Communications Manager

  • University of Chicago
  • Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Full time Internet-Web-Design

Job Description

University of Chicago, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

About the Department
For over a century, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics has been recognized as one of the world's leading centers for economic research and education. The Department's faculty have received numerous awards, including more Nobel Prize laureates and John Bates Clark medalists in economics than any other university. Among our faculty are many members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society.

Job Summary
The job plans, prepares and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Work is performed with a moderate level of guidance, and typically includes marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.


Work closely with the Department Chair and Director of Finance, Operations and Personnel to plan and implement the department’s internal and outward-facing communication efforts.

Maintain graphics and content on the department’s website, Facebook page, Coolsign displays, to include faculty information, student resources, department news, workshops, conferences, and events.

Conduct the job market candidate photo shoot and maintain their web page content.

Manage department’s social media presence.

Create, develop, and maintain individual faculty home pages.

Track and record news coverage and recent publications of the department’s faculty and researchers.

Responsible for photography and video coverage for department events.

Provide training on updating websites to faculty, staff, and students.

Responsible for writing, editing, and designing the biannual department newsletter.

Maintain the alumni database to provide updated address list to publisher of department newsletters.

Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.

Continues to build higher level knowledge of the University, processes and customers.

Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Graphic Design, or related field


Experience working in a university setting
Communications and Outreach experience
Comprehensive website and social media experience
Experience with Graphic Design
Knowledgeable in Adobe Creative Suite
Familiarity with InDesign or similar program
Experience with Premiere Pro or similar software programs for photography
Experience in Drupal or similar web management system
Preferred Competencies
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and communicate with clarity, tact, and courtesy with a diverse population
Ability maintain a friendly and professional demeanor and to work productively under competing deadlines
Ability to use appropriate resources to resolve complex issues
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a team
Ability to use or learn a range of position-related software applications
Ability to follow an issue through to resolution
Strong design and proofreading skills
Understanding of web and social media best practices
Project management skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to train others
Application Documents
Cover letter (required)
CV/Resume (required)

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