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University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to build a better world through business. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and new ideas that improve business and society.

About the Institute

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The Program Manager of the Zell Lurie Institute guides the daily operations of the Institute's co-curricular student programs, mentoring teams, building relationships, and working with the Executive Director and Managing Director to ensure the Institute's programs achieve the Institute's goals for program participants. The Program Manager works with the Institute's marketing and event staff to ensure that the programs receive appropriate publicity and visibility both at U-M and beyond.

You Will:

Program Operational Oversight

  • Lead the development, and continuous improvement on the Institute's student-oriented action-based learning programs, all within the allocated budget for these activities.
  • Work directly with the Managing Director to ensure the Institute's programs and activities continue to align with Institute's strategic direction and meet the Institute's goals.
  • Work directly with the Managing Director to determine the appropriate budget for the Institute's programs.
  • Work with the Institute's marketing staff to create a marketing plan for each program.
  • Implement opportunities to enhance operations of the student programs by examining the external market and other programs. This includes participation in GCEC (Global Conference for Entrepreneurial Centers).

Student Mentoring/Advising

  • Mentor students through the new venture creation process by holding individual office hours with students.
  • Counsel students on ways to maximize their entrepreneurial education at Ross including discussing course selection, extracurricular activities, and career counseling.
  • Coach student teams participating in the Institute's co-curricular programs to help students grow their businesses and refine their pitches.

Relationship Management

  • Operational representative to promote collaboration and set up programs for cooperating with other parts of the University's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Build relationships with alumni and donors for recruitment as judges, mentors, and reviewers for student teams and the student-oriented programs.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with external organizations such as Ann Arbor Spark, corporate partners, and other colleges and universities across the country.
  • Work with other Ross departments who provide services and support to Institute students including other institutes or centers, program offices, and career development.

You Have:

  • Four year college (Bachelor's Degree)
  • Three or more years of professional experience in innovation or entrepreneurship within an established corporation, a startup company, or university. Will be asked to coach students in the context of the frameworks and programs offered by the Institute.
  • Project management
  • Have experience in a professional team-oriented environment with commitment to customer service, and a team approach to work.
  • Work simultaneously on numerous tasks
  • Have the ability for occasional domestic travel and international travel.
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, or weekends.
  • Contribute to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a for outcomes. Approach this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treat others with dignity and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listen values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.

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 (Vacation, Holidays, Season Days)
  • 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
  • Flexible Work Program
  • Ross Onsite Fitness Center

Salary Information :

The general salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000. You can expect to be paid a competitive and equitable salary. Factors used to determine salary include experience for the position. You are encouraged to discuss salary questions to honor understanding and transparency throughout the recruiting process.

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who grow and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven days.  The job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

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.