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Research and Creative Practice Program Manager

Post Date:

March 28, 2018


University of Michigan


Ann Arbor, MI


High academic rankings, a substantial endowment, and leading research make the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan one of the most dynamic institutions in its field. We are a diverse, creative, and collaborative community that provides a rich setting for both individual and disciplinary response to rising demand for design and planning of the built environment.

The Research and Creative Practice Program Manager (RCPPM) will work directly with the Associate Dean of Research and Creative Practice (ADR&CP) to build capacity and administer implementation of the sponsored research and creative practice enterprise at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The RCPPM will also assist in developing new research opportunities and strategic partnerships aligned with the core areas of the college strategic plan. The role is responsible for the project management and daily administration of a broad range of project types which are large scale, multi domain, occur within national and international contexts, involve multiple stakeholders and adhere to strict deadlines. The ideal candidate will possess domain knowledge aligned with the College’s programs and is a collaborative and proactive strategic thinker with entrepreneurial insight.

  •   Support ADR&CP in developing, expanding and promoting the Taubman College faculty sponsored research and creative practice enterprise across a national and international context. 
  •  Project management for major College research and creative practice initiatives.

      o Manage projects from original concept through completion using appropriate tools
      o Practice agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, and accountability; provide project tracking and analysis.
      o Develop detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports
      o Resolve issues and manage changes and interventions to achieve project outcomes.

  •   Interface with Taubman faculty and broader university partners/stakeholders (i.e.: colleges/units, specific institutions and UMOR) to articulate/identify research directions, document existing activities and build descriptive graphical and text based assets to utilize in the pursuit of new opportunities.

  •   Assist with identification and development of potential external partners to with whom to expand sponsored research/creative practice opportunities.

  •   Assist faculty in outward facing engagements around sponsored project through U‐M resources including Business Engagement (BEC), Foundation Relations (FR) and Government Relations (GR).

  •   Manage communications to faculty regarding new research and creative funding opportunities.

  •   Prepare and manage research related communications (internal/external/U‐M wide) in coordination with the College advancement team.

  •   Provide support in grant proposal development and liaison with the College business office to facilitate proposal production and submission.

  •   Communicate regularly with faculty regarding emerging funding opportunities, and coordinate research practice information sessions that aim to download best practice knowledge to faculty college‐wide.

  •   Provide specialized administrative support such as program budgeting/accounting, fundraising and public relations.

  •   Assist as needed with associate dean’s research budget management

  •   Effectively schedule appointments and meetings and maintain associate dean’s calendar.

  •   Create travel itineraries, manage visa applications, and coordinate all travel‐related arrangements associated with research and creative practice enterprise advancement.

  •   Handle all aspects of P‐Card reconciliation and expense reports in Concur.


  •   Master’s degree in related field: architecture, urban design or urban planning is preferred.

  •   Specific and detailed domain knowledge regarding architecture and planning enterprise and research and the AEC sector.

  •   Project management experience in mid‐size complex projects with multiple partners [i.e.: 1yr+ durations, $200K‐ $1MM budgets]

  •   Proven organizational skills that reflect ability to analyze information and prioritize multiple projects seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.

  •   Public speaking capacity and ability to organize and manage group strategic planning sessions.

  •   Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast‐paced environment.

  •   Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships.

  •   Highly resourceful team‐player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.

  •   Strong verbal and written communication.

  •   Proficiency in understanding and communicating financial information.

  •   Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands.

  •   Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals or groups with diverse backgrounds.

  •   Experienced business software user i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  •   Professional experience in fields of architecture, urban design or urban planning.
  •   Previous experience with university academic/research policies and systems.
  •   Previous experience in higher education project management.
  •   Previous experience in grant writing.

  Knowledge of/or expertise with domain‐related database systems and other graphic and design software applications i.e. Adobe Suite


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