Communications Associate

Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics works to inspire, refine, advance, and disseminate new knowledge on important economic and policy questions. It provides core support for inquiry in the rigorous tradition of Chicago economics. Through its research conferences, visiting fellows program, research initiatives, and support for young scholars, the Institute fosters conversations and cross-disciplinary collaborations that refine research and spark new ideas.

Unit Job Summary: The Becker Friedman Institute is seeking a Communications Associate to work with the Senior Director of Policy, Communications and External Affairs on all aspects of BFI communications, including strategic planning and implementation of BFI outreach. - Responsible for drafting media advisories, press releases, and social media content regarding BFI research and events. Will coordinate with Senior Director on development of media lists and outreach to reporters/platforms. - Responsible for daily media tracking of UChicago economists/research mentions or features for weekly roll-ups and ongoing promotion via social media, website, etc. - With input and oversight from the Senior Director, responsible for daily website maintenance and updates. - With input from the senior leadership team, responsible for daily social media updates and activity. Will also proactively promote work of UChicago economists via social media. - Works directly with senior leadership team on development of schedule, content and execution of video/podcast series, to be implemented in coordination with BFI videographer.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, English or a related field required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant experience required. Some exposure to economic policy preferred. Must have strong attention to detail and proven ability to work as part of a team. Experience coordinating website and social media content preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Must have strong attention to detail and proven ability to work as part of a team. Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Presentation skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Editing skills required. Creativity required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Ability to work independently required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Word and PowerPoint required. Interviewing skills preferred. Knowledge of desktop publishing, Web authoring/design and graphic design software preferred.

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