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The University Record, an internal publication for University of Michigan faculty and staff, is seeking a highly skilled communicator for a key role writing about U-M as a dynamic workplace and world-class institution of higher education.
Previous experience as a news reporter or writer is ideal for this position, which calls for a skilled and versatile communications professional with a well-honed ability to gather, organize and summarize critical information quickly and accurately. Good listening skills, strong writing and storytelling skills, and creativity and ingenuity are essential. This person will plan, prepare and disseminate stories in print and online.
The position’s primary focus will be news about the University of Michigan for its faculty and staff. Stories range from faculty and staff profiles to commencement; from routine news briefs and award listings to stories of innovative programs and important new initiatives; from workplace features to deadline event coverage. Time-management skills and the ability to balance various deadlines at once are crucial, as is the ability to find and develop unique stories about the many facets of working at U-M.
We anticipate the person filling this position will spend about 85 percent of work time on writing and 15 percent on other duties within the scope of the University Record, such as making photo assignments and summarizing monthly Board of Regents activity. While this is primarily a writing role, this person may step in as a copy editor when needed, so editing experience will be helpful.
Bachelor's degree and work history of relevant experience in journalism, writing or editing.
Demonstrated ability to cover breaking news and explain complex issues and ideas in an easy-to-understand approach.
Working knowledge of Associated Press style.
Organizational and time-management skills, attention to detail, and ability to set and meet goals while working both independently and as part of a team.
Familiarity and understanding of issues facing higher education in general, and the University of Michigan in particular.
Basic understanding of HTML/XML and WordPress.
Occasional night and weekend work may be necessary. This position also is eligible for flexible work options including a hybrid schedule combining remote and in-office work.
Reports to the University Record editor, who reports to the assistant vice president for communications/public affairs.
Annual salary range:
$52,000-$62,000 depending on experience.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.
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.