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The director of marketing and communications has oversight for all aspects of both internal and external communications, marketing and promotion for the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. The director’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of a strategic and integrated communications plan including advertising/marketing, media relations, editorial and design services, print publications and other collateral material, multi-media, digital/web communications, social media, and internal communications. The director counsels and communicates with school leadership on communication policy, media relations issues, and advertising programs.

The director will develop and execute a strategic marketing and communications plan that promotes a consistent, compelling brand and message to prospective and current students, alumni and donors, faculty and prospective faculty and staff, potential and current patients, the university community, the state, dental practitioners, and other schools of dentistry. He or she will lead a team tasked with the implementation of integrated communications activities, all working together to advance the school’s reputation and visibility and meet its institutional goals. The director will demonstrate not only a strategic but also a collaborative approach in partnership with admissions, alumni relations and development, and clinical programs, as well as other faculty and staff leadership, both within the school and across campus.

Required Qualifications*

A Master's degree and seven to ten years of experience in supervision and management in journalism, marketing and/or public relations, preferably in a higher education or medical setting.

Experience in planning, budgeting, evaluating, and managing staff.

Demonstrated experience in dealing with the media.

Knowledge of best practices in message development, storytelling, media relations, graphic design, video, websites, social media, print publications, event planning and use of market research.

Exceptional judgment, interpersonal, listening, facilitating, and organizational skills.

Excellent communication skills.  Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and excellent attendance record.


Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated experience in communicating with a variety of audiences, e.g., faculty, staff, students, alumni, public.

Demonstrated ability as a collaborative, flexible, clear-thinking, strategic partner who enables others to be more effective in their roles.

An understanding of patient recruitment, student recruitment, fundraising, community development and a familiarity with the field of dentirstry. 

Work Locations

This position is located at the School of Dentistry at 1011 N University Ave

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

MDentistry: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion

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.