Communications Manager, Pearson Institute

Location
Chicago
Posted
Mar 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Background: The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Pearson Global Forum represent the first research institute and annual global forum of their kind devoted solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts. The institute and global forum were established in 2015 through a landmark gift to the University of Chicago, equal in size to the second-largest gift in the University's history. The $100 million gift was made to the University at the direction of Thomas L. Pearson and Timothy R. Pearson, Chairman and President & CEO, respectively, of The Pearson Family Foundation. The founding donors believe that non-state conflicts, from drug cartels to insurgent organizations such as ISIS, increasingly constitute "the foreign policy challenge of our time." The Pearson's are business entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists with a long-standing interest in promoting international peace and conflict resolution. Summary: The Pearson Institute The Pearson Institute believes it is critical to take a new approach to understanding violent conflicts. Data-driven research approaches will act as a driving force in transforming how we understand and approach conflicts, with the realization that there is a need to study conflict in all its forms. Through The Pearson Global Forum, we will link research to policy by broadly sharing research findings in order to inform more effective policy solutions for resolving violent conflicts. It's time to mobilize the best minds and utilize the most innovative tools and technology to get to the roots of terrorism and confront this new era of violent conflicts. Our goal is simple but ambitious: To reduce human suffering and create a world more at peace. Position Summary: The Manager - Communications for The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum will be responsible for working with the Communications Director to develop and execute the institute's and the global forum's overall communications strategy. The position reports to the Communications Director. The Manager - Communications will assist the Communications Director in pursuing an integrated vision of The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum as the first research institute and annual global forum of their kind devoted solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts. That positioning and the related communications initiatives will brand the institute and global forum as a leading organization devoted to a world more at peace. In order to be successful, the individual in the Manager - Communications role must take a vigorous, hands-on approach. Assignments will include an array of core internal and external communications projects. The individual also must possess a close familiarization with the current issues and policies surrounding violent global conflicts and conflict resolution.

Unit Job Summary: Key Responsibilities: The Manager - Communications will be responsible to accomplish the following: - Working closely with the Director of Communications, help to establish and implement an overall proactive strategic communications agenda for The Pearson Institute, including the institute's evidence-based research agenda, leadership and founding donor communications, and all related activities. - These communications activities are aimed, as appropriate, at international, national, regional and local media, as well as social media channels. - Help identify themes and messaging, develop channels, and aggressively position the leadership of The Pearson Institute and the founding donors among all key audiences. - As a primary role, serve as the day-to-day lead for The Pearson Institute in outreach to the media. This includes story development, and pitching The Pearson Institute's mission and active research programs to the respective media audiences. - Work independently each day as a strong, versatile writer, to produce news releases, white papers, thought leadership, collateral and social media, including content management and content development for The Pearson Institute's comprehensive web site. - Coordinate with the Chicago Harris research teams and social scientists to generate timely internal and external communications underscoring how The Pearson Institute is creating a stronger connection between empirical research and policymaking that has a direct impact on policy. - Contribute to development of a strategic media relations plan to generate broad targeted exposure for The Pearson Global Forum as a high-profile opportunity for the key pillars of policy, and a centerpiece annual event for The Pearson Institute and the University of Chicago. - Emphasize in all communications that the multi-faceted violent conflicts occurring throughout the world demand policymaking informed by the combination of multidisciplinary study, rigorous data-driven research, and sophisticated analysis as performed by The Pearson Institute every day. - Further, emphasize that these vital activities reflect that The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum are the first research institute and annual global forum of their kind devoted solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts. - Work closely with the Director of Communications to ensure that all messaging considers and reflects the latest significant research findings promulgated by The Pearson Institute, and promote resultant positive impacts on policy whenever possible. - Help build relationships for The Pearson Institute, its leadership and the founding donors on a continuous basis with contacts at top-tier national and international print, electronic and broadcast media. - Seek to leverage social media channels to connect with key audiences. Engage social media influencers and advocates. Research social media-related industry best practices to identify and recommend new tools and platforms.

Unit Education: Education: A Bachelor's degree is required and journalism experience is a plus.

Unit Experience: Qualifications and Experience: A minimum of 10-15 years of related broad communications and media relations experience required. A Bachelor's degree is required and journalism experience is a plus. Experience developing and executing strategic communications programs. Demonstrated deep insights into media relations and a history of successful outreach to all levels of news media. Further to preceding, demonstrated story development and media pitching skills. Experience as a versatile writer, with superior journalistic writing experience a "must." Close familiarity with research processes and outcomes. Ability to clearly communicate implications of research findings, and other complex topics, in an understandable manner to all appropriate audiences. Digital and social media expertise. An understanding the broad study of violent conflicts and international conflict resolution, and how this links to the policymaking process. Flexibility to independently handle a mix of internal and external communications assignments. Consistently produce high-quality work product. Dedicated work ethic; display comfort, poise, professionalism at all times.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Competencies and Skills: The Manager - Communications is a strong professional, a strategic contributor and a flexible team player, able to work independently and multi-task without losing sight of The Pearson Institute's communications priorities. A high degree of personal initiative, outstanding interpersonal skills, teamwork, verbal and written communications acumen. Comfort, poise and professionalism when working under pressure. Dedicated work ethic. Ability to collaborate with other internal groups (e.g., research teams) to achieve communications goals.