Reporting to the Vice President for the Office of Communications, the Director of Communications for UChicago Urban leads communications across multiple schools, institutes, centers, faculty, researchers, and programs -- all dedicated to advancing urban progress, thinking and innovation.
The Director is responsible for developing a communications strategy that consistently conveys UChicago Urbanâ™s mission, distinctive identity and strategic priorities to a broader set of constituents. This includes leading collaboration and message unification with units across the University to achieve UChicago Urbanâ™s goal to increase our impact and advance 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, create a distinct brand identity and comprehensive communications strategy for UChicago Urban to drive strategic priorities and unify messaging
Enhance both the visibility and impact of each of the individual units that together comprise and contribute to UChicago Urban
Manage a communications strategic plan to ensure UChicago is a âœmust considerâ 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
Ensure that key constituencies understand the comprehensiveness, uniqueness and importance of UChicagoâ™s Urban focus through frequent updates and communications
Build consensus and bring people together around unified urban themes and outreach
Work closely with the Manager of Media Relations for UChicago Urban to identify and communicate urban-related news stories
Lead cross-departmental teams for announcements and leadership communications concerning key UChicago Urban priorities. Serve on the Major Announcements Group, providing leadership on opportunities for public and media visibility.
Write, assign or collaborate on messaging, presentations, web content and op-eds or other pieces for external media
In partnership with University Communications, coordinate crisis communications involving UChicago Urban or emerging issues that affect its reputation.
Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines, work collaboratively with senior leadership, consultants, colleagues, and other constituents
Exceptional oral and written communications skills required for the effective delivery of the UChicago Urbanâ™s priorities
Act as a liaison between UChicago Urban and various external agencies, organizations, institutions with whom UChicago Urban may collaborate with
Ability to work effectively across the University â“ including faculty and staff across the 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, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required
Advanced degree preferred
A minimum of 10+ years of professional experience in relevant communications, public relations, or related roles
Experience in managing communications in a complex environment
Experience overseeing production of marketing and communication materials preferred
All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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