The University of Chicago, Office of Communications, is seeking a Communications and Events Manager who will play an integral role in managing and providing strategic guidance for high-profile external initiatives/campaigns. The candidate must have a background in PR or related field and be an exceptional project manager with attention to detail, highly organized and a strong communicator. The right candidate will be a self-starter who is willing and able to roll up his/her sleeves and accomplish tasks in a fast-paced environment.
The Project and Events Manager reports to Executive Director Communications Strategy and Chief of Staff for the Office of Communications.
Provide strategic communications support and project management for external initiatives and campaigns in partnership with various internal units, institutes, and schools to help maximize exposure and visibility, and ensure the Universityâ™s core values, priorities and messages are reflected in these efforts.
Ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.
Develop project plan to include communication goals, timelines, and deliverables.
Collaborate with News office content writers, UChicago Creative (In-house marketing), media relations and social media teams to ensure public relationsâ™ campaigns/initiatives are successfully implemented.
Coordinate all activities of the campaign/initiative and ensure that project tasks are completed by: scheduling and facilitating project-related team meetings (i.e. kick-offs, status, internal reviews, etc.), communicating action steps to team, and delivering weekly status reports to project team and Chief of Staff.
Responsible for raising and maintaining awareness of all project issues and risks and identifying and driving solutions agreed upon by the appropriate members of the project team.
Support implementation of internal events, including logistics and content (agendas, presentations, video, external speakers, etc.) for internal meetings of all sizes.
Develop and implement metrics to assess the effectiveness and impact.
Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Ability to manage and influence multiple internal stakeholders.
Self-motivated go-getter with a positive attitude; ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
Exceptional time and project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
Exceptional written and verbal communication, proofreading, problem-solving, decision-making, client and cross-department collaboration skills.
Strong business acumen and emotional intelligence.
Understands the fundamentals of traditional and social media and content creation
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field required
8+ years managing projects or events, and/or public relationsâ™ campaigns required, preferably in a large, matrixed organization
Experience working in public relations or marketing agency or department 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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