UMich Barger Leadership Institute

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration of 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.


The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is a flexible and inclusive leadership program for any Michigan undergraduate. The BLI offers leadership courses through The College of Literature, Science and the Arts Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) program, along with project funding, travel opportunities, employment, and advanced immersive co-curricular programs for students. As a community of staff, students, and faculty, we work to create experiences where students can creatively explore and reflect on their leadership identity, actions, and habits. We work to cultivate a holistic view of leadership, informed by research, mindfulness practices, and case studies for students eager to learn about, engage with, and become leaders of social change.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Global and Domestic Student Access Opportunity Program Planning and Management 

  • Work with BLI Director and Assistant Director on program curriculum and implementation of international and domestic travel opportunities for student cohorts.
  • Contact, coordinate, and confirm speakers/workshops and NGO/organization site visits in multiple locations. Create a weekly and daily itinerary and work with local contacts pre-departure and onsite to execute logistics
  • Create development opportunities to engage student committees/focus groups to create/evaluate access opportunities.
  • Work directly with candidates in all phases of the application and interview process
  • Coordinate travel planning and training with Michigan Global Travel and LSA International Travel. 
  • Research/reserve/coordinate all flights, lodging, transportation, tours and other venue logistics for the student cohort and faculty/staff
  • Manage travel program budgets. Work with LSA and UM procurement to obtain quotes, request and review contracts before final signoff by the University.

Management of Student Project Funding 

  • Coordinate and implement application processing, committee review, award notification, risk management compliance, and award disbursement for all funding programs.
  • Create student development opportunities for members to participate in the grant funding/award process. 
  • Partner with students to produce reports on funding impact.
  • Review workflows annually with recommendations for process evaluation and improvement.
  • Report on expenditures and programming

Student Engagement Through Data Entry and Reporting

  • Maintain accurate student records in Salesforce and Sessions
  • Generate regular reports of student engagement in BLI programming
  • Manage C-Cure access (granting permissions to fellows)
  • Coordinate and track student enrollment and engagement, including auditing 

Collaborative Work with BLI Team 

  • Partner with Communications Specialist to highlight programming and student funding projects in communications collateral
  • Help design and facilitate student employee retreats
  • Generate information on programming expenditures and participation numbers for Annual Report 

This position is typically in person but currently allows for some remote work.

This position may require some domestic and overseas travel 2-3 times per calendar year. 

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor degree or equivalent combination of experience and education; previous experience working effectively with undergraduate students; previous experience planning travel programs; Experience in program planning , management and delivery; organizational skills with strong attention to detail; ability to work independently and manage competing work priorities; Proficiency with standard office software in a PC environment (Microsoft Office) and finance systems.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with travel coordination, program administration and working effectively with students in an academic setting. Demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders on a single project. Demonstrated experience working with underrepresented students and/or with students in pre-college/college preparation teaching environments. Experience working in university teaching and administrative contexts. Interest or experience in learning opportunities and contemplative practices that cultivate mindfulness and leadership habit development. Some familiarity with constituent relationship management (CRM) systems or SalesForce.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $51,500, please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit

To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision, visit

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.

Application Deadline

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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