Development and Communications Coordinator

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Hyde Park Campus

12734 Consortium On Chgo School Res.

About the Unit
For over 25 years, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) has informed solutions to the most difficult problems facing urban schools. The UChicago Consortium is committed to better understanding the fundamental practices and conditions that advance student learning, promote attainment, and foster more equitable outcomes. We conduct research of high technical quality that informs policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools, as well as schools nationwide. A central component of our work is engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and stimulating evidence-driven discourse about the vital issues facing schools. The UChicago Consortium has been described as the “gold standard” for education research-practice partnerships and has been replicated nationally. Our research has been an essential factor in improving outcomes for students and school staff, both in Chicago and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see

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Job Summary:

This individual will assist with fundraising and stewardship activities associated with the UChicago Consortium Investor Council, a group of philanthropic foundations that supports the Consortium. In addition, the Coordinator will assist with outreach and engagement around the Consortium's research findings.


  • Serve as the point of contact for the Consortium Investor Council. This includes communicating directly with foundation representatives, developing standards and processes for regular communication with them, and drafting communication from Consortium leadership to funders.
  • Contribute to and manage the process of writing grant proposals.
  • Act as a liaison between the funder group and UEI accounting and development staff. The Coordinator will work with development and accounting staff to monitor spending to ensure that it is spent according to University and funder requirements.
  • Provide general reports to each foundation about how their funds are being used. This requires creation and careful maintenance of records, including proposals, grants, communications, meeting notes, and expenses.
  • Lead the planning and execution of Consortium Investor Council meetings. This includes managing event logistics, coordinating invitations and RSVPs, staffing the event and ensuring it runs smoothly, and drafting and sending follow up messages to attendees.
  • As part of the communications team, support the Consortium's outreach and engagement efforts through project management activities related to report review and publication; drafting some internal and stakeholder communications, including to the Consortium's multi-partisan Steering Committee; and graphic design responsibilities for selected Consortium products. This will include becoming familiar with Consortium findings, as well as background research on current education issues relevant to Consortium research.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, organization, and follow through.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Conscientious attention to detail and the ability to detect and self-correct errors.
  • Project management and ability to organize and manage information and data.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and willingness to learn and work on a variety of tasks.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experiences or Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree preferred in social science discipline, education, policy studies, or related area.
  • Demonstrated interest in education.
  • Desirable experience includes communications, event planning, fundraising, and project management.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Microsoft or Mac.
  • Google Apps preferred.
  • Emma desirable.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample

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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 8/11/2018
Application Due: 8/21/2018
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