Director of Executive Communications

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Date Posted August 04, 2022
Industry Academia
Specialty Education
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Telecommute? Yes
Job Status Full-time
Salary 160,000 - 170,000


How to Apply

To be considered, please submit a brief statement of intent, resume and three writing samples, including at least two speeches.

Include your statement, resume and writing samples in a single document. The system will allow only one file to be uploaded.  Email for questions about the role. 

About the Role

The University of Michigan is looking for a Director of Executive Communications to organize, research and draft speeches, presentations, talking points, opinion pieces, social media, scripts and background materials for president-elect Dr. Santa Ono. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Communications, you will join the senior leadership team of the Office of the VP for Communications.

You will prepare a variety of materials, working with the president, vice president for communications and other university leaders, for internal and external audiences, and will work cooperatively with colleagues in the President's Office and across the university to coordinate speaking assignments and communications activity for the president.

(This job is eligible for a flexible hybrid arrangement with a combination of in-office and remote work.)

Your responsibilities:

  • Write and edit for both academic and non-academic audiences and publications.
  • Have knowledge of many academic, literary, and cultural references to inform your writing and research.
  • Demonstrate creativity with language and develop powerful messages and stories.
  • Conduct exceptional research skills, with a commitment to facts and accuracy.
  • Work both as an individual contributor and in collaboration with senior leaders and a broad array of subject matter experts.
  • Adopt a top executive's style and respond to changing communications needs.
  • Manage competing demands and a high-volume workload on time.
  • Exercise a high degree of judgment and discretion, with an impeccable commitment to confidentiality.
  • Integrate a deep understanding of and appreciation for the education, research and service mission of a public research university that values diversity, equity and inclusion.


You will also have opportunities to serve on related committees, task forces, and advisory groups. The director will assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the vice president for communications.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, public relations or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 8 years of experience in communications, including direct collaboration with executives and speech writing experience.
  • Reasonable knowledge of national, state and international higher educational issues and trends.


  • Knowledge of university organization and procedures.
  • Experience in journalism or public relations.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Paid vacation and sick-time programs
  • Retirement savings plan with two-for-one matching contributions and immediate vesting
  • Choice of comprehensive health insurance plans
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Maternity and parental leave programs

Flexible spending accounts for heal