Academic Program Manager - University of Michigan Biological Station
Monday, February 29, 2016 03:30 PM

The University of Michigan Biological Station, located in northern Michigan, has provided student research experiences in biology, ecology and climate science since 1909.  A new UM Biological Station Initiative ( will provide opportunities to develop a unique, field-based research learning community bridging gaps between environmental sciences and a wide range of design, health, law and policy disciplines working on the forefront of complex environmental challenges. Emphasis will be on climate change impacts, the Great Lakes system, biodiversity protection and stressed ecosystems. This program, “Field-based Student Engagement and the Academy program” (FSEA) is aimed at expanding the field-based teaching and research programs at the Biological Station.  

We seek to hire a Program Manager to develop, implement, and work to sustain the FSEA program.  Funding for this term-limited position runs from March 2016 through December 2020.  This position will be based in Ann Arbor most of the winter and fall terms and will require a several weeks spent at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan during May – September.  With the direction of the Biological Station Director and Associate Director, the Program Manager’s responsibilities are outlined below.

  • Manage partnerships across the University of Michigan (35%)

    • Organize and facilitate the efforts of a faculty–led steering committee to evaluate new course proposals.

    • Recruit and engage faculty fellows from multiple U-M units and work with them to develop courses that include a summer field placement at the Biological Station. These courses will engage students not only from biology, ecology, and climate science, but also from other environmental sciences, public health, engineering, urban planning, and art and design, as well as the humanities and social sciences.

  • Manage program activities (35%)

    • Organize and administer the interdisciplinary programming designed to supplement and enhance FSEA courses. Courses will include field-based research and projects focused on solving environmental problems and sustaining healthy people and ecosystems.  

    • Ensure the processing of new FSEA courses by multiple units, schools and colleges.

    • Lead the interdisciplinary efforts on the Ann Arbor and Pellston campuses, by organizing spring-summer faculty orientation programming at the Biological Station and an annual Winter Term “Bringing the Academy to the Field” symposium on main campus.

  • Financial management and fundraising (20%)

    • Prepare annual budget for approval by UMBS and ensure compliance with all College and University policies and procedures, monitor expenses and prepare annual report summarizing program activities and results

    • Lead short and long term fundraising efforts to sustain program beyond current funding cycle.

  • Program evaluation (10%)

    • Work directly with the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and the program’s postdoctoral researcher to develop, deploy and evaluate the FSEA program throughout the duration of the project.

Required Qualifications:  Master’s or higher degree with experience in curriculum development and educational or research program management, preferably in the sciences.  Demonstrated ability to coordinate large research and/or educational programs in a higher education setting.  Must be able to spend several weeks at the Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan.

To Apply:  Job posting (ID 121969) and application instructions may be found at  Please contact UM Biological Station Associate Director, Karie Slavik with questions at [email protected].