaining web materials, and preparing and selecting teacher applications.
  • Organize public-facing events on LAC topics.
  • Develop and disseminate publicity materials to promote workshops and events to target audiences, including the weekly LACS e-newsletter.
  • Develop and monitor systems to report on program outcomes, impact and evaluation.
  • Collaboratively prepare biannual federal reports.
  • Assist staff with large center events and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English
  • Previous experience in program planning, management, and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize numerous projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines
  • Highly effective organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking
  • Proven ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in educational and public-facing settings
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently, at times with minimal supervision
  • Eagerness to learn, adaptability to changing needs, and willingness to take on new roles as needed
  • Experience working with websites and social media
  • Ability to occasionally work in the evenings or on weekends
  • Ability to occasionally travel nationally or internationally
  • Ability to define the scope of new initiatives with respect to time and financial resources, and manage ambiguity
  • Must support, encourage, and respect a diverse, equitable and inclusive community 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree (preferred), or higher, in education, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or related field
  • Experience in higher education and working with federal grants
  • Experience working with diverse communities in educational outreach (curriculum development experience a plus)
  • Close familiarity with at least some regions within Latin America or the Caribbean
  • Professional or working knowledge of one or more additional area languages (in addition to Spanish)

Additional Information

This position is term limited to August 14, 2022, with the possibility of a four-year extension dependent on successful NRC grant funding. 

The position is for 40 hours per week, with benefits.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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.

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.