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The Communications Manager will develop and implement communications supporting the resources and services of the cores and central administrative functions of the BRCF. A successful candidate will have a business-to-business communications background and be a skilled writer, conveying business operations priorities and policies, as well as complex scientific topics, to researchers at the Medical School, across central campus, and to outside industry. The Communications Manager must be a skilled project manager and a self-starter when it comes to using current multimedia, web, and design tools.
Overarching responsibilities include:
Content creation and digital implementation, including the development and timely distribution of enewletters; website content creation and management; and distribution of one-off email announcements.
Event project management and marketing for the cores, including planning, creation, and execution of training sessions, outreach, and awareness events.
Leadership communications, including the development of strategic messaging for both core directors and central administration leaders. Occasional message development for strategic partners in areas impacting supported units.
Content Creation and Digital Implementation
Write and produce customer-driven communications regarding business operations, as well as successes and opportunities. Compose narratives that demonstrate the value and innovation of the BRCF. Cascaded across digital and multimedia channels, driving awareness of services and expertise, key messages, and events.
Initiate new and/or improve existing communication channels to maximize impact and increase customer acquisition.
Create and maintain web content for BRCF cores that clearly communicates product/service functions and benefits, helps build relationships with customers, and encourages collaboration.
Ensure all communications consistently convey organizational messaging and adhere to Michigan Medicine and U-M brand and style guidelines.
Provide all web strategy and content oversight for the BRCF website in collaboration with the Michigan Medicine Digital/Web team.
Play an active role in the cross-functional marketing support of Medical School marketing and provided by the OoR marketing team for the entire Office of Research and the strategies of the research enterprise.
Leadership Communication Support
Support leadership objectives through the development and execution of comprehensive communication plans.
Compose and distribute customer messaging for core directors and central administration leaders that engages customers and supports BRCF and Office of Research strategies.
Collaborate with outside departments and units to inform customers of workflow and/or policy changes, including platform migrations.
Develop and maintain knowledge of BRCF, Office of Research, and Medical School missions, goals, and business objectives to ensure alignment with communication needs.
Event Support and Project Management
Work with cores and leadership to offer training, outreach, and awareness events that support business operations, scientific output, and strategic objectives.
Assist with development of event topics and PowerPoint presentations.
Provide event marketing materials cascaded across unit/department channels and create and event website presence.
Offer registration and day-of event/webinar support.
Strategic, Independent Decision Making
Develop, implement, evaluate, and/or provide guidance on high-level marketing communication strategies.
Make independent decisions comparing and evaluating both short-term and long-term communication needs to effectively promote BRCF goals and objectives.
Recommend appropriate course of action for reaching target audiences and effectively conveying messages.
Provide input for yearly marketing budget, as well as tracking throughout the year.
Implement tactical plans that support BRCF/Office of Research/Medical School larger strategic plans.
Collaborate with communication peers across the Medical School and central campus, developing best practices and finding potential synergies.
Discover and adopt new technologies and processes that benefit the BRCF/Office of Research/Medical School.
Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, design, or related field with a minimum of five years of experience in a professional communications position
Proficient on a PC and Mac
Well-versed in digital programs and software:
Microsoft 365 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat), CMS (Drupal or Wordpress, Sharepoint), Google Analytics, marketing automation platform (Constant Contact, MailChimp, or equivalent)
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