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Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for the position of Communications Manager I. This position will be shared between two of MSU's most distinctive units - the Honors College and the Lyman Briggs College (LBC), MSU's undergraduate, degree-granting residential college focusing on the study of sciences in their diverse human, social, and global contexts. Over thirty percent of LBC students are members of the MSU Honors College, and these two units share many strategic priorities. Both colleges actively promote dynamic working and learning environments in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.
This individual will be responsible for coordinating, assembling, and creating communications content for advancement activities (i.e., focused on alumni, donors, and friends) in the Honors College and Lyman Briggs College.
Responsibilities will include:
Compose, edit, and design fundraising materials for the Honors College and Lyman Briggs College
Plan, create, produce, and edit case statements, brochures, and reports for college and program fundraising efforts and donor stewardship
Partner with communications and marketing managers of the Honors College and Lyman Briggs College for timing and content of college messaging
Create and/or coordinate design, layout, photography, video and other media for fundraising projects
Research, report and share stories about the Honors College and Lyman Briggs College on websites and via social media sites and e-news outlets
Other duties as assigned
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Journalism, Telecommunications, or Public Relations; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public and media relations, composing, editing and publication production, news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or radio production; or computer programming/technology; experience managing content for social media channels; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent interpersonal written/verbal/visual communication skills
Skilled at working independently and as part of a team
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to prioritize multiple projects and tasks
Skilled at professionally and productively interacting with a wide range of people and stakeholder groups
Centers diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in communications
Experience in advancement (i.e., fundraising and alumni relations) communications
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Resume or CV,
Cover letter that frames the application in the context of this position in MSU’s Honors College and the Lyman Briggs College, and
Contact information for three (3) professional references.
We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of communicators who are part of any marginalized or minoritized groups, including but not exhaustive of members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some of the duties can be performed remotely and some must be performed on campus, as mutually agreed upon.
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