Executive Director of Digital Studies Institute

University of Michigan
Michigan, United States
$95,000.00 - $105,000.00
Jul 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Summary

The University of Michigan’s new Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) seeks to hire an Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to shape an innovative new organization that will contribute towards our understanding of the digital world in a Research 1 university setting. The UMDSI serves students, researchers, and the public and the Executive Director will provide programmatic, strategic, and forward-looking leadership for the Digital Studies Institute.  The UMDSI integrates critical humanistic, social science, and artistic approaches to digital studies, and foreground questions about social inequalities, including racial and gendered bias, in digital cultures. 

They will partner with the Faculty Director (who will lead the faculty and research direction), the Associate Director (who has primary responsibility for the curricular program and summer institute) and the Chief Administrator (who provides operational leadership) to assure that the UMDSI creates an inclusive and generative space for digital studies students, staff,  and faculty.  The Executive Director will also have primary responsibility for assuring that the UMDSI programs are complementary and in partnership with other institutional units involved in digital work – including, but not limited to the Duderstadt Center, the University Library, and Information Technology services. 


In addition to contributing to and providing leadership for the strategic vision of the DSI, specific duties will include:

(1) develop academic programming, partnering, and outreach for UMDSI creating a community of scholars and researchers amongst digital studies faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff; (2) develop parternships with universities, industries, and technology firms to develop the Digital Research Corridor; (3) manage the recruitment, admission, and matriculation of students to the graduate and undergraduate programs, develop ancillary programming, and plan and execute events for the community showing student and faculty research; (4) attend faculty and administrative meetings as an ex officio member; (5) co-program and support the annual Summer Institute ; (6) manage the UMDSI’s research funding and award programs process; (7) research and collect information concerning best practices in digital studies teaching and research; (8)collaborate with other units on campus to provide support and training for students and faculty in the Digital Studies program;  (9) research and draft internal and external grant proposals.

Required Qualifications*

An advanced degree or equivalent preferable in the area of digital studies, understanding of the research-intensive university academic environment, ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad spectrum of students, faculty, administrative staff, policy makers, and public constituents/stakeholders (industry, media, etc).  Demonstrated leadership experience that includes recruiting, mentoring, career development, and team building.  Experience in project management, programming, budget management, program development and assessment.  An entrepreneurial stance towards development.  Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment is ideal.

This is a 2.5 year term limited position.