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Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) is an innovative academic unit in the College of Engineering (CoE) that is dedicated to educating leaders who can think transformatively and create lasting value in the workplace and society. By integrating the depth and breadth of intellectual resources across CoE and the University, ISD offers uncommon educational opportunities through its multiple interdisciplinary graduate degrees and CoE professional education and customized programs. These opportunities are offered on campus as well as through collaborative online learning environments that allow for globally diverse and non-traditional student engagement. ISD has been consistently ranked among the top tier-one universities in the United States for best online engineering programs.
As a key member of the ISD leadership team, the Assistant Director provides the on-going leadership to identify, craft, and evaluate engagement strategies that support program opportunities across ISD’s portfolio, and leads the process to develop and operationalize their implementation. Responsibilities encompass managing the strategic assessment of program needs, the identification of potential opportunities, the engagement of partners, and the development and implementation of supporting initiatives. The Assistant Director also supervises and manages the ISD engagement, communications, marketing, and recruitment team, coordinates their efforts across other teams, and brings experience in implementing best practices in these areas. The ideal candidate is a creative, collaborative, and visionary leader with a broad background in business, engagement and partnerships, marketing and communications, and higher education; an awareness of engineering fields is desirable.
Strategic Engagement and Implementation: (60%)
Provide the leadership for strategic engagement and implementation processes for ISD’s portfolio.
Lead processes to identify, analyze, recommend, build, and manage external (business, government, non-profit, academia, etc.) and internal (faculty, research institutes, departments, etc.) strategies for program partnerships, opportunities, and initiatives.
Bring together participants, collaborators, stakeholders, experts, etc. and facilitate strategic processes in:
Building a relevant community of practice
Establishing program competitive advantage and reputation in rapidly changing fields
Optimizing student awareness and recruitment
The development of student experience partners (career development, experiential learning, capstone projects, etc.)
ISD global identity, branding, cohesive messaging, and communications implementation strategies
Internal environmental scans and the implementation of collaboration models (UM institutes, CoE centers, other departments, etc.)
Relationships with external industry partners (in conjunction with CoE)
Relationships with alumni and donors
Other relevant initiatives
Provide guidance in determining the relevance of questions to ask in order to gather effective data (i.e. analysis of needs, market opportunities, trends, etc.).
Facilitate building connections with key university faculty and staff to support relationships and initiatives.
Lead the corresponding development, implementation, and assessment of effective and compelling marketing and communications strategies including branding, media design, websites, social media, promotional activities, photo/video media, print collateral development, media relations, public relations, etc.
Lead the development, implementation, and assessment of marketing and recruiting strategies to attract and retain a diverse student cohort for all ISD programs, including directing recruitment activities and engagement with college and university-wide recruitment initiatives.
Establish metrics and track and analyze data in order to make informed decisions about the effectiveness of engagement and implementation strategies, and effect on-going continuous improvement.
Develop strategies to ensure support for initiatives and relationships, and to scale up as appropriate.
Serve as a liaison between ISD and other relevant university units.
Management and Administrative: (30%)
Lead, supervise, and manage a team of staff engaged in engagement, marketing, communications, and recruitment activities.
Interview, hire, train, and mentor employees; plan, assign, and direct work; conduct performance appraisals; support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
In conjunction with ISD administrative staff, develop, monitor, and manage activity budgets and resources.
Participate in the development and implementation of relevant management information systems.
Overall Strategic Leadership: (10%)
Collaborate with ISD leadership to develop, implement, and assess strategic goals and plans for the unit.
Contribute to overall program development through activities such as information gathering and the development of reports and proposals.
May perform other responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, marketing, communications, or related field.
Minimum of 7-10 years of higher-level professional experience in a related role.
Minimum of 4 years of supervisory experience and all related personnel management aspects.
A strong track record in identifying, crafting, and leading strategies to build relationships and initiatives.
Demonstrated leadership skills and working effectively within a team environment.
Demonstrated experience in bringing diverse constituents together and facilitating effective outcomes.
Experience in analyzing needs, market opportunities, trends, etc.
Experience in establishing metrics, tracking and analyzing data, and utilizing for continuous improvement.
Experience developing, implementing, managing, and assessing the effectiveness of a full spectrum of marketing and communications strategies (branding, media design, websites, social media, promotional activities, photo/video media, print collateral development, media relations, public relations, etc.).
General awareness of best practices for the recruitment and retention of students.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to diplomatically interact with a wide variety of participants and stakeholders and maintain effective working relationships.
Strong collaborative working style and the ability to contribute to a positive work environment that values respect, listening, and learning.
Awareness of best practices in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and working with diverse groups of people.
Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other productivity tools (i.e. Adobe, Google).
An advanced degree preferred.
Experience in higher education preferred, or private sector or non-profit settings of a complex nature.
An awareness of engineering fields is desirable.
Experience developing and monitoring program budgets a plus.
Knowledge of University policies and procedures
ISD is an inclusive and innovative community for lifelong education that is dedicated to integrating disciplines for an uncommon and premier education with a global reach. For more information please see: http://isd.engin.umich.edu/
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/ .
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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