1) Reports to the Executive Director with guidance from the Senior Policy Advisor.
2) Leads the communications team within BFI, including the Senior Digital Media Manager, Multimedia Associate, and Communications Manager.
3) Serves as main media contact for BFI, proactively engaging with media on research and finding opportunities for faculty engagement to showcase their expertise on a range of topics. This includes the following:
Promoting University of Chicago Economics research through the BFI Working Paper series and other platforms, working with the Senior Economic Writer and other members of the communications team.
Supports UChicago scholars in drafting articles and op-eds around their work.
Coordinates campus visits for interested economic reporters.
4) Manages BFI Working Paper series, which showcases University of Chicago economics research, working closely with the Senior Economic Writer on Research Briefs for targeted papers and other collateral materials to showcase this research.
5) Oversees all BFI website content and updates for both main site and BFI-China site.
6) Improves and expands BFIâ™s social media presence, offering new ideas and methods for showcasing research, multimedia, and other collateral materials.
7) Works closely with the communications team to create strategy for strengthening and implementing BFIâ™s capacity and expertise for producing relevant multi-media outreach (data visualization, video, etc.).
8) Responsible for the BFI monthly newsletter and other publications.
9) Works in coordination with events team, overseeing and executing all event marketing for website and outreach to targeted audiences.
10) Serves as internal liaison to University of Chicago campus communicators, including the central news office and communications teams within the Harris School of Public Policy, the Booth School of Business, the Law School, and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics.
11) Helps plan, frame, and strategize BFI public newsmaker events in Chicago, working in close coordination with Executive Director, Senior Policy Advisor, and events team.
12) Oversees the development and management of the communications budget in close coordination with the Senior Finance Manager.
13) Drafts remarks for BFI leadership for targeted events and presentations, including PowerPoint presentations as needed.
14) Works with development teams on grant proposals and reports highlighting key BFI research and activity.
1) Advanced and strategic communication skills.
2) Flexibility and adaptability to manage evolving communications scenarios.
3) Strong judgment, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, maintain confidentiality, and problem solve.
4) Editing and proofreading skills, including knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.
5) Organizational skills and attention to detail.
6) Integrity and judgment with strong decision-making, negotiation, and consensus-building skills.
7) Leadership, diplomacy, and ability to build trust with senior management and across functions.
8) A high degree of discretion, tact, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
9) Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree, preferably in journalism, public relations, marketing, English, public policy, or related field.
1) 8-10 years working in an economic research/policy communications environment in a leadership role.
2) Significant management experience.
3) Demonstrated experience working directly with academic researchers.
4) Analyze, understand and translate complex issues and research findings into accessible communications for both consumer and academic community audiences, identifying the elements most likely to resonate with a broad audience while also effectively communicating economics advances and relevance.
5) Experience with common web/communications tools and software platforms.
2) Cover Letter
3) Writing Sample
4) List of 3 Professional References
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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