1) Enhance both the visibility and impact of each of the individual units and affiliations that together comprise and contribute to RNL
2) Evaluate communications efforts based on key performance indicators
3) In partnership with the Vice President of Communications, leads effort to establish and manage UChicago Sciences, a comprehensive branding and communication initiative to elevate the perception of the University of Chicagoâ™s scientific research enterprise and extended research network, including our two affiliated national laboratories
4) The communications strategy should include a comprehensive and effective internal communications plan for the many programs and activities
5) Works closely with leadership, as well as heads of scientific units, including the Physical Sciences Division, Biological Sciences Division, and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, to develop content, programs, media and events that highlight and promote the Universityâ™s discoveries, advances, and researchers
6) Collaborates with communications staff and leadership at Argonne, Fermilab and the Marine Biological Laboratory to develop inter-institutional content and to promote laboratory-created content and media
Integrated Communications with National Laboratories
7) Maintains critical relationships with national laboratory and affiliated laboratory staff, leading efforts to establish and manage efficient communication processes
8) Manages strategic communications with national laboratory staff, identifying opportunities for shared storytelling and engagement, and ensuring that messaging and storytelling aligns with each institutionâ™s communication priorities and positioning
Executive Communication for RNL
9) Holds primary responsibility for strategic communications involving the VPNL, VPR and other RNL senior administrators. Sets objectives for thought leadership and works with internal and external stakeholders to identify and coordinate outreach opportunities
10) Serves on the major announcements group, providing leadership on opportunities for public and media visibility
11) Prepares key executives for media opportunities and other presentations
12) Provides communication oversight and guidance to RNL offices
13) Manages all RNL branding and provides tools and templates for use by offices in reaching their target stakeholders
14) Manages the development and distribution of content that highlights critical RNL-led initiatives, projects and opportunities that help to advance the Universityâ™s scientific reputation
15) Manages digital properties and oversee development of organic and paid social media assets, and the Officeâ™s communications channels to promote announcements, recruitment efforts and relevant stories
Unit Preferred Competencies
1) Advanced and strategic communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal)
2) Effectively manage multiple assignments and aggressive deadlines
3) Flexibility and adaptability to manage evolving communications scenarios
4) Integrity and judgment with strong decision-making, negotiation and consensus-building skills
4) Leadership, diplomacy and ability to build trust with senior management and across functions
5) Work effectively with individuals from different units and backgrounds
6) Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
7) A high degree of discretion, tact and an ability to maintain confidentiality
1) Advanced degree
2) Science major or equivalent prior work experience in science communications
1) A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, science communications or related roles
2) Analyze, understand and translate complex scientific issues and research findings into accessible communications for both consumer and scientific community audiences, identifying the elements most likely to resonate with a broad audience while also effectively communicating scientific advances and relevance
2) Cover Letter
3) Writing Sample
4) Reference Contact Information
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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