Communications Manager I

Michigan State University

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Work type:Support Staff
Pay Grade: 12
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Mathematics 10032574
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: 58000.00 – 64000.00 Salary Commensurate
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Administrative/Business/Professional, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

This Communications Manager position is a dual reporting position that supports two core departments in the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci): the Department of Mathematics (50%) and the Department of Statistics and Probability (50%), and also supports the Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program. The position is a part of the NatSci Marketing and Communications infrastructure, with a primary reporting relationship within the departments and a secondary reporting relationship to the NatSci Senior Marketing Officer.

The successful candidate for this position will serve as the primary coordinator of print and digital communications for these two core departments and MSDS, which are comprised of a community of exceptional scholars, students and staff from diverse nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds. Research, teaching and outreach activities are conducted across the fields of mathematics, statistics, probability and data science to deepen our understanding of the natural world and contribute to a thriving planet and healthy communities through scientific discovery and innovation.

Key responsibilities for this position include identifying, researching, producing, writing and editing releases and feature materials for digital communications, media and publications. Source material may come from faculty, students and staff at MSU, as well as from alumni and other members connected to the MSU community. Audiences include, but are not limited to, university communities and peer institutions, public and private funders, current and prospective students and scholars, alumni and former scholars, industry and stakeholder groups, media organizations, the interested scientific public and the home departments themselves. Effective communication skills across a wide range of audiences are critical.

The Communications Manager provides guidance for the departments’ overall communication strategy/growth and assists with content and assets development for web and social media content, print publications, media and other outreach methodologies. The position implements innovative social media marketing campaigns to support traditional media, public relations, and advertising activities and to promote departments’ pride points and events.

Additional duties include supporting communications goal setting, execution, tracking and reporting; maintaining and updates files including statistical reports, clippings, and measurements; assisting with negotiating external contracts for advertising for print and media; and serving as a liaison with other university departments/colleges including University Communications.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Journalism, Telecommunications, or Public Relations; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public and media relations, composing, editing and publication production, news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or radio production; or computer programming/technology; experience managing content for social media channels; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate would have:

  • Familiarity with editing and managing a content management system (e.g., Omni, Mura, Drupal, WordPress) and social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube).
  • Interest in scientific topics related to the mission of NatSci, the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics & Probability, and the MSDS program.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and summarize complex information and communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Initiative, good judgement and the ability to identify priorities, own projects and manage multiple assignments.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Experience with branding and marketing strategy concepts and terminology.

Experience with science writing, working in academia/higher education and a willingness to learn, drawing complex mathematical or statistical structures and other scientific representations is a plus.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

  • A complete application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV 
  • Three samples of short non-fiction writing samples, communication pieces, etc. 
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references. 

Work Hours


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Bidding eligibility ends October 24, 2023 at 11:55 P.M.

Advertised:Oct 18, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Oct 31, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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