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Michigan State University Communications Manager I in East Lansing, Michigan

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Communications Manager I

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Back to search resultsApply nowJob no:685492

Work type:Support Staff

Pay Grade:12

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Arts And Letters

Department:Al Advancement And Communications 40000795

Sub Area:AP- Professionals

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location:East Lansing

Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Administrative Professionals- AP, Administrative/Business/Professional, Union

Position Summary

The College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University seeks applicants for a Communications Manager to direct and produce articles, communication strategies, digital strategies, including web/social media and public relation efforts for the Department of African American and African Studies and the dynamic marketing office team of MarCom. The college is looking for an energetic candidate who has the ability to multi-task and prioritize and manage priorities; who has exceptional skills in digital music production, and is also a strong writer who can execute efficiently and effectively in print communication and creative digital efforts.

AAAS envisions a dynamic communication and marketing strategy that engages and contributes to Black cultural production as a means of community building. The successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated expertise in Black aesthetics and design principles. It is imperative that the digital experience of AAAS not only communicates the departments’ vision, mission, and values but makes them come alive to current and new audiences.

This position reports directly to the Chair in the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) and the Marketing Director in the College.



We insist that Black Studies uncovers and creates “technologies of living” for Black people and Black futures. And when we say Black people, we meanallBlack people. And when we say Black futures, that is to say beyond survival into wellness.


AAAS at MSU is a Black Studies Department that embraces, without apology, Black feminisms, Black Gender Studies, and Black Sexuality Studies. Our mission is to provide an integrative education that engages conditions of Blackness locally and transnationally. We have three organizing inquiries that motivate and sustain our work: 1) Black Cultures and Institutions, 2) Black Girlhood Studies, and 3) Black Speculative Ecologies. We specialize in community and cultural works, cultivating radical imagination, and collective revolutionary knowledge production. As a unit we are committed to making concrete connections between our scholarship, pedagogy, and social justice.


As a core college with a focus on a broad liberal arts education, the College of Arts and Letters educates actors, artists, designers, filmmakers, linguists, philosophers, poets, teachers, translators, writers, and much more while exposing students to the major cultural issues facing a global society. The College employs engaged, talented and forward-thinking faculty and scholars to educate our students and bring public focus to the arts and humanities. Arts and humanities education in the College of Arts and Letters fosters creativity, critical thinking and communication skills, the ability to see issues from multiple perspectives, and a solid sense of social responsibility in our graduates. The successful candidate will play an important role in communicating the vision, mission, and values of the African American and African Studies Department while simultaneously amplifying the mission of the College of Arts and Letters to its constituents .


  • Composes, edits, designs, records, and produces digital marketing collateral or printed programs and digital materials for the Department of African American and African Studies.

  • Leads the website maintenance and digital communications strategies such as e-newsletters, multimedia efforts, and events for the Department of African American and African Studies.

  • Executes innovative social media marketing campaigns to support traditional media, public relations, and to promote department research, student experiences, and events. Manages and supports social media goal setting, execution, tracking, and reporting for the Department of African American and African Studies.

  • Supervises and manages AAAS recording studio.

  • Serves as a liaison between the College DEI efforts and the University DEI efforts, in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer Communications Manager at MSU.

  • Plans, creates, produces, edits, records, or drafts releases and written materials for on-line communications, media, and publications in order to inform the public of DEI initiatives in the College

The successful candidate will develop and pursue story ideas and photos/multimedia in order to produce news and feature stories; edit and compose news releases and articles and produce related materials in order to provide informational support for events and programs; write and compose materials in order to produce publications for targeted AAAS and CAL DEI audiences; coordinate all processes for publication and distribution, providing public relations and marketing communications support; implement technological changes and new communications mechanisms as it relates to digital, mobile, and multimedia platforms; interview subjects and prepare scripts in order to produce communication and marketing collateral; develop ideas in conjunction with AAAS faculty and administrators; and work with the Marketing Office staff in order to produce marketing materials targeted to specific AAAS and CAL DEI audiences.

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.

Desired Qualifications

At least three years working in a journalism, public relations, publishing, multimedia, or communications field. Experience in developing and implementing content strategies in the arts and humanities particularly those in the African American and African Studies discipline. Exceptional oral communication skills and the ability to lead projects from story idea to execution. Excellent knowledge of creative writing and working with digital content. Outstanding verbal and written skills, with the ability to demonstrate these skills with internal and external stakeholders, the dean’s office, College faculty, and university administrators. The ability to proactively seek story ideas from faculty, students, and alumni for multiple publications (digital and print). The skillfulness to identify and produce news and information through news releases, social media updates, calendars, e-newsletters, multimedia pieces, and other forms of print or electronic media – assuring accuracy, readability, appealing presentation, and proper style, formatting, and accessibility in all instances. The competence and experience to create and shape multimedia content for social media and web properties.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials


Cover Letter

Three References

Three Work Samples

Work Hours


Bidding eligibility ends on 1/19/2021 at 11:55 PM

Advertised:Jan 13, 2021Eastern Standard Time