Communications and Outreach Manager

Apr 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and for National Laboratories (OVPRNL), provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories (OEVPR) supports faculty and researchers in the conduct of sponsored research and research proposal development, and oversees technology transfer, research safety, research computing, and several research institutes on behalf of the University. OEVPR provides oversight for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, and represents the University's interests in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The Office is responsible for stewardship and oversight of the University's contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage Argonne through UChicago Argonne, LLC and co-manage Fermilab, through the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. When combined with the national laboratory R&D budgets, the office supports approximately $1.5 billion in sponsored research. OEVPR works closely with faculty and researchers, departments, divisions and administrative units to support, encourage, seed, and coalesce research across the University and the affiliated laboratories.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Computing Center (RCC) seeks a highly motivated Communications and Outreach Manager. The Communications and Outreach Manager is responsible for all internal and external communication activities for the RCC. The person in this role serves as the communications professional for the department. The Communications and Outreach Manager will develop and implement communications and marketing strategies and work with partners across campus and our national and affiliated laboratories to promote the RCC, its programs, services, events and accomplishments. The person in this role will also collaborate with RCC leadership to develop and implement outreach programs and coordinate annual workshops and training series. Essential functions and responsibilities: - Develop and implement an annual communications and marketing plan that promotes programs, services, events, and accomplishments - Manage and maintain updated web content - Create internal and external marketing pieces through multiple methods - Draft and edit the RCC annual report - Write monthly articles - Maintain RCC's social media presence - Manage RCC branding - Write and/or edit a variety of complex documents - Develop and implement outreach programs - Coordinate workshops and training logistics - Conduct marketing efforts targeted at increasing event and training attendance - Serve as an active member of the university communications community - Additional duties as assigned

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of relevant experience required. Strategic communications planning and implementation experience strongly preferred. Communications experience in an IT or academic environment preferred. Social media and media relations experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: -Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills required. -Editing skills required. -Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in a client-service environment required. -Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills required. -Ability to work under pressure and tight timelines required. -Ability to maintain confidentiality required. -High degree of professionalism required. -Attention to detail required. -Ability to work independently, and as part of a team required. -Ability to work with faculty and senior University members required. -Ability to conceptualize new projects and synthesize ideas, often from scientific and technology oriented staff, and present the output in a succinct and meaningful manner required. -Occasional evening and weekend required.

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