Communications Manager I

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Position Summary

The Communications Manager is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of multiple ongoing public relations campaigns and the day-to-day communications activities for Science Gallery Lab Detroit (70%) and the Provost Office Communications Team (30%). As Science Gallery Lab Detroit grows, we expect the work allocation devoted to that effort to grow as well. The communications manager will produce content for social media, print and web; research and identify key media and write releases. The communications manager will lead major components of Science Gallery communications including developing communication strategies, writing/editing content and drafting messages and media materials that align with the Science Gallery Lab Detroit brand standards. There will be a split report to the Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit and the Director of Engagement for the Office of the Provost. The communications manager will primarily work in Detroit with once a week trips to East Lansing to co-work with the Provost Office communications team located within the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology.


    Accountable for working closely with supervisors and Provost Office communications team on projects, including strategic priorities related to the Hub and Science Gallery Lab Detroit

    Managing all promotional activity and communications channels for SG Lab Detroit

    Participate in the design and development of promotional and social media campaigns for Science Gallery Lab Detroit open calls, exhibitions, and events. Manage implementation of strategic marketing, communications, and PR plans.

    Creates and schedules content for social media and engages with social audiences for Science Gallery Lab Detroit

    Creates media materials including press releases, key messages, Q&A, fact sheets, and engages in strategic storytelling

    Project manage and collaboratively develop visual assets for web and print

    Ensure consistency in the application of the visual identity, tone of voice, general aesthetic and brand standards in all physical and digital forms of Science Gallery, in line with the Network Brand Guidelines

    Support the distribution of social media use as a direct communication channel for Science Gallery through thought-leadership, innovative use, guidance and training for the wider team

    Review and advise on PR and media activity, media plans, media partnerships, media monitoring and media; evaluation activity. Develop and build ongoing relationships with key media and manage and cultivate media partnerships

    Work with the Provost Office Communications team to identify opportunities to build awareness and support for Science Gallery across MSU’s campus.

    Collaborate and coordinate with communicators in the wider Science Gallery Network to amplify activities

    Oversee the maintenance of subscriber, media, and peer contact database



    Reports to the Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit and the Director of Engagement for the Office of the Provost—to receive direction, establish strategic goals, and seek advice and feedback on projects.

    Provost Office Communications Team–This position is part of a cross-functional team of marketing and communications professionals serving MSU’s Academic Advancement Network, Graduate School, Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and WorkLife Office.

    Science Gallery Lab Detroit team—This position is part of the Detroit-based Science Gallery team and collaborates on projects, planning activities, and initiatives.

    University communications professionals and administrators—to consult, understand needs and objectives, and exchange information.

    Vendors and freelancers—to exchange information, provide guidance, and ensure quality of outsourced work.

    Purchasing staff—to verify procedures and to coordinate bidding for print jobs, website redesigns, and other work and obtain results.

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; may require supervision; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Application Materials

CV and Cover Letter Required.

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off-date position funded until 10/31/2019 with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.




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Posted: 10/11/2018
Application Due: 10/16/2018
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