1) Develop and execute key internal (IOP and University) and external communications to reach the IOPâ™s student audience and wider local and national audiences
2) Work closely with the Institute director and executive director to grow the IOPâ™s reach
3) Oversee the effective branding and delivery of marketing strategies that increase engagement with the IOP and its program areas
4) Oversee the IOPâ™s media relations, including outreach to an extensive press list, increasing media coverage of IOP events and fellows, and handling any media requests for the IOP in a timely manner
5) Oversee the IOPâ™s website, including making the site as up-to-date and engaging as possible for all IOP audiences
6) Design and lead social media campaigns across all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
7) Oversee all content creation at the IOP, including audio, video, and written content related to Speaker Series events, Fellows seminars, Civic Engagement programs, local treks, workshops, and more
8) Help conceive of and lead a variety of special pan-IOP projects such as the Campaign Journalism Conference, the Iowa Project, and UChiVotes, and run point on partnerships involving Google, Snapchat, Harvard, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, and CBS News
9) Facilitate the development and execution of promotional materials around events, outreach, and special initiatives, including the IOPâ™s annual report and Board of Advisors packet
10) Support IOP leadership as needed with the development and presentation of visual materials for special events, meetings, and development efforts
11) Provide thought leadership and best practices on how to respond to internal and external communications situations, including any crisis communications incidents that arise
12) Oversee the IOPâ™s contracted camera crew on the coverage, live-streaming, and distribution of Speaker Series events
13) Assist on other pan-IOP projects with extensive Communications involvement such as UChiVotes
14) Train, oversee, and monitor Communicationsâ™ teams two staff and two interns and work closely with IOP student leadership to boost the IOPâ™s reach and engagement with the UChicago student body
15) Work closely with the UChicago News Office on stories and pitches involving IOP guests
1) Passion for the IOPâ™s mission of working with young people to inspire the next generation of political and public service leaders.
2) Comfort and experience with working with members of the media.
3) Knowledge of and experience with online tools and social media platforms.
4) Ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously.
5) Creativity and an ability to think outside-the-box.
6) Project management skills.
7) Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.
8) Excellent oral and written communication skills.
9) Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
10) Problem-solving skills.
11) Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
12) Ability to work as a member of a team.
13) Attention to detail.
14) Organizational skills.
15) Ability to set priorities, and meet deadlines.
16) Knowledge of MS Office Suite.
1) Bachelorâ™s Degree
2) Advanced degree
1) Proven success in communications and/or public relations
2) Experience in political or non-profit organizations
3) Exceptional time management and organizational skills
4) Demonstrated ability to influence diverse people to meet goals and deadlines, build and manage teams, and work collaboratively with senior leadership, Board members, consultants, colleagues, students, and volunteers
5) Expert knowledge of Communications best practices including technology
2) Cover Letter
3) Reference Contact Information
4) Portfolio of prior Communications work, including writing samples or media clips, may be requested during the interview process (Optional)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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