Communications Specialist

  • Remote
  • Sep 23, 2021

Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter, resume detailing relevant work experience and writing, design, and social media samples are required for consideration. All applications must be submitted through the U-M job site

Job Summary

We are looking for a passionate and experienced communications specialist to join our team and promote CHRT’s mission, vision, and values. The candidate will help lead communications efforts for CHRT and our clients. Topics of work include mental health, social determinants of health, health and human services integration, and more. The ideal candidate is thoughtful, creative, well-organized, and has strong experience in storytelling, social media management, and graphic design.

Full or part-time candidates will be considered.

  • Develop compelling visuals and infographics for one-pagers, policy briefs, presentations, webinars, client reports, digital stories, social media posts, and more.
  • Manage social media accounts for CHRT and its clients, including developing overarching strategies, running monthly editorial meetings, drafting posts and accompanying visuals, and managing the internal review process.
  • Research and write compelling stories for e-newsletters, annual reports, advertisements, client projects, etc.
  • Write compelling and accessible stories about CHRT’s research and demonstration projects, reviewing research findings and interviewing staff analysts and directors, as necessary. 
  • Write, design, format, and coordinate reviews of communication materials (print and digital) for websites, newsletters, emails, flyers, posters, social media platforms, and special projects.
  • Engage with stakeholders in meaningful ways, informing stories, strategies, and other communications initiatives.
  • Scope new projects for designers, programmers, artists, etc. Manage the bid process, working with the procurement office, as necessary, and presenting options and recommendations to the communications manager.
  • Utilize project management programs to ensure that marketing initiatives are developed and implemented in a timely manner and to facilitate collaboration and reviews.
  • Interface with and coordinate the work of designers, developers, photographers, and videographers, as necessary.
  • Schedule photo and video shoots, as necessary.
  • Ensure the accessibility of all print and digital materials for individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Center for Health & Research Transformation (CHRT) inspires and enables evidence-informed policies and practices that improve the health of people and communities. CHRT’s revenue comes from a combination of corporate sponsorships, grants and contracts.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

The Center for Health and Research Transformation seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information about us, please visit

Work Locations

Due to the pandemic, we are currently working remotely. Once we return to working in the office setting, the analyst will likely work partially remotely and partially in the office for meetings, trainings, computer or technology requirements, or to complete work that is not possible to handle remotely.

Remote staff are provided with a monitor, laptop and related accessories. Office equipment such as desk, chair, and printer are not provided for remote work and staff must supply their own reliable internet access. Basic supplies such as paper and pens, are stocked at the business location and are available to remote staff for pick-up should they choose.

Background Screening

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related disciplines.
  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience in communications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated writing experience for various audiences and formats.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse teams.
  • Significant experience with social media platforms.
  • Experience with web content management systems.
  • Commitment to creating and maintaining a positive, inclusive workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while maintaining

Desired Qualifications*

  • Graphic design education.
  • Knowledge of the connection between health and the social determinants of health.
  • Interest in public and community health issues.