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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 covers letter should address your specific interest in the position, describe specific skills and experience in your job history and directly relate them to the responsibilities and qualifications for this position.

Who We Are

Founded in 1955, The Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI) brings together investigators from across the University of Michigan to probe the mysteries of the brain on a cellular, molecular, and behavioral level. The MNI cultivates a collaborative, inclusive, and diverse environment to support established neuroscientists and those in training as they strive to better understand the nervous system and to, ultimately, improve lives.

As MNI expands its reach across the University of Michigan campuses, it is seeking an experienced Communications Specialist to increase the MNI’s visibility within UM, amongst the national and international neuroscience community, and to key stakeholders. The Communications Specialist will work with MNI’s leaders to develop and implement a strategic communications plan for MNI’s new University-wide reach using both established and novel communications tools, including website and social media content, print media, and data visualization among other tools. MNI is a highly collaborative environment, and is looking for a person who is creative, energetic, and innovative. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team, is highly dependable, and has a positive attitude.


As a key member of the administrative team, the Communications Specialist will work closely with MNI leadership and researchers to support MNI’s communications strategies and marketing objectives.

Strategic Planning

  • Design and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for MNI that embraces it university-wide reach.
  • Develop a strong, positive brand for the Institute and coordinate efforts to raise its visibility and reputation on campus, as well as the national and international neuroscience community.
  • Collect and analyze relevant data to determine the impact of communications tactics and to shape future strategies (e.g., tracking website activity, click patterns on newsletters, social media interactions, and attendance at seminars, etc.)

Communications and Marketing

  • Plan, research, and write original content to promote Institute activities both internally and externally. Provide executive communications support for the Institute leadership.
  • Enhance and maintain the Institute’s web presence including the overall look and feel to ensure continuity, consistency, and user-friendly interactions and navigation.
  • Develop and maintain an engaging social media presence.
  • Plan and develop the design, production, and quality of communications products and materials including newsletters, print collateral, and marketing materials.
  • Manage creation and inventory of all templates, logos, and marketing and promotional materials, etc.
  • Curate library of digital images that can be used in Institute’s promotional materials.
  • Create new and leverage existing videos across digital platforms (e.g., YouTube, Website, Twitter) for use internally and externally.
  • Produce annual reports, presentations, and other resources for both internal and external audiences.

Community Engagement

  • Plan, manage, promote, and execute in-person and virtual Institute events including seminar series and symposia and member engagement programs. Continually adjust and build upon events to ensure MNI’s mission and vision are reflected.
  • Enhance and maintain Institute membership support functions through creating member profiles for the Institute website, consulting with members on communications strategies for published research, creating research feature stories for Institute website and marketing materials, and maintaining targeted communications lists.
  • Serve as liaison between the Institute and communications experts across University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine to identify synergies and opportunities to leverage other resources in support of MNI communications and to share and learn best practices.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a related field.
  • 3 or more years professional communications, journalism, or marketing experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and relationship building skills, and the ability to interact with a variety of personalities with tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated superior written and verbal communications skills and ability to adapt writing and communication efforts for a wide variety of audiences.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills, and ability to effectively manage numerous projects simultaneously. Must be productive and flexible under pressure and able to meet deadlines.
  • Adept with web content management systems (e.g., Drupal - or other web CMS) and various social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, YouTube, etc)
  • Experience working with an email marketing platform and knowledge of industry trends for effective use of social media.
  • High proficiency with computer technology including MS suite and Adobe programs, Google Docs, and project management tools.
  • Demonstrated awareness and implementation of best practices in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, and working with diverse groups of people.

Desired Qualifications*

  • The desired candidate should have 5 or more years of professional communications, journalism, or marketing experience.
  • Experience in video content development and production.
  • Experience using graphic design to communicate key strategic messaging in print and digital formats.
  • Experience working in higher education.

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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  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.