Academic Program Officer for Museum Studies

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

ID: 7067565
Posted: July 7, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The Museum Studies Program (MSP), housed in the Rackham Graduate School, is recruiting a new Academic Program Officer to provide high-level oversight for innovative programs, initiatives and curricular innovations.

The Museum Studied Program offers an interdepartmental graduate certificate program. The program is known for its strong and unique focus on interdisciplinarity and applied theory in approaching Museum Studies. With its focus on internships and practicums, it is a model for the role of experiential learning in graduate studies. Since admitting its first cohort in 2003, MSP attracts students from a wide variety of doctoral, Master’s, and professional programs on the University of Michigan Campus.

This is a part-time, 50% appointment that will include teaching opportunities. This position reports directly to the program director.

The Academic Program Manager will assist the program director in the administrative activities of the MSP. She/he will oversee the MSP internship program and will conduct outreach to recruit community partners and sites for immersive experiences, match student interests with available opportunities, organize training and development to prepare students for internships, collaborate with internship sites to develop appropriately engaging projects for students to work on, keep in touch with students during their internship experiences and troubleshoot difficulties that may arise. She/he will be responsible for teaching one of the required graduate seminars, and overseeing the students’ capstone projects. She/he will also assist the program director in providing high-level oversight of curricular innovation and graduate student advising.

The Academic Program Manager will assist the program director with developing and overseeing MSP public programs, publications, and website. She/he will oversee all daily administrative duties with support from the administrative assistant, including monitoring program budgets and expenses, collecting program data, and drafting and editing correspondence and reports. She/he will assist the program director in seeking external sources of funding and preparing grant proposals for foundation and government funding initiatives.

Required Qualifications*
A Ph.D. in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or other Museum Studies related fields.
Academic teaching experience in various formats and settings (online/in-person/experiential).
2 or more years of experience with exhibition research and design.
2 or more years of demonstrated, increasingly responsible, experience as a successful member of a high-level collaborative team, or project manager in a university setting.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Excellent ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, graduate students at all levels within the institution and community constituencies, both orally and in writing, including the ability to exercise discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature.
Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the academic goals and issues in graduate education and success.
Demonstrated organizational skills to plan, organize, manage and follow through on a large and diverse workload with excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner to produce accurate and reliable work.
Reasonable knowledge of University organizational structure, policies, procedures, and practices; and working familiarity with and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the schools, colleges, and units of the University.


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