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A cover letter and published writing samples are required for consideration for this position. Please upload the cover letter, resume and writing samples as one document. The system does not accept more than one document. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Three to five published writing samples should demonstrate the depth and breadth of your work.

Job Summary

The Internal Communications Specialist will join the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center’s versatile communication team in support of internal-facing communication functions. The person in this role will be responsible for enhancing the existing approach to internal communications while developing an overarching strategy that engages our researchers, clinicians and trainees. Successful candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to understand and translate leadership priorities into effective communications. He or she must be versatile, adaptable, quick thinking, enthusiastic, creative and team-oriented. Final candidates will be asked to complete a writing test.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Develop a strategic communication plan specific to internal communication needs that reduces duplication of effort and redundant communication
  • Produce weekly and monthly email newsletters sent to approximately 1,500 faculty and staff affiliated with the Rogel Cancer Center
  • Manage and create digital screen content displayed on both internally facing screens and patient-facing screens
  • Oversee content and redesign plan for Rogel Cancer Center intranet
  • Coordinate internal events calendar and promote Rogel Cancer Center events to internal audiences
  • Improve processes surrounding email list management
  • Assist clinical leadership with internal communication needs
  • Create internal messaging as needed or requested
  • Coordinate with Department of Communication internal communication team to integrate Rogel Cancer Center news into Michigan Medicine-wide internal communication efforts
  • Distribute surveys and conduct focus groups to assess the value of internal communication efforts

Division of Responsibilities:

Create and distribute content (40%):

Work with internal stakeholders to execute internal communication needs in support of leadership priorities and initiatives.

Project management (25%):

Work with leadership, faculty and staff to develop process improvements around email lists, intranet and other internal resources.

Events promotion (20%):

Work with event organizers to provide outlets for promoting events internally.

Relationships and service excellence (15%):

Cultivate relationships with faculty and staff to gain understanding of how internal communications can support their needs.


The Cancer Communication team is part of the Rogel Cancer Center and fully integrated with the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication. This position reports to the director of cancer communications.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, English or related field
  • 5-7 years’ professional experience in the communication field
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills
  • Ability to understand and communicate scientific and medical concepts
  • Proven experience generating client satisfaction and developing solutions in complex matrixed organizations
  • Sharp organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in health or science writing
  • Experience with internal communication

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.