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Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention

University of Michigan

Job Description

How to Apply

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 Michigan Engineering Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention will lead the College of Engineering in efforts related to graduate student recruitment, retention, educational programming, and beyond. We are seeking an outstanding individual with exceptional experience in student academic affairs. This position will also manage the administrative operations of the CoE Graduate Education Team, which includes budget, human resources, student services, and facilities. They will also collaborate closely with the Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education, as well as the Executive Director for Student Affairs.

Who We Are

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation's number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering's mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering:

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Maternity and Parental Leave


  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education on the College's strategic vision for graduate student recruitment, retention, academic programming, and placement. Ensure the implementation of this vision.
  • Lead core College of Engineering graduate student recruitment and matriculation efforts both on and off campus. This includes:
    • Developing the strategic vision for College-wide recruitment;
    • Collaborating with our Advancement Office to grow graduate student scholarship and fellowship opportunities;
    • Leading graduate education marketing efforts by partnering with our Communications & Marketing Office,
    • Preparing and giving presentations to faculty, staff and student audiences;
    • Representing CoE and building relationships with institutional and organizational contacts.
  • Direct College-wide recruitment and retention activities and events including:
    • Department Visit Weekends;
    • Summer Research Programs;
    • Graduate Student Orientation;
    • Engineering Research Symposium & EMERGE Weekend;
    • Mentoring Programs;
    • Workshops and social events;
  • Annually assess overall graduate recruitment and retention strategies, identifying areas for improvement. Implement plans to enhance these initiatives and activities to meet the College's goals.
  • Manage partnerships with CoE units such as the Center for Entrepreneurship, Nexus, Tauber, etc.
  • Coordinate and partner with Michigan Engineering department and program faculty, staff and students.
  • Lead efforts related to new co-curricular initiatives (graduate initiatives/tracks) and proposal development for new Graduate Initiatives.
  • Manage the administrative operations of the Graduate Education team, including budget, human resource and facilities activities. Responsible for the hiring, training, and management of both exempt and non-exempt staff.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in education or a STEM field) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong leadership track record.
  • 8-10 years demonstrated experience in the field of graduate education or higher education student administration.
  • 8-10 years of experience in a management/administrative role.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and to work collaboratively and diplomatically with a variety of constituents (faculty, staff, students, prospective students, diverse populations, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, interpret, and present data.
  • The ability to travel out-of-state and over long weekends multiple times annually.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. degree (preferably in education or a STEM field).
  • Knowledge of U-M policies, procedures, databases, and reporting (i.e. MPathways, MReports, Business Objects, Concur).
  • Experience and ability to work within and lead in a variety of electronic media platforms (i.e. websites, spreadsheets, social media, online forms, databases, etc.).

Work Locations

The Michigan Engineering Office of Graduate & Professional Education operates in a hybrid work environment consisting of both in-person and remote work. This position will be classified as a FLEX position within the Michigan Engineering STARR classification matrix which means working on campus 3 days per week and working remotely the rest of the week. You can find more information here:

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checksare performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process maybegin as early as the eighth day after posting.Thisopening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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