Director, Communications & Documentation

Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: - an unmatched faculty. - degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. - a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Unit Job Summary: Director, Communications & Documentation: Be the primary creator/editor of communications, documentation, and presentation materials created for major CRSP data products and initiatives (CRSP Indexes and CRSP Historic Products), including presentations to be given by the COO and other senior staff members. Prepare and edit technical documentation, marketing "tear sheets", and Power Point presentations. Prepare timely and effective speeches / remarks, articles, personal correspondence and e-mails regarding CRSP products as required. Carefully coordinate these activities with the activities of Marketing, Client Services/Publications, and Administration/Legal. Build and maintain effective communication and process flow with key members of the technical staff. Collaborate with Analytics and Marketing to organize information and statistics relating to competitive products. Maintain currency regarding the financial/securities industry. May attend various presentations and speaking engagements and other key venues to represent CRSP and to maintain awareness and understanding the environment in which CRSP participates, and of Chicago Booth and the University community. Serves as a communications project manager for all CRSP products and facilitates the development and distribution of required materials and messages to appropriate external parties. Serves as a strategic advisor to the COO regarding organizational events and overall communications needs. Recommends appropriate communication channels in order to achieve organizational goals. Directs communication efforts within the organization; Consults with COO regarding organizational development initiatives and related communication strategies. The Director leads internal communication efforts to ensure that staff are informed of organizational priorities and events, project status, staff news, and relevant Booth information. Acts as a liaison/facilitator for inter-department communication efforts.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Finance, economics or related specialty preferred in combination with communications and/or journalism.

Unit Experience: At least ten years of work experience in a significant professional corporate organization required. At least ten years of experience in a writing/communications capacity in the securities or financial industry preferred, with an understanding of instrument types, research and investible market indexes, etc. Experience working with the Marketing function preferred. Proven exceptional writing skills required, with experience writing for the senior-executive level preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to work effectively both with minimal supervision and as part of a work team required. Proven ability with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point required, including equation editing, as is required for advanced documentation preparation. Ability to understand priorities, goals, and timelines required. Proven ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential information required. Familiarity with InDesign and HTML editing software preferred, as is facility with Math Magic for editing of equations in documentation. Active interest and understanding of business issues and current events preferred.

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