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Job Summary

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

About the Department
The Office of Marketing and Communications houses brand management, communications and creative teams that develop and execute marketing strategies across an array of media - including print, web, email, social media, mobile, advertising, public relations, and direct marketing channels - to reach the school’s primary external audiences (prospective students, alumni, donors and prospective donors, corporate partners, and the media) and internal audiences (faculty, staff, students and the wider University community).

The primary role of the Research Communications Manager is to develop compelling communications in a variety of formats that advance the reputation of the Ross School of Business, specifically in the area of academic research. This position reports to the Director of Communications.


  • Partner with Ross faculty to identify and differentiate the core messaging about Michigan-Ross research, including developing a communications vision and identifying key objectives.
  • Develop and maintain an evolving set of "proof points" that show specific compelling examples that explicitly support the core messaging.
  • Build relationships with communicators and faculty across campus to stay abreast of key research developments and existing research communications channels.
  • Help identify the broad themes and trends in Ross research, and write stories about progress and potential societal impact in those areas.
  • Compile and edit articles for a bi-monthly newsletter of the major developments in Ross research for distribution to faculty and staff.
  • Develop Q&A's with faculty to provide perspective on current issues in the news.
  • Develop and research feature-length articles for Dividend.
  • Assist in writing op-ed pieces.
  • Edit and curate Ross Thought in Action (RTIA) website content.
  • Explore novel ways to communicate aspects of Ross research, including video, photography, social media and infographics.
  • Help target key messages about Ross research to specific external audiences, including government, alumni, industry, and peer institutions.
  • Contribute to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes.  Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.
  • Develop additional writing/editing projects as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in communications, journalism, public relations, English, or related field and at least 5 years of experience with development and execution of communication planning and strategies
  • Ability to quickly build a network of resources within the university and work with people at all levels of the institution, particularly faculty
  • Conceptual, creative thinker with a passion for writing, story-telling and the willingness to learn from others
  • Ability to structure and conduct interviews and other fact-finding research efforts and synthesize findings into key points
  • Superior communication and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit high-level, thought-leadership material
  • Proven ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people, in a team-based, collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills; high level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience developing and writing communications material in a higher education environment

Additional Information

Skills testing may be required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment 

  • The person in this position routinely communicates with faculty about research, programs, events, activities, etc.
  • The person in this position occasionally presents information at events
  • The person in this position frequently moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
  • Domestic travel may be required
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends

Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.

The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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