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"I love that our Advancement team does such a wide range of work, and people have taken such varied paths to our office. Our best work is a showcase for these individual talents and backgrounds coming together to do bigger things than any of us could do alone. We all recognize that work is an incredibly important part of our lives, something that we derive a lot of purpose and fulfillment from, while also appreciating and respecting the lives we lead beyond the office. Our culture is as kind as it is ambitious, as people-first and it is high-achieving, and as flexible as it is consistently-stellar."
Joe Murray, Major Gift Officer
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LSA Advancement integrates the college's fundraising and marketing and communications operations on one team. This model enables a well-supported and coordinated approach to engage with all of the college’s audiences, both internal and external, from students and faculty to alumni and donors, prospective students, the media, and beyond. Explore more about our services or take a look at our organizational chart.
We strive to live our values each and every day. We each play an important role and contribute to building our culture in impactful ways. Here are some of the defining aspects of our culture.
We work with some of the most talented staff on campus (in our humble opinion). Hearing their thoughts and concerns on how we can be better is critical to our success. Each year, our Assistant Dean conducts a listening tour, meeting with each manager and each team (without their manager) to understand how the organization can do better. This information is shared with staff and we use it to grow our strategies and team. In addition, our Assistant Dean meets with small groups of staff on a monthly basis, our “Mornings with Martha”, which keeps the feedback loop active. She asks questions about critical issues we are facing and seeks input from all staff across the organization.
We believe in transparency. Each week, our Assistant Dean shares an update on what was discussed during the strategy team meeting and the meeting with the dean. Each strategy team member shares information about what is happening in their functional areas through email “newsletters”. Our culture team sends a monthly update on fun and helpful information in our FYA: For Your Advancement newsletter.
Extreme Kindness and Extreme Flexibility
We coined this phrase at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. It was important for us to be mindful of our culture and how to help staff be successful as we transitioned to a different type of work environment. Extreme kindness and extreme flexibility will continue to play a pivotal role in the way we grow our culture moving forward.
Work-life Integration and Balance
We believe strongly in establishing healthy boundaries between work and life. We offer flexibility in work schedules to better achieve that balance. One of the core values of LSA that our dean believes in strongly is our well-being as a community. We even have an email policy to limit correspondence to Monday- Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Taking care of ourselves is so important to bringing our best selves to work. Our MHealthy Motivators team collaborates to share resources and plan activities, such as trips to the local farmer’s market, virtual 5K runs, yoga classes, and more to address our personal well-being in a variety of fun and informative ways.
Practicing POS (Positive Organizational Scholarship)
What is Positive Organizational Scholarship? POS focuses on such ideas as excellence, thriving, flourishing, abundance, resilience, and virtuousness. Research on these practices comes from the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business. Some examples of our POS practices that encourage these ideals are:
- Cross-team collaboration
- Fierce conversations
- Listening tours
- Mornings with Martha
- Culture Team
- Gratitude wall
- Social fun
We value professional development. Our professional development philosophy and practice outlines our expectations for all staff as well as optional training. Staff staying current in their field is important to us. And, being at a premier university, and especially one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country, there are always wonderful opportunities to take part in learning in our backyard.
We work hard so we like to play hard -- from the Game Club to Book Club to Celebrations (and more!). By far, the most active club we have is the Game Club. Join us in the breakroom every Friday over lunch (and other times too!) for an energetic (read: competitive) game of Ligretto, Euchre, or just work on a puzzle in peace. Our book club, Literata, meets every other month over lunch to discuss our latest read. We choose the book as a collective for the following meeting. And we celebrate -- weddings, babies, graduations, project successes, and, well, just about anything we can. Some celebrations are for all staff and others are held in teams.
LSA Advancement is committed to being an anti-racist, inclusive organization. We value diversity and welcome folks of every identity. We are on a journey of self-improvement, committing to the following efforts:
- We learn. We each commit to completing several DEI classes offered through the college to help us understand how to make LSA Advancement an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative space to work, learn, teach, discover, and thrive together.
- We support. Advancement Advocates, an employee-led group, leads optional dialogues on issues affecting our work and our lives, and shares thought-provoking DEI Boosts, which are emails on a specific topic, to deepen our understanding of various issues and improve our ability to support one another.
- We listen. We actively seek to understand the experiences of all staff through a variety of means, including surveys, focus groups, peer-to-peer dialogue, anti-racist/equity listening sessions, and more. What we learn informs what we do.
- We talk. Our employee-led Culture Team facilitates activities that build and sustain a positive culture. At LSA Advancement, everyone has a voice and is empowered and encouraged to use it.
- We evaluate. The inclusivity review team, a cross-functional group of staff, is reviewing and modifying our hiring and operational processes and policies.
- We grow. Each of us commits to our individual learning and growth to learn more about DEI, the liberal arts, effective communication, positive culture, and more.
What are your ideas? We'd love to hear your perspective and thoughts on how we can be and do better!
Currently, we are piloting a hybrid work schedule. We have a lovely office space right on Main Street in the heart of Ann Arbor. Employees enjoy the open concept layout with plenty of rooms to collaborate and meet in groups. Our balconies provide a space to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with a view of the city. Our office is a short walk from the main University of Michigan campus where we will often travel for meetings with other campus partners and students.
LSA Advancement is proud to be a sustainable office and has reached silver level certification!
- Our department saves plastic, and takes them to drop boxes for the Plastic Pollution Solution initiative.
- Staff leave lights off in certain areas when not needed.
- Electronic documents are used rather than printing when possible.
- Nearly all staff meetings are paperless.
- Sleep settings are set according to LSA standards.
Our annual Green Clean Day is a FUN event dedicated to cleaning out departmental space and maximizing recycling, reuse, and waste reduction. Green Clean Days originated with the Ross School of Business and have filtered throughout the University. This day is a great opportunity to create much-needed space for storage by purging files and materials!
Tying in with our Green Clean Day, there is usually a University of Michigan Office Shopping Day where staff can get rid of excess or unwanted supplies. The items are generally donated to non-profit organizations.
DEI Strategic Plan
LSA is committed to a long-term plan for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, staff, and faculty.
Land Use Statement
We acknowledge the university’s origins in a land grant from the Anishinaabeg (including Odawa, Ojibwe, and Boodewadomi) and Wyandot. We further acknowledge that our university stands, like almost all property in the United States, on lands obtained, generally in unconscionable ways, from indigenous peoples. Knowing where we live and work does not change the past, but a thorough understanding of the ongoing consequences of this past can empower us in our research, teaching, and outreach to create a future that supports human flourishing and justice for all individuals.
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