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Center for Campus Involvement Overview
The Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) in University Unions within Student Life at the University of Michigan is a dynamic, student-focused department that serves all undergraduate and graduate students through student programs, student services, and student development. Through meaningful involvement, CCI creates transformative experiences, a vibrant community, and lifelong memories for University of Michigan students. CCI recognizes and supports over 1,500 student organizations through education, advising, advocacy and services. CCI also implements hundreds of social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs each year, focused on building community within and beyond University Unions’ facilities. CCI directly employs 14 regular staff and 80 student staff.
University Unions Overview University Unions is a self-funded auxiliary enterprise which serves the campus through its three historic unions (Michigan Union, Michigan League, Pierpont Commons), academic meeting and dining facility (Palmer Commons), Center for Campus Involvement (over 1,500 student organizations and hundreds of programs), and works in close partnership with Conferences & Event Services and Michigan Dining to provide student-focused and customer-oriented service to the campus community. Total budget volume for University Unions approximates $20 million. University Unions directly employs over 80 regular staff and 250 student staff.
The Assistant Director provides functional leadership in the Center for Campus Involvement, a department within University Unions, to ensure well-considered campus resources with business models to meet student and customer needs. Manage and advise student organization, department, and non-University major events in U-M’s performance venues and the Central Campus Diag and North Campus Gerstacker Grove. Directly supervise 4 full-time staff in the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Major Events, Student Organization Resource Center, and Student Theatre Arts Complex; indirectly supervise 40 total undergraduate student employees. Develop budgets and achieve financial expectations.
Leadership of Functional Area (35%)
Provide strategic, future-thinking leadership to the Campus Resources staff within the Center for Campus Involvement
Lead functional areas of Major Events, Michigan Union Ticket Office, Student Organization Resource Center, and Student Theater Arts Complex, ensuring a holistic approach to event and production needs.
Hire, train, and supervise full-time staff, graduate interns, and/or undergraduate student employees who work collaboratively to build community and create student life on campus.
Work with CCI and UU staff to provide a well-considered plan for building an inclusive community through organizations and programs across campus.
Assess student and staff needs to ensure program and department goals and learning outcomes.
Manage the Student Life Entertainment Contract process, ensuring colleagues and partners are informed and following appropriate practices.
Serve on the University Unions Management Team.
Financial Management (30%)
Develop budgets, prepare reports, and achieve financial expectations for areas of responsibility, identifying cost efficiencies for short and long-term success.
Pursue opportunities to schedule shows and increase other business across operations to create revenue.
Balance the auxiliary revenue needs with being focused on the student experience.
Be the Division of Student Life contact for professional speaker and performer contracts and signature authority for agreements up to $1000.
Coordinate the review and negotiation of performance contracts with booking agencies and promoters, including contract riders, about all technical aspects of the show and ensure all contracts comply with all laws, University policy, and music industry standards.
Approve and manage the employee payroll process.
Program Management (25%)
Manage major events in major campus venues, including Hill Auditorium (3500 seats), the Power Center for the Performing Arts (1300 seats), Rackham Auditorium (1000 seats), and Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (620 seats), hosted by student organizations, U-M departments, and non-university clients.
Manage events and support student and community activities on the Central Campus Diag and North Campus Gerstacker Grove, the two primary outdoor community spaces at the University of Michigan.
Plan and manage all technical and physical production aspects, including the production schedule and all staff associated with the show (i.e., technical supervisor, ushers, IATSE stagehands).
Negotiate the physical layout of production; supervise IATSE stagehands and exercise judgment in implementing safety laws (i.e., OSEH procedure) and building and public safety codes while maintaining responsibility for the facility.
University Unions and Student Life Service (10%)
As a member of the Center for Campus Involvement in University Unions and the Division of Student Affairs, serve on different committees and work teams.
Build strategic partnerships with University Productions; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; University Musical Society; University and Development Events; Facilities & Operations; Michigan Athletics; Student Life Budget & Finance; The Ark music club in Ann Arbor; and, other partners.
Participate in staff training and professional development opportunities.
Other Duties as Assigned
Completed Bachelor’s degree by start date
Minimum 2 years of experience in arts administration, theatrical production, or student activities
Minimum 2 years of experience supervising student, part-time, or full-time staff
Knowledge of event production
A commitment to college student learning and development
Master's degree in Performing Arts, Arts Administration, Business, Higher Education Administration, or relevant field preferred
3 or more years of professional experience in arts administration, theatrical production, or student activities
Passion for working with college students and creativity for student activities work
Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment
Ability to anticipate event needs and develop creative solutions
We ask that you can work regular evenings and weekends
Commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable environment
Manage auxiliary budgets exceeding $600,000. Serve as the Division of Student Life resource for professional speaker and performer contracts, and signature authority for agreements up to $1000
Some evening and weekend hours required throughout the academic year; occasional 12-hour days to manage major event productions.
4 Full-time staff
This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.
Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and applicants for this position will not be sponsored for work visas.
Salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of the selected candidate.
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.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.