Please note: This is a 9 month term limited position. Extending the appointment will be contingent upon program initiatives and securing additional funding. A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.
The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Program Manager will be responsible for managing the programming, administration, public engagement, and research activities of Mobility Policy Knowledge Network. The Network is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Accelerator with the objective of informing mobility policy insights that have a holistic interconnected view of people, systems and society. The Program Manager’s work will primarily be located within the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, but will collaborate with colleagues, faculty and students across the University.
The Network is creating an open knowledge network (OKN) for transportation and the emerging mobility ecosystem that leverages and links existing publicly available data (i.e. www.data.gov). It will serve as nationwide infrastructure to promote scientific progress on how major recent transportation innovations, including ridesourcing and driverless vehicles, can improve economic prosperity and the quality of life for all Americans.
Note: This is a grant funded position that currently has funding for 9 months. Appointment beyond that time will be dependent upon continued grant funding.
ABOUT THE FORD SCHOOL The Ford School is one of the nation’s foremost policy schools, housed at one of the world’s great public universities. We lead research that illuminates public policy challenges and opportunities. We prepare future policy leaders and analysts for dynamic careers in the public and private sectors here in the U.S. and around the world. We work with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national, and international policies. We foster dialogue and understanding about the most pressing policy challenges and opportunities of today. To learn more about the Ford School’s mission and activities—including our academic programs and research —please visit www.fordschool.umich.edu.
Workshop Planning & Outreach:
- Plan and manage various events in collaboration with the Network Director, various faculty and the school’s communications and outreach office. Identify and suggest potential speakers, visitors and policy makers related to the Network’s mission. Plan workshops for Network members. Work with other Ford School staff on publicity, catering, and other logistics as needed.
-Spearhead the production of the Network’s website, writing content, soliciting content from affiliates, and designing and publishing the final version with input from the Network Director.
- Work with the Network’s leadership in identifying and cultivating relationship with potential stakeholders.
-Manage and contribute to Networks social media accounts, including Twitter and LinkedIn.
Administration: - Manage the operational activities of Network, including overseeing the budget, preparing travel requests and reimbursements, requisitions, purchase orders, event planning and support, and other related duties as needed.
- In collaboration with the Ford School’s Communications & Outreach office, design and create communications and marketing materials to publicize activities. Maintain content of the Network website and monitor.
Research: - Identify external and internal grant opportunities to support and expand activities. Draft grant applications in consultation with the Network Director and other relevant faculty.
-Take responsibility for managing research timelines and deliverables
- Assist in the development of the Phase II funding proposal.
- Identify and cultivate relationships with foundations and other potential funders to support the work of the Network.
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two to three years’ experience managing academic programs, research projects, policy related programming and/or similarly complex projects.
Excellent interpersonal skills required to cultivate and steward working relationships with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty.
Advanced experience with managing data in complex databases, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products.
Excellent writing skills, basic design ability, and experience assisting with research projects.
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, strong self-initiative and the ability to work independently, exercise initiative as a critical member of a small team, and function in a dynamic environment.
Active interest in and knowledge about the science and technology policymaking environment.
Research experience, particularly with program evaluation, surveys, or focus groups.
Ability to confidently and fluently communicate with policy makers and academics.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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