Communications Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

22250 PSD Admin

About the Unit
The Division of the Physical Sciences (PSD) is a division whose history is arguably the richest of any such division in any university in this country. The scientists of the Physical Sciences Division have advanced and defined new fields of discovery, and this tradition of innovation continues today. The division includes the academic departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. In addition, PSD includes a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and centers, including the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. Many of our researchers have joint appointments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as joint affiliations with other Chicago based research institutions such as the Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Communications Manager will lead efforts to highlight strategic initiatives and groundbreaking research at PSD, expanding their visibility and continuing to grow the reputation of the units and their faculties. The Manager will work closely with the leaders of PSD to develop and execute strategic approaches to communications for internal and external audiences.


In collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, the University's News and Communications offices, Alumni Relations and Development and other organizations as appropriate, the Communications Manager will:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy to reach various audiences across the University, to the stakeholders and in the public
  • Plan and execute key public events that highlight the scientific work of the units and help build understanding of key priorities
  • Coordinate marketing, communication and outreach efforts to raise awareness of unit research and initiatives
  • Participate in the development of key messages and talking points and manage their implementation
  • Assist with strategic communication requirements for PSD, including publication of various reports, presentation development, interview preparation and speech writing
  • Work with the Director of Graphic Arts to manage and enhance digital communication, including oversight of division and institute websites, video walls and social media accounts
  • Work with the Director of Graphic Arts to plan and develop materials including correspondence and print and digital media and digital engagement campaigns
  • Coordinate with communication counterparts in partner institutions both internally and externally (Argonne, other academic institutions, corporations etc.) for major news releases
  • Manage internal communication as necessary to faculty, staff and students
  • Gather and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of communication strategies through tools
  • Coordinate various contract writers

  • Ability to develop strategic communications for a large organization.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills required (including knowledge of correct English usage, Chicago and AP style guides).
  • Effective strategic professional who can clearly communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • An understanding of and passion for the sciences, including experience working with research
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of email distribution software (such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Emma), Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar applications, and website administration (Drupal, WordPress, and Squarespace experience; CSS/HTML a plus) is preferred.
  • Organized self-starter, able to work strategically and independently required.
  • Effective bridge-builder, able to work across communities required.
  • Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing publicly visible projects required.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree in communication, journalism, or related field preferred.

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/6/2018
Application Due: 5/5/2018
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