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- Communications and Campus Engagement Manager
Communications and Campus Engagement Manager
The Communications and Campus Engagement Manager will play a central role in implementing creative strategies to improve the Institute’s overall outreach and campus engagement efforts as part of a passionate and nimble team. This work will include maintaining a strong digital presence by managing the website, social media and digital marketing; providing public and media relations support; leading promotional efforts surrounding the Institute's programming; and initiating, growing and overseeing new opportunities for student development. The manager will be a self-starter able to work under minimal supervision, balance competing priorities, and manage a team of interns. The Communications Manager will report to the Senior Director of Communications and External Engagement.
- Manage multiple Institute-run websites, social media accounts, and EPIC's e-mail marketing initiatives. This includes producing a monthly e-newsletter and maintaining robust stakeholder and media lists.
- Work with the multimedia manager to develop strategies and other creative solutions to boost online engagement; monitor and track online presence, record analytics and produce annual reports.
- Draft and edit occasional short news stories and other content under tight deadlines. This includes summarizing events on complex energy/climate topics, and writing profiles of students, researchers and other programs.
- Conduct media mapping activities in preparation for research report releases with the goal of properly targeting the most appropriate journalists.
- Manage publicity and other responsibilities surrounding events and general programming.
- Recruit, train and supervise a team of paid and unpaid interns on event support and other communications-related tasks such as updating websites and analytics reports.
- Monitor the online presence (websites and social media) of associated schools and centers, as well as the University of Chicago's news and events pages, for energy-related updates that would be appropriate for cross-promotion.
- Monitor, track and report on media coverage of the institutes' researchers and issues of topical interest. Manage daily news monitoring e-mail.
- Recruit and manage a cohort of volunteer EPIC student ambassadors to assist in the promotion and execution of student-oriented campus events and other programing. This includes assigning responsibilities and supervising performance, as well as soliciting feedback on ways to improve EPIC programs and services for students.
- Foster an interdisciplinary student energy community on campus through various strategies, including by organizing quarterly student socials and creating opportunities for the energy/environment/climate groups on campus to interact. Examples include movie nights, career-related events, etc.
- Develop and maintain active relationships with student engagement professionals throughout campus, as well as key leads from each of the on-campus energy/environment/climate groups. Ensure all group members are knowledgeable about EPIC programing and pursue event and initiative partnerships.
- Provide career development opportunities for students interested in the energy field. This includes initiating a series of career talks and maintaining a robust internship/fellowship database.
- Ensure students are knowledgeable about the energy, environment and climate educational initiatives, opportunities and classes on campus. This includes ensuring that the class database is updated and utilized.
- Gather content, design, produce, and disseminate a weekly student newsletter that includes news and events on campus and off campus, as well as internship/fellowship opportunities.
- Serve as an EPIC representative at student activity fairs and at energy/environment/climate group meetings throughout campus. Lead all efforts surrounding Orientation Week activities.
- Strong ability to identify, forge and maintain key relationships.
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills.
- Knowledge of current trends and best practices in information technology and their applications to communication strategies and the engagement of young people, including through web, email and social media.
- Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based communication methods and tools such as MailChimp and WordPress required. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently with a high degree of initiative and collaboratively as part of a team. Ability to work effectively with management, staff, researchers, students, and outside vendors and collaborators.
- Strategic thinking, project management and planning skills. Ability to manage and prioritize communications needs, perform effectively in a fast-paced environment, and meet deadlines in a timely manner while maintaining professionalism and product quality.
- Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills, creativity, flexibility and attention to detail.
Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field required.
A minimum of three to five years of relevant experience required. This experience should include managing websites and social media accounts in a professional capacity, and working in a stakeholder engagement role, preferably with young people. Some experience working with reporters preferred, with agency experience highly valued. Experience in energy/environmental issues strongly desired and encouraged to apply.
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- Writing Sample