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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.

Job Summary

The Department of Psychiatry within the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and organized individual to join the TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) as a Communications Writer.

The mission of TRAILS ( is to provide access to evidence-based mental health services for all students in schools. TRAILS partners with a wide variety of community stakeholders throughout Michigan to build capacity within K-12 schools so that their students affected by mental illnesses and mental health challenges are best supported. TRAILS provides clinical resources, training, and implementation support to school and community mental health professionals with the aim of improving student health and social and educational outcomes, as well as, promoting health and healthcare equity. TRAILS has a particular focus with partnering with under-resourced communities with elevated Medicaid enrollment.  We partner with Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) across the state of Michigan, with our largest collaboration occurring with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The Communications Writer will work closely with the TRAILS team to provide day to day support with content marketing, report, and grant writing, as well as, provide assistance with TRAILS resource development as we carry out program operations in Wayne County and Detroit, focusing specifically on our Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) partnership. This position will report to the TRAILS Manager.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)

Learning and working in environments designed for diversity, equity and inclusivity are necessary for TRAILS to address the vast inequities in access to evidence-based mental health care for young people of color.  In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DE&I, TRAILS uses inclusive design and implementation processes in all of our work. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit our website:


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work directly with the Communications Specialist to coordinate and integrate content developed for the web, print, marketing initiatives, and public relations
  • Write social-media style content and engage readers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and any other social-media platforms, as needed, based on stories, blogs, videos and slideshows produced for web, print and mobile
  • Write grant progress reports to sponsors
  • Work closely with the TRAILS Grant Writer on writing sections on sponsor grant applications
  • Write web copy, as needed
  • Fulfill additional writing assignments, as needed

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor degree in communications, journalism or English
  • A minimum of 3 years of writing experience
  • Proficient computer skills including MSWord, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented
  • Flexible with the ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written in the English language, and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities effectively
  • A proven track record of providing accurate and professional deliverables in a timely manner

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of writing administrative sections of grants
  • Experience writing and editing multiple, collaborative writing efforts (e.g., grant reports, proposals, content marketing, curricula)
  • Experience with assessing materials, curricula, and messaging for cultural relevance
  • Experience working or interacting in a large urban city or community

Additional Information

This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal EVerify system.  Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR EVerify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the EVerify system.  This position is identified as a position that may include the EVerify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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