University of Michigan – Assistant Director, Talent Pipeline Programs

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Job Summary

Reports to: Director, Recruitment & Human Resources

As the Assistant Director, Talent Pipeline Programs, you will serve as the program director for the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP). You are the key project lead for all activities of the program including marketing and recruitment of interns and host sites, summer programming as well as alumni cultivation and stewardship. This role involves a great deal of collaboration across the Office of University Development, the University as a whole and the SE Michigan community. As a member of the Talent Management team, you will also be responsible for supporting other talent pipeline efforts such as conducting outreach, informational interviews and participating in networking events. In this role, you will be an integral partner in contributing to a work environment that is inclusive, equitable and increasingly diverse.

*This is a full time (3) year term limited position with possibility to extend or transition to open ended. The position qualifies for UM benefits.

Mission Statement
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.

The U-M development community is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.


D-SIP Summer Programming (30%):

Manage all on-boarding aspects of the interns including but not limited to:

  • Collaborate with Finance & Administration and Development Services & Strategic Solutions to facilitate technical and HR components of on-boarding
  • Manage all on-boarding related communications with supervisors and interns
  • Coordinate with Shared Services to facilitate having new hire paperwork completed

Serve as project lead in developing content for events including, but not limited to:

  • Meet & Greet, Orientation, Nonprofit Orientation, Mock Interviews, Midpoint Check-Ins, Nonprofit 9-0, Career Day, Up North Retreat, Project Showcase and Closing Ceremony. This involves collaborating with multiple people and teams across U-M and the community.
  • Identify, schedule, facilitate and prep guest speakers to address the interns
  • Build relationships with interns so that adequate support can be provided when questions/concerns arise
  • Present/facilitate content to the interns, as needed

D-SIP Intern Marketing, Recruitment, Selection, and Communications (25%):

  • Manage student marketing group which coordinates on-campus marketing efforts
  • Partner with teams such as Marketing & Communications to create, produce and disseminate marketing materials, such as brochures, posters, electronic signage and advertisements
  • Lead the development and implementation of intern marketing, which includes communication efforts with, and the building of relationships with campus partners for D-SIP
  • Presenting, as needed, at career fairs, internship fairs, and targeted student groups on campus in order to recruit diverse and qualified candidates
  • Respond to inquiries about the program
  • Serve as the lead for Round 1 and Round 2 interviews
  • Collaborate with Talent Management and school/college/unit supervisors to select qualified candidates
  • Communicate all decisions with candidates and necessary partners
  • Provide guidance to temporary and administrative support staff to successfully manage interview logistics with the U-M Career Center, as well as, coordinating logistics for application review, Round 1 interviews and Round 2 interviews
  • Facilitate discussions with selection team to determine who to move on to Round 1 and Round 2 interviews
  • Manage all communications to and from candidates and interns

D-SIP Supervisor/Host-Site Marketing, Recruitment, Selection, and Communications (20%):

  • Lead the development and implementation of supervisor/host-site marketing efforts and communications for D-SIP
  • Build partnerships with and serve as a contact to community organizations in Washtenaw County
  • Collaborate with Talent Management and school/college/unit supervisors to select qualified host-sites
  • Lead new supervisor orientations including content development
  • Manage all communications to and from host-site candidates and supervisors
  • Manage special donor committee meetings and communications including management of the Dobson Committee

Other Talent Pipeline Programs (10%):

  • Participate in other proactive recruitment activities included but not limited to: Career Chat, informational interviews, passive candidate outreach, etc
  • Identify new activities that will effectively build the development community talent pipeline

Lead D-SIP alumni cultivation and stewardship efforts (5%):

  • Plan alumni reunions (Fall Reunion, Valentine Stewardship Reunion, and Alumni Dinners)
  • Build relationships with D-SIP alumni to assist in keeping them engaged with the program and U-M
  • Support major gift fundraising and stewardship in collaboration with the National Major Gifts team
  • Develop annual giving solicitations and stewardship in collaboration with the Annual Giving team
  • Partner with Development Services & Strategic Solutions team to support the data aspects of cultivating and stewarding alumni

D-SIP Social Media & Communications (5%):

  • Generate content for social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the online D-SIP archive
  • Maintain and refresh website content, as needed
  • Serve as lead for developing social communications including: newsletters, website content and online D-SIP learning modules/toolkits
  • Partner with Marketing & Communications team to complete social media and communications projects

Other Duties as Assigned (5%):

  • Provide guidance and distribution of work to administrative staff supporting talent pipeline programs including but not limited to calendar scheduling, logistics and data management activities
  • Manage the D-SIP budget

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • A baccalaureate degree is required and 2-4 years of experience working in an office setting
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, ability to organize project plans, initiate, and motivate staff and interact successfully with faculty, university leaders and donors
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness, knowledge, and competency while conducting their work. Demonstrated commitment to contributing to a work environment that is inclusive, equitable and increasingly diverse
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) including proofreading, a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings
  • High-level experience with social networking tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Sound organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment
  • Discretion and the ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Comfort with technologies such as MS Office, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Drive
  • An ability and willingness to quickly learn the University history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, etc. as well as the University culture to be able to persuasively articulate how Michigan distinguishes itself from peer institutions
  • An ability to conduct minimal travel, as needed

Desired Qualifications*

  • Close familiarity with and commitment to higher education
  • Experience using a relational database or CRM tool
  • An understanding of the University of Michigan campus culture and student culture
  • Passion and appreciation for the role philanthropy plays within public institutions of higher education and society as a whole
  • The ability to communicate and relate effectively with diverse students, staff and faculty
  • Prior experience in or exposure to the Development Summer Internship Program

Additional Information
For additional information about this position and to review other current openings in Development, please visit our website at:

Application Deadline
Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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