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Job Summary

We are looking for a Senior Associate Director to join the office of Academic Human Resources.  The Senior Associate Director will be the contract administrator and chief negotiator for the University of Michigan for two academic bargaining units.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that’s the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this outstanding institution. It’s adding a purpose to your profession.  Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


  • Lead the University bargaining team in contract negotiations and contract implementation matters, advise the schools, colleges, institutes and centers on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses regarding University procedures;
  • Provide strategic advice to University partners and academic units regarding contract compliance and application;
  • Help provide contract training for deans, associate deans, chairs and other academic administrators;
  • Represent University in meetings with the union in conference settings and facilitating discussion and resolution of complex issues between the University and Unions;
  • Investigate grievances; prepare and issue grievance responses and conducting grievance hearings in collaboration with schools, colleges, and institutes;
  • Partner in labor relations strategy development;
  • Provide daily consultation to Schools and Colleges on personnel matters related to tenure-track, research-track and clinical-track faculty, lecturers, post-doctoral research fellows and graduate student assistants (graduate student instructors (GSI), graduate student staff assistants (GSSA) and graduate student research assistants (GSRA)) and regarding University procedure;
  • Advise the schools, colleges, institutes and centers on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses regarding University procedures and Provost Office and Human Resource procedures and programs as they relate to academic employees;
  • Help administer the faculty grievance procedure on the Ann Arbor campus;
  • Participate in special projects, related to appointment and termination protocols for several 'academic' appointees; and
  • Contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the University, including respect for diverse views and approaches, and contributes to maintaining a professional environment.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; a juris doctorate or an advanced degree in a related profession;
  • 5+ years of professional experience working in an academic environment and with employee or labor relations responsibilities, including participation in the collective bargaining process;
  • An in-depth understanding of labor law; and
  • Advanced experience analyzing and applying organizational policies.

Additional Information

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future.  Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.