Program Manager, Global Engagement


The Global Engagement Program Manager will be responsible for managing the programming, administration, and research activities of the Ford School’s International Policy Center (IPC). The IPC is a Ford School center that supports the work of our international policy faculty, as well as planning and supporting our student facing global engagement activities.


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


Student Facing Programming:

- Manage and develop global educational programs for graduate and undergraduate students, in consultation with the Director, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean and Ford School faculty. This will include developing and implementing strategies for engaging students, promoting and maintaining international collaborative partnerships between partner institutions and the Ford School, working with faculty to identify new partners and negotiating agreements with relevant academic units; working to develop long term relationships that promote global learning and collaboration around key policy issues.
- Advise students on global learning opportunities available through the Ford School and the University. This will include one on one advising and assisting faculty with classroom presentations, information sessions, pre-departure and re-entry orientations.
- Assist faculty with the student selection process for our three global engagement courses. Coordinate student travel and accommodations and related financial commitments for global study opportunities. Assist the faculty and director in ensuring the safety of our students while en route and at international destinations.
- Manage and oversee administrative infrastructure related to global student programs, internships and overseas research work including MCompass, travel registry, travel insurance, safety/security
training, Clery Act training and reporting, and monitoring travel warnings. Advise Deans and faculty regarding travel warnings and travel bans or other travel challenges to student destinations.
- Act as Ford School representative on the U-M Council for Global Engagement (CGE) and the International Education Network (IEN) groups. Lead internal Ford School cross functional Global Engagement Committee.
- Collaborate with other University offices, such as Global Michigan and the International Institute, and Area Studies programs, to promote international and intercultural learning; communicate with the University's other academic and student services offices; and perform other similar duties at the direction of the director.
- Work closely with the Manager, Student Administration & PhD Programs to manage scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students pursuing international learning opportunities.
- Work closely with the office of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations to research and identify new and emerging international opportunities for graduate internship opportunities. Initiate and organize applications to groups across campus for partnership support with internships or applied policy work.
- Collaborate with appropriate committees, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and School faculty members with regards to policies and curriculum matters related to IPC global opportunities.

Event Programming & Outreach:

- Act as the primary liaison between the Ford School and various global partners. Cultivate, implement and manage partnership and cooperative agreements in alignment with Ford School strategic global priorities.
- Research and network with other U-M global opportunities across campus, seeking partnership opportunities for Ford School students and faculty. Network with peer Universities and programs, managing our relationship with APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs). - Visualize and develop in collaboration with faculty and staff global internships and applied policy seminar project opportunities.
- Work with the development director, IPC director and dean to provide stewardship of donor funds.
- Plan various public and academic events in collaboration with the IPC director, various faculty and the school’s communications and outreach office. Identify and suggest potential speakers, visitors and policy makers related to global engagement and the center’s mission. Plan events including format, catering, travel for guests and other logistics as needed.


- Manage the operational activities of the IPC, 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 our Communications & Outreach office, design and create communications and marketing materials to publicize IPC related activities. Maintain content of websites, both the IPC center site and global engagement information Global Ford School site.


- Identify and disseminate research funding opportunities related to the international policy work of the Ford School faculty. Assist faculty with grant applications as needed.
- Assist the director and other Ford School faculty with IPC hosted academic conferences and workshops, as needed.
- Identify and cultivate relationships with foundations to support the work of the center in general, and specific faculty work in international affairs and policy.


A Master’s degree and at least three years managing academic programs, or similarly complex projects related to policy.

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.

Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, ability to work independently, exercise initiative as a critical member of a small team, and function in a dynamic environment.

Demonstrated success in working with students in a positive, collaborative manner. Experience mentoring students/student groups, including highly developed negotiation and conflict resolution skills.


Master’s or other post-graduate degree in international affairs, public policy or a related area. Active interest and knowledge expertise in international affairs, including security, human rights or economic development.

Significant experience with the international education industry and related issues with international education (i.e. sending students to overseas destinations, in addition to managing incoming international students).

Ability to confidently and fluently communicate with policy makers and academics. Experience in working effectively in international affairs, or foreign policy with international organizations, NGOs and/or government agencies.

Fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish.

Demonstrated knowledge and application of international cultural competencies in communication with non-US individuals, agencies, governments.


Travel, including international travel, is required by this position.


This job opening is scheduled to be posted through October 17, 2016. We will begin reviewing resumes as we receive them and may begin contacting qualified applicants prior to October 17th to begin the interview process. You may apply for the position at Please reference job posting # 131887.

Please note: A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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