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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 are directly related to this position.


During this pandemic, all interviews are being conducted virtually and a number of positions within Michigan Medicine Office of Development are currently working remotely.

Job Summary

Michigan Medicine is a groundbreaking organization for many reasons, and much of the work that we do is made possible because of philanthropy. Annually, the MM Office of Development raises an average of $190 million which helps us to be a change agent of the world. The Office of Development supports a culture of flexibility and a hybrid work arrangement is possible for this position.


Annual programs foster Michigan Medicine Office of Developments mission to transform healthcare through philanthropy by creating and maintaining a strong, stable pipeline of annual giving donors.   

The Assistant Director of Annual Programs is a member of a team responsible for the execution of direct marketing strategy designed to engage the most people possible by integrating appeals and engagement communications.  The assistant director will focus on maintaining and improving the effectiveness of solicitations for annual gifts. The individual will play an integral role in managing appeals for Michigan Medicine, serving as producer, project manager, and liaison on behalf of annual programs.  This role also runs reports and accesses information from donor databases to help develop strategic recommendations and communicate program results.

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
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Project Management (60%)

  • Provide first point of contact for Michigan Medicine direct marketing efforts to alumni, grateful patients and friends of Michigan Medicine.

  • Develop and coordinate multi-channel annual program plans for assigned units using direct mail, e-mail, social media, Telefund, and online strategies.

  • Coordinate Marketing Effort IDs, mailing lists, and submit data requests to the data team.

  • Work with designers, writers, and printing and mailing vendors as needed.

  • Proofread and review all materials to ensure quality and consistent messaging.

  • Track efforts on the central project calendar.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Strategic Planning and Reporting (20%)

  • Assist with strategic planning, creating, scheduling, and evaluating productive, high-quality, cost-effective annual program plans for assigned units. 

  • Provide budget projections and estimates of results.

  • Utilize data to assess needs, track progress, and analyze results.

  • Proactively brainstorms and develops new initiatives and special projects.

Communication and Collaboration (20%)

  • Collaborate with staff (Gift team leads, MGOs, support staff etc.) to determine fundraising goals and means of accomplishing them.

  • Collaborate with other members of the annual programs team on proofing, budgeting, project calendaring, process documentation and other shared processes. 

  • Provide “best in class” information on annual giving and how to enhance our programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop meaningful working relationships with internal and external constituency groups and work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree and 2-4 years in annual giving/development.

  • More than two years of experience in annual giving, stewardship, donor relations or gift work.

  • Previous experience working with writers, designers and print vendors to develop mail and email pieces.

  • Experience working in a complex environment similar to Michigan Medicine. 

  • Excellent written and communication skills with attention to detail.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities, while meeting challenging and changing deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a proven record of working collaboratively with others.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Development experience in an academic health system setting with a comprehensive development program.

  • Knowledge of the University of Michigan organization, policies, and procedures.

  • Experience with Blackbaud’s CRM or similar donor management systems.

  • Experience running reports in Business Objects and/or Tableau.

  • Experience with successful project management and peer leadership.

  • General understanding online giving platforms and how they work.

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.


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.  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.