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India Communications Representative
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/11/2022
Admin-Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

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 directly relate to this position.


This role works jointly with the Center for South Asian Studies in the International Institute and Michigan News in the Office of the Vice President for Communications and participates in both units to connect people across the world with a shared commitment to, and interest in, the multiple ways India and the University of Michigan are making an impact in the world together. The PR Rep for India Communications will work collaboratively and creatively to raise awareness and build upon the reputation of the university as a world-class leader in research, expertise, and academics.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Michigan News:

Responsible for planning, preparing, pitching, and disseminating news releases and faculty expert advisories of interest to external English-language media in India and beyond. Duties will be accomplished through written communications and personal contact and includes:

  • Handling U-M India channels such as social media platforms and contributing content regularly to the Global Michigan website
  • Arranging interviews with faculty experts/researchers for TV, newspaper, news blogs and radio stations in India.
  • Meeting regularly with the Michigan News global team to strategize communications and coordinate outreach and timing of content.
  • Engaging with faculty experts in India matters for expert advisories, videos, social media, and other methods of outreach.
  • Staying abreast of breaking news and ongoing issues in India and around the world.
  • Advising leaders on best communications methods for major announcements and trips abroad.
  • Prepares regular reports to track impact in the news media.
  • Facilitating the dissemination of faculty research and activities in India by liaising with faculty visiting India and the UMIAA.

Center for South Asian Studies:

Responsible for managing Center communications to internal audiences, alumni and donors related to India. Works closely with center leaders and faculty to coordinate and produce high-quality informational media on all India-related activities, both in India and on campus, which includes:

  • Actively seeking out information on India-related activities from partners across campus.
  • Developing strong relationships at Michigan with colleagues and soliciting information from Center-affiliated faculty and partners.
  • Attending lectures and India-related activities across campus (and providing real-time information on those through social media).
  • Assisting with all CSAS communications related to India.
  • Consolidating communication across U-M schools involved in teaching, research, engaged learning, and partnerships in India.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in journalism or public relations.
  • Experience and a strong knowledge of English-speaking news organizations in India.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform in a self-directed manner within a team-focused framework.
  • Excellent time management and organization skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in social media.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of higher education systems and environment, through employment either at a university or a related business or organization.
  • Experience working with videographers and photographers.

Additional Information

This position is for a 24-month term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.

To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision, visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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