Assistant Director of Communications, Office of Civic Engagement
University of Chicago
July 28, 2018
Location: Hyde Park Campus
The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is seeking an Assistant Director of Communications to play an integral role in executing a three-year communications campaign funded by units across campus. The position will report to the Director of Communications for Civic Engagement with a dotted line to the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Office of Communications.
Day-to-day execution of the Civic Engagement Communications Campaign, a strategic communications plan designed to capture the full impact of the University's civic engagement work beyond its campus boundaries
Support all media relations elements of the three-year communications campaign, including: building and maintaining relationships with key members of mainstream and higher education media, including but not limited to reporters, editors, producers, bloggers or other influencers; crafting story pitches; and connecting journalists with UChicago experts
Monitor news and compile media coverage of issues relevant to the campaign
Work closely with OCEâ™s Director of Communications to execute a digital communications strategy that increases visibility and deepens relationships and engagement with key external stakeholders and influencers
Build and manage @UChiEngagement social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and potentially additional channels such as LinkedIn and Medium
Manage and measure daily content and update weekly content calendar for all social channels, monitoring all social media content and moderating discussions as needed; support influencer programs to cultivate and engage internal UChicago and broader external audiences
Partner with UChicago Creative and freelancers to create compelling, engaging digital content and video profiles that support the goals of the civic engagement communications campaign
Work with OCEâ™s Associate Director of Communications on redesign of Office of Civic Engagement website, regularly update website with fresh content, and oversee website maintenance
Lead management of email communications, creating and sending out OCEâ˜s newsletter, event notices and invitations using Emma, OCEâ™s email marketing tool
Design flyers and promotional materials for civic engagement programs and events
Work with OCEâ™s Director and Associate Director of Communications to secure speaking roles for University leaders at events attended by target audiences, from community events to national conferences
Handle communications-related administrative tasks as assigned by OCEâ™s Director and Associate Director of Communications
Strong judgment, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, maintain confidentiality, and problem solve required
Ability to act as a liaison between the Office of Civic Engagement and staff at various external agencies, organizations, and institutions with whom the office may collaborate required
Ability to work a non-traditional schedule including evenings and weekends required
Editing and proofreading skills, including knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required
Organizational skills and attention to detail required
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of five years of professional work experience in communications required
Experience working with news media preferred
Experience in project management, video editing and web content management preferred
Strong interest in civic engagement and issues affecting communities on Chicagoâ™s mid-South Side preferred
Familiarity with the University of Chicagoâ™s academic and programmatic offerings preferred
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Graphic design experience, including advanced knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator preferred
Experience building presentations with PowerPoint preferred
Experience working with leading social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn preferred
Experience with Meltwater or another PR content marketing software preferred
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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