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Job Summary

Department Summary

Wolverine Wellness (WW) is a student-centered unit within University Health Service whose work is guided by evidence-based strategic interventions, collaboration and innovations using a multidimensional model of well-being. We use a socio-ecological, motivational interviewing and a collective impact framework to create the greatest impact in improving the health and well-being of U-M students. From addressing individual attitudes and behaviors to fostering a supportive and inclusive campus climate, we promote health using multiple approaches.

Job Summary

The Health Communication Specialist reports to the Director of Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service and guides the UHS/WW helps guide the strategic efforts related to communications and public health messaging. The Communications Specialist will work with unit, divisional and institutional partners, serving as a communicator across a variety of  platforms. They will also provide guidance and counsel to the leadership of University Health Service from a media and public relations perspective —creating, editing and reviewing accurate and timely internal and external communications.

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What You'll Do

Communications Planning and Development (40%)

  • Strategize and coordinate with WW staff teams to develop and implement online health behavior campaigns and digital marketing strategies that increase traffic and student engagement with public health messaging.
  • Compose communications, gather and verify data, using current communication platforms while working with a variety of partners including UHS senior leadership, WW Director, UHS clinical staff and U-M Public Affairs.
  • Counsel and work with UHS leadership to build communication plans (annual reports, strategic plan communication).
  • Develop communication implementation timelines/calendars.
  •  Manage media inquiries and coordinate with UHS leadership for appropriate response.
  • Work collaboratively with strategic partners across the Division and university.
  • Incorporate and emphasize values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in UHS and Wolverine Wellness communications materials.
  • Contribute public health content for existing Student Life communication efforts.
  • Represent UHS positively to students, faculty, staff and family members and the broader community.

Social Media and Digital Communications Management (30%)

  • Keep up-to-date with evolving online media and technology trends, and explore new products or enhancements to improve site experience and engagement.
  • Create and evaluate public health materials and methods (e.g. campaigns/social media posts/social marketing campaigns) to help students succeed.
  •  Manage the UHS website and Student Well-being website on Canvas.

 Management (20%)

  • Oversee the hiring process of the WW Communications team and recommend candidates for hire. Post openings, interview, select new team members, and train employees.
  •  Initiate and administer corrective action processes, provide coaching, and handle employee complaints.
  • Organize team meetings and trainings; build morale and emphasize teamwork.

Other (10%)

  •  Other responsibilities as assigned.

Why Work at Michigan?

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 excellent institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Health Communications, Communications, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in communications
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional supervisory experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree in Public Health, Health Communications,  Communications or a related field
  • Previous work experience developing internal communications plans and strategies for a health related organization
  • Strong knowledge of and experience using social media platforms
  • Experience managing communications in a higher education setting, and an understanding of trends in higher education communications
  • Experience with a student-centered and inclusive environment
  • Experience developing health and wellness related social marketing campaigns

Additional Information

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

 $57,200 – $59,800 - Salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of selected candidates.


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.