Project Senior Manager

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

How to Apply

A cover letter attached to the resume as one document is required for consideration for this position.


The Project Senior Manager position within the Office of the Provost coordinates and manages a variety of space and capital planning activities on the Ann Arbor campus. As a member of the Academic and Budgetary Affairs team within the office, the project manager advises and assists the office, U-M leadership, and partner units (schools, colleges, and other units and departments) in solving for space needs and issues while also ensuring financial stewardship and that institutional needs are met. You will report to the vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs.

Hybrid work arrangement of 3 days per week in the office and two days per week remote (if desired).This policy is subject to change.


  • Represent the Office of the Provost on major capital projects (new buildings, major renovation). Partner with units, campus and external architects and consultants, and other planning partners during the scoping, design, and budgeting phases to ensure that both unit and institutional interests are met.
  • Assist academic affairs units in obtaining additional or temporary space, both on- and off-campus, serving as the liaison between the units and other campus partners (Facilities & Operations, ITS, U-M Real Estate Office, etc.). Guide units through the early process from defining space requirements, identifying space options and creative solutions for smaller scale projects (renovations, furniture solutions, etc.), and developing overall budgets through final move-in. Facilitate solving problems that may occur during the process.
  • Assist Provost's Office leadership in preparing for campus space vacancies and identifying opportunities for future uses. Considers and recommends creative and strategic solutions to complex and sensitive space management problems.
  • Support the strategic oversight of U-M's leaseholds to identify opportunities to better leverage leases to meet institutional needs and to be good stewards of university resources. Identify opportunities to vacate, consolidate, or pursue new lease properties to support these efforts.
  • Facilitate and solve for outdoor space needs and uses involving academic units and liaise between units and other campus partners (e.g., Campus Planner's Office, Grounds, Outdoor Events, Department of Public Safety and Security) as needed to ensure safe and equitable uses of space.
  • Contribute to strategic planning activities related to new initiatives, capital outlay, and campus master planning.
  • Maintain and develop policies and guidelines and supporting tools that support good stewardship of university spaces (e.g. office space guidelines, classroom scheduling, research space productivity).
  • Provide general support or direction for provost-owned buildings and their management and staff.
  • Communicate effectively and present the University and the Office of the Provost in a professional manner with a diverse range of constituents both internally and externally. Facilitate negotiations across campus using tact and diplomacy.
  • Take on other responsibilities that are not related to space planning, as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or PMP certification
  • Five years experience managing complex projects with some time in space/facilities related projects
  • Advanced proficiency in project management best practices
  • Applied experience in data analysis and reporting (such as Tableau; Python/R programming)
  • Spatial skills and the ability to read and interpret floor plans.
  • Interest in working on multiple projects in a decentralized environment with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong sense of commitment, responsibility, and desire to serve the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the mission of the University.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

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.

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