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Job Summary

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Come work with us and become a victor for the greater good. 

Michigan Creative, part of the Office of the Vice President for Communications, is looking for an Associate Director of Marketing Strategy. You will be part of the marketing enterprise and will participate in developing integrated marketing strategies for the University of Michigan’s Office of the Vice President for Communications and campus clients across the university’s 19 Ann Arbor schools and colleges and multiple institutes and centers. You will report to the Assistant Vice President for Marketing.


  • Conduct in-depth research to identify new market opportunities and consumer preferences to support campaign creations
  • Approach all marketing efforts holistically through research, strategy, multi-channel tactics and data-backed decisions
  • Measure marketing outcomes including marketing activities, response, leads, sales, retention and return on investment
  • Forecast market trends
  • Develop written marketing plans and make presentations to clients
  • Develop and present post-campaign reports
  • Create new ideas to promote the U-M brand and central resources
  • Develop business cases to support new marketing strategies, budget requests, projects and marketing plans
  • Ensure all presidential strategic initiatives and central marketing needs are deployed with best practices in web, content, paid media and other marketing strategies
  • Develop positive, productive relationships between central marketing and U-M campus partners to create strategic plans to meet university and unit goals

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., marketing, advertising) or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of experience in marketing desired, with an emphasis on research, planning and strategy 
  • Experience with enrollment and higher education marketing a plus
  • Demonstrated experienced identifying target audiences and designing compelling campaigns that inform and engage
  • Experience using quantitative, qualitative research to inform insights and marketing strategies
  • Experience developing brand positioning and messaging
  • Up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in marketing trends, channels and tactics

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

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

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous paid time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses


The Office of the Vice President for Communications (OVPC) helps convey both the ethos of the University of Michigan and information about its achievements and contributions. The commitment to engage and convey differing perspectives is an essential underpinning of our work. Within OVPC, this strategy will promote that commitment, ensure that we live the principles ourselves and guide us as we aim to operate at maximum effectiveness into the university’s third century.

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.