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"Our culture is as kind as it is ambitious, as people-first as it is high-achieving, and as flexible as it is consistently stellar. We do work that changes the world in an environment that makes it easy to enjoy that journey every single day. That's a rare combination to find—one that not many workplaces actively foster as thoughtfully and successfully as we do. That dual sense of purpose and day-to-day joy is what everyone is looking for in their work, I believe, and I feel fortunate to have found a place like that so early in my career."

Joe Murray, Major Gift Officer


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.


Due to current COVID-19 recommendations, we are working remotely, while developing a plan for returning to the office safely in some capacity. 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!

This means: 

  • 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.


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

What is POS? It stands for Positive Organizational Scholarship and it 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
  • Stand-ups
  • 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.

"As a mom of a child with special needs and the principal income earner for my family, I have felt incredibly supported at LSA Advancement. Pragmatic, human-centered work-life management is encouraged and modeled by our leaders, who recognize that life is happening all the time and things outside of our control shouldn't immediately affect our opportunities at work. Our culture of kindness and flexibility means that there's never been a moment where I felt I had to manage difficult situations at home without signaling the need for support. There are also wonderful and accomplished women in leadership here who are empathetic and eager to help mentor you through early- and mid-career challenges. It's a special place."

Anna Batcke, Director of Project Management


LSA Advancement is committed to being an anti-racist, inclusive organization. We value diversity and welcome folks of underrepresented identities. We are on a journey to continue bettering ourselves through specific efforts such as:

  • 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 facilitates optional dialogues on key issues impacting our work and our lives. They also share thought-provoking DEI Boosts, which are emails on a specific topic, to foster learning, growth, and understanding so we can better support our colleagues.
  • We listen. We recently completed anti-racist/equity listening sessions and, from the recommendations, will be taking action to improve the experience of our staff and changing processes to further our organization.
  • We talk. Our employee-led culture team engages in discussions regarding our culture and presents opportunities to learn from one another. At LSA Advancement, everyone has a voice and is empowered and encouraged to use it.
  • We evaluate. The inclusive review team, a cross-functional team, is reviewing and modifying our hiring and operational processes and policies.
  • We grow. Each of us commit to our individual learning and growth in DEI topics, the liberal arts, effective communications, and more.

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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