Chicago Quantum Exchange â€“ Director of Communications
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR18675
Location: Chicago, IL
Develops and executes strategic communication plans, including long- and short-term goals, with methods of measuring the plan's impact on and contribution to the CQE and its stakeholder institutions, such as university and national lab members, corporate partners, and others.
Creates a distinct brand identity for the CQE, unifying key messages and strategies to communicate complex information to multiple audiences and constituencies through a wide variety of communications platforms, including digital, print, social and media.
Builds and strengthens relationships with various constituencies and significantly enhance the CQE web and social media marketing efforts.
Interfaces with and be the principal coordinator and trusted partner between communications professionals at CQE member institutions (Argonne, Fermilab, UIUC, UW-Madison) and CQE partner institutions, primarily companies.
Directs the generation of content (to include original text, images, video, website and member publications) in all areas of media, including social media, to build meaningful connections and communicate the organizationâ™s goals and messages.
Manages content channels to ensure that all media/multimedia content is fresh, up-to-date, compelling, and accurately reflects the CQE and the organizationâ™s priorities.
Creates and maintains external communications materials, including websites, handouts, newsletters, and an annual report, that highlight the accomplishments of CQE, including research by the CQE members and partners, being mindful of their respective branding and positioning.
Develops and plans marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.
Assists in the planning and execution of public events that highlight the scientific work of CQE and its members; helps build an understanding of CQEâ™s expertise, achievements, and impact.
Manages the CQE digital communications manager and science writer. Works with the CQE member communications teams to develop audio and video content, identifies and cultivate key spokespeople for CQE, campaigns, and other strategic projects, informing and coordinate with stakeholder communication teams.
Prepares informative materials, scripts, talking points, and other communications for the leadership of CQE.
Manages, plans, and oversees professional staff in the development of communications policies and programs.
Provides leadership and supervision of communications staff. May manage the communications budget.
Performs other related work as needed.
Degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing, or a related discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Minimum 5 years of Communication experience in higher education, at a non-profit or marketing and communications agency.
Experience in building awareness through strategic communications in science, engineering, or technology.
Experience demonstrating success in developing and implementing media relations strategies with secured placements.
Experience establishing contacts and cultivating new media relationships.
Experience working cross-functionally within an organization to develop and implement high-impact communication strategies.
Experience writing and editing for media, generating ideas, managing processes, stakeholder input, and content calendars.
Experience interviewing, brainstorming, and collaborating, putting quality over quantity and expedience.
Experience working with content creators to adapt stories for owned channels.
Experience in higher education, non-profit, government, or a decentralized organization desired.
Experience communications professional with a demonstrated capacity for multi-tasking, with good political judgment, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Proficient and functional knowledge of M.S. Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), along with standard PR measurement tools and analytics.
Strong computer skills, including knowledge of email distribution software (such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Emma), Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar applications, and website administration (Drupal, WordPress, and Squarespace experience; CSS/HTML a plus).
Excellent written and spoken communications skills (including knowledge of correct English usage, Chicago and AP style guides).
Effective strategic professional who can clearly communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
An understanding of and passion for the sciences, including experience working with research.
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
Organized self-starter, able to work strategically and independently.
Effective bridge-builder, able to work across communities and keep critical stakeholders informed and engaged.
Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing publicly visible projects.
Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
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