To be considered, please submit your resume online to the careers website: careers.umich.edu. In addition, please email a brief statement of intent, a statement summarizing your views on diversity, and three writing samples, including at least two speeches, to: Tracy Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be asked to prepare an impromptu written piece at the interview.
The University of Michigan is seeking an Executive Writer and Communications Counsel to organize, research and draft speeches, presentations, talking points, social media, scripts and background materials for the President of the university as a member of the Vice President for Communications’ senior management team.
The Director will prepare a variety of materials, in consultation with the President, Vice President for Communications and other university leaders for internal and external audiences, and will work cooperatively with colleagues in the President’s Office and across the university to coordinate speaking assignments and communications activity for the President.
Proven skills in writing and editing for both academic and non-academic audiences and publications. Extensive experience in these varied writing styles is preferred.
Knowledge of a wide range of intellectual, literary, and cultural references to inform his or her writing and research.
Creativity with language and a demonstrated ability to convey powerful messages and stories.
Exceptional research skills.
A demonstrated ability to work independently and as well as collaborate with others, including senior leaders of an organization and a broad array of subject matter experts.
Ability to adapt to the style and communications needs of a top executive.
The ability to effectively manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced environment, while meeting deadlines in a timely manner.
An ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy, and an impeccable commitment to confidentiality.
An appreciation for the education, research and service mission of a public research university.
Reasonable knowledge of national, state, and international higher educational issues and trends.
The Director will also assume additional responsibilities as the Vice President for Communications assigns.
A graduate degree is preferred. Experience in journalism or public relations is desired.
Some knowledge of University organization, policies, and procedures is also desirable. There will also be the opportunity to serve on related committees, task forces, and advisory groups as needed.
There will also be the opportunity to serve on related committees, task forces, and advisory groups as needed.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 178042
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A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.