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Job Summary

TeachingWorks seeks an outstanding writer, communicator, storyteller, and experienced digital media user to serve as our Communications Coordinator.

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for designing and implementing strategic communications that visually and contextually communicate TeachingWorks’ messages, information, and tools to a range of audiences, including teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, donors, journalists, researchers, and the general public. In addition to strong skills in research, writing, and editing, the ideal candidate will have experience in managing, updating, and developing content for a website, developing and carrying out strategic initiatives for use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.), and producing messages to fit distinctive audiences. S/He will have worked on successful communications and engagement campaigns and understand the tools and tactics of both traditional and social media to empower people and keep them engaged. TeachingWorks is particularly seeking candidates who bring experience and expertise in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About TeachingWorks

TeachingWorks, founded in 2012, is an organization located in the U-M School of Education dedicated to raising the quality of entry-level K-12 teaching and the learning of students in beginning teachers’ classrooms. We believe that skillful teaching can be a powerful lever for creating a just and inclusive society. Our goal is that all students, whoever and wherever they are, consistently receive teaching that cares for and supports their growth and success. We are especially focused on achieving equitable educational opportunities for communities of color and children living in poverty by improving the consistent quality of teaching that children receive.

Responsibilities*

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop inspiring and informative storytelling campaigns and multimedia content to create awareness and understanding of TeachingWorks, the teaching profession, the importance of practice-based teacher preparation, and the centrality of education to the life outcomes of children
  • Design and implement communications initiatives focused on social justice and building communities that will reach and engage teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, donors, journalists, researchers, and the general public
  • Develop and execute a sophisticated, multi-channel communications strategy to share information and curriculum for learning to teach based on high-leverage practives
  • Manage, update, and develop content for the TeachingWorks website; perform continuous website review to ensure content is current, engaging, active, and free of inactive links
  • Work with TeachingWorks’ Directors to build and distribute targeted content, emails, newsletters, promotions, and other digital outreach
  • Plan, draft, and manage outreach for key TeachingWorks events and initiatives
  • Travel to, and create web and social media coverage for TeachingWorks events, as assigned
  • Conduct website and social media usability studies and review analytics to monitor user traffic trends
  • Work with graphic designers to ensure a consistent brand and attractive composition of all communications

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably with an emphasis in communications, writing, or journalism
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience in media, social media, public relations, communications, and/or marketing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including meticulousness with writing; demonstrated ability in writing and storytelling for print and digital media, as well as for diverse audiences
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including personal and professional commitments as well as a demonstrated ability to communicate key messages focused on and attuned to diversity, equity, and inclusion to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience developing and executing strategic communications initiatives
  • Ability to take projects from start to finish with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to create innovative work under tight deadlines
  • Experience in website content development and management, including the use of various content management systems
  • A high degree of fluency in social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Proficiency with technology, email distribution platforms, and social media tools
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and with different levels of staff
  • Excellent computer skills and high proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Knowledge of University of Michigan policies and operations is strongly preferred but not required

Additional Information

The University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We seek to be supportive and interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.

U-M Nondiscrimination Policy Statement 

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388, institutional.equity@umich.edu. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.

TeachingWorks has a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. The program seeks to be supportive of the needs of dual career families, and is interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.