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Communications Manager

Company: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should specifically address why you are interested in the position, describe specific skills and experiences in your history, and directly relate them to the responsibilities and qualifications for the position. In order for the Career Portal system to accept your cover letter, include it as the first page of your resume document.


At the Eisenberg Family Depression Center (EFDC), our mission is to catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations that produce high-impact advances to improve the mental health and quality of life for individuals suffering, their families and communities.

We are seeking a Communications Manager to promote and communicate the efforts of EFDC and its affiliates to key stakeholders, partners and the general public. The Communications Manager will develop and execute communications strategies that helps strengthen the EFDC brand by increasing visibility and engagement across the University and our communities. The position will produce and manage communication plans for key programs, initiatives and events that utilize the Centers owned and earned media channels. The Communications Manager will oversee and guide the creation and dissemination of communication and marketing projects, including special web-based initiatives, video, impact reporting, donor relation materials and more.

We are looking for a motivated individual who can connect with a diverse set of stakeholders, can work independently and as part of a team, is highly dependable, has a positive attitude and is willing to try new things.

Mission Statement

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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the worlds most distinguished academic health systems. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


    • Develop and manage effective, priority-focused communications strategies that advance the mission and vision of the center and its programs and initiatives.

    • Oversee management of a new website, ensuring the EFDCs online presence remains on brand and aligned to the mission while also meeting the needs of our diverse membership base and community at large.

    • Plan and direct the design, production, and quality of communications products and materials including website, email newsletters and campaigns, presentations, print material, video and more.

    • Plan, research, and write original content to promote center activities both internally and externally.

    • Provide executive communications support for the managing director and the director.

    • Serve as liaison between the Center and communications experts across University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine to identify synergies and opportunities to leverage resources in support of the EFDC, and to share and learn best practices across a multitude of channels including web, print, social and external/mainstream media.

    • Develop and maintain strong, inclusive partnerships with internal teams, with the ability to facilitate brainstorm meetings, translate diverse feedback and influence decision making to move projects forward.

    • Manage relationships with vendors to support communications and marketing projects and deliverables. Manage all contracts to ensure adherence to U-M purchasing guidelines and policies.

    • Develop, monitor and assess longitudinal tracking of EFDC communication analytics, including owned media channels, external media hits, ongoing colleague/peer analysis and other areas as appropriate.

    • Manage creation and inventory of all logos, branded templates, marketing collateral, brand photography and other promotional materials.

    • Manage a high-performing communications team by providing leadership, mentoring and training, and cultivating a positive work environment.

      Required Qualifications*

      • Bachelors or Masters degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or another relevant field

      • 5 or more years of successful communications, journalism, or marketing experience

      • Demonstrated superior written and verbal communications skills and ability to adapt writing and communication efforts for a wide variety of audiences

      • Adept with current web content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Drupal, etc.) and various social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.)

      • Experience working with an email marketing platform and knowledge of industry trends for effective use of social media

      • Top-notch interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, team spirit, and drive

      • Ability to work as part of a team that values brainstorming and collaboration, as well as capacity to work independently and take initiative

      • Strong organizational skills, and ability to effectively manage numerous projects, simultaneously and in various stages of development

      • Must be productive and flexible under pressure and able to meet deadlines

      • Evidence of creative spark and initiative, accountability, discipline, and integrity

        Desired Qualifications*

        • Expertise in managing the web presence of an organization

        • Experience in or communicating with print media

        • Experience working within complex healthcare or academic settings

          Additional Information

          Benefits at the University of Michigan

          In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and any eligible family members, and to plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

          • Generous time off

          • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting upon meeting eligibility requirements

          • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

          • Life insurance

          • Long-term disability coverage

          • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

            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. 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.

            Application Deadline

            Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process maybegin as early as the eighth day after posting.Thisopening 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.

            U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

            COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters , are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the website or the and websites.

            Job Detail

            Job Opening ID


            Working Title

            Communications Manager

            Job Title

            Communications Manager

            Work Location

            Ann Arbor Campus

            Ann Arbor, MI

            Full/Part Time




            FLSA Status


            Organizational Group

            Medical School


            MM Eisenberg Family Depression

            Posting Begin/End Date

            8/29/2022 - 9/19/2022

            Career Interest

            Communications & Marketing

Keywords: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center, Ann Arbor , Communications Manager, Executive , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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