Employment Opportunities

Upjohn Institute President

The W.E. Upjohn Institute seeks an inspiring and influential president for the critical role of providing strategic direction and leadership for our Institute. We require an executive with both the ability and desire to shape and disseminate the Institute’s work for maximum impact. For further information, please see our full listing.


This position will manage and develop all aspects of library and information retrieval services to support Institute research and program activities. Facilitate circulation and archiving of digital publications, writings and research. Manage e-resources within an integrated library system and other knowledge bases. Oversee Institute archive to preserve permanent records of the organization.

Duties and responsibilities include: Coordinate the management and development of the integrated library system for internal holdings. Maintain copy and original cataloging of serials and monographs using knowledge of MARC format, AACRII, RDA and authority control practices. Responsible for on-going additions to and storage and maintenance of archived materials. Manage and disseminate incoming items, updates, alerts and maintain circulation records. Assist in management of external repository for Institute media including appropriate metadata standards. Coordinate preservation of digital content including migration plans. Facilitate staff inquiries of literature searches in multiple formats. Monitor and disperse funding opportunities and call for papers. Manage, catalog and create finding guides for serial holdings, new materials and grant products. Compile metric reports multiple times throughout the year. Develop policies and procedures for fair use and other copyright issues. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job requirements: Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program. Highly motivated and service oriented with strong desire to learn new technologies and expand skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to adapt to rapidly changing goals, priorities and deadlines. Proficiency with Lexus-Nexus, EBSCOhost and other databases a plus.

Qualifications and proficiencies: Skilled use of integrated library systems, digital repositories and national cataloging and metadata standards. Experienced user of Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Acrobat Pro or similar. Familiarity working with government information and policy research. Strong background in print and digital advanced secondary research. SharePoint and/or basic HTML coding an asset.

Direct reports: This position has no direct reports.

Although this position will remain open until filled, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@upjohn.org as soon as possible.

Research Intern

The Upjohn Institute is seeking a Research Intern to work with our Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) Team on urban planning projects.

Our SMPC Team is one of 14 regions in Michigan that include Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. SMPC serves local units of governments, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Road Commissions and Departments

Summary of Internship
This position will work closely with the Institute’s Southcentral Michigan Planning Council team and assist in conducting research for large-scale regional studies. Most notably, SMPC was asked to lead the creation of a regional housing plan. The plan will look to examine current housing development and utilization trends, analysis of market failures in the regional housing ecosystem, research best practices relative to regional housing, and development of strategies to overcome deficiencies in the housing system. This internship would contribute to the creation of the regional housing plan.
This position is under the supervision and guidance of the Southcentral Michigan Planning Council Director.

Responsibilities and Tasks
Assist in conducting research for, and drafting sections of, regional studies. Research activities will include: quantitative data assembly and analysis, qualitative data collection (assist with interviews and group discussions), analysis of case studies and best practice, and development of implementation strategies. Research applicable local, state and federal statutes. Other duties may vary by projects initiated during internship.

Learning Objectives
• Develop or enhance quantitative research and analysis skills including the use of statistical analytical software
• Develop or enhance qualitative research and analysis skills including interviewing, group discussions, and charrettes
• Gain an understanding research design and implementation
• Gain an understanding of project management

Competency and Skills
While a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economics, mathematics, or a related field is required, this position will expose you to statistical analysis and related software, accessing publicly available data sources, regional planning, and the general understanding of municipal operations. Graduate level coursework would be beneficial. Must have excellent organizational, public relations, verbal and written communication skills and an interest in, and willingness to learn statistical analysis. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft and statistical analytical software products as well as other media tools is desired.

Length and Schedule of Internship
Internships are time limited, typically lasting three to six months. Length and schedule are negotiable based on the needs of the department and the candidates’ educational goals.

We Will Provide
• Challenging assignments and responsibilities
• Meaningful projects that complement academic programs and/or career interests
• A broad exposure to our organization
• Consistent feedback, supervision and mentoring
• Industry relevance and real-world application
• An encouraging, approachable and welcoming environment

How to Apply
To be considered, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to HR@upjohn.org by July 31, 2018.

About the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Since 1932, the Upjohn Institute has functioned as one of the world’s leading independent labor economics research organizations, seeking to research the causes and effects of unemployment and to devise ways and means of alleviating unemployment. The Institute has an outstanding research staff, and it houses the administrative arm of the local workforce development programs. The combination offers a rich source of data and opportunities for operational experimentation.  

Application Instructions

Submit CV/resume and letter of interest to hr@upjohn.org.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Upjohn Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, is committed to affirmative action steps to help achieve a goal of equality in the treatment of employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age height, weight, national origin, veteran or disability status in hiring, promotion training and development, compensation, transfer, termination, disciplinary action, and all other personnel actions and Institute related functions and activities. 

Current openings

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