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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
WHO YOU ARE
Reporting to the Chief Administrator, the communications specialist will help to execute the Department’s internal and external communications strategy. The successful candidate will be curious about science and a skilled storyteller with the ability to craft written and graphic content that engages audiences around the EEB mission and values. Responsibilities include identifying and writing stories, overseeing our webpage content and social media platform communications and developing our fundraising program.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Websites and Social Media
Lead the strategic vision for our web and social media presence to best represent EEB’s mission
Proactively maintain department websites using Adobe Experience Manager
Promote events (seminars, dissertations, defenses and other big department happenings) in a clear and catchy way on all relevant platforms
Liaise with Michigan News/media relations and build relationships within the department to develop content for websites
Write and curate news articles on EEB website and blogs
Work with unit leadership to develop visional themes and ensure department cultures are consistent and reflected throughout the websites
Research, evaluate and learn new tools to support communication needs
Collaborate with other U-M departments to share content and ideas
Newsletters and other written materials
Write and edit the annual Natural Selections and the ecology and evolution e-newsletters
Coordinate printing and distribution of newsletters
Develop brochures and other useful tools to help advance the department
Advancement and alumni development
Work with department leadership to create a strategy to optimize fundraising efforts for EEB by understanding the department's needs and how they relate to donor interests
Partner with LSA Advancement to develop prospective donors
Administer donor appreciation notes and events
Prepare periodic department letters to alumni
Manage data related to donor activity
Ensure web presence is in line with fundraising strategies
Create a program for building alumni relations
Provide technical and planning support for all large seminar events
Provide administrative support and organization of communications materials
Support staff appreciation events
Oversee work study students
Other duties as needed
Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of three years of work experience in communications or media. Outstanding writing and editing skills. Experience in developing strategic communication plans, website design and maintenance. Expert with Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms and tools. Demonstrated ability to set and balance multiple priorities.
Bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field or journalism is strongly preferred. Experience with fundraising efforts and graphic design. Familiarity with writing in AP (Associated Press) style, MailChimp, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
A higher salary may be considered for candidates with extensive experience or qualifications.
As part of the University of Michigan’s Future Work Initiative and LSA Flexible Work Arrangements, this position may work on campus or hybrid (both remote and on campus)
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.
As one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges, LSA pushes the boundaries of what is understood about the human experience and the natural world, and we foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.
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.
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