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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 Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) within the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and organized leader to help guide and implement the Mellon Foundation-funded DISCO (Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Critique, and Optimism) Network.

The Digital Studies Institute integrates critical humanistic, social science, and artistic approaches to digital studies, and foregrounds questions about the cultural implications of technology in relation to race, disability, gender, sexuality, power, access, and class. The mission of DISCO is to build a national network to both analyze the ways that the digital perpetuates existing social and racial inequalities and envision a new anti-racist, anti-ableist digital future through a speculative, experimental, nuanced, and critical lens. We are a consortium of faculty-led labs at five universities: U-Michigan, U-Maryland, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and SUNY Stony Brook, coordinated through Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Responsibilities*

  • The DISCO Outreach/Communications Specialist will develop the public facing website, network intranet, and communications platforms for network participants to develop and share resources and new works. 
  • Collaborate with network sites to distribute findings from the network nationally via formal web blogs/articles, as well as social media posts. Their primary goal will be to highlight and expand the reach of the work of network students and faculty, as well as grow the number of people connected to investigate this quick moving/changing area.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Program Manager to create a multi-platform media strategy and timeline.
  • Write compelling news articles, press releases, and social media/blog posts about the findings and work product of DISCO network members.
  • Develop eye-catching graphics for posters, websites & social media posts.
  • Collaborate effectively with other DSI and DISCO faculty, staff, interns, and students.
  • Manage other ad hoc projects as required.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 2-4 years related experience in website development, communications, and writing
  • Experience working with faculty, high-level executives, or nonprofit leaders
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, written communications, and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong project management, strategic planning, and peer-influencing skills 
  • Expertise with graphic design software and developing compelling visual campaigns
  • Comfort working in an unstructured environment
  • Demonstrated ability to show leadership and independent decision making
  • A high level of problem solving skills, including demonstrated ability to anticipate next steps based on multiple inputs and prioritize decisions
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to plan, organize, and follow through on a large and diverse workload, while attending to detail and meeting deadlines
  • A high level of self-motivation in developing and executing a personal program of work that enhances the activities, impact, and reputation of the Digital Studies Institute and the DISCO Network.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced training or experience in graphic design, PR, journalism, a/v editing, or social media.
  • A background in digital studies is not required, but a connection to the subject matter is desirable.

Additional Information

  • This is a 3 year term limited position
  • This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.
  • The salary range for this position is $40,000-$50,000.  Please note that a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.