Associate Director of Communications for Data Science and Computing

Chicago, IL
Feb 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus

40610 Academic Office

About the Unit
UChicago Communications Through strategic outreach, authentic reporting, and creative media, UChicago Communications illuminates and supports the mission and the many initiatives of the University of Chicago. UChicago Communications furthers the goals and priorities of the University and its academic units by telling the stories of the University of Chicago and sharing its culture within our community and beyond. In promoting awareness of the University, the office aims to help recruit students and faculty, disseminate the work of UChicago scholars, engage a diverse community, attract visitors, and reinforce the institution's unique intellectual culture. As a central resource for the University, the Office connects and supports a network of communicators across campus. The Office set guidelines to uphold the main messages and visual identity of the University, and help members of the University community see the full range of communications opportunities available to help them reach their goals. To learn more please visit: Computing and data science Computing and data science have become increasingly critical components of modern day research and scholarship. In a marked shift from its traditional emphasis on theoretical science, the University has embarked on a process of reimagining the Computer Science Department to support the growth of computing and data sciences across divisions, and is expanding programs that address basic and applied science problems. Research supported by these comprehensive efforts crosses traditional boundaries and includes extensive collaborations of scientists and scholars in biological, physical, engineering, social and other scientific disciplines as well as researchers at our affiliated national laboratories. As the University continues to substantially scale programs and initiatives in computing and data science, there is an increasing need to develop and share stories and content that strategically support and promote the mission of computing and data science and the efforts of the University in data-driven and highly analytical research.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Associate Director of Communications for Data Science and Computing will engage in communications planning and execution in support of computing and data sciences across the University. This position reports to the Senior Advisor to the Provost for Computation and Data Science with a dotted-line relationship to the News Director of the University.


  • Develop and manage strategic media planning for computing and data science at the University with support from University Communications.

  • Serve as lead University news officer for computing and data sciences, working closely with units across campus involved in emerging and innovative areas of data science.

  • Report and write about significant research in, or involving, computing and data science and other research areas as needed, developing creative ways to tell stories through digital and multimedia platforms.
  • Provide strategic direction for online and social media channels connected to computing and data science, working in cooperation with University Communications' digital team. Develop and publish fresh and evolving content for social media channels reflecting recent news and results.

  • Develop public-facing experts on computing and data science by assisting faculty in media training and by building interest among media outlets in faculty and their research. This work will be done in conjunction with the University Communications' media relations team.

  • Write stories, announcements and other pieces representing the University's efforts in computing and data science as needed.

  • Provide media relations support for the organizations and initiatives focused on computing and data science more generally, including the development of media outreach campaigns around major announcements and coordination of all incoming media inquiries focused on computing and data science.

  • Intermediate knowledge of specialized subject matter
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Project Management
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in journalism or public relations is required
  • Experience in writing about computer and data science is strongly preferred

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience required

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three writing samples
  • Reference contact information are required to be considered for this position

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We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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