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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 University of Michigan’s Center for Global Health Equity was founded in 2019 by a catalytic gift from Dr. Tadataka and Leslie Yamada, and was generously matched by the University. The Center brings together faculty from across the U-M community, leveraging expertise from multiple disciplines in pursuit of novel solutions to global health challenges that can positively impact individuals in low-income settings.

The Center is seeking an experienced Communications Manager to oversee its communications/marketing strategy, enhance its visibility, and support member engagement. This role presents a unique opportunity to create and implement a strategic communications plan for a University-wide initiative with global reach. The ideal candidate will be motivated by the chance to build something new, join a growing team, and collaborate with colleagues from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.


Strategic Planning

  1. Design and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the Center that embraces its global reach and diverse audience. 
  2. Develop a strong, positive brand for the Center and coordinate efforts to raise its visibility and reputation on campus, within the U.S., and worldwide. 
  3. Identify, prioritize, and manage financial resources to support Center communications, including partnerships/vendor relationships and longer-term growth of the communications team.
  4. Develop and maintain an engaging social media presence.
  5. Enhance and maintain the Center’s web presence.
  6. Collect and analyze relevant data to determine the impact of communications tactics and shape future strategy (e.g., tracking website activity, click patterns on newsletters, attendance at seminars, etc.).

Community Engagement

  1. Enhance and maintain the Center’s membership taxonomy (including U-M faculty, U-M scholars and trainees, and other associates). This work includes adapting the taxonomy as new membership opportunities emerge; continuously reviewing new membership applications; creating member profiles for the Center website; and maintaining targeted communications lists by membership type.
  2. Serve as liaison between the Center and communications experts across campus to identify synergies and opportunities to leverage other resources in support of CGHE communications, and to share and learn best practices. 
  3. Conceptualize and implement creative approaches to support and promote the Center’s communities of practice across campus.

Communications and Marketing Activities 

  1. Plan, research, and write original content to promote center activities and outputs.
  2. Create and disseminate monthly newsletters.
  3. Manage creation and inventory of all templates, logos, marketing collateral, promotional materials, etc.
  4. Produce annual reports, presentations, and other resources for both internal and external audiences.
  5. Curate library of digital images that can be used in Center’s promotional materials.

Required Qualifications*


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, communications, information, business, public relations, a related field, or an equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Five years of professional experience in marketing, communications, or related field. 
  • Ability to work as part of a team that values brainstorming and collaboration, as well as capacity to work independently and take initiative. Willingness to experiment and innovate.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to effectively manage numerous projects. simultaneously and in various stages of development. Must be productive and flexible under pressure and able to meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to interact with a variety of personalities with tact and diplomacy.
  • Applied experience with graphic design, website production, publication, and video/photo software.
  • Experience working with an email marketing platform and knowledge of industry trends for effective use of social media.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working across cultures or within an international setting, including an understanding of how to adapt communication styles across different cultural contexts.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.


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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.