Program Manager of the Environmental Fellows Program

Ann Arbor, United States
Jul 25, 2018
End of advertisement period
Aug 07, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

The following is required for consideration for this position:  (a) cover letter and (b) resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your current salary, and outline your skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A program manager is being sought to coordinate the activities of a one-year Mott Foundation grant as well as multicultural programming in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).  The grant will partially fund the Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan from 2016 to 2017.  Working in collaboration with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), SEAS has developed an internship program aimed at bringing more graduate students currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.  We build on the conservation experiences students currently have and introduce them to new ones by providing experiential learning opportunities to stimulate interest for the field.    The EFP seeks to increase diversity in the conservation workforce by recruiting, engaging, and inspiring diverse cohorts of graduate scholars in research and experiential immersion program that incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into their understanding of conservation practices.   Each student will be invited to participate in the program for one summer.  Students are placed in environmental grantmaking foundations, mainstream environmental organizations, and environmental justice organizations around the country.  This is a national program focusing on students who have completed at least one year of college.  Program participants are recruited and drawn from universities from around the country.  The principal investigator is Dorceta E. Taylor of SEAS.  The program manager will help to develop the program.  He/She will study similar programs that have been launched, design program activities for participants, build diversity and career leadership curriculum, recruit and admit students to the program, supervise program participants, organize orientation and capstone experiences, organize internship opportunities, and help to mentor students.  The project intermediate manager will also help to conduct research aimed at evaluating and tracking student progress and assessing the state of diversity in environmental institutions.


  • Developing and managing the Environmental Fellows Program.
  • Recruit, select, track participants.
  • Train participants.
  • Help to create, track, and maintain databases.
  • Supervise and train research assistants.
  • Oversee communications with all members of the project team.
  • Update and maintain websites.
  • Plan and organize meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  • Track expenses and manage budget.
  • Help with data collection, inputting, and analysis.
  • Help with curriculum development.
  • Help with career development.
  • Help with putting together proposals to seek additional program funding.
  • Conduct research.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree with two-four years of related experience or master’s degree with experience in the following natural sciences, education, and institutional diversity.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex processes and projects.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SPSS, and other web-based tools.
  • Must be able to travel; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Masters in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Conservation, Biology, Wildlife Sciences, Geography, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, or Education is strongly preferred.
  • Curriculum development and teaching experiences.

Additional Information

  • The job is located in SEAS at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.
  • There will be some domestic travel required – primarily in Michigan.
  • Note: This position will begin after August 1, 2018 and is a closed-ended with an end date of September 30, 2019.

Mission Statement

The School for the Environment and Sustainability’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and  discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job 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.