Job: Academic Program Specialist (Center for Armenian Studies, University of Michigan)

Deadline: Open Until Filled 

The Center for Armenian Studies (CAS) is seeking an individual to serve as the Academic Program Specialist (APS) for the unit. The Academic Program Specialist will work closely with the Center Director and Cluster Manager to develop, plan and implement programming activities that will serve the faculty and students, the UM community, and the Ann Arbor community.


Oversight & Evaluation of Center Programming, Student and Faculty Engagement

The APS serves as the primary supervisor of student assistants, and seasonal/temporary hires; assists the Director in the development and delivery of Armenian-focused programming on campus; identifies and promotes Armenian-based opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, in line with the CAS mission of serving as a conduit for Armenian-related research, engagement, and programming. The APS assists the CAS’s faculty and other campus units to establish programming that is inclusive and appealing to multiple constituents across campus/disciplines, and oversees the dissemination of information about these programming and opportunities to the wider CAS and campus community of students, faculty, and staff; and works with II Communications staff to oversee the Center’s communications, including the CAS website, e-mail campaigns, yearly newsletter, and social media activity.

Planning and Coordination

The APS assists the Director in the development of strategic partnerships for the Center, determining fiscal year budget and spending priorities, and creating opportunities to engage donors. The APS assists the Director in the establishment of relationships with new strategic partners on the continent, as well as in liaising with relevant U-M units and Armenian Studies Centers at other US universities.    

Manoogian postdoctoral and visiting scholar fellowships

Administer the postdoctoral fellowship application process, and address inquiries regarding the fellowships; communicate decisions to fellows and collaborate with the host departments to invite scholars. Oversee the hiring of postdoctoral and visiting scholars in close collaboration with the LSA HR, host units, and International Center. Manage arrival and integration of fellows into center and campus life; provide orientation and access to university services; meet with fellows as needed to address and delegate all questions related to their status, responsibilities and overall residency.

Student fellowships and grants

Meet with students to provide regional and thematic advising on CAS academic offerings, events, fellowship, and grant opportunities; provide information about the center to prospective students. Create and disseminate internal announcements to different UM units/departments and student organizations regarding student fellowships, travel and research grants; work with the Fellowships team to largely publicize the funding announcement for summer research and travel grants. Manage graduate student fellowship applications; communicate committee decisions to host departments; work with the departments to draft offer letters. Oversee summer research and student travel grant application process and awards; prepare and send student travel award notices; process grant payments; collect reports.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience Demonstrated personal and/or professional interest in Armenia Familiarity with higher education, and curriculum development Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize a variety of tasks simultaneously and to meet strict deadlines Highly effective organizational skills and attention to detail Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing ability Proven ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in educational and public-facing settings Ability to work collaboratively in small (CAS) and large (II) teams, as well as independently Eagerness to learn, adaptability to changing needs, and willingness to take on new roles as needed Knowledge of Microsoft Office, G Suite, and Zoom Ability to occasionally work in the evenings or on weekends Must support, encourage, and respect a diverse, equitable and inclusive community

Desired Qualifications: Graduate level study related to Armenia, or comparable professional experience related to Armenia Knowledge about higher education systems in Armenia Knowledge about Armenia Proven ability to work with researchers from across a broad range of research disciplines Experience in designing and implementing effective communication strategies

The salary range for this position is $41,200-$51,500, please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 


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