Director of Communications Institute for Molecular Engineering

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Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

About the Unit
The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) is a transformational academic unit focused on the intersection of science and engineering. Established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and molecular design. IME is the largest new academic program established by the University since 1988.

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Job Summary:

The Director of Communications will lead efforts to create and execute integrated marketing and communications strategies that increase awareness and visibility of IME and enhance the organization's prominence among key audiences. The Director will work closely with IME leadership to support the goals of improving brand reputation, building and strengthening relationships with various constituencies and significantly enhancing the unit's web and social media marketing efforts.

This position reports to the Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering / Dean of the Faculty of Molecular Engineering with a dotted-line relationship to the Vice President for Communications. Key duties and responsibilities of this position include:


  • Create a distinct brand identity and comprehensive communications infrastructure and strategy for IME to protect and promote reputation, drive strategic priorities and unify messaging.
  • Provide strategic management of the IME brand, including building and enhancing the brand in connection with the school's mission, for maximum value and impact
  • Create communications materials and campaigns that highlight the accomplishments of IME, including the breakthrough research by the IME faculty and other scholars
  • Prepare strategic communications plans for IME that establish communication goals, target audiences and timelines for deployment
  • Oversee and maintain the content, messaging and design quality ofdigital assets, including websites and social media channels, to ensure high performance and increased engagement
  • Prepare informative materials, scripts, speeches, and other communications for the leadership of the Institute
  • Plan and execute public events that highlight the scientific work of the Institute and its researchers; help build understanding of the Institute's expertise, achievements and impact
  • Work with the Office of Communications to develop audio and video content, media relations and digital / social campaigns and other strategic projects
  • Act as a communications liaison to Alumni Relations and Development, with a focus on IME priorities
  • Gather and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of communication strategies through tools such as Google Analytics and CRMs and recommend steps to improve engagement

  • 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.
  • 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 communications, journalism, or related field preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in marketing or communication required.
  • Experience in building awareness through strategic communications in the physical sciences preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • 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.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 5/27/2018
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