Michigan Engineering is among the nation’s top engineering schools. Its Communications and Marketing Office produces award-winning stories, videos and photography, presented on high-impact websites and apps. The Research News/Feature Writer plays a key role as a member of this creative team.
The Writer helps to tell engaging stories from several of the College of Engineering’s 12 departments and divisions. These stories keep key audiences apprised of the most interesting and important research, student and alumni activities.
Research activities, whether findings or significant grants, are a strong component of this news. They include computer technology and security, robotics and artificial intelligence, diagnostic methods and new medical treatments, bioengineering, nanotechnology, autonomous vehicles, energy production and storage, space systems, sustainability and many more areas in which researchers are aiming to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
The Writer is responsible for understanding the communication goals of the College and its departments and units. This person works with other communicators, editors, multimedia producers and web experts, as well as faculty members. For stories that may be news releases, the Writer works in close collaboration with the News and Research Director to coordinate with the Michigan News office. The Writer also pitches and writes feature stories and news items for the Michigan Engineer magazine.
Find and write clear, compelling stories about the people and the work that make Michigan Engineering and its community one of the nation’s preeminent engineering institutions. Assist with media relations, crafting stories in ways that engage journalists and editors, and at times acting as a liaison. Work collaboratively with embedded communicators within assigned departments to ensure that that the department's strategic aims are being considered. Make communications strategy recommendations. Work on a team with project managers, photographers, videographers, designers, production managers, web developers and vendors. Communicate and collaborate with units. The employee’s work requires intelligence, diligence and accuracy with the individual having broad leeway to develop original work products.
70%Plan, report and write original and engaging content, including news releases and feature stories; interfacing with faculty members and department staff for story review and interviews.
20%Work with embedded communicators, faculty and other staff to identify and analyze storytelling opportunities, keeping in mind strategic objectives
10% Package stories for marketing on websites, e-newsletters, blogs, social media, internal media and other communication vehicles.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or other appropriate field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum four years’ experience in related position. Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated excellent ability to write interesting copy about science and technology topics in a way that could be understood by a non-technical audience. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and determine and meet tight deadlines.Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and work in teams. Able to build productive, cooperative relationships with faculty, staff, students and others. Able to give and receive thoughtful feedback without being afraid to change your mind. Able to apply broad knowledge of principles and practices of web communications, public relations, media relations, social media and to achieve communication goals of various units. Able to adapt to change.
A cover letter and work samples are required in order to be considered for this position. Links to relevant samples of work must be included with your resume and cover letter. Samples are of the candidate’s choosing and should represent excellent work that the candidate believes is relevant to this position.
Applications without samples will not be considered.
Knowledge of the College of Engineering and University of Michigan. Experience with or interest in writing about scientific or engineering topics.
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/ .
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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.