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How to Apply

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 experience that directly relate to this position. In addition to the cover letter, you are required to provide a writing sample, no longer than two pages, attached as the final page(s) of your resume.

If you are selected for a final interview, we will ask you to prepare a short story on a topic provided by the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department.

What You'll Do

As our Communications Specialist, you will find and tell the stories of our outstanding researchers, and spread the messages of the transformative work we do to advance the common good. You will assist the Department Chair, Department Administrator and College Communications & Marketing team in determining marketing and promotional needs for our department. The IOE Communications Specialist will report to the Department Administrator and will manage student temp employees who assist with graphic design and other media needs.

  • Help develop a marketing and communications strategy for IOE that is consistent with and promotes our goals.
  • Interface and coordinate work with designers, developers, photographers and videographers on projects.
  • Oversee the execution and deployment of assets in IOE's integrated marketing communications campaign.
  • Prepare, write, and review communication materials (both print and digital) for a variety of media, including websites, newsletters, press releases, email, flyers, posters, social media platforms, and special projects.
  • Build and distribute compelling content, such as in-depth stories, one-pagers, and more, that promote our research, events, and efforts.
  • Build relationships and work with essential partners, including our advisory board, industry partners, and CoE Marketing & Communications.
  • Manage multiple marketing platforms, including our social media presence, email marketing campaigns, website and database of promotional slides.
  • Help perform market research to analyze peer organizations.
  • Maintain our social media presence, providing guidance on platforms and best practices.
  • Provide basic videography and photography services designing and maintaining a photo directory and YouTube channel.
  • Attend conferences as requested to capture interviews, awards, and IOE accomplishments for promotion.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Who We Are

The Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) at the University of Michigan College of Engineering is at the forefront of research in energy, healthcare, supply-chain logistics, and transportation.

Our researchers improve patient access to healthcare systems, predict the impact of power outages from hurricanes, improve accessibility to public transportation for wheelchair/scooter riders, design sustainable energy systems of the future, and much more.

Why Work at Michigan?

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off.
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting.
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, including medical, dental and vision.
  • Work-life resources, including flexible work options, flexible spending accounts, and maternity and parental leave.
  • Long-term disability coverage.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a marketing or communications position.
  • Commitment to creating a positive, inclusive workplace.
  • Experience developing written communications such as articles, web copy or marketing/advertisements for general audiences.
  • Experience developing email marketing campaigns with email management tools such as MailChimp.
  • Experience managing and growing audiences for social media.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Basic videography and/or photography skills.
  • Graphic design education and experience.
  • Scientific writing experience.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at:

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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