Senior Associate Director, CDR Communications

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Hyde Park Campus

3034106 Bus-Ctr For Decision Research

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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 Senior Associate Director of CDR Communications will provide strategic leadership for all communication, public relations, branding, and outreach efforts for the Center for Decision Research. Will establish an internal and external communication strategy in conjunction with the CDR leadership members and Booth Marketing and Communications team. In this role, the Senior Associate Director will have an integral role in developing systems for designing and executing communications. Ensure center initiatives and projects are successfully communicated to faculty, staff, and students. Develop and execute communications and marketing materials on research and activities associated in the behavioral science discipline. Direct all public relations particularly focusing on the development of the new downtown lab.


  • Establish and implement a communications strategy for the Center for Decision Research.
  • Identify and understand the Center's priorities and high-profile topics in order to prepare relevant communications plans and messages.
  • Create a strategic communications system and approach for branding, messaging, and communication delivery.
  • Lead media and public relations campaigns to promote the visibility of the labs operations, particularly focusing on the new downtown lab.
  • Coordinate and execute the day-to-day communications activities of the CDR Administrative Office, in compliance with the priorities of CDR as outlined by leadership, Booth and the University.
  • Manage and maintain the CDR website and provide fresh content to an evolving organization.
  • Lead management of email communications, creating and sending newsletters, event notices and invitations.
  • Manage digital marketing and outreach of the Center's laboratories in conjunction with the CDR Associate Director and Lab Managers.
  • upport the Center's data collection opportunities for CDR faculty, for both laboratory and field research.
  • Lead digital marketing, public relations for programs and events.
  • Ensure successful communication and outreach on behalf of CDR.
  • Produce and/or coordinate with other Booth teams the production of attractive and informative official communications (e.g., activities reports, newsletters, event announcements) from the center to various audiences.
  • Offer communications expertise for activities in support of the CDR, when needed.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree in marketing and/or communications preferred.

  • At least five years of experience as a communications professional require.
  • At least two years of experience managing staff and coordinating activities among multiple personnel (e.g. project contributors from multiple departments) required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences required.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex information and present it clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to enable effective communication, generate trust, and effectively work to address the needs of faculty and staff at all levels including senior leaders required.
  • Strong project and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to simultaneously advance multiple projects, meet deadlines under pressure, and resourcefully solve unforeseen problems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, project management applications, google apps, and web-editing required.
  • Mastery of administrative computer skills (e.g., the Microsoft Office suite, project management applications, Google apps, web-editing platforms) required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Brief writing sample
  • Reference letters preferred

Note: 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 Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 11/10/2018
Application Due: 12/18/2018
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