Reporting to the Executive Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation with a dual reporting relationship to the Vice President of Communications, the Associate Director of Communications for the Mansueto Institute directs communications for the Mansueto Institute and also, in collaboration with multiple divisions, schools, centers and other units across the University, codifies and amplifies the efforts of UChicago Urban, which is the Universityâ™s hub for research, scholarship and practice focused around cities, both domestically and globally.
In addition to the work of the Mansueto Institute, the Universityâ™s larger urban portfolio is extensive, broad and deep â“ driven by at least 14 units that identify as urban-focused, including the academic divisions, the professional schools, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Office of Global Engagement, the Urban Education Institute, and the Urban Labs.
The Associate Director of Communications, Mansueto Institute will focus on three main goals:
Ensure that key constituencies understand the comprehensiveness, uniqueness and importance of the Mansueto Institute and UChicago's urban work;
Enhance both the visibility and impact of each of the individual units that together comprise and contribute to the UChicago Urban brand;
Make UChicago a âœmust considerâ destination and resource for faculty, students, partners, donors, policymakers and others eager to explore, understand, or effect positive change on urban environments.
The Associate Director is responsible for developing a communications strategy that consistently conveys the Mansueto Instituteâ™s mission, distinctive identity and strategic priorities to a broader set of constituents. This includes supporting message unification with units across the University to achieve the goal of increasing our impact and advancing progress on urban challenges by helping constituencies better understand UChicago â“ both holistically and as individual areas of expertise â“ as they seek out urban-focused information, opportunities and resources.
In partnership with the Vice President of Communications, support development of a distinct brand identity and comprehensive communications strategy for the Mansueto Institute to drive strategic priorities and unify messaging
Manage a communications strategic plan to ensure UChicago is a âœmust considerâ destination and resource for faculty, students, partners, donors, and others eager to make an impact on urban-related challenges
Ensure that key constituencies understand the comprehensiveness, uniqueness and importance of the Mansueto Instituteâ™s focus through frequent updates and communications
Lead cross-departmental teams for announcements and leadership communications concerning key urban-focused priorities. Serve on the President's Major Announcements Group, providing leadership on opportunities for public and media visibility
Work closely with Mansueto staff to manage a range of communications projects including: website content and design; social media; and other internal and external communications. Provide event support as needed
Write or collaborate on messaging, presentations, web content and op-eds or other pieces for external media
Write or collaborate on press releases and other media pieces highlighting new, peer-reviewed research in academic journals by Mansueto faculty and affiliates
In partnership with University Communications, coordinate crisis communications involving the Mansueto Institute or emerging issues that affect its reputation
Exceptional oral and written communications skills required for the effective delivery of Mansueto's priorities
Act as a liaison between the Mansueto Institute and various external agencies, organizations, institutions with whom they collaborate
Ability to work effectively across the University â“ including with faculty and staff across the divisions, schools, and units
Demonstrates the skill and willingness to take initiative and to proactively anticipate organizational needs including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
Exceptional time and project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as social media and web tools. Ability to create distinctive PowerPoint presentations preferred
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required
Advanced degree preferred
A minimum of 7+ years of professional experience in relevant communications, public relations, higher education, or related roles
Experience in managing communications in a complex environment
Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines, work collaboratively with senior leadership, consultants, colleagues, and other constituents
Experience managing production of marketing and communication materials preferred
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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