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Executive Research Associate

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan ("WDI") seeks to hire a full-time Executive Research Associate (originally posted as "Executive Administrative Assistant"). This individual will provide support for the WDI President as well as other WDI executives and complete ad hoc projects. This position will be available on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. This position is based in our lovely (recently renovated) Ann Arbor office. 

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Conserve President’s and executives’ time by reading, researching, compiling data, drafting and preparing internal and external correspondence, as well as documents for consideration and presentation by executives; prepare reports by collecting and analyzing information 
  • Assist in the oversight of certain projects taking the lead role when requested by the President
  • Attend meetings to record minutes and then compile, transcribe and distribute meeting minutes (including bi-annual board meetings) in a timely manner
  • Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
  • Oversee compilation of WDI board books; file and retrieve board documents, records and reports
  • Manage and maintain schedules; prepare agendas, room reservations, travel arrangements and related accommodations; process travel/hosting expense reports for: the WDI President and other executives, WDI board members, and other high-profile WDI visitors
  • Process the President’s monthly credit card reconciliation and other executives as requested by the President
  • Coordinate catering for WDI-hosted events and meetings, including board meetings
  • Direct incoming phone calls or take messages as needed
  • Provide clerical support to other departments
  • Contribute to team effort by actively participating in WDI task forces and accomplishing related results

Required Candidate Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree which is relevant to this opening, plus a minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible office work experience in a relevant, similar position
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, time management and organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible and provide support in a dynamic work environment 
  • Possess excellent organizational skills and excellent attention to detail with ability to focus while working on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Possess superior interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to professionally interact with persons from the general public to board members and personnel of all levels 
  • Must be discreet, tactful, and able to maintain confidentiality on sensitive matters
  • Computer skills include: Windows-environment computer proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Possess a current network of faculty/staff relationships at the UM’s Ross School of Business
  • Working knowledge of Canvas

Why Work at WDI?

The William Davidson Institute (WDI) is an affiliate of the University of Michigan (UM); our staff members are not University employees. WDI staff members are paid by WDI, but interact closely with many UM faculty, staff and students. Our 35+ employees are diverse and educated professionals who share a common focus and desire to make a positive impact on the world beyond the local reach. WDI leadership believes WDI employees are our most valuable resource, and promote the recognition and celebration of both individual and group successes on a regular basis. We have an “Open Door” policy to encourage employees to voice suggestions about making WDI an even better place to work. WDI staff meetings and social events are scheduled on a regular basis. WDI celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2017. WDI is an EOE. Learn more about WDI here.

This position is eligible for WDI’s competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 403(b) retirement plan with non-elective 2-to-1 WDI contributions (TIAA and/or Fidelity)
  • Health insurance (three HMO/PPO plans from which to choose, each with Rx rider)
  • Dental insurance (Delta PPO plan)
  • Mutual of Omaha Group Term Life insurance (employee premiums paid for by WDI)
  • Short-Term/Long-Term Disability (premiums paid for by WDI)
  • Vision insurance (VSP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential 24/7 phone access & online resources)
  • Optional participation in either a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account
  • Vacation Pay – new, full-time employees accrue twelve (12) hours per month
  • Sick Pay – receive a bank annually at the beginning of each fiscal year (July 1st)
  • Holiday Pay & Paid Seasonal Days – WDI is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day (& the Friday directly afterwards), Christmas Day as well as the weekdays between 12/25 and 1/1. WDI also provides one personal holiday.

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