Job: Academic Program Specialist, CREES & CPPS (U. of Michigan)

Deadline for Applications:  September 20, 2016

How to Apply

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.


Programming: Develop, promote, plan, and work with other staff to implement CREES and CPPS disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and cross-regional programs and manage project budgets. Working with the WCEE director, CREES Executive Committee, and CPPS Steering Committee, organize lectures, conferences, symposia, and films, and oversee staff providing logistical and technical support (e.g., room scheduling, media equipment, A-V recording, etc.). Provide visitor services (travel, visa, honoraria, per diem payments, hosting arrangements, itineraries). Develop and review project budgets and initiate and track financial transactions for CREES and CPPS programs. Coordinate CREES and CPPS faculty committees and communications with faculty. Organize and participate in staff meetings and cross-center planning. (40%)

Prepare and edit copy for reports, publications, websites, and other publicity for CREES and CPPS activities. Develop and oversee maintenance of specialized CREES and CPPS e-mail groups. Advertise events and academic programs through e-mail communication, print publications, and social media. Manage the CREES and CPPS Facebook and Twitter accounts and CREES announcement blog. (30%)

Provide staff support to the WCEE associate director to implement CREES undergraduate and graduate academic programs and student funding opportunities in partnership with II Undergraduate Academic Services and Fellowships and Graduate Academic Services. (15%)

Grant Management: Assist the WCEE director with proposals to external and U-M funding sources, including coordination of data collection and drafting of budgets, narratives, and reports, as needed. Administer CREES/CPPS grants, review and oversee of budgets, and coordinate other post-award activities to assure compliance with sponsor reporting and budget requirements and timetables. (10%)

Development: Work with the WCEE director and LSA DMC to explore potential gift opportunities. Oversee alumni relations, correspondence, and alumni database updates. Prepare alumni and other funding requests; plan development events as needed. (5%)

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant international or area studies field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Familiarity with academic program administration; excellent communication and English language skills; ability to handle a variety of tasks and meet deadlines; ability to work occasional evenings and weekends; knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Desired Qualifications*

A Master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; proficiency in at least one language of the region (former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe); two years University of Michigan experience with knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures (or equivalent).

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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