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Ross School of Business in the Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Date Posted 06/19/2019
Graduate Business School -Administrator
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About Business + Impact

The Business+Impact initiative (B+I) was launched in 2017 to make the Ross School the most progressive source of ideas and business solutions to the major challenges facing the world today. A central theme of the initiative is finding ways to translate faculty research into actionable insights through engaging public discourse, convening conferences and design charrettes, and launching an Impact Studio. The Impact Studio will be an incubator for potentially impactful ideas arising out of the broad research enterprise at Ross and will involve students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It will be rolled out under the guidance of the Managing Director.


The Managing Director of Business + Impact provides strategic vision and direction for the Business + Impact studio, which will organize and support research initiatives, educational programs, and events that bring faculty, students, alumni, companies, and strategic partners together to advance the positive impact business has in our global society.  In addition to directing/curating new initiatives that align with the strategic priorities of the school, this position will oversee operations, manage the budget, and oversee the studio’s marketing and communication strategies.  This position will report to the Associate Dean, Business + Impact.


Contributes to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes. Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.

Strategic Direction and Development

  • Work with Associate Dean to set the strategic direction of the studio including planning, developing, and implementing short and long-range objectives.

  • Provide operational leadership support to the Associate Dean and associated faculty in carrying out the mission of the studio.

  • Develop and oversee the execution of new educational/research strategic initiatives

  • Consult on socially engaged designs for the studio to elevate the role and impact of business in society

  • Monitor emerging trends, research, student interests, resources and prospects to identify innovative opportunities to enhance the studios initiatives. Recommend and work with the Associate Dean Director(s) to develop new content, workshops, co-curricular activities, case competitions, and other programs (as relevant) to complement and build on the classroom experience.

Management of Studio

  • Manage the day-to-day operations for the studio; reinforce a collaborative, learning-oriented, and high-performance culture.

  • Interact extensively key stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, alumni, companies, and strategic partners to provide seamless delivery of high-quality research initiatives to advance the positive impact business has in our society

  • Support admissions efforts by engaging prospective students, attending information sessions, hosting prospective students, developing marketing materials, and collaborating with admissions on materials, events, etc.

  • Administer evaluations of program content, effectiveness, and value.

  • Manage and coordinate staff (where relevant) and execution for all events (scheduling, facilities, catering, presenters, course materials, etc.)

  • Act as Ross liaison and representative to University community, media, sponsoring agencies, vendors, and partner organizations.

  • Select, supervise, develop and evaluate assigned staff; establish and model performance expectations and standards to foster a positive, high-service, and innovative culture. Provide leadership for the training and motivation of staff in order to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet the studio’s growth and demands.

  • Establish and manage the operating budget and external funds. Ensure compliance to budget and all applicable financial policies, procedures and requirements.

Relationship Management and Marketing

  • Build and nurture internal and external relationships with key individuals and organizations to determine how they can best partner with the studio.

  • In partnership with Ross Development, identify, establish, and cultivate relationships with potential national and international organizations, alumni, and donors to promote initiatives.

  • Conduct presentations to internal and external audiences.  Represent the studio at conferences or events.

  • Set the strategic direction for all marketing and communications efforts including web presence, effective use of social media, and other vehicles to communicate with internal and external audiences. Ensure optimal positioning of the studio and promote positive public relations.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or appropriate combination of education and professional experience in delivery of superior services and programs within higher education or the business/corporate community.  Candidates must have significant and progressive experience (~8 years) in related positions in a complex matrix organization, ideally with experience in higher education.

  • Candidates will possess the analytical ability to assess the environment and the competition, anticipate future business needs, and develop creative ideas regarding possible responses.

  • Advanced initiative design and development, marketing, strategic planning, organizational development, and analytical/problem-solving skills are required.

  • Demonstrated managerial and team leadership skills are required.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies is essential.

  • Enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and self-motivation

  • Proven expertise in developing entrepreneurial initiatives

  • Hands-on experience in a design discipline

  • Broad understanding of the design process and design thinking

  • The ability to work with and understand the needs of stakeholders in a variety of social contexts and academic disciplines

  • Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to take initiative, and be resourceful in an environment of constrained resources.

  • Candidates must have a proven track record in fiscal management and experience preparing and monitoring budgets.

  • Fundraising experience is preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.  Strong public speaking skills are necessary; ability to present strong and persuasive oral and written communications and to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and database applications, i.e. PeopleSoft (or comparable system).

Desired Qualifications*

  • MBA or Master’s degree in higher education or related field is strongly preferred

Additional Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • The person in this position routinely communicates with students about financial aid, programs, events, activities, etc.

  • The person in this position routinely presents information at events.

  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the building to attend meetings/events and access files or information.

  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.

  • The person in the position travels domestically and internationally, as required.

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

*Please mention to employers when applying for this job*
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