The Director of Strategic Communications is responsible for, and supports, critical writing needs for the Dean’s Office and college leadership. Acts as the primary author of college project proposals and other strategic documents. The Director has oversight of the strategic and integrated communications plan for Central Michigan University's College of Medicine, with campuses in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan, its clinical enterprise - CMU Health and CMU Medical Education Partners (CMU Partners) graduate medical education programs.
Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU's culture of excellence.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with university-wide efforts, provide oversight of communication, marketing, branding, and promotion activities for the college, CMU Medical Education Partners and CMU Health.
Directs and supports the critical writing needs for the Dean’s Office and college leadership. Acts as the primary author of college project proposals and other strategic documents. Oversees implementation of a communications strategic plan to promote the mission of the college.
Direct and fosters internal and external communications by the college, its leadership, and units through activities including, but not limited to, the development and dissemination of communications from administrators and preparation of remarks, speeches, talking points, preparing special announcements, project proposals, fact sheets and other documents for the Dean and senior leadership.
In collaboration with other college team members creates project proposals, philanthropic submissions, and other strategic documents. Provides support for and works collaboratively with the college and University Advancement in proposal development and writing.
Supervises Coordinator of Communication and Web Development in internal and external marketing and communications, including the website, mass correspondence and direct mail efforts, published materials, other resource materials and the management of the College's social media presence.
Serves as liaison with communications peers at the University, affiliated hospitals, partner communities, and other organizational stakeholders.
Work closely with University Communications to identify regional, state, and national trade media opportunities to ensure a constant flow of news stories and other strategic communications.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity by working to develop a culture of inclusion and mutual respect.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, journalism, English, writing or a related field.
A minimum of four years of relevant experience as a writer, reporter, public relations executive, editor or similar position.
Demonstrated ability to write and edit for print and web.
Experience following style guides and graphic standards manuals to achieve consistency in text and graphics for print and web.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Working knowledge of computer applications.
Ability to project a positive and professional image.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Previous experience managing a website
Prior experience in academic, hospital, or clinical environment
Experience working across multiple sites or locations
Familiarity with college/university operations
Internal Number: DIRSCOMM
About Central Michigan University, College of Medicine
The CMU College of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class in the summer of 2013. The innovative medical school curriculum is designed to prepare students for practice in mid- to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, with particular attention to primary care needs in the region. The program is housed in a new facility with advanced technology for teaching. For more information, visit College’s website.
About CMU: Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide. CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leade...rs, are nationally ranked.
Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences. The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.
Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms. With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.