Assistant Director of Communications, Arts and Public Life
University of Chicago
August 1, 2018
Location: Washington Park Arts Incubator
The Assistant Director of Communications, Arts + Public Life, University of Chicago, directs, plans, and oversees the development of communications policies and programs for Arts + Public Life. Responsibilities include marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications. As a member of the management team, the Assistant Director ensures publications, announcements, print and digital copy, collateral and promotional materials, and the like are consistent with the Arts + Public Life's narrative voice, storytelling goals, and communications strategy. The Assistant Director oversees writing, preparation and/or delivery of information from or about the unit; manages the media, writes press releases, plans and organizes media coverage for major events, and responds to requests which may involve issues of a sensitive nature; oversees supervision of communications staff, interns, or volunteers, and develops and manages communications budget. The person in this position will also be responsible for website and social media content updates and implementation, email marketing, graphics management, and vendor coordination. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director of City + Community Strategy and the Deputy Director and in close collaboration with the Associate Director of Communications for UChicago Arts.
Develop content and manage production for print and digital media consistent with APL's narrative voice including program and project printed and digital materials, external monthly calendar, Weekly Digest, and other APL printed and digital collateral.
Manage creation, production, and dissemination of printed and digital publications for education, development, and administration purposes (including annual reports and informational brochures).
Design email campaigns, web, print, and social media graphics.
Manage content for APL communications channels that include print (event posters, postcards, etc.); social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo); digital (websites, email campaigns, etc.); content development (news stories, blog posts, etc.); and strategic paid advertising and public relations efforts.
Oversee creative direction for photography and video.
Oversees supervision of communications staff, interns, or volunteers, and develops and manages communications budget.
Develop and implement strategic plan for APL communications, including the opening of the Green Line Arts Center and CTA Station, in partnership with APL and UChicago Arts leadership.
Recommend communication strategies and marketing for new programs and new projects.
Develop and implement event marketing strategies that drive attendance.
Manage public relations efforts, including initiation and nurturing of press, community, and vendor relationships.
Hire and manage PR firms and full-service agencies, when appropriate.
Create and execute pitches to local and national media to secure media placement.
Create and manage systems for communications rollout of programs, projects, and spaces on the Arts Block.
Prepare, catalogue, and maintain image database for print, digital, and press needs.
Coordinate communications efforts with University of Chicago units including University Communications, UChicago Arts, UChicago Creative, Office of Civic Engagement, and Office of the Provost, as well as other cultural institutions.
Serve as a member of the UChicago Arts staff and assist with various programs and projects, and other duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.
Decisiveness and Accountability
Partnership and Collaboration
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree in communications, arts, design, marketing, journalism, or related field preferred.
5 years of experience working in marketing and/or communications required.
Experience in developing brands, public relations, and building audience for the arts and/or University campus programs preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Excellent written and spoken communications skills required (including knowledge of correct English usage, Chicago and AP style guides).
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required.
Strong computer skills including knowledge of email distribution software (such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Emma), Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar applications, and website administration (Drupal, WordPress, and Squarespace experience; CSS/HTML a plus) is preferred.
General knowledge of patron marketing strategy, campaign execution, branding, website development, search engine optimization, social media, and email campaign strategies preferred.
Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing publically visible projects required.
Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Strong organizational, planning, problem solving and project management skills required.
Ability to take initiative, work independently and contribute as a member of a team.
Experience with writing press releasing, pitching media, and crisis communications.
Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
Ability to manage conflict with grace and tact and to propose creative, win-win solutions required.
Experience working with a variety of civic arts organizations preferred.
Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule (other than 8-hour day and/or 40 hour week) and travel to and from off-site locations.
The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected.
Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
Ability to manage a workload, prioritizing and executing multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.
Considerable office work including ability to sit and use computers for 2 to 4 hours.
Ability to travel to various campus and city locations.
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