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Director, Editorial and Content

University of Chicago Chicago, IL
  • Expired: June 28, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

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60674 Strategic Communications
About the Unit
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, is raising $5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. The campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute. Along with its fundraising goal, the campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni and friends through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online. Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) Communications is the central communications resource for ARD staff. Our team of communications experts, editors, designers, web developers, social media gurus, and project managers helps ARD staff reach and engage alumni and other donors in strategic ways to accomplish our goals.
Job Family
Responsible for planning, preparing, publishing, and disseminating University sponsored information both internally and externally. Prepares written, graphical, audio, and visual material to support the communications to press and government agencies.
_Career Track and Job Level_
Plans, prepares and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Responsibilities typically include marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.
P4: Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external University issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead cross-functional or divisional teams or projects.
Role Impact
Individual Contributor
The job uses specialized knowledge to plan, prepare, and disseminate information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Devises strategy relating to marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.
1) Acts as a strategist or project lead to plan, develop and disseminate information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view., 2) Makes high-level contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues., 3) Solves complex and unique problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit., 4) Performs other related work as needed.
***Unit-specific Responsibilities***
1) Manage the editorial marketing being created in ARD Communications, supplying and finding content for channels across campus targeting external audiences including alumni, donors, parents, and friends.
2) Coordinate the production of content with in-house and freelance writers, designers, and developers, including the Publications, Copy Editing, and Donor Communications teams, and work with managers of those teams to understand available resources and assign staff as appropriate.
3) Understand the goals of each project and evaluate writers' performance and manage daily project workflow.
4) Work with key stakeholders throughout the University to plan, produce, and distribute content to reach targeted individuals to increase awareness, generate leads, and nurture contacts.
5) Make data-driven decisions informed by Google Analytics and other reporting, leverage search engine optimization to maximize performance, and improve key performance metrics.
6) Collaborate with colleagues in ARD Communications to report on the effectiveness and ROI of all content marketing efforts.
7) Manage relationships with staff to identify strong stories and gather interviews, testimony, and multimedia that enriches our story-telling.
8) Ensure timely completion of projects and provide all levels of support required by creative staff to deliver successful work within the context of branding guidelines.
9) Provide solution-oriented recommendations to manage change and risk.
10) Editorial judgement is essential, as well as experience developing marketing collateral and finding creative solutions to communications challenges.
11) Ensure consistent application of branding guidelines to all communications; stay abreast of current copy writing and content innovations and trends; and advise colleagues and leadership accordingly.
12) Assist with budget and staff planning.
13) Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Unit-preferred Competencies
1) Excellent writing and editing skills
2) Proven ability to build relationships with stakeholders
3) Expertise in current and emerging social networks
4) Basic understanding of video development and promotion
5) Substantive knowledge working within a content management system
6) Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
7) Display Emotional Intelligence
8) Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
9) Foster Partnership & Collaboration
10) Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
11) Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
12) Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
Working Conditions
Work Setting
1) Standard office environment
Mental Demands
1) Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
2) Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
***Preferred Qualifications***
1) Experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
2) Experience leading a project team or managing staff
3) Experience developing and monitoring budgets
Required Documents
1) Resume
2) Cover Letter (optional)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
FLSA Status
Pay Frequency
Pay Grade
Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Benefits Eligible
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
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University of Chicago


Chicago, IL
60664 USA