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Director of Communications, UChicago Urban Network
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR17487
Location: Chicago, IL
Builds a comprehensive communications strategy for the UChicago Urban Network to drive strategic priorities and unify messaging.
Enhances both the visibility and impact of each of the individual units that together comprise and contribute to the UChicago Urban Network.
Manages a communications strategic plan to ensure UChicago is a top-of-mind 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.
Ensures that key constituencies understand the comprehensiveness, uniqueness, and importance of UChicagoâ™s Urban focus through frequent outreach and communications.
Builds consensus and brings people together around unified urban themes and outreach.
Works closely with the Manager of Media Relations for the UChicago Urban Network to identify and communicate urban-related news stories.
Partners 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.
Evaluates urban research, initiatives, and other project activities to help convey the collective strength and expertise of the individual units.
Convenes internal and external stakeholders to provide counsel and guidance on strategic plans, programming, and events.
Leads cross-departmental teams for announcements and leadership communications concerning key UChicago Urban priorities.
Writes, assigns, or collaborates on messaging, presentations, web content, and op-eds or other pieces for external media.
In partnership with University Communications, coordinates crisis communications involving the UChicago Urban Network or emerging issues that affect its reputation.
Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.
Makes contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues.
Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
Performs other related work as needed.
Experience:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
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 education, housing, policy, sustainability/environment, social and health sciences, and the arts and humanities.
Develop strategic communications plans and messages.
Experience in managing communications in a complex environment.
Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines and work collaboratively with senior leadership, consultants, colleagues, and other constituents.
Working with or for governments, NGOs, think tanks, or other public policy entities.
Overseeing production of marketing and communication materials.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as social media and web tools.
Create distinctive PowerPoint presentations.
High-level strategic planning to shape events and issues through proactive messaging and outreach.
Exceptional oral and written communications skills for the effective delivery of the UChicago Urban Networkâ™s priorities.
Act as a liaison between the UChicago Urban Network and various external agencies, organizations, and institutions with whom the UChicago Urban Network may collaborate.
Work effectively across the University, including faculty and staff across units.
Possess the skills and willingness to take initiative and proactively anticipate organizational needs.
Exceptional time, project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
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