Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website (umjobs.org/). A cover letter, not to exceed one page, is required. Please indicate how you learned of this position in your letter.
If you have a strong preference for either the natural sciences writer position or the humanities writer position, please let us know in your cover letter.
Additionally, applicants must provide three recent writing examples that showcase the quality, variety, and strength of their writing skills.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and writing samples as a single electronic document.
Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.
The target salary range for this position is $55-65,000.
LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We believe deeply in the transformative power of LSA's research and education, so we work to the highest standards of excellence and with joy in the conviction that what we do matters to our students, our state, and the world.
We seek two writers who can produce compelling and polished stories and copy who would relish the opportunity to develop stories about LSA students, alumni, faculty, and staff, with a focus on either the natural sciences or humanities. The people in these positions need to be able to understand complex research and issues, and they need to be able to write about those topics in a way that is relatable to a broad, non-academic audience. Ideal candidates will also deeply value a highly collaborative team environment and embrace the opportunity to write and produce stories in a variety of formats in a fast-paced environment.
LSA Advancement’s writers are key members of the marketing and communications team. Writers are responsible for discovering, developing, and writing stories that showcase LSA’s unique and powerful brand of liberal arts education. The person in this position will write, develop, and produce a significant number and variety of stories including longform, shortform, online, print, news articles, social media posts, and photo/video captions, as well as assist with story concepting for video and audio storytelling.
As communications team members, writers will be relied upon to discover, develop, write, and polish compelling stories about LSA in a variety of lengths and for a variety of platforms and channels including LSA Magazine, online, print, social media, audio, video, and more. With direction from the editorial manager and input from the team, each writer will continually seek out, pitch, and develop stories that are timely and relevant. The stories will need to position LSA as the best liberal arts college in and for the country in a way that’s consistent with LSA’s voice and mission.
This person will have impressive proofreading and copyediting skills and the ability to apply them to their own work and others’ work for LSA Magazine, online, and more. The writer will be expected to aid in the activities of the magazine including interviewing faculty, alumni, and other subjects; vetting and fact-checking content; working with freelancers; and editing pieces for overall quality and readability.
Liaising with Academic Units
The writer will work closely with departments and units of one of LSA’s three academic divisions to help them identify their most interesting stories and most notable research. The writer will deliver this information back to the communications team for use in various content delivery channels.
Creativity and Collaboration
The ideal candidate will embrace the creative and collaborative culture of the marketing and communications team and work closely with their supervisor and peers to bring and develop fresh new ideas and approaches to content in order to support the LSA mission and the marketing and communications team’s goals and objectives.
A bachelor’s degree, ideally in communications, journalism or English, and 3+ years of professional writing experience
Excellent proofreading skills and experience
Proficiency in a variety of comment- and edit-tracking programs including Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Google docs, and others
Demonstrable experience in creating different types of written stories and content such as interactive web-based stories, slideshows, blogs, magazine articles, newsletters, captions, etc.
Strong understanding of social media and its potential uses, and an ability to write content suitable for them
Excellent creative writing and thinking skills; adaptability with regards to writing style
Able to work efficiently on multiple diverse projects simultaneously and to create polished high-quality work under tight deadlines
Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Strong interpersonal skills with the a thrive in a collaborative, team-based, positive work environment and work with a variety of staff, partners, faculty, and students from across the college
4 - 7 years of professional writing experience
Experience understanding and writing about academic or other types of research
Experience in writing for or about topics in the natural sciences and/or the humanities
Familiarity with University of Michigan’s structure, resources, and policies, and with the liberal arts, including natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities
Experience communicating and interacting with higher education faculty members
Experience working within a project management system
Experience with web content management systems
Familiarity with HTML
Understanding of SEO and best practices for writing for the web
Direct experience in a marketing-related environment
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
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.
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A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.