Job Opportunity at Michigan State University

Job no: 712589
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: English 10004264
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union


Working/Functional Title

Project Manager

Position Summary

The grant project titled “Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art as a Tool for Combating Inequity and Injustice,” funded by the Andrew K. Mellon Foundation, is a research and public art project that gives voice to the creative work of people from populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to tell a more inclusive story of the pandemic’s effects on people’s lives. The nexus for this project will be the Digital Humanities & Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC) at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and includes academic and community partners in multiple locations in the U.S.

This is a full-time, Specialist Outreach end-dated position on an AN (12-month) appointment that will begin at the time of hire and ends December 31, 2023. Work will happen through on-line sites until response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows for face-to-face work to happen safely.


The project manager develops, coordinates and implements projects associated with strategic plans and grant initiatives. Responsibilities include ensuring that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, remains within budget, and is delivered on time. Manages and coordinates process and resources, monitors progress and resolves conflicts that arise during the course of the project. Develops communication and training programs associated with projects or changes in operational processes. Provides continuous status updates and final results to leadership upon completion of the project.

The Project Administrator will also track, analyze and project monthly expenses to analyze numerous projects performance, prepare progress reports, continuing reviews. This position will supervise research staff, graduate research assistants, undergraduate students, and community partners.


  • Report writing experience with external funders.
  • Develops project plans and new initiatives in coordination with leadership, partners, community, and artists to ensure alignment with strategic plans and project objectives.
  • Manages projects and initiatives through coordination of internal and external resources, creation of deadlines, assigning responsibilities, monitoring progress, scheduling payments, and status reporting to ensure successful completion.
  • Resolve conflict between project resources and other functional area that may arise during the project under direction of the PI(s).
  • Analyzes processes and systems to identify improvements that maximize operational effectiveness and meet the project goals.
  • Achieves operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans.
  • Facilitates change management, develop communication and training programs to ensure awareness and understanding of projects, operational processes and procedures.
  • Prepares and presents reports on the final results of initiatives to leadership, customers/partners and other stakeholders to document the final results of projects and initiatives.
  • Coordinates with the project financial administrator
  • Effectively manages activities off campus through site visits and interaction with community partners


Interacts with:

  • Managers, supervisors, and administrators - in order to receive work direction, to provide information and to discuss project activities.
  • Faculty/Department Administrators/Other Staff - in order to receive direction, exchange information, coordinate and evaluate projects.
  • Students, On-call, Temporary Workers and Volunteers - in order to provide instruction, coordinate work, resolve problems, and exchange information.
  • Public - in order to provide services, products, exchange information and perform public relation activities.
  • Vendors/Suppliers - in order to acquire materials and supplies, and maintain inventory

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

The job requires:

  • a BA but desires a MA or equivalent, knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business Administration, Management or field related to the employing unit;
  • three to five years of related and progressively more expansive work experience in project management, business analysis, facilitating/training with a focus on business management;
  • workflow process analysis and implementation of strategic initiatives or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One to three years of related and progressively more expansive work experience in a field related to the position including planning and managing projects;
  • experience with word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, calendaring software, financial software, desktop publishing and/or project management software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site

Qualified applicants should submit:

a) a cover letter

b) current curriculum vitae

c) a summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

d) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees

For more information contact Dr. Julian Chambliss, Chair of the Search,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Review of Applications Begins On



Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


Advertised: Jul 12, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 12, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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