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The Michigan Medicine Department of Communications is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic public relations representative to join our award-winning team in promotion of the 11th-ranked hospital system in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. This individual will write for Michigan Medicine’s award-winning healthcare blogs, www.michiganhealthlab.org and www.michiganhealthblog.org as well as represent clients. The blog is a main component of the Department of Communication’s content marketing and brand building efforts to promote Michigan Medicine’s clinical care, research, and innovative educational approaches to the world.
The public relations representative will work with Department of Communication team members to promote Michigan Medicine through social media, storytelling, videos and blogs. Successful candidates will have excellent writing samples, excellent verbal communication skills, background in social media strategy, adaptability, quick thinking, enthusiasm and creativity. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, news-focused environment and can juggle multiple projects at once. We’re looking for someone focused on how social media continues to reshape marketing, promotion, and customer engagement. This person is a regular consumer of the latest online trends and is an early adopter of innovative platforms and features. This candidate is interested in not only producing dynamic content but also assessing its value based on Michigan Medicine goals and its return on investment.
What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?
2:1 match on retirement savings
Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
Hybrid workplace that allows remote work
Joining a robust, creative communication team that values storytelling
Developing, researching and writing stories, blog posts and news announcements for distribution directly to the public, social media audiences and to news media.
Responding quickly to inquiries from reporters, locating expert sources and arranging interviews.
Arranging, planning and directing visits of media, photographers, TV crews, including accompanying them in all Michigan Medicine facilities, protecting patient privacy.
Participate and assist in setting strategy for Michigan Medicine clients including brainstorming sessions about content creation, upcoming blogs and coordinating efforts among team members.
Serve as primary contact to clients for external content promotion.
Working closely with Department of Communication teams to plan and create videos, photo galleries or podcasts.
Develop content for social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest to share stories about Health System clinical care, research and educational efforts that build and spread engagement with patients, families and others seeking expert and authoritative health information.
Preparing faculty and staff for media interviews.
Rotating on-call duties twice per quarter.
Bachelor’s degree. Preferred in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or related field.
At least five years of combined editing, writing, content creation, digital strategy, and social media experience.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficient in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and familiarity with AP style necessary;
Passion for social communications, innovation, branding, and promotions.
Ability to produce high-quality work on deadline and handle several projects at once.
Experience with health care or academic medical centers
Video storytelling background
Working knowledge of and experience with search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, platforms, and best practices
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.
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.
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