The University of Michigan Arts Initiative seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity, and build a more just and equitable world through the arts. Launched in 2019, with $2 million in start-up funds, the Arts Initiative is in the first year of a 5-year plan with a $20 million commitment from the university. The Arts Initiative energizes, supports, and amplifies the whole creative ecosystem at U-M to: transform the student experience; spark ideas and innovation; foster a more vibrant, joyful, and friendly world, and build capacity and sustainability for the arts. At this stage of growth, we are seeking an imaginative and experienced strategist to guide our communication efforts to connect with both our campus and the wider public. The Director of Communications and Marketing Strategy reports to the Executive Director of the Arts Initiative.
Workplace location: This position is based in Ann Arbor, MI and is hybrid working both remotely and on site.
As the Director of Communications and Marketing Strategy you will be a generous collaborator, developing and implementing strategies to strengthen arts communications across the University of Michigan ecosystem. This includes shaping the arts communications strategy, core themes, and communications channels in partnership with the Arts Initiative team and campus collaborators. You will direct the marketing of core Arts Initiative efforts, events, and funding programs, amplify the work of our collaborators, and lead a communications team of staff and student employees to serve the initiative's overall goals.
Measure and improve the effectiveness of campus-wide arts communications
Develop, implement, and update strategic arts communication plans for the University of Michigan and the Arts Initiative
Collaborate with other departments to serve the broader U-M arts ecosystem
Engage diverse audiences through innovative and proven strategies
Lead and manage the communications team in developing and optimizing effective communications channels such as social media, newsletters, and podcasts
Support the Arts Initiative staff in achieving communication goals
Work with the VP's Office for Communications and Michigan News to amplify arts stories globally
Emphasize the value of arts within a research university with the President's and Provost's offices
Enhance the Arts Initiative's branding and visual identity
Serve on university committees to further the Arts Initiative's mission
Maintain knowledge of other program areas and represent the Arts Initiative at university events and national conferences
A robust communications background in print and digital communications, marketing and analysis that can be demonstrated in a professional work portfolio
Five or more years of relevant professional experience demonstrating a progression of responsibility
Experience managing a team
Strong computer fluency with MS Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Suite
A commitment to the University's values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University's Mission
This is a full-time, exempt position at the University of Michigan. Salary range is $85,000 to $100,000.
Application deadline is Monday, January 15, 2024; submissions prior to the deadline are encouraged.
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.
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