Employment Opportunities

Communications Director


The Communications Director is responsible for the development of a proactive communications strategy that positions the Institute as the “go-to” and “learn from” expert on research and policy issues related to employment, education, economic development, and workforce development programs. 

  • Develop and continually align the communications strategy to support the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives.
  • Expand awareness of research conducted by Institute staff to a regional, national, and global audience. 
  • Create website entries, Facebook and Twitter strategies and posts, blog entries, op-ed articles, webinars, videos, policy briefs etc.in collaboration with research and publications staff.
Media Relations
  • Establish dialogue and proactively maintain relationships with target members of diverse audiences: policy makers, practitioners, journalists, academic researchers, economic development organizations, employment organizations, and governmental leaders.
  • Proactively maintain awareness of relevant local, regional, national and global research topics and policy issues, and work to link with Institute research initiatives. 
Web Responsibilities
  • Work with Webmaster and publications staff to design and create effective web-based and printed material to effectively disseminate Institute activities. 

Reports to the president


Excellent writing and communications (including digital) expertise is the prime requirement. Accompanying this writing expertise must be the willingness and ability to help translate policy research into plain English for a broad audience. Three to five years of direct communications experience required. Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in journalism, communications, public policy, economics or related field a plus.

Interested applicants, please submit letter of introduction and curriculum vitae to hr@upjohn.org.

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Institute internships are paid, time limited, educational opportunities that develop out of the project work of our research staff. Internships typically occur during the summer months but do occasionally become available at other points in the year. If you are interested in an internship with the Upjohn Institute, please submit a resume to hr@upjohn.org.

About the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Since 1932, the Upjohn Institute has functioned as one of the world’s leading independent labor economics research organizations, seeking to research the causes and effects of unemployment and to devise ways and means of alleviating unemployment. The Institute has an outstanding research staff, and it houses the administrative arm of the local workforce development programs. The combination offers a rich source of data and opportunities for operational experimentation.  

Application Instructions

Submit CV/resume and letter of interest to hr@upjohn.org.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Upjohn Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such, is committed to affirmative action steps to help achieve a goal of equality in the treatment of employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age height, weight, national origin, veteran or disability status in hiring, promotion training and development, compensation, transfer, termination, disciplinary action, and all other personnel actions and Institute related functions and activities.