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Are you an experienced project manager who is energized by collaborating with teams to develop engaging and innovative solutions that meet marketing/communication goals? Michigan Creative, the largest provider of creative services to the University of Michigan, is seeking a Senior Project Manager to join our team. In this role, you will lead teams on a wide variety of projects for the Office of the Vice President for Communications and other clients across U-M’s 19 schools and colleges, Michigan Medicine, and multiple institutes and centers. This position reports to the Managing Director.
Inspiring pride and support for U-M excellence everywhere.
To be U-M's trusted marketing experts providing leadership and support for our campus partners to create the most cohesive and resonant Michigan brand.
Our Core Values
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Be the primary contact and project lead for key accounts and strategic initiatives.
Work with the Strategy team to prepare and implement strategic creative briefs and marketing plans.
Develop a detailed project plan/schedule and track progress.
Develop risk assessments and manage mitigation plans.
Establish and maintain strong customer relationships.
Track project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of project goals and success metrics.
Ensure the project experience and results delivered measure up to the highest standards and expectations of both internal and external customers.
Manage all jobs in our project database and diligently track actual fees and expenses against agreed-upon project budgets.
Manage all project expenses, ensuring all project expenses are posted correctly.
Lead project team meetings to ensure understanding of project details.
Oversee team execution of project deliverables following the established project plan.
Identify and raise budget, scope or timeline concerns and offer ideas for solutions.
Share project updates with clients and the Managing Director, including schedule or scope changes.
Collect and share/report data measuring project performance against established goals.
Identify additional projects and new business opportunities from clients.
7+ years in professional project management or account management position
Bachelor's degree or higher
Experience managing a wide variety of marketing projects, including paid social/digital marketing, websites and print
Desired Skills and Qualifications
PMP or similar project management certification
In-house or agency experience
Marketing and advertising experience
Capability in managing many details across many projects
Higher education experience
Experience managing video projects
Leadership and motivational skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Handle deadlines and creative chaos well
Strong presentation skills
Michigan Creative is currently hybrid, working in the office at least two days a week.
Why Work at the University of Michigan/Michigan Creative?
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, including family care, and maternity and parental leaves
A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after one year
Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
Long-term disability coverage
Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office of the Vice President for Communications seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.
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.
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.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.