A cover letter and portfolio is required for consideration. Your cover letter should be no more than one (1) page and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address the following:
how you heard about this role
your specific interest in the position
how your skills and experiences directly relate to this position
your interest in working in the LSA Opportunity Hub
the value of a liberal arts education
Please also include a portfolio that shows your versatility writing content across different mediums and formats:
three recent writing samples that include published news stories, op-ed articles, or other that constitutes long-form pieces of content
three social media posts you’ve written that constitute short-form pieces of content
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for a Communications Coordinator at the LSA Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives and is housed under the LSA Dean’s Office. The LSA Opportunity Hub is the first stop for career exploration and opportunities for the college's 18,000 undergraduate students and serves as a resource to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts education with their goals and aspirations. Hub staff collaborate with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors. Through these channels, the Opportunity Hub helps students explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts education to work.
We are seeking candidates who have an innovative approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts.
This position reports to the Communications Manager.
The Opportunity Hub is seeking a creative, innovative individual to help position the Hub as a national leader in liberal arts career exploration and discovery. The Communications Coordinator works with the Hub’s Communications Manager to write and develop content that inspire liberal arts and sciences students at U-M; informs them of career trends and important career learning information; and markets the events, opportunities and services of the Hub in the most creative and compelling way. This person is also responsible for management of the Hub’s website, social media platforms, and for collaborating with the Outreach Program Manager on communication tactics that can reach pockets of the student population that are currently unreached. The Communications Coordinator will report to the Communications Manager and work with freelance graphic designers that are contracted to support the Hub’s design and visual storytelling needs.
Work with the Communications Manager to execute the Hub’s Communications Vision, Strategic Plan, and Content Plan using the Hub’s Brand Standards and Editorial Style Guide
Use digital media to highlight and document the success of LSA students, alums, employers, donors, and other stakeholders, in order to tell the story of the Hub and the richness of a liberal arts and sciences education
Expand the Hub's online reach and footprint by channeling a passion for using media platforms to share innovative content, drive brand awareness, and employ reputation management.
Supports the organization’s social media strategy, including developing briefs and creative direction for social posts, series, stories and execution of social content with a focus on short form video for IG stories
Moderate and manage community engagement on Instagram and Linked, including comments and direct message moderation, responding to and engaging students in conversation
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Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business, journalism, or related field
3+ years experience in a communications or marketing-related role in a professional setting, preferably at a CPG company, brand, or agency; this includes time in internships
Highly effective communication skills, specifically writing, and a proficiency in expressing a thought or idea effectively through the written word
Excellent copywriting and editing skills with the ability to adopt brand tone and voice for social captions and overall brand storytelling
Exceptional eye for high-quality, effective content and how it translates into imagery/videos in formats and platforms such as IG stories and LinkedIn posts
Robust experience with social media platforms (specifically Instagram and LinkedIn) in a professional setting
Experience with using web content management systems (e.g. Adobe Experience Manager, WordPress) to publish and manage website content updates
High level of organizational ability and project management skills, including the ability to initiate, organize, prioritize, coordinate, a complete a diverse workload of projects and tasks with attention to detail, and the ability to set and meet deadlines
Ability to act independently, take initiative, and promote innovation
Flexibility to meet changing priorities, and adapt to changes
Attention to detail, adaptability, and receptiveness to feedback and direction.
Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
Appreciation of, and ability to articulate, the value of the liberal arts
Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access, and inclusion
Due to the rapid growth of the Hub, this individual will need to be adaptable to change as it is expected this role will evolve to best serve the needs of the organization.
Occasional night and weekend attendance at on and off-campus events is required.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
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The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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