1) In partnership with the Vice President of Communications, create a comprehensive communications strategy for the UChicago Urban Network to drive strategic priorities and unify messaging
2) Enhance both the visibility and impact of each of the individual units that together comprise and contribute to the UChicago Urban Network
3) Manage a communications strategic plan to ensure UChicago is a 'must consider' destination and resource for faculty, students, partners, donors, policymakers and others interested in learning more about how to make an impact on urban-related challenges
4) Ensure that key constituencies understand the comprehensiveness, uniqueness and importance of UChicagoâ™s Urban focus through frequent updates and communications
5) Build consensus and bring people together around unified urban themes and outreach
6) Work closely with the Manager of Media Relations for the UChicago Urban Network to identify and communicate urban-related news stories
7) Partner with the Office of Federal Relations to identify key stakeholders and other constituents to increase the visibility of the achievements of our research and initiatives
8) Evaluate urban research, initiatives, and other project activities to help convey the collective strength and expertise of the individual units
9) Convene internal and external stakeholders to provide counsel and guidance on strategic plans, programming and events
10) Lead cross-departmental teams for announcements and leadership communications concerning key UChicago Urban priorities.
11) Write, assign or collaborate on messaging, presentations, web content and op-eds or other pieces for external media
12) In partnership with University Communications, coordinate crisis communications involving the UChicago Urban Network or emerging issues that affect its reputation.
1) High-level strategic planning to shape events and issues through proactive messaging and outreach
2) Exceptional oral and written communications skills required for the effective delivery of the UChicago Urban Networkâ™s priorities
3) Act as a liaison between the UChicago Urban Network and various external agencies, organizations, institutions with whom the UChicago Urban Network may collaborate with
4) Ability to work effectively across the University â“ including faculty and staff across the units
5) Demonstrates the skill and willingness to take initiative and to proactively anticipate organizational needs including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
6) Exceptional time and project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
7) Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
8) A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as social media and web tools. Ability to create distinctive PowerPoint presentations
1) Advanced degree
1) A minimum of 10+ years of professional experience in relevant communications, public relations, or related roles; includes public policy, government relations and/or advocacy communications and experience Familiarity with urban-related research and initiatives as well as issues facing urban communities in areas including, but not limited to, education, housing, policy, sustainability/environment, social and health sciences, and the arts and humanities
2) Experience in managing communications in a complex environment
3) Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines, work collaboratively with senior leadership, consultants, colleagues, and other constituents
4) Experience working with or for governments, NGOs, think tanks or other public policy entities
5) Experience overseeing production of marketing and communication materials
2) Cover Letter
3) Reference list
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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