In partnership with the Vice President, supports University-wide brand strategy, unit brand alignment and Office of Communicationsâ™ operations, including UChicago Creative.
Supports the Vice President in defining and communicating the University brand through marketing and communications initiatives by University Communications functions: Reputation Management, International Communications, Media Relations, Digital Communications, Content Development, and Creative Services.
Aligns University communications to help reinforce the key values and messages we are driving as an institution.
Serves as a key member of the Communications senior leadership team, representing the office and the Vice President in a variety of internal and external settings.
Provides high-level advice and counsel to University leaders and staff on matters related to strategic communications and change management.
On behalf of the VP, acts as chief liaison to the Office of Civic Engagement to collaboratively prepare materials for presentation to the Outward Engagement Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Leads the development and execution of regular information sharing and networking opportunities for the Campus Communicators group, made up of several hundred colleagues across the institution with communications responsibilities; promotes a culture of collaboration and identification of best practices and sustainable strategies and vehicles that support success.
Provides high level project management support for major University change initiatives, including strategic communications planning, timeline and milestone development, tracking of deliverables, and acts as a liaison with appropriate senior leadership for necessary communications resource allocation and approvals.
Integrated Communications Leadership
Oversees 360 campaigns which bring together focused strategy and messaging around news and research with the greatest potential for earned media and public engagement to reach high-priority audiences and maximize impact helping to build understanding of UChicago and its eminence.
In addition, this role will provide communications support for special projects and initiatives from the Offices of the President and Provost to help further the Universityâ™s mission and strategic objectives.
Working closely with colleagues in UChicago Communications and across campus, develops and implements strategic and tactical communication plans in support of initiatives that advance the Universityâ™s reputation, with emphasis on major strategic priorities.
Chairs a planning committee made up of key leaders in the offices of the Universityâ™s vice presidents to strategize and plan major institutional announcements.
Develops collaborative strategies to identify effective planning approaches through strong relationships with colleagues across the University.
Oversees Academic Communicators Network faculty development program, a three-track strategic communications curriculum that helps faculty and other academics achieve their communications goals.
Leads advance communications planning and coordination of materials for major gifts, leadership appointments and new academic and administrative initiatives that require a high level of discretion and executive judgement.
Oversees communications manager who will assist with major announcements, strategic initiatives, maintenance and accuracy of University events calendar and develop content (agendas, presentations, video, external speakers, etc.) for employee meetings of all sizes. Lead and facilitate key meetings including weekly sr. staff meetings, monthly key communicators meetings, quarterly all-staff meetings and bi-annual campus communicators meetings. This includes alignment on agendas and all logistics with support from the communications manager and meeting minutes.
Provide oversight and direction for special projects that also align with the Universityâ™s priorities.
Operations (Chief of Staff)
Directs a set of operational responsibilities for the Department of Communications, including but not limited to, oversight of matters related to organizational structure, human resources, culture transformation, staffing and recruitment, succession planning and compensation design, finances and budget, IT and technical support.
Oversees associate director of finance to manage department budget, including budgeting, tracking and forecasting.
Acts as chief human resources partner for the department; leads the recruitment of new departmental talent, including the design of new workflow, assessment of candidates, determination of salary and offer details and directing the onboarding activities for new hires.
Provides oversight to departmental budget planning in collaboration with other Office of Communications leaders, including setting of revenue targets, assessing appropriate compensation levels, and tracking spending against annual projections.
Works closely with faculty, students and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming. This may include workshops. Conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc.
Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.
Performs other related work as needed.
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