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.
The a2ru associate director reports to the a2ru executive director and works in collaboration with the a2ru team, and a2ru executive committee, and partner-led task forces to support the mission. The person in this position will oversee programs planning, development, and implementation; marketing and communications strategy and implementation; collaborative coordination of conferences; and will assist with budget administration, development strategy and coordination.
The work environment is fast-paced, team-oriented, friendly, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and highly engaging. This position requires national travel, with several trips per academic year for conferences and workshops.
Program Management 50%
Assist in development, promotion, and advancement nationwide initiatives that support a2ru mission
Cultivate and recruit partners
Manage a2ru daily operations, including programs development (student and a2ru scholar grants, and workshops, among other programs), and budget
Assist with coordinating work of a2ru executive committee and task forces
Supervision of student employees and select contractors
Coordinate student granting and exchange programs, including those associated with the Emerging Creatives Student Summit, with assistance from program coordinator
Support the executive director in collaboration with external partnerships with associated professional organizations, national policy bodies, and other organizations to drive the arts-integration agenda nationwide
In coordination with the a2ru executive director, develop and implement partner engagement plans, to include planning and oversight of national and on-campus a2ru activities, applicable materials, schedules, and on-site visits and events
Develop and coordinate workshops and webinars, in collaboration with a2ru team
Communications and Marketing 30%
Oversee creation, implementation and evaluation of a marketing and communications strategy plan for a2ru’s programs, including the conferences and research insights
Oversee creation of marketing materials, with the program coordinator
Update and develop the website, coordinating web developers
Strategize maintenance of website, coordinating with web developers and program coordinator
Serve as a responsive communication liaison for faculty, students and staff at partner universities, as well as for media and external press outlets. This may include serving as the organization’s representative on panels, in print, and at conferences, in coordination with the executive director
Design distribution/promulgation plan of partnership engagement and other fieldwide surveys
Author and/or edit materials for local and national press
Conferences and Events Planning 20%
Coordinate programming content with a2ru partner conference and summit planning teams, executive director and the program coordinator. Annual conferences include annual National Conference and Emerging Creatives Student Summit
Coordinate staff and executive committee participation in conferences and gatherings
Bachelor's degree is required and 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
3-5 years management experience
Outstanding written, visual, and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and professionalism. Must be comfortable interacting a wide range of program participants, including university leadership, faculty, and undergraduate/graduate students
Must be well organized, detail-oriented, and capable of working independently
Ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and work effectively both as a member of a team and independently
Knowledge of broad communications principles and media and marketing techniques
Knowledge of social media marketing in a variety of platforms and working knowledge of directing website projects, familiarity with WordPress
Computer knowledge and skills, including Microsoft Office suite, Google docs, sheets, and forms; transferrable skills in database management, and other marketing content management systems, such as MailChimp
Experience leading integrated marking and communications strategy
Experience working with graphic designers
Possess a demonstrated interest in a2ru’s mission
Master’s degree and/or terminal degree
Experience working within an arts integrative or multi-disciplinary program model is a plus
Experience planning large events, such as conferences and symposia
Working knowledge of modern WordPress functionality
Success and experience in grant writing and reporting
Experience and interest in website maintenance/upkeep
Experience in managing web development projects a plus
Expertise in writing promotional copy about programs and events on tight deadlines
100115 - Academic And/Or Research Program Officer Associate - AD200 - Acts as key staff member for an academic or research program, usually of moderate size. Facilitates and coordinates program, assists in developing research, participates in professional conferences and provides public relations support. May provide specialized administrative support such as fundraising or day-to-day administration of a broad range of programs and activities of an academic program or research center. Assists in curriculum development for non-degree-granting programs, workshops and in-service training and develops curriculum materials or teaching materials. Conducts in-service training, conferences and workshops. Serves as a resource to students for course selection. Participates in the program budgeting and accounting process. Education and Experience: Academic background and experience in selected subject area. Requires advanced degree, preferably Ph.D. May require specific experience in curriculum development or in particular area of research. Employees in this classification typically analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities. Primary activities and decision making authority are predominantly performed independently and directly related to academic instruction or training. Under FLSA, this is the exempt job classification for this title. Incumbents in this position must meet the full criteria for exempt status: salary level, salary basis, and duties tests.
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a national alliance of more than 40 research universities committed to maximizing support for the arts and the integration of the arts in higher education.
a2ru is committed to transforming research universities to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for arts-integrative research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences, and other disciplines. It is committed to supporting the growing body of excellent scholarly and creative production most attainable when disciplines are free to experiment within and across their boundaries. a2ru dynamically encourages creative confidence in the arts at the highest level of disciplinary expertise, supports meaningful integrated arts initiatives, and equips administrators with the tools and resources they require to embed the arts on their campuses and in their communities.
a2ru is housed at the University of Michigan and reports to the U-M Vice-Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 174500
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.