August 11, 2020

We're looking for a Program Manager

This position will support the Global Bipolar Cohort (GBC) collaborative 

To apply, please visit the U-M jobs website.

8/10/2020 – 8/25/2020

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Project Manager for a newly developed Global Bipolar Cohort (GBC) collaborative across multiple academic institutions. Currently this includes 19 senior researchers at 14 organizations across 8 countries.

The primary mission of the GBC is to engage individuals with bipolar disorder in longitudinal study to gather and curate deep phenotype data. The goal is to provide a well-characterized cohort of potential study subjects for additional and detailed computational and biological studies. Key operational goals include: 

  1. To align global researchers, individuals with bipolar disorder, and supporting organizations with a common goal
  2. To create, curate, and follow a cohort of individuals with bipolar disorder that will form the basis for clinical, computational, and biological research
  3. To stimulate and encourage novel ideas within a dynamic research collaborative that can adapt to new methodologies and new discoveries, including investigator-driven ideas for new analysis

The Project Manager will support the execution of strategic goals, activities, and research implementation of this new collaborative by engaging stakeholders and creating a long-term programmatic plan. Some travel may be required. 


Strategic Development

  • Foster global interactions and build strong relationships between researchers in bipolar disorder in order to develop a longitudinal cohort of individuals with bipolar disorder
  • Plan and execute meetings and events that bring key stakeholders together
  • Lead in the development and implementation of strategic goals and priorities in collaboration with strategic partners
  • Prioritize goals and activities within the defined strategy and mission while engaging collaboratively with partners to build momentum and ensure success.
  • Identify and respond to emerging ideas, engage collaborators and support action through meetings with stakeholders
  • Participate and engage collaborators in opportunities to create awareness of the GBC through speaking engagements, conferences, and other traditional marketing efforts

Fiscal Oversight

  • Provide budget and expense projections
  • Manage and oversee research funding (external grants, foundation, and philanthropic)
  • Identify optimal use of financial resources

Marketing Communications

  • Work with communications manager and strategic partner communication specialists to oversee communications strategy to maximize visibility opportunities highlighting research successes
  • In collaboration with communications manager, identify a communications strategy that aligns with the GBC mission and strategic goals for awareness, participant recruitment and retention, and development and fundraising

Development & Fundraising

  • Work collaboratively with academic units and development officers to identify opportunities to support novel ideas, discoveries, and research by securing financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Coordinate with development to steward ongoing relationships with donors, foundations and other key stakeholders
  • Oversee progress and develop proposals and progress reports for donors, foundations, and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate among the GBC researchers to align strategic and fundraising goals congruent with the mission of the collaborative

Sponsored Project Support

  • Assist in identifying federal and international collaborative funding opportunities and provide central organization of pre-proposal and submission support including budget development.
  • Assist with production of proposal editing, reports, correspondence, articles, and presentations
  • Serve as liaison between collaborators and office of research for grant submissions and data agreements

Program Leadership and Research Operations

  • Provide leadership and professional expertise or services through leveraging the knowledge and skills of others
  • Develops work plans, timelines, resource plans, and status updates in order to take projects from concept to completion
  • Advise, analyze and compare various courses of action
  • Supervise program staff, consultants, and advise collaborators in the execution of projects and activities within this initiative
  • Coordinate and be central resource for multi-site research initiatives across clinical research sites to ensure compliance, data integrity, and ensure protocol adherence
  • Work with Data Managers to establish central infrastructure for data management and harmonization across sites
  • Assist with regulatory submissions and reporting

Required Qualifications*

  • A background in research and project management, with experience in leading and managing others
  • At least six to ten years of administrative and staff leadership in a research or academic environment
  • Experience with fiscal management, budgeting, and expenditure projection
  • Demonstrated success in leading administrative, technical, and research staff
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to build successful relationships at all levels, as well as ability to work within complex organizational systems
  • Proven ability to work independently, set priorities, be proactive, anticipate challenges, respond quickly
  • Ability to work collaboratively, be flexible, and can adapt to change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to provide rationale behind decisions and actions
  • Strong analytic skills in regards to program oversight and implementation, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities
  • Knowledge of federal and international harmonization of research regulations

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced degree in business, health administration, or related field
  • Clinical research certification
  • Knowledge of University practices, policies, and procedures

Work Locations

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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