The Ford School is one of the nation’s foremost policy schools, housed at one of the world’s great public universities. We lead research that illuminates public policy challenges and opportunities. We prepare future policy leaders and analysts for dynamic careers in the public and private sectors here in the U.S. and around the world. We work with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national, and international policies. We foster dialogue and understanding about the most pressing policy challenges and opportunities of today.
The Ford School has earned a reputation for academic rigor and excellence; a strong and growing commitment to diversity; and a collegial, inclusive, and stimulating interdisciplinary community.
Each year we welcome a diverse slate of some of the world's top policymakers to address a variety of compelling topics and engage with our community through public lectures, including our well-known Policy Talks @ the Ford School series; student discussions; faculty sessions; and other activities.
We seek an energetic, outgoing, strategic, and creative person—deeply interested in public policy and current affairs—to be our Events and Outreach Manager. The Events and Outreach Manager serves as the staff lead on the strategic planning and hosting of the school’s public event series and visits from distinguished policy leaders. The successful candidate will be helping to plan and host visits this coming year from multiple former U.S. Secretaries of State, former ambassadors, and many other exciting and high-profile leaders.
The Events and Outreach Manager will be responsible for the Ford School’s overall strategy for and success with events and visitors. The person will build productive collaborations with faculty and research centers; develop custom invitation strategies; do individualized itinerary planning that maximizes the impact of each event; build linkages within the Ford School and across campus; conduct active in-person and virtual outreach in Ann Arbor, around Michigan, in DC, and beyond to build awareness of and connections for the Ford School’s events and visitor series; and serve as the day-of host for our distinguished visitors. The Manager will work in close collaboration and partnership with the school’s Event Planner, who leads the logistical planning and execution for the events and visitor series.
This role reports to the Director of Communications and Outreach and supervises work-study students.
Please Note: This is a term-limited appointment. The position will initially begin as a half-time (50% appointment) starting in September, 2019. Throughout this fall, the person hired will be working in collaboration with the school’s current Events Manager. The position will then be full-time from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, covering for the Events Manager while she works on a Presidential initiative.
Design and lead a high-level, professional, exciting, collaborative slate of public events and visits from policy leaders (around 30-40 per year).
Working strategically and collaboratively with the dean, the director of communications and other senior staff, faculty members, students, alumni, and donors, develop an annual speaker and visitor slate that is diverse across a number of dimensions and that advances the Ford School’s engagement with and impact on public policy.
Respond flexibly and creatively to emerging opportunities and targets of interest: some visits are planned well in advance and others come about with short notice and initially incomplete information.
In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and others, propose and refine a custom agenda for each visit that maximizes the impact of the hosting opportunity.
Develop a marketing and advertising strategy for each visit and for the broader series, in consultation with members of the communications team.
Build audiences and partnership opportunities for the school’s public events via strategic in-person and virtual outreach within the Ford School itself, around the University of Michigan campus, in policy communities in southeast Michigan, and beyond.
Produce executive communications for public events, including dean’s invitations, remarks, correspondence with speakers, and post-visit follow-up.
Work in close collaboration and partnership with the school’s Event Planner, who leads the logistical planning and execution for the events and visitor series, including event location/site selection and management, catering, advertising, coordination of audio/visual or other technical support, transportation, communication, event clean-up, travel reimbursements, non-PO vouchers, and budget reconciliation.
With support from the Event Planner and other Ford School staff, manage events budgets across a number of funds, adhering to University policies and donor restrictions as appropriate.
Manage the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Program. Under general direction from the dean and director of communications &outreach, propose potential invitees; draft and pursue invitations; and act as primary onsite liaison for Policymakers-in-Residence in terms of navigating the Ford School and broader campus networks.
Other duties as assigned, which may include event-related writing, social media, creative direction, and other support for the school’s communications platforms.
Some evening/weekend work required, along with occasional travel.
Extensive and broad understanding of public policy and current affairs, typically acquired through the completion of a Master’s degree in Public Policy, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related field; or the completion of a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of professional experience in a position focused on public policy.
Prior experience planning events, working closely with high-level policy practitioners, or similar experience.
Strong external orientation, networking skills, professionalism, flexibility, with the ability to positively interact with a diverse group of constituents.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail along with a demonstrated ability to work independently.
Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent interpersonal,writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate professionally and effectively with the public, high-profile visitors, faculty, and external units.
Strong technical skills and demonstrated ability to learn new technological and social media tools.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google tools, and at least basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
Must have deep dedication to customer service, quality management, and a collaborative, team approach to work, along with excellent judgment in working with internal and external constituents.
Demonstrated understanding and usage of social media and other emerging communications platforms.
Experience working with budgets, and managing within allocated resources.
Marketing and public relations experience, including some combination of experience working with design and production professionals and/or media.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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