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 directly relate to this position. In addition, please include a one page statement that shares some of your most recent marketing work and your approach to leading your team. All documents should be shared as one cohesive document.
The College of Pharmacy seeks a Director of Communications and Marketing who will provide strategic and creative marketing and communications leadership through collaborations with the dean, college leaders, students, faculty, staff, and others to set the tone of our communication and marketing efforts.This will partly be accomplished by telling stories of the number one college of pharmacy in Michigan, which is also in the top five schools nationally.These stories will be directed to prospective students, current students, donors, alumni, the general public, the media, the pharmaceutical industry, and the pharmacy profession. You will be responsible for oversight of all the college's communications and marketing functions and for leading a team of creative professionals, while also collaborating with and serving key groups in our college.You will report to the dean and serve on the college's leadership committee for administrative operations.
Work with leadership, the student services and development teams, and others to develop and implement strategies aimed at student recruitment and increasing enrollment; donor and alumni engagement; enhancing the profile of the faculty; and positioning the college as the leader in pharmacy education.
Serve as the college's brand manager.
Work with the U-M communications office to amplify College of Pharmacy stories for broad communication.
Oversee operations for all digital and print publications, write original content, and advise on design for all digital and print publications.
Collaborate with the IT team, communications team, and web content owners to leverage and optimize the College of Pharmacy website.Oversee content and overall design of the website and work with content owners to create, update, and refresh copy and design.
Cultivate data-driven, high-impact and results-oriented marketing practices to increase enrollment of a high-achieving and diverse student body.
Advise the dean on sensitive and strategic issues.
Lead and implement, in collaboration with the dean and others, the internal communication plan including email and other forms of regular communication.
Manage the marketing/communications team and business operations of the office, as well as freelance writers, photographers, videographers, guest editors and copy editors as needed.Serve as a "working manager" who can produce as well as delegate to team members.
Undergraduate degree in a related field desired; minimum of 8+ years of progressively responsible communications/marketing experience with a record of developing and implementing marketing/communications plans, including branding, public relations, website development, and social media.
Expertise in multiple marketing and communications channels and media, including print, web communications, digital and social media, video, and advanced technologies.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including through marketing and communications.
Experience managing a team, including motivating staff, inspiring teamwork, and taking a leadership role.
Excellent speaking, writing, and editing skills.
Experience conducting market research, data analysis, and data interpretation.
A positive go-to attitude to move the college's communications forward.
Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment and handle confidential materials and situations with sensitivity and discretion.
Ability to set priorities for self and team, and flexibility to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
Master's degree in a related field.
Experience working in or with higher education.
Project management experience.
Experience interacting with executive level and other high-level administrators and university affiliates.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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.