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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 directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) in the University of Michigan Medical School is committed to offering graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and post-baccalaureate participants rigorous curriculum and active guidance so that they can accomplish professional growth, a balanced quality of life, and successful career in the field of biomedical sciences. OGPS oversees an array of programs such as the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS); the Postbac Research Education Program (PREP); the post-baccalaureate Premedical Program (MEDPREP), as well as our strong career and professional development, mental health and wellness, training grant support, and DEI efforts.

OGPS is actively looking for an Administrative Director who will partner with the Associate Dean to manage departmental operations and accomplish strategic initiatives of the department that are aligned with the overall vision of higher education at Michigan Medicine.

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


  • Report to the Associate Dean of OGPS and have additional accountability to the Medical School’s Associate Dean for the Office of Research and the Chief Operating Officer for the Medical School.
  • Partner with the Associate Dean and the leadership team to formulate and implement strategic plans for OGPS
  • Manage the department’s financial performance, human resources, research administration, space utilization, educational administrative activities, capital projects, IT operations and internal controls.
  • Oversee the functional operations of the various OGPS divisions including Career and Professional Development, Mental Health & Wellness, MEDPREP, PREP, and the TG Support Office.
  • Oversee the functional operations of the Medical School Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs (IGP), Cancer Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Immunology and Neuroscience.
  • Oversees all faculty administrative appointments.
  • Partner with various service units to meet the needs and strategic goals of OGPS.
  • Champion DE&I efforts within the department, serving as co-lead for the department.
  • Lead a cohesive team of administrative professionals, including supporting professional development and personal growth.
  • Nurture an environment that is inclusive, supportive, and caring that attracts the best talent.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Healthcare, Business or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 5+ years of experience in a related field.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, and budgeting
  • Knowledge of Personnel practices including staff, faculty, and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.
  • Experience managing research and grant activity and knowledge of pre- and post- award management and research compliance including institutional training grants.
  • Experience managing gift funds and other financial assets.
  • Experience preparing contracts and proposals.
  • Experience with higher education and milestones as it relates to PhD and Master’s students.
  • Experience supervising a team of 5 or more direct reports.
  • A demonstrated history of building and maintaining a positive work environment, including taking a proactive approach to work/life balance and leading cohesive teams built on trust and accountability.
  • A demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Desired Qualifications*

A demonstrated history of building and maintaining a positive work environment, including taking a proactive approach to work/life balance and leading cohesive teams built on trust and accountability.

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, 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.