Associate Director, Communications and Events

Jun 13, 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: The Associate Director, Communications and Events, develops and executes the Davis Center's communications strategy aimed at reinforcing the Davis Center brand name and the Chicago Booth Approach to leadership to our target audiences. Key elements of the communication role include developing a content strategy to report on the Center's activities, curricular innovations at the school and insights from faculty research. Target audiences include internal (e.g. prospective MBA students, current MBA, alumni) and external (e.g. corporate partners and thought leaders) audiences. This person will be responsible for measuring the effectiveness of the comprehensive communication efforts. Responsibilities of this role also include management of all event-related marketing and communications; writing and development of content for websites, newsletters, emails, blogs, print and other promotional materials. By building and maintaining strong relationships with Booth internal departments and faculty, this person will generate and disseminate material via traditional media, digital, social media and other channels. Event management includes planning and implementation, for Davis Center events. In addition, the Associate Director contributes to strategic development of new events and programs as they align with center goals. The Associate Director collaborates with partners internal and external to Chicago Booth, to manage joint initiatives. The Associate Director will serve as the primary project manager of a new initiative focused on Booth alumni, serving as primary point of contact for participating alumni around the world and to ensure the initiative objectives are being met. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: - Work with Davis Center leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to increase awareness and visibility of the Center and leadership at Chicago Booth. - Create and execute a communications plan for the Center, in particular a content strategy and content calendar. - Manage all event-related communications, promotions, and logistics. - Write, develop and maintain website content for all center-related sites, blog, and e-newsletters. Identify most effective channels for consumption of all communications and evaluate success with detailed metrics. - Manage and coordinate Center event and programs for audiences including students, alumni, corporate partners and faculty (internal and external). - Serve as program manager for programming designed for Booth alumni, providing excellent service to participating alumni, monitoring progress, and ensuring program objectives are met. - Collaborate with communications/marketing staff in various departments at Chicago Booth, including Marketing, Media Relations and Communications, Intellectual Capital, Admissions, Alumni Relations and Career Services - to generate, repurpose and disseminate content. - Manage the production of the center's annual report and external print publications, including writing content; overseeing design, copyediting, and print teams; and maintaining mailing lists. - Support stewardship efforts for donors and sponsors, including writing acknowledgement letters. - Maintain various databases and contact lists for alumni, students and corporate partners. Other related duties and projects as assigned.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree (preferably in Marketing, Communications or Journalism), required.

Unit Experience: At least three years of experience in communications, writing and marketing (or similar roles), preferably in higher education, required. At least two years of experience with project coordination and/or events experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Working knowledge of a variety of media, including social media, print, and web communications required. Ability to effectively and expeditiously implement communications initiatives required. Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills required. Proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently required. Strong organization skills, resourcefulness, creativity, sense of humor, and ability to work independently required. Ability to work well with staff at all levels of the organization as well as vendors, service providers, and other external constituents required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Ability to work evening and weekend hours on occasion required. Ability to travel occasionally between Hyde Park and downtown Chicago required. A resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample of 1-2 pages required.

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