Current Career Opportunities at IRIS

Communications Specialist

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Salary: $62,000–$67,000
Posting Begin/End Date: 1/16/2019 – 2/15/2019

IRIS is seeking a Communications Specialist. The successful candidate will bring communications, marketing and outreach expertise and experience to a fast-paced team. To apply, visit the University of Michigan Careers page and search for Job ID #167503. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a communications portfolio containing samples of relevant work.

Major areas of responsibility will be:

  • Engage with communications and outreach representatives of IRIS member institutions and stakeholders to identify best practices and consult on use of IRIS data and reports. (40%)
  • Coordinate with IRIS Data Team, Development Team, Research Team, and Research Support Team as well as with communications professionals at U-M and ISR and collaborator institutions to increase the public profile and visibility of IRIS work. (30%)
  • Develop, implement & manage IRIS communications via web, social media, newsletters, and press. (30%)

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Library Science, or a relevant field AND 2-4 years of successful communications/marketing experience (may include internships and/or other nonpaid experience)
  • Adept with current web content management systems and various social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success in writing engaging content for general audiences
  • Familiarity with graphic design programs
  • Highly effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects to deadline
  • Effective organization and management of multiple priorities in a complex environment
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Ability to both work independently and as a successful team member

Desired qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in a relevant field and/or 5+ years of equivalent experience

Student Jobs

IRIS takes our role supporting the teaching mission of the University of Michigan seriously and is always looking for creative and talented students who are interested to join our team and learn new skills. We regularly hire research assistants for part-time positions throughout the school year and during the summer, including internships.

Types of positions we typically hire for include:

  • Research Data Management
  • Web Development
  • UX/Graphics/Web Design
  • Data Wrangling

Skills we are looking for include:

  • Experience with Python, SQL, D3, PHP, JavaScript, React, jQuery, ArcGIS, SAS
  • Graphic design/UX skills and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, web design, WordPress
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Familiarity with relational databases and programming


IRIS Work Culture

IRIS strives to create and sustain a culture for its employees that is characterized by respect, generosity, inclusion, and yes, hard work. Each individual brings a set of skills and perspectives that are valuable and contribute to our work and our community. We set high expectations for ourselves and we support one another. Our pace is fast (“IRIS time”), but we also take time to celebrate our successes.

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