Internal Communications Consultant-Safety

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 08, 2022
Sep 07, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time

Job ID



Twin Cities


About the Job

Our ideal candidate will:
- Take a birds-eye view of the interconnected safety ecosystem on the Twin Cities campus, and use it to inform the strategies and content for communicating with internal stakeholders at all levels.
- Develop timely and accurate content, including key message points, leadership messages, web and social media content, and other information.
- Implement plans, including work to coordinate and amplify messages to ensure they’re effectively reaching internal and external University audiences.
- Edit and proofread content created by others for usability, organizational content, readability, and appropriateness for the intended audience.
- Develop an understanding of the most effective communications channels, familiarity with the University’s mission and strategic plans, and a deep knowledge of various campus communities so that they may use this knowledge to inform their work.
- Build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with University Relations colleagues (including the marketing, public relations and government relations teams) and other University subject matter experts.
- Ensure a consistent voice, look, and feel across communications channels, and translate information into clear, concise, user-oriented language.
- Employ curiosity, personal initiative, and problem-solving skills to identify opportunities to enhance communication and fill information gaps.
- Utilize strong organizational skills, and an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a professional manner.
- Support other internal communications efforts as assigned.

In this role, Internal Communications Consultant-Satety will work to communicate the University’s commitment to a culture of safety - in the broadest sense of the word. They will have a birds-eye view of the interconnected safety ecosystem on the Twin Cities campus, and as such, they will help develop the content strategy and written materials to communicate with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization across the Twin Cities campus.

- Draft and advance leadership messaging. Partner with marketing to implement those strategies on web, social media, and other channels.
- Implement plans for major safety initiatives to ensure there is a single, consistent safety voice across internal and external audiences.
- Develop content for public facing websites and social media accounts, such as Safe Campus and DPS-owned channels, to ensure timely and accurate content.
- Collaborate with partners to establish appropriate locations for information and advise on how that information translates to other channels and sites.
- Edit and proofread content created by others for usability, organizational content, readability, and appropriateness for the intended audience.

- Proactively build and foster collaborative relationships with internal partners and subject matter experts (SMEs) to create on-brand communication about the University’s approach to safety. (Partners include Department of Public Safety, University Health and Safety, Housing and Residential Life, Office for Student Affairs, University Services, among others).

- Support other internal communications efforts as assigned.

This position reports to the Director of Internal Communications.

Salary range: $52,000-$57,000 annually

Work environment: This team is currently working in a hybrid mode (flexibility to work partly from home and partly on campus).


- Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or other relevant area of study with at least four years of experience.
- Demonstrated success communicating or working sensitively and effectively across cultures, including historically marginalized/underrepresented communities.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, and an entrepreneurial attitude.
- Demonstrated commitment to critical communications skills, including: flexibility/adaptability, active listening, an ability to understand and incorporate other perspectives, navigating sensitive or challenging conversations, etc.
- The ability to develop and execute communications strategies, prioritize work, and follow through and work independently under deadlines.

About the Department

University Relations is the central communications office for the University System, and the eprimary communications office for its Twin Cities campus, providing actionable information and strengthening engagement with internal stakeholders (mainly student, faculty and staff) and collaborating closely with other units and communications colleagues across the University System. Teammates like this internal communications consultant are particularly critical to communicating the University's commitment to a culture of safety, in the broadest sense of the word.

University Relations is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds are necessary to create a strong and creative team that communicates effectively to the University's many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts University HSA contributions Disability and employer-paid life insurance Employee wellbeing program Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services  Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button at the top of the page and it will bring you to the U of M HR Job page:  Here you will select if you are a current U of M employee or an external candidate to start your application.  In the search box you will enter the Job ID number 350551. It brings you to the job description page and this is where you will click the "Apply for Job" button.

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.  

Contact Christie Wells with questions,

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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