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Job Summary

The mission of Michigan Medicine is to improve 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.  With annual revenues of approximately $3 billion, Michigan Medicine ranks as one of the top academic health centers in the country, and is committed to providing exceptional patient care, facilitating groundbreaking research, and developing the next generation of physicians and scientists.  

Position Overview 
The Communications Specialist will be the day-to-day communications strategist for Michigan Medicine’s Nursing community to support the Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) and other key nursing leaders, and ensure alignment with the broader communication strategies from the Department of Communication.  He/she will be charged with developing and executing strategic communications plans and messaging within the nursing community to optimize engagement and leadership transparency. Areas of focus include:

  • Clinical initiatives and best practices
  • Leadership messaging
  • Education and professional development
  • Rewards and recognition
  • Strategic priorities  

This position will be responsible for continually seeking feedback from internal staff to ensure strategies and messaging are compelling, relevant and timely. Individual must be adept at utilizing multiple channels to ensure communications is breaking through clutter. Innovative thinking on best-in-class communication solutions is a requirement.

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.


Primary responsibilities

  • Provide strategic counsel the CNE and leaders in Nursing on most effective and compelling approaches to support department priorities and initiatives. 
  • Support leadership and executive positioning by determining effective ways to motivate all levels of staff using communication. Collaborate with other key stakeholders to positively impact engagement, culture, and organizational effectiveness. 
  • Develop communication strategies and create communication plans designed to impact behavior and actions of nursing employees.
  • Translate technical or strategic topics into easily consumed, appropriate communication tailored to various internal audiences.
  • Position and reinforce Michigan Medicine as an employer of choice through select, intentional content reflecting our workplace, work environment and working relationships with colleagues.
  • Leverage technology and social media to optimize and increase innovative communication approaches to effectively reach all levels of staff.
  • Partner with other members of the Department of Communication and other key stakeholders as appropriate on individual projects or initiatives.
  • Develop, track and monitor communication measurements that are strategic, measurable, timely and realistic. 


  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge and skills
  • Actively pursues learning opportunities and ways to broaden experience and knowledge base
  • Seeks continuous improvement for self, team, and department

Professional values

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Transparency
  • Rational decision-making and ethical judgment
  • Creativity and forward thinking 
  • Solution-oriented

Nursing Specific Info

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities, please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Required Qualifications*

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in communication-related field; journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, or related field.  
  • At least three to five years of professional experience in public relations, promotion, marketing or communication in a professional setting.
  • Must be comfortable in a multi-layered organization with complex relationship and executive reporting. 
  • Proven experience generating client satisfaction and developing solutions in complex matrixed organizations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with solid understanding of digital media.
  • Experience maintaining electronic communication vehicles, websites, blogs, social media.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Direct experience in a health care and/or academic medical center.

Work Schedule

Hours: Full-Time; 40 hours per week

Department: Nursing Administration

Work Locations

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.

Selection Process

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Nursing, like the University of Michigan as a whole, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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