A cover letter is required for consideration for 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 Office of the VP for Communications seeks a communications manager to create and direct the implementation of a strategic, multi-channel marketing and communications plan for certain strategic initiatives at the University of Michigan, including the environment and sustainability initiative and the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN).
Environment and sustainability initiative:
Develops, implements and oversees the strategy and execution of communications and marketing programs and projects to support priority multidisciplinary initiatives, including environment and sustainability and the PCCN.
Works collaboratively with multiple departments within the Office of the VP for Communications to effectively publicize events, coordinate social media outreach, manage digital and written content, and assist with media relations related to each initiative.
Serves as the convener of and partner to campus stakeholders, and develops and maintains both internal and external partnerships for effective planning, communications, and outreach. Stakeholders include School of Environment and Sustainability; Office of Campus Sustainability; School of Public Health; College of Literature, Science and the Arts; College of Engineering; U-M Office of Research, Graham Institute for Sustainability, Planet Blue, Michigan Medicine, Athletics and others.
Facilitates planning with university-wide stakeholders to create, share and repurpose new and engaging web content, including the development of news and feature stories and a comprehensive social media strategy.
Researches and secures opportunities for speaking and presentation engagements.
Manages the planning and coordination of communication materials (e.g., newsletters, brochures, manuals, websites, social media platforms, etc.). Ensures that marketing materials are accurate and issued on a timely basis.
Tracks, measures, and reports progress on communications initiatives. Uses that input to refine communications strategy.
Assists with budget planning and administration related to communication plans and staffing.
President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality:
Participates in PCCN meetings and events as needed.
Serves as a critical member of the internal analysis team focused on university communications.
Works with the PCCN to develop strategies and/or events to ensure engagement and participation opportunities for the full university community.
Plans and delivers consistent, presistent, strategic and transparent messaging regarding the path and progress of the comission's work.
Works with the co-chairs on media relations and the development and public release of reports and other work products.
Bachelor's degree in communications, policy, journalism or other related fields.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Strong relationship-building skills, including the demonstrated ability to build consensus among a decentralized stakeholder base. Strong team orientation and ability to manage up and down in complex organizations.
Demonstrated ability to lead teams and achieve results, on time, on budget, within scope, and with high-quality results.
At least 5 years of communications experience, including expertise in public engagement, marketing, public relations, social media, print, and digital publishing.
Ability to engage internal and external constituents and identify communication and outreach opportunities.
Creativity, collaboration, and the ability to manage numerous projects in a fast-paced environment.
Experience in gathering and analyzing data to guide strategy and be willing to quickly pivot if the strategy is proving to be unsuccessful.
Experience/knowledge in storytelling using various tools and channels.
Experience in higher education or other complex nonprofit environment.
This position will report to the Office of Vice President for Communications.
The position works in collaboration with the Vice President for Communications' staff of marketing and communications experts, and in coordination with a university-wide group of communicators engaged in various units and aspects of environment and sustainability at U-M.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 175065
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