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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

University of Michigan Health of Michigan Medicine is seeking an experienced, energetic and resilient nursing leader, strategist and communicator to serve as Senior Advisor to the Office of the Chief Nurse Executive (CNE). This individual will support the CNE with internal and external communications, strategy, administrative operational activities, leadership and team execution. This role is unique; it drives key initiatives in support of and on behalf of the CNE.

The Senior Advisor to the CNE provides senior staff support to the Nursing leadership groups and manages the daily operations of the Office of the Chief Nurse Executive, including oversight for executive searches, program reviews, major events and other programs. The position provides administrative leadership and guidance in keeping with the Health System and overall organization’s mission, goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate will handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing longer-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands. The Senior Advisor to the CNE must also have the demonstrated ability to deal with highly confidential information and act as a liaison between the CNE and other constituencies, both internal and external. The Senior Advisor must exhibit the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, the ability to build strong sustainable relationships and the capability to interact within all levels of the institution.

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 Work at Michigan?

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 26,000 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.


The Senior Advisor to the Chief Nurse Executive, serves as a primary staff to the Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) serving as her/his representative as delegated. This individual will coordinate the administrative and operational activities of the office of the CNE to ensure the effective use of time and resources. Duties will include but are not limited to:
- Provide high-level executive support and assistance to the CNE. Handle confidential information with discretion, manage a large variety of details and coordinate complex projects during numerous interruptions, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
- Research, prioritize, and follow up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the CNE, including those of a sensitive and confidential nature
- Conduct background research and literature reviews to prepare and support the CNE; provide advice and guidance on administrative and operational issues to assure strategic alignment of all efforts
- Compose correspondence on a wide variety of matters
- Coordinate the development, implementation, and administration of programs, projects and activities within the office of the CNE as delegated
- Serve on University and external committees representing the department of Nursing and the CNE as delegated
- Design and prepare internal and external reports and presentations as assigned
- Provide facilitation of task force and group work, as well as focus groups and large-scale nursing events to support CNE supported initiatives
- Conduct data analysis and create recommendations for action
- Exercise functional and administrative supervision over professional and support staff as delegated by the CNE
- Oversee the administrative functions of the Nursing Governance Structure including payroll reconciliation, election support, and other duties as assigned
- Meet regularly with key personnel for updates on projects, improvement efforts, and performance indicators and summarize findings to report to the CNE

Required Qualifications*

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Michigan. 
  • Required educational requirement: Master’s degree in Nursing or Health Care Administration, Public Health, Business or related field (a Juris Doctor degree may be considered)   If Master’s degree is not in Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing is required. 
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive Nursing leadership experience with demonstrated career progression with increasing responsibility over time
  • Nurse Leadership certification or completion within one (1) year of accepting this position or when eligible to certify, whichever comes first.  
  • Certification is expected to be maintained while in this leadership role. Examples include Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) or, Nurse Executive (NE-BC).  Certifications must be recognized ty the Magnet Recognition Program and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  See full list here.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including personnel management and the ability to perform as a role model for nursing staff
  • Ability to think strategically, implement plans and manage performance expectations.  Progressive success leading clinical administrative and finance-related functions within a health care setting. 
  • Comprehensive and broad understanding of current trends in health care, clinical operations and strategy 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty, clinical and administrative leaders to achieve institutional goals
  • A fastidious attention to detail
  • Ability to assess competing priorities, manage workflow and meet operational deadlines in a complex organization is necessary
  • Demonstrated ability to design, lead, implement and evaluate large-scale projects 
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; excellent listening skills with the experience and temperament to foster a cooperative, caring, inclusive work environment with a strong orientation to team culture and cross-functionality
  • Excellent analytical skills; ability to quickly aggregate and analyze information
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a manner that fosters teambuilding and to provide visionary direction for team members
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with administrators, physicians, peers, and subordinates
  • Demonstrated Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Note: Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience supporting a member of an executive team
  • Published author in professional journals and professional speaking experience at a national level
  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures is desired.

Work Schedule

Hours:  Full-Time;  40 hours/week.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Shift: Requires flexibility to department needs
Location/ Department:  University of Michigan Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Nursing Administration office are located in the North Ingalls Building

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. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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