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Job Summary

Wallace House is working to deepen public engagement and extend its reach to broader, more diverse audiences. As home to the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists, the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and the Wallace House Presents event series, Wallace House advances the vital role of journalism in an informed and engaged society. To help us meet our potential, we are looking for a Marketing and Engagement Associate to provide administrative and strategic assistance related to planning and execution for Wallace House activities and events. Primary duties include collaborative communications and marketing for “Wallace House Presents” events; audience engagement and communications; developing and maintaining relationships with program supporters and audiences; alumni communications and engagement; communications and coordination support for speakers, seminars and activities; and providing hosting support for Wallace House activities. The job is 32 hours a week with benefits, with the potential to extend to full time as the role develops.


The Marketing and Engagement Associate will provide collaborative team support to help build our “Wallace House Presents” event series and also communication and activity coordination for our flagship programs, the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists and The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. The position is ideal for someone eager to build communications, marketing and event experience. It involves administrative responsibility and assistance for brand support and event planning and execution including: logistical coordination, guest and speaker planning and communication, database management (35%); multi-platform communications and marketing implementation and management of digital and print inventory (35%); audience engagement (15%); post-event follow-up and evaluation (10%); and other related duties as assigned (5%). Specific responsibilities may include:

Working closely with staff to ensure the timely, effective and accurate development and distribution of print and digital materials related to Wallace House programs and events.

Providing marketing and brand assistance for creation and distribution of event specific materials including invitations, programs, event booklets and audience information.

Providing on-site support at event venues, working with venue staff, university service departments and outside vendors to ensure effective execution of events from set up to pack up.

Providing hosting assistance in greeting speakers, special guests and general audiences at events.

Strategic social media engagement tied to events including developing social strategy for targeted audiences, pre-event outreach, live engagement during events, and post-event sharing of event highlights.

Excellent public-facing communication skills are essential. The position requires regular interaction with a range of audiences, prominent speakers, program donors, fellows and alumni. Evening work is periodically required, as events are typically in the late afternoon and early evening. The position reports to the Director of Wallace House as part of a small collaborative staff. Regular duties support both the Associate Director for Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Program Manager for the Livingston Awards with work ranging from logistical tasks to collaborative input on strategic execution. Successful candidates must understand and respect the importance of diversity and inclusion in a professional environment and be committed to audience and engagement strategies that aim to build a broad and diverse community of participants and supporters of Wallace House programs.

Required Qualifications*

  • 2-5 years of experience in events, communications, or marketing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both outside audiences and internal team members
  • Team player, experienced in collaborative project work
  • Strong interest in public outreach and network development
  • Database management skills, familiar with Filemaker, Salesforce or similar programs
  • Project management platform skills, familiar with programs such as Basecamp, Trello, etc.
  • Working knowledge of WordPress or other publishing and editing platforms
  • Audience development and engagement experience
  • Social Media outreach and engagement experience
  • Familiarity with AP style, New York Times style and content formatting

Desired Qualifications*

  • Degree in marketing, communications or related field
  • Familiarity with journalism organizations and industry
  • Avid news consumer, across traditional and digital platforms
  • Interested in current events and fostering civil debate and civic engagement
  • Interested in trends and best practices in media distribution and consumption
  • Interested in trends and best practices in brand development

Additional Information


Wallace House at the University of Michigan is committed to fostering excellence in journalism. We are home to programs that recognize, sustain and elevate the careers of journalists to address the challenges of journalism today and uphold the role of a free press in a democratic society. We believe in the fundamental mission of journalism to document, interpret, analyze and investigate the forces shaping society.

Knight-Wallace Fellowships offer accomplished, mid-career journalists who are eager for growth and deeply committed to the future of journalism, an academic year of study and collaborative learning at the University of Michigan to deepen knowledge, develop new ideas and address challenges facing the journalism industry.

Livingston Awards honor journalists under the age of 35 for outstanding achievement in local, national and international reporting across all forms of journalism. The awards bolster the work of young reporters, create the next generation of journalism leaders and advance civic engagement around powerful storytelling.

Wallace House Presents brings journalists whose work is at the forefront of national conversations to audiences across the country and to our University community. By moving news consumption and discussions away from devices and distractions and into public spaces, Wallace House aims to foster open conversation and spark debate.

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.