Media Communications Specialist - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (A1800350)

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Media Communications Specialist
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Media Communications Specialist. This position will take the lead on the compilation, editing, proofreading, and production of program booklets, information, and materials. Krannert Center, which is widely regarded as the country's premier university-based performing arts complex, is unique in both scale and mission, covering two city blocks that encompass a 300,000 square-foot, five-theatre, multi-constituency, state-of-the art facility dedicated to the advancement of education, research, and public engagement through the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the performing arts.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop creative concepts and executions of projects with Creative Director and Senior Design Specialist.
  • Devise and implement creative content strategies for Krannert Center programs, website, and various other channels.
  • Operate as a core leader of proofreading for Krannert Center communication materials with an emphasis on proofreading all Krannert Center program booklets.
  • Collaboratively strategize, plan, and implement continual process improvement for ongoing projects.
  • Perform copywriting and management of content collection, editing, proofing, layout, and production for all Krannert Center program booklets. This includes gathering appropriate information from artists' managers, the resident academic departments, students, staff, etc. Develop final program copy and lay out program booklets while monitoring the overall schedule, ensuring accuracy of content and timely production and delivery.
  • Update, revise, and maintain various aspects of a Filemaker Pro database, including but not limited to the current and historical Krannert Center performance records, which contain artist names, composition names, and other items. Research pertaining to the performing arts, past artistry, and the history of Krannert Center may be required in order to determine most accurate information.
  • Write, edit, and proofread materials with accuracy and appropriate style, in a timely manner. Materials include web content (performances, development, engagement, ticketing, food and retail services, etc.), promotional and fundraising materials, building signage, advertisements, and others.
  • Prepare text and schedules for various promotional channels such as weekly emails,, direct mail, newspaper ads, posters, and miscellaneous advertisements in a variety of publications and digital platforms.
  • Manage building signage requests and posting of the daily calendar signs including compilation, editing, and layout.
  • Ensure that content follows Krannert Center and University of Illinois standards.
  • Revise and maintain the Krannert Center writing and voice style guide; answer questions from all staff related to style and usage.
  • Contribute to and work within the project management software used by the team for maximum organization and efficiency.
  • Use various software programs, including but not limited to Adobe InDesign, Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Office programs (Word and Excel), Adobe Acrobat, Drupal, Apple Mail, and iCal.
  • Keep records and prepare reports accurately for periodic assessment of project efficiencies and impact. These reports and analyses could involve finances, web usage, or other data.
  • Catalog digital assets, managing file versions and naming conventions.
  • Scan photos and process digital photo files for use in program booklets.
  • Supervise graduate assistants, interns, and other colleagues such as freelance editors if needed and manage the hiring process.
  • Focus on detailed work such as proofreading while maintaining awareness of and support for the "big picture" mission and vision of Krannert Center.
  • Proofing, editing, and writing for special projects as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to further the mission of the unit.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Required: Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree in English, rhetoric, or a related field; master's degree in any field.


Required: At least 3 years of experience in publication writing, editing, and proofreading.

Preferred: Experience in arts communication.

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Expertise in the Chicago Manual of Style or similar style guide. Working knowledge of word processing and digital proofing. Familiarity with website content management systems and basic html. Excellent time-management and prioritization abilities, specifically the ability to simultaneously manage several projects and work under multiple deadlines. Good eye for detail, ensuring accuracy in spelling, grammar, and punctuation as well as smoothly composed syntax. Project management skills, including the ability to understand project or process objectives, identify stakeholders and their interests, and plan steps in order to accomplish goals and objectives in a resourceful and timely manner. Technological acumen. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Professional, flexible, and respectful in all work with colleagues and clients. Highly collaborative; work well as part of a team, with a variety of people. Independent judgment and ability to help resolve problems as they arise, dealing with time pressures and changing or conflicting priorities.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, a total of three to five professional writing/editing samples, and the names/contact information for three professional references by June 28, 2018. There is a 30mb upload size limit per file; for files larger than 30mb, please email Maureen Reagan at [email protected] to set up an alternate upload method.

This is a full-time benefits-eligible academic professional position with a twelve-month service basis. The salary is commensurate with experience. The proposed start date for this position is July 16, 2018 or soon as possible. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Fine and Applied Arts
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Media Communications Specialist - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (A1800350)
Open Date: 06/07/2018
Organization Name: Krannert Center





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Posted: 6/8/2018
Application Due: 7/11/2018
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