The University Research Corridor (URC) Director of Research and Policy Analysis/Outreach Specialistwill be responsible in leading the efforts to collect, evaluate, analyze and report institutional, economic and policy data relevant to better understand the historic, current and future impacts of Michigan’s three highly intensive research universities in the state (Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University). They will be responsible for the following:

  • Monitor the accuracy of URC analyses and internal and external content.
  • Assist with identifying data and analytical needs by collaborating with university and external partners/stakeholders.
  • Design and supervise special studies related to the University and higher education.
  • Provide analytical and informational support for URC leadership on policy issues.
  • Work closely with university and external partners to monitor State of Michigan budget allocations for higher education.
  • Represent the URC on internal and external committees and coordinating agencies.
  • Lead special projects from inception to completion to drive strategic and innovative concepts.
  • Aid with escalation and de-escalation activities to align projects and operations with expectations.
  • Assist with policy forecasts, strategic planning and trends analysis.
  • Helps to develop and evaluate relevant metrics to measure success of URC initiatives/activities.
  • Assist with aggregating metrics and other operational activity reports for senior executive consumption.
  • Along with the URC Executive Director, represents the URC in vendor bid processes, presentations and demonstrations.
  • Coordinate content development and stakeholder input for reports and presentations to diverse audiences including senior executives across the URC institutions and external partners and entities.
  • Serve as the spearhead for the URC’s initiatives and a liaison to internal groups and other higher education and industry peers alike.
  • Work with communications staff to publicize information about progress on key initiatives for the URC member universities.
  • Work with URC PR committee to develop key messages and stories that target key stakeholders.
  • Other activities as assigned by Executive Director.



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.






  • The job requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completing one to two years of post-bachelor’s degree work, such as a master’s degree in economics, higher education, business, finance, or a related field; more than eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience higher education policy research or related fields; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • May require valid vehicle operator’s license where needed to perform duties of the position.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
  • Knowledge of basic personal computer terminology and operations, and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet.



Cover letter, CV and names of three professional references



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