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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 are directly related.
Michigan Medicine is a groundbreaking organization for many reasons, and much of the work that we do is made possible because of philanthropy. Annually, the MM Office of Development raises an average of $190 million which helps us to be a change agent of the world.
The Office of Development supports a culture of flexibility, and a hybrid work arrangement is possible for this position. Additionally, while work arrangements are flexible with regard to work location, all new employees are expected to be in commutable distance to campus.
The assistant editor serves an important role in creating publications that are published by the Michigan Medicine Office of Development. Central to this role is supporting Medicine at Michigan, a print magazine that is the flagship publication of Michigan Medicine. It is delivered to around 40,000 readers 2-3 times per year and is supplemented by a monthly email newsletter. The assistant editor researches and writes features, profiles, Class Notes, and more. This role will also include work on websites and alumni and internal communications, including a quarterly alumni newsletter. The assistant editor will be responsible for specific sections of the magazine; supporting logistics of all publications - including but not limited to seeking permissions and approvals for stories and photos, and contributing to all outlets. The assistant editor should be comfortable managing several projects on various platforms. The assistant editor also helps other communications team members in the Michigan Medicine Office of Development with project management, writing, and proofreading. This will include inputting editorial changes into designed documents and finding, organizing, and managing photos and other assests for the team.
60%: Research and write features, news articles, Class Notes, and other sections of Medicine at Michigan magazine, as well as articles for the website and newsletters. Set up photo shoots for stories in the magazine. Secure relevant images and portraits for articles in all outlets. Along with editor, coordinate with offsite magazine designer. Coordinate numerous functions related to the development and distribution of publications. Complete other assignments as needed.
40%: Assist art director and other members of the Communications Team with project management, writing, and proofreading. Input editorial changes into design files. Research and obtain photos for design projects, including proposals, brochures, and cases for support. Manage communications with stakeholders about design projects as requested. Organize photos and other assets.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
2 years of professional experience, preferably in journalism or communications
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Ability to manage multiple deadline-driven projects for varied platforms at once
Interest in medical science and health-related topics
Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, and other design software
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Commitment to confidentiality regarding patient and donor records and information
Familiarity with AP Style
Experience working with the printing of an editorial publication
Interest in development and philanthropy
Interest in design of print and digital communication
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely and temporary workers. More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.
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.