The Associate Director of Communications plays a key role in SAIC’s marketing and communications goals and is responsible for developing, planning, and executing a wide range of communications. This person is an outstanding storyteller, creating concise narratives and compelling copy designed to engage alums, friends, and other audiences across a variety of platforms, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine, saic.edu, e-newsletters, social media, promotional collateral, and other communications assets. This person serves as the lead editor for external and internal communications, ensures messaging consistency, manages media relations, and assists with communications strategy development and execution.
Manages content strategy, develops story ideas, maintains editorial calendar, and creates content for a variety of platforms, including print, digital, social media, and video communications.
Oversees the development and editorial direction of the biannual School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine, effectively and efficiently managing the magazine’s production timeline, managing vendor and freelancer relationships, writing and editing stories, and managing budget.
Serves as the lead editor on external and significant internal communications; oversees editorial projects from start to finish, ensuring consistent messaging and on-time delivery; ensures all content and its presentation is consistent with SAIC brand and style guidelines.
Manages media relations outreach, developing pitch angles, identifying media targets, developing messaging and spokespeople, creating and maintaining relationships with reporters, and securing placements.
Supervises assistant director of communications and one to two student workers. On special projects, manages freelance writers and temporary staff, including assigning stories, editing, writing contracts and schedules, and enforcing deadlines.
Outstanding storyteller with an innate ability to tell compelling stories across a variety of platforms (social, web, email, print, etc.), reaching diverse audiences in meaningful, engaging ways.
Go-getter with incredible organizational skills who likes the challenge of managing many different projects with short deadlines, proven skills in planning, attention to detail, and follow-through.
Great collaborator interested in working with people across the institution to achieve a shared goal; must have strong interpersonal communication skills.
Proficient in Associated Press or Chicago Manual of Style.
Strong writing and editing skills and is a media relations guru with a strong understanding of developing pitches and executing outreach to a variety of publications and reporters.
Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in journalism, public relations, communications (or other related field).
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About School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.