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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Candidates should submit the following as one document:

1. Letter of interest/cover letter

2. Resume

3. One page statement that discusses/shares a recent experience; what was learned from this experience, and what you did with what you learned.

NOTE:  If you are selected as part of an initial candidate pool for this position, you will be asked to submit published writing samples at a later date and you may be asked to take a skills test.  

Job Summary

The School of Social Work MSW program is consistently ranked as the world’s #1 social work program for academic quality by US News and World Report.  Academic degree programs include an undergraduate Community Action and Social Change minor, a Master of Social Work degree with a broad range of specializations and an interdisciplinary PhD program in social work and one of five social science fields. 

The School of Social Work’s mission is to advance the social work profession’s vision and values by developing a more equitable, caring and socially just society.   Such a society meets basic human needs, eliminates social and economic inequities, and empowers individuals, their communities, and institutions to reach their aspirations and potential. 

About the Department

The Office of Marketing and Communications provides brand management, communications and creative staff that develop and execute marketing strategies and integrated communications including advertising/marketing, media relations, editorial and design services, print publications and other collateral material, multi-media, digital/web communications, social media 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).


This position is responsible for writing high-level factual features and compelling stories about our School, students, alumni and faculty while collaborating with the rest of the Marketing and Communications team to identify and inspire multimedia components to accompany and amplify these stories. 

This position reports to the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, and will create and execute key facets of the School’s communication strategy and plans that includes reports, metrics and information necessary to evaluate and refine plans moving forward. 


Writing 45%

  • Produce content for internal communication that include E-newsletters and multiple electronic and print publications to keep faculty and staff informed about what is happening within the School of Social Work and the social work vocation.
  • Develop story concepts, conduct research, interview story subjects and write articles and content for annual reports, magazines, brochures, posters, displays, etc.
  • Brainstorm, pitch story ideas and develop strategies in synergy with the communications plan and in meeting with the School’s goals and the needs of the intended audience across multi-channel print, electronic and digital platforms.
  • Communicate clear content that resonates with our audiences.
  • Follow established and enhance editorial style guidelines.
  • Partner with the U-M Office of Vice President for Communications including:
    • Michigan News
    • Michigan Creative
    • UM Social Media
    • University Record
    • Michigan Medicine In the News
  • Participate in the Communicators’ Forum and the writing specialty sub-group.


    Editing and Proof Reading 45%

  • Provide expert editing and proof reading services to Communications Team members as well as School of Social Work faculty and staff to include:
    • Strengthen wording to communicate clear content that resonates with the target audience
    • Ensure optimal organization and flow of content
    • Refine formatting and headings to enhance readability
    • Comment on unclear text and ensure clarity of ideas
    • Identify inconsistencies and red flags
    • Improve sentence structure and polishing of language
    • Correct grammatical errors, spelling and punctuation
    • Reduce text to make writing concise


      Other Support 10%

  • Manage special projects as assigned.
  • Manage student and freelance writers in coordination with the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Leverage additional resources and collaborative opportunities.
  • Establish and apply policies and procedures.
  • Build and maintain a library of materials.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English or a related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy in communications (including spelling, grammar and fact checking abilities) or experience in editing copy with precision.
  • Minimum of 4 years writing experience in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex topics both understandably and accurately.
  • Demonstrated ability to write engaging, interesting stories.
  • Excellent judgment regarding ethics and standards of communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse personalities and organizational units as part of day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • An advanced degree in journalism, communications, English or a related field.
  • A previous history in journalism or other reporting fields.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Experience working as part of a larger marketing and communications team.

Work Schedule

Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required. This position may occasionally require work during non-business hours and weekends.

Work Locations

Will require travel to various locations on and off campus for meetings.

Additional Information

  • Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials.
  • The person in this position routinely communicates with stakeholders about programs, events, activities, etc.
  • The person in this position occasionally presents information at events.
  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information.
  • May require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.

Application Deadline

In order to receive full consideration for your application, please submit your bid within the first seven calendar days of this posting. UM job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days and the SSW may start the review/selection process as early as the eighth day after posting. 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.