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JOB: Project Coordinator, Center for Ethics, Society and Computing, Univ Michigan

PROJECT COORDINATOR, Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing ($52-62K)

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A cover letter of one page or less is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. Note: This is a three year end dated position with potential to extend, depending on continued funding, performance, and availability of work.


The Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC) is seeking a project coordinator to administer Center activities. The successful candidate will ensure that Center efforts related to researcher support, community-building, and other Center projects are all organized and conducted according to plan, in a timely manner, and within budget. The project coordinator will report to the Center co-directors. For more information about ESC, please visit our website:


  • Proactively develop a vibrant community of affiliated faculty, staff, advisors, visitors, and student researchers with diverse intellectual backgrounds.
  • Assist in public outreach efforts including communicating Center activities via press releases, social media, email campaigns, website content, brochures, and attending community events.
  • Assist in managing project budgets to ensure that Center activities are performed in accordance with standard practices, grant requirements, subcontracts and/or service agreements. Coordinate with staff in finance/grants offices.
  • Organize and schedule people or tasks, including developing realistic action plans that are sensitive to the availability of resources and time constraints.
  • Collaborate with other university staff on Center programming, including event planning and logistics.
  • Create comprehensive project plans, timelines, and progress reports. Track project performance related to short and long term goals.
  • May supervise student temporary employees.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Advancing the Mission – Demonstrates ability to operate effectively in a manner consistent with the University  of Michigan mission and culture; demonstrates understanding of the unique issues related to higher education.
  • Building Relationships/ Interpersonal Skills – Values organizational diversity; treats others with respect; promotes cooperation; effectively manages relationships
  • Creative Problem Solving/Strategic Thinking – Develops and creates ideas, processes and approaches that shape the future; takes risks and makes decisions based on facts; uses analysis and critical thinking skills to solve problems; ensures that decisions are aligned with articulated strategic directions of management.
  • Communication – Demonstrates effective verbal, written, listening, and presentation communication skills.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability to Change – Responds positively to and champions change to others; demonstrates an ability to incorporate innovative practices into the workplace to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Quality Service  – Strives to meet the expectations of internal and external customers; demonstrates skill and knowledge specific to serving others

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, certification, and experience.
  • Experience working with academic faculty or within an academic setting or similar setting.
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Excel and Word) and experience using Google apps and Zoom.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team, and independently in a dynamic environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
  • Proven ability to coordinate and communicate effectively; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • 2-4 years experience in project coordination.
  • An interest in ethics, society, and computing.

Work Schedule

Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required.  May occasionally require working during special events that occur after business hours and on weekends.

Work Locations

Requires travel to multiple on campus locations. May occasionally require travel to a special event location that occurs off campus.  This position will have space at North Quad, 105 S. State Street.  Some hybrid/remote work is available, at the discretion of the position’s supervisor and in accordance with UMSI’s remote work guidelines.

Additional Information

This position may work with and/or support systems that maintain or process sensitive institutional data as defined by university policy.  Successful candidates must comply with federal, state, and local law, and/or university policies or agreements that require the university to implement specific privacy and security safeguards, including but not limited to ITAR, EAR, HIPAA, FERPA, and FISMA.  This position is responsible for protecting data and information from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion; and following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files and release of data internally or externally to the University of Michigan.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.

Sophia Brueckner
Associate Professor – Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Information, Digital Studies Institute
Co-Director – Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC)
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor