University of Michigan Communications Manager in Ann Arbor, Michigan

How to Apply

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.

Job Summary

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology is hiring a Communications Manager to execute a cohesive communication plan across all channels including development and maintenance of websites, creation of internal eNewsletters and quarterly eNewsletters to our alumni, utilizing social media and other avenues to promote the research activities in the department, and developing methods to make CDB highly visible and enticing to future graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. This position works closely with the Chair and Chief Administrator. The selected candidate should enjoy change and using their creative energies to find new techniques/media to promote the amazing research occurring in the department to internal and external audiences.


Ongoing responsibilities, include:

  • Enhance and execute a strategic marketing and communications plan for CDB and ensure proper distribution of communications using both digital and printed media.

  • Promote and make CDB visible to alums and prospective members including faculty, postdocs, students and staff using research stories, videos, and promotional materials. Ensure materials, publications, newsletters, etc. are accurate, timely, and consistent in branding with the Medical School. Solicit/evaluate feedback regarding communications, make appropriate improvements.

  • Oversee production of print publications (i.e., newsletters, brochures, etc.) and electronic products (website articles, e-newsletters, websites, social media posts, etc.). Coordinate and develop communications for large projects, multiple projects and projects with high visibility, such as recruiting materials, student group information and the department website.

  • Build internal and external audiences and promote department messages through a dynamic set of multimedia channels, especially social media and video.

  • Provide supervision and leadership of CDB marketing and communications staff and outside vendors/consultants, including hiring, developing, evaluating and delegation of work.

  • Manage BioArtography – where science and art meet.

Required Qualifications*

  • Three or more years of graphic design experience across a variety of digital and print media.

  • Demonstrated experience developing progressively complex web-based applications following best practices in security, technical programming, and web accessibility.

  • Demonstrated experience in concept ideation, design strategy, art direction, and production.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills.

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator

  • Experience with project management, including successful launch and implementation of new initiatives.

  • Must take initiative and act independently, have diplomacy and a service-orientated attitude.

  • Strong team player; commitment to creativity, problem solving, and continuous improvement.

  • Ongoing commitment to improving skills, acquiring new technical knowledge, and staying current with innovative design trends.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of higher education/research environment particularly in biological sciences.

  • Understanding of University and Medical School branding models and policies.

  • Experience across a variety of media including a fluency in Adobe Acrobat, After Effects, InDesign, and Premier.

  • Experience with Drupal 7 & 8, SASS/CSS, HTML5, JQUERY, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL; google Suite and APIs; Eventbrite, Shopify, and other web services to help department programs.

Background Screening

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Detail

Job Opening ID


Working Title

Communications Manager

Job Title

Communications Manager

Work Location

Ann Arbor CampusAnn Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

Medical School


Cell and Developmental Biology

Posting Begin/End Date

10/12/2018 – 10/26/2018

Career Interest

Communications & Marketing

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