Please note this is a 10 month position - full-time during the academic year (August- May). The target full time salary range for the position is $38,000-$45,000 (compensation rate of $31,667-$37,500 over ten months).
A cover letter addressing the applicant’s relevant work experience and demonstrating their writing style and proficiency is required. A portfolio with links to the applicant’s work that is currently posted online, along with a PDF of examples of social media posts (professional posts preferred, but personal posts would also be accepted) must be included as the final page(s) of the applicant’s resume.
The position’s regular hours will be during business hours (8am-5pm M-F), but will also involve periodic evening and weekend responsibilities. The primary responsibilities for the position will involve generating, investigating and following up on story ideas; planning, writing, coordinating and posting content for websites and social media; collecting, analyzing, and reporting website and social media metrics; providing support for departmental events and activities; and participating as a full member of the administrative team.
Provide support to the Department of Linguistics and the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, Chief Administrator and Administrative Offices. We are looking for a highly organized team player who demonstrates a high level of attention to detail and also has excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Must be especially interested in web-based activities tied to programming and knowledgeable of social media campaigns. Receive and respond to incoming email and inquiries concerning event programming, academic programs and alumni updates. Respond to all requests in a timely and accurate manner. Perform routine office responsibilities. Perform special projects and ad hoc tasks as required.
Writing and editing a variety of documents and correspondence, e.g. memoranda, electronic newsletters via Mailchimp; Google Drive and shared document use, weekly departmental news and events blog, assisting with course-related materials and equipment; coordinate video recording of talks and lectures; creating and maintaining public intranet space whereby faculty and students interested in joint research projects can connect and collaborate; participating in the creation and management of Department web pages (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/linguistics) (https://lsa.umich.edu/weinberginstitute) and web-based course information; maintaining the departmental Web presence utilizing social media (umichLing on Facebook [1000+ followers] and Twitter accounts. Work with student services staff to track and document our former undergraduate and graduate student career placements.
Coordinating logistics for department events and programs. Managing colloquia, visiting speakers, student events (commencement activities, open house, Major/Minor Fair, etc.) and other events that require initiating and preparing relevant agendas, visitor itineraries, room reservations, reception planning, hotel and food arrangements, announcements, flyers, brochures, reports and correspondence, travel and hosting expense reimbursements; maintaining a comprehensive calendar of area events, activities and disseminating related information.
Requires a high school education or equivalent and more than four years of demonstrated professional administrative experience. Superior proofreading ability and written and oral communications skills. Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously with high-level accuracy in a deadline-driven environment. Exceptional attention to detail in all areas of work. Ability to remain flexible and work with changing timelines and to be a reliable member of the administrative team. Extensive independence, creativity, initiative, and judgment are necessary in the execution of responsibilities. Strong time management, project management, and problem-solving skills. Considerable knowledge of the operation and application of computer software systems for online communications (Gmail and Google product family preferred), word processing, spreadsheets, database management, Internet and social media presence (FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and LinkedIn), and various other programs to facilitate the academic missions of both units. Must be a self-starter with strong initiative and a journalistic curiosity for news stories.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant humanities or communications field or equivalent combination of education and professional experience is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience with Adobe Photoshop or any other photo editing program is desirable. Previous experience in program and event planning is preferred. University of Michigan experience and familiarity with University organization, practices, policies and administrative procedures is desirable.
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.
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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.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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