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Graduate Program Coordinator
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/11/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Salary $44,000.00 - $55,000.00 -  
Employment Type Full-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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 Department of Economics at the University of Michigan is a premier Economics department and the Graduate Program Coordinator serves as an important part of our student services team.  The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for providing a broad range of assistance to our doctoral students and faculty.  An enthusiastic, welcoming, and cheerful personality is critical.  We are a diverse intellectual community dedicated to excellence through research and teaching; learn more about the department at www.lsa.umich.edu/econ. A higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate's experience.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for administering all aspects of the Economics Department doctoral program and curriculum including doctoral admissions, providing students with information on degree requirements, tracking students through the doctoral program,  updating the graduate student website, and facilitating any curricular changes.

Advising:  The Graduate Coordinator serves as the primary advisor for approximately 165 doctoral students in Economics; assisting them with degree requirements, tracking progress through the program, updating students on program policies and procedures, scheduling and administering preliminary exams, and monitoring the annual review process in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies.  This position also helps the doctoral students apply and track candidacy requirements, distribute policy on proposal and dissertation defense information, attend Rackham and LSA graduate meetings and provides back-up event support for student-run seminars. The role works jointly with the Doctoral Admissions Director to recruit and admit top-tier economics graduate students to the department and with the Director of Graduate Studies to administer the doctoral program.

Strategic Planning & Programming:  The Graduate Coordinator partners with the Director of Graduate Studies, the Doctoral Admissions Director and the Student Services Manager to provide leadership to the department in developing initiatives and strategies to continually engage our students in department activities, as well as encouraging prospective economics doctoral students to attend Michigan.  The role will assist the Graduate Program Committee to recognize student excellence through a number of graduate research awards and fellowships awarded by the department. Lastly, the person in this position plans the department’s doctoral orientation in August and assists with the graduation activities that occur at the end of each winter term.

Curriculum Planning & Management:  The Graduate Coordinator makes necessary changes to course proposals after the Graduate Program Committee votes on the changes and communicates these changes to the PhD students

Financial award processing: The Graduate Coordinator will process all financial aid awards for students. Financial aid awards include (but are not limited to) term or yearlong fellowships, graduate research award funding, travel award funding, and external fellowship processing. The Graduate Coordinator keeps records of each student’s individual funding through the course of their program.

The Graduate Coordinator will participate in annual and monthly trainings/meetings to stay current on University and College policies and best practices such as the Rackham Graduate Coordinators Meetings and LGrad (LSA Graduate Program Coordinators).

Required Qualifications*

An Associate’s degree is required, with at least four years of progressive work experience.   The successful candidate must be a self-starter; have excellent organizational skills; be able to set priorities; handle multiple assignments; meet deadlines; and learn quickly.  A high degree of attention to detail and accuracy is a must.  Demonstrated high level of critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.

Excellent communication skills are required.  The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff. This position requires the successful candidate to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.  The Graduate Coordinator is the first point of contact with prospective and current students, which requires a personal and approachable demeanor in advising and counseling. High proficiency with information technology applications including spreadsheets and word processing.

The Economics Department depends on our staff to work successfully in a team environment as well as work independently with minimal supervision. We are looking for someone who shows initiative; the desire to identify opportunities for change to processes, procedures and duties; and a willingness to assume additional responsibilities. Comfort and experience with public speaking is necessary.  Occasional flexing of hours may be required for evening events.   

Currently, the Department of Economics is operating in a hybrid fashion. This position will have the opportunity to work 2 days remotely per week.

Desired Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s degree is strongly desired.  A Master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel administration, counseling, Sociology or another related discipline (or coursework towards a related program) is strongly preferred.  Experience with any of the University student services modules of M-Pathways is a plus. Web content management is highly desired.

Experience working in a higher education environment, a demonstrated understanding of the values of a liberal arts education, interest in student development and college academic affairs.  Reasonable knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures relating to student affairs, and reasonable knowledge of student counseling and guidance.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $44,000 - $55,000, please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

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 checks are 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 may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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