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Job Summary

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary research center based in the Ford School of Public Policy that brings together faculty, staff, and students from across the university to develop more equitable and just science, technology, and related policies. In all of our work, we are dedicated to learning about the challenges communities face as they advocate for better tech and tech policies, and translating these to policymakers, engineers, scientists, and civil society to produce more equitable and just tech and tech policies.

We are looking for a Partnerships Coordinator for our new partnerships initiative. Our goal is to build partnerships that 1) help technical and policy experts learn directly from the communities most likely to be affected by and benefit from science and technology, and; 2) ensure that community organizations newly engaging with issues of science and technology have the tools to influence technically complex decisions.

The Ford School is one of the nation's foremost policy schools, housed at one of the world's great public universities. We lead research that illuminates public policy challenges and opportunities, educate future policy leaders and analysts, and work with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national, and international policies. Our dedication to the public good is grounded in our core values and inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Partnership oversight:

  • Strategic planning and engagement, identification of and outreach to partners, and managing deliverables.
  • Manage partner meetings.
  • Identify opportunities to engage with U-M faculty and cultivate collaborations aimed at using U-M resources to address community science and technology needs.
  • Build relationships and engage with leaders of community organizations and non-profits in the region, U-M faculty experts, and other potential partners.
  • Manage the partner-in-residence program, including promoting the program, making connections, and supporting the partner's work.

Student supervision:

  • Supervise student research assistants and oversee undergraduate and graduate interns.
  • Provide project planning and coordination support.
  • Track student effort and program participation to inform strategic planning.


  • Establish and implement strategies for outreach and information sharing across all partners.
  • Oversee development of written materials (memos, policy briefs, presentations, reports, web content) and present project findings.
  • Plan events to help raise awareness of STPP's partnerships work.
  • Represent STPP at public functions, events, workshops, academic conferences, and policy events.

Required Qualifications*

•  A comprehensive understanding of issues related to science, technology and equity, typically acquired through a graduate degree in a related field; or the combination of a bachelor's degree and professional experience

•  Three or more years of professional work experience in public policy, outreach and community relations, or engaging with partners across a range of disciplines, fields, and backgrounds.

•  Excellent project management skills, including setting strategic goals and managing simultaneous projects

•  Familiarity with one or more areas of science and technology policy

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.


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