Director, Communications

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401 N. Michigan Avenue

30345 Booth Advancement

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

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Job Summary:

The Director is responsible for understanding alumni and donor audiences, and driving creative, cutting-edge strategies for communicating the academic priorities of the school to these audiences. He/she will develop efficient and effective project management protocols and serve as a creative resource for the department. The Director will partner closely with departments across the School and campus, in particular with Booth Marketing and Central ARD Communications, to establish and strategically promote the Chicago Booth brand throughout the School's global community of alumni, students, and friends.


  • Develop, execute and oversee implementation of comprehensive multi-year development and alumni relations communications plan.
  • Production and execution of all advancement print, digital and collateral materials, including web content.
  • Serve as primary advancement marketing and communications liaison within the School and with the Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) Communication office.
  • Integrate messaging and branding across internal and external audiences.
  • Oversee mass email communication to alumni and donor audiences (Marketo).
  • Manage all executive level advancement communication for the Dean, Deputy Deans and the Associate Dean of Advancement.
  • Manage all campaign related communication materials including, campaign case, white papers, campaign priority descriptions, web content, multi-media and other related documents.
  • Manage alumni surveys and focus groups.
  • Develop creative briefs and project briefs; develop promotional campaigns and materials, and execute on deliverables.
  • Work closely with the school's Marketing group on a myriad of projects related to alumni and donor audiences.
  • Partner closely with other Chicago Booth departments, especially with marketing professionals in Admissions, Advancement, Career Services, Communications (and contracted media agencies), Corporate Relations, and Executive Education.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • A minimum five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, advancement, alumni relations, donor relations, communications, marketing, public relations or similar work required.
  • A minimum of three years of management experience, including staff required.
  • Previous professional experience in advancement marketing and communications required.
  • Campaign experience required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Strong leadership qualities, including the ability to both delegate and to execute, the ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required,
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write well required.
  • Strong commitment to customer service required.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and computer skills required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

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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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

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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Job No:
Posted: 9/20/2018
Application Due: 10/23/2018
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