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How to Apply

The following three items are required for consideration:

  1. Cover letter that describes your specific reasons for applying, skills and experience that relate to this position, and professional commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity
  2. Resume
  3. Non-fiction writing sample between 500 and 1000 words

Please be sure to upload all three items above as one document.  

Job Summary

The Writer/Content Creator in the Office of Communications plays a key role in telling the School of Education story for the benefit of recruiting, fundraising, alumni relations, community relations, and research efforts. The Writer/Content Creator develops content for diverse purposes and audiences. The Writer/Content Creator must understand the differences in language and style that are effective and compelling based on the target audience and the communication channel. This role is best suited to writers who are able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, enjoy creative and collaborative work, and are interested in exploring a wide range of writing styles.  This position reports to the Director of Communications.

Responsibilities*

  • Develop story concepts, conduct research, interview story subjects, and write articles and content for reports, magazines, brochures, posters, social media posts, advertisements, web, etc.
  • Summarize news articles citing School of Education community members and create social media posts to promote those news items.
  • Support the Web Content Administrator with web-appropriate text updates and additions.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students across the School of Education to understand their communications needs and then produce clear written materials that fulfill those needs.
  • Follow established SOE editorial style guidelines.
  • Provide expert editing and proofreading services to Communications Team members as well as the School of Education community.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of experience writing varied content for print and web delivery
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Ability to work agilely and accommodatingly in a team environment
  • Ability to work on a deadline
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-directed

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience writing about academic work for non-academic audiences
  • Experience writing for professional social media accounts
  • Skills using a Content Management System like Drupal or WordPress for entering web content
  • Professional development conferences/courses on topics such as long-form and short-form storytelling, interviewing skills, magazine publication, and other areas relevant to the work in this role 

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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