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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. Include the cover letter as the first page of your resume. Please describe how your skills, experience and education directly relate to the specific duties and qualifications for this position.  All candidates should submit their cover letter and resume electronically to:  apply.interfolio.com/47645.

Job Summary

About ISR

The mission of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), the premier university-based social science research institute in the world, includes the development, conduct, and dissemination of ground-breaking social science research, as well as the training of future generations of social scientists. ISR research and training is conducted through the efforts of more than 300 faculty and 500 regular staff within five distinct research centers.  Each of the Institute’s five research centers has unique communications needs and strategies, and has a say on the Institute’s overall communications strategy.

Job Summary

ISR seeks an experienced, innovative Communications Director to provide comprehensive professional leadership for a wide range of communications and public relations activities that promote the mission, reputation, brand, policy relevance, and program offerings of ISR. The Communications Director will work with the ISR Director to build consensus on communications strategy with the Directors of the five Centers that comprise ISR.  Responsibilities include working closely with other communications staff in ISR and across campus, as well as coordinating efforts with U-M News Service to ensure that communications are current, engaging, accurate, and frequent across the full range of contemporary media offerings. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of the Institute, supervise an intermediate web designer and lead projects that involve the Centers in ISR. 

Responsibilities*

The primary responsibility of the Communications Director is to generate maximum, high-quality exposure in the media and elsewhere for the research findings of ISR investigators.  In service of this goal, responsibilities of the position include:

  • In consultation with the ISR Director, identify, produce, and disseminate content that advances ISR’s strategic vision.
  • Provide leadership for ISR communications staff in Centers and projects; build communications infrastructure by enhancing cross-center collaborations and synergies.
  • Advise the ISR Director and ISR leadership on communications issues as well as strategic communications initiatives ISR wide.
  • In coordination with the Director of Development, manage production of articles, newsletters and videos that demonstrate the impact and of ISR’s private fundraising efforts.
  • Coordinate with U-M News to facilitate and promote news coverage of ISR research findings of interest to the research and policy communities and the general public.
  • Supervise the ISR web designer, freelance writers, students, and other staff as assigned.
  • Work with ISR faculty and staff to ensure that the ISR website, social media, and other communication streams offer timely and engaging information.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree in appropriate discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Experience of at least seven years in journalism, public relations, or marketing.
  • Experience overseeing a budget for Communications staff and project expenses.
  • Demonstrated experience using metrics to evaluate Communications impact and adapting strategies accordingly.
  • Demonstrated responsibilities in leading teams and implementing processes in a decentralized environment that requires collaboration.  Successful delivery of projects on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.  Strong skills and experience editing newsletters, web postings and other documents.
  • Ability to perform in a self-directed manner within a team-focused, participative management framework.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to create a positive work culture while supervising and coordinating the work of a small team of ISR staff who contribute to communication systems (database, website, U-M news services, and social media) and to writing, design, and photography assignments. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media and web design best practices and emerging trends, including how to leverage and measure social networking and web usage.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A master’s degree in a relevant communications or social science discipline.

  • Proficiency in social media platforms and working knowledge of relevant software such as Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, WordPress, Hootsuite and Meltwater.

  • Familiarity with quantitative social science research and/or statistics.

  • Knowledge of university systems and environment, through employment either at a university or a related business or organization.

Desired Qualifications*

•A master’s degree in a relevant communications or social science discipline.

•Proficiency in social media platforms and working knowledge of relevant software such as Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, WordPress, Hootsuite and Meltwater.

•Familiarity with quantitative social science research and/or statistics.

•Knowledge of university systems and environment, through employment either at a university or a related business or organization.

 

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.