Manager, Communications and Events

Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago was founded in 1998 and renamed the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in July 2014. The Pozen Center supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights. The Manager, Communications and Events provides leadership for Pozen Center communications efforts and works closely with the directors to plan and implement events. The position requires close collaboration with campus offices, outside vendors, faculty, students, alumni, and donors. Supervision of student employees may be required.

Unit Job Summary: Job Duties include: (1) Communications Management (40%): - Manages weekly e-bulletin as the Pozen Center community forum for information about human rights-related events and opportunities. - Manages schedule and process for website priorities and updates. - Develops original website content, in conjunction with Pozen Center staff, to expand communications efforts and social media presence (i.e. feature stories and achievements, faculty research, internship placements, student and staff activities, and alumni spotlights). Researches and initiates the production of multimedia web content. - Oversees direction for posters, programs, and other materials. - Works with directors to plan branding and communications strategies, including outreach to local and national media sources. - Leads special communications projects (i.e. annual report, media outreach for specific events). (2) Event Planning and Management (40%): - Works with directors and faculty members to plan and implement public events such as conferences, workshops, and speaker series. This includes guest travel arrangements and accommodation, promotion, registration, materials, space, AV, catering, and expense reconciliation. - Helps to host Pozen Center events, including some evening and weekend hours. - Leads special event projects (i.e. annual lecture series, 20th Anniversary year celebrations). (3) Donor and Alumni Relations (20%): - Coordinates regular and special donor reports and correspondence. - Facilitates and expands communication with Pozen Center alumni and donors, under the supervision of directors and in coordination with relevant staff of the Alumni Relations and Development office. - Manages and expands Pozen Center communication with alumni through LinkedIn and other platforms.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Candidates with degrees in liberal arts and sciences preferred. General knowledge of human rights principles and advocacy.

Unit Experience: Minimum of one to three years full-time communications experience required, preferably in a non-profit organization or university setting.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Additional qualifications: - Excellent technical skills and knowledge of communication trends, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Suite; website content management using Drupal or similar CMS; Mailchimp or similar EMS; social media platforms; web-based applications and project management tools; AV equipment. - Excellent writing and editing ability for web, print, outreach, and correspondence projects. - Ability to work collaboratively on project and events, flexibility and adaptability. - Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. - Experience in project management will be an advantage. Mental Demands: - Communicate effectively orally and in writing. - Prioritize and execute multiple projects simultaneously. - Handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion. - Collaborate well and supportively in a small staff, fast-paced setting. - Cultivate strong relationships with a large and varied set of constituencies. Note about required Writing Sample: 500 - 1500 words, preferably non-academic

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