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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) collaborates with faculty, staff and students across the three University of Michigan campuses to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship that serves the world.
OVPR is seeking a creative and self-motivated communications specialist who can partner with U-M stakeholders across a variety of disciplines in an effort to promote the impact and importance of research, scholarship and creative practice. This individual will work closely with four OVPR units – Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR); Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE); Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS); and Research Cores – to generate increased awareness around their discoveries, innovations and services.
Their remaining effort will support OVPR and its other reporting units as part of a broader effort to elevate the university’s reputation as a global leader in academic research, scholarship and creative practice. The communications specialist will report to the OVPR Director of Digital Marketing and Communications, and they will often collaborate with other members of the university community to expand and strengthen U-M research communications efforts.
Develop and implement strategic communications plans that aim to generate increased awareness around important issues related to CSCAR, MICDE, MIDAS and Research Cores.
Ensure communications strategies are consistent and reflect each unit’s strategic vision.
Develop and manage a variety of digital communications tools, including (but not limited to) websites, newsletters and social media channels.
Work with leadership across CSCAR, MICDE, MIDAS and Research Cores to identify, refine and promote key messages that are pertinent to each unit.
Write and edit communications materials to proactively inform and engage internal and external audiences around key resources, research findings and events.
Develop leadership communications, including strategic messaging and presentations.
Build relationships with communicators within OVPR and across U-M in order to leverage channels for promoting key research priorities.
Plan, develop and strategically utilize analytics tools to gain insight into the effective use of communications channels and content.
Minimum three years of work experience in communications and/or marketing.
Outstanding writing skills with demonstrated experience communicating complex technical topics to broad audiences.
Experience in developing and implementing strategic communications plans.
Experience in overseeing and maintaining websites.
Experience with the design, management and production of print and electronic materials.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to set and balance multiple priorities.
Excellent interpersonal and management skills are necessary for interacting effectively with university and community partners.
Experience in a research environment or academic setting is preferred.
Experience with digital media campaigns, content creation and management of projects’ progress toward completion.
Experience with analytics tools to unlock the power of data and the development of interactive dashboards to inspire effective communications and business decisions.
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