Assistant Director of Development Marketing and Communications
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Internal Number: 226369
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 skills and experience that are directly related.
Michigan Medicine is a groundbreaking organization for many reasons, and much of the work that we do is made possible because of philanthropy. Annually, the MM Office of Development raises an average of $190 million which helps us to be a change agent of the world.
The Office of Development supports a culture of flexibility, and a hybrid work arrangement is possible for this position. Additionally, while work arrangements are flexible with regard to work location, all new employees are expected to be in commutable distance to campus.
The communications specialist is responsible for developing and delivering high-quality events and technical donor communications that build positive awareness and foster philanthropic support for research, patient care, and medical student education at Michigan Medicine. This colleague partners with other fundraising colleagues in medical development, to achieve shared goals by providing editorial expertise and high-quality, compelling, templated, and customized writing. Works within a team of communications professionals to maximize philanthropic support for Michigan Medicine.
Partner with Michigan Medicine Development events team to edit and develop content for signature, ceremonial, and third-party events, may include, but is not limited to, print and electronic invitation packages, professorship ceremony scripts, digital assets, website content, social media efforts, and other event collateral materials
Liaise with the Michigan Medicine Development annual programs team and gift officers to create compelling donor appeals across departments
Maintain contact with colleagues for the purposes of creating timelines for writing, editing, and producing development projects
Write and/or edit technical content for development communications including promotional materials, newsletter articles, summaries of medical research and giving opportunities, donor stories, and other communications collateral
Create engaging content for social media posts and ads
Develop web content reflective of funding opportunities across the health system
Interview donors and faculty to create compelling biographies and stories for online and print communications
Draft brochures and other useful tools to help advance development goals
Research and translate scientific projects and programs into giving opportunities
Provide extensive proofreading
Apply a strong editorial and creative approach to generating high-quality content and materials in support of fundraising priorities
Gather, analyze, and synthesize technical and medical information and data for proposals, reports, and presentations, and for emerging giving opportunities
Collaborate with other members of the development team to create compelling materials designed to engage target audiences and achieve fundraising goals
Occasionally interview faculty, administrators, and staff to develop familiarity with program priorities as they relate to fundraising priorities and needs
Bring creative, critical, and analytical approaches to planning sessions with colleagues, being mindful of alternative forms of communication
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or another relevant field
2+ years of professional experience in communications, media relations, journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, ability to recognize need for and easily change writing styles to fit the audience and voice of the piece
Familiarity with media vehicles including print, web, and social media
Interest in a wide variety of scientific topics and a passion for storytelling
Familiarity with AP (Associated Press) style, social media platforms
Some knowledge of or interest in a range of medical and scientific disciplines
Ability to interpret information, interviews, and data, and apply comprehensive knowledge to the completion of complex assignments
Ability to articulate complex scientific concepts to a diverse audience
Strong project management skills and ability to collaborate to produce high-quality work on a deadline as part of a communications team
Ability to organize information, conduct interviews, and discern key statistics
Comfortable managing multiple projects and priorities
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and interact effectively with a wide variety of colleagues and stakeholders
Commitment to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism
An active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Experienced at persuasive writing and articulating a strong case
Experience creating content for event communications
Understanding of branding and positioning strategies
Communications experience within a health system (or similar organization) that involves the writing of substantive pieces such as feature articles, press releases, white papers and/or professional presentations
Graphic design experience/familiarity with InDesign a plus
Experience interacting with faculty and executive leadership
Understanding of the role philanthropy plays in advancing the mission and goals of an academic health system (or similar organization), as well as general knowledge of fundraising practices
Familiarity or knowledge of the University of Michigan’s and Michigan Medicine’s mission, strengths, and reputation
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.
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 one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely and temporary workers. More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response 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.