Director of Outreach and Communications

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Hyde Park Campus

12734 Consortium On Chgo School Res.

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Organization Description: 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, and 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 Consortium has a long-standing data agreement with CPS and maintains a data archive with detailed records dating back to 1991, allowing for rigorous, detailed studies of policies and practices. 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 in Chicago, and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see

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Job Summary:

UChicago Consortium seeks a Director for Outreach and Communications to serve as a member of the Consortium senior leadership team and contribute to the mission and growth of the organization. The Director will lead the Consortium's outreach and engagement activities with the local and national education community and the larger public on our research findings, as well as internal communications within the Consortium, the Urban Education Institute, and the University. The Director will set and guide the strategy for the Consortium's communications, including research dissemination planning, media relations, branding, and effective use of social media. The Director will maintain, strengthen, and develop relationships with key constituents in both the local and national educational policy and practice arenas. In addition, the Director will help the Consortium develop new and innovative ways for communicating its research findings to inform education policy and practice.


  • Develop and execute the Consortium communications strategy in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Create outreach and engagement strategies for the Consortium that include innovative and varied approaches appropriate and accessible for different local and national audiences and different strands of research.
  • Recommend and create or manage the creation of collateral material that advances the ongoing impact of Consortium research findings.
  • Maintain relationships with local and national media to promote coverage and understanding of Consortium research, and manage media outreach, including press releases, coverage, and requests.
  • Maintain, strengthen, and develop relationships with key constituents including Chicago Public. Schools Communications, City Hall, University of Chicago Communications and the Office of Civic Engagement, and with other stakeholders.
  • Support, develop, and manage the communications team around the review and publication process and release plans.

  • Ability to take initiative and a proactive approach to tasks and projects required.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of work quality.
  • Strong understanding of how to develop and maintain connections and relationships to make outreach efforts more effective.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in a supervisory role.
  • Knowledge of Chicago Public Schools and/or urban education policy.
  • Commitment to understanding and improving outcomes for students of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree in communications, journalism, public policy, social science, or a related field preferred.

  • At least 8 years experience in communications and outreach, including management or leadership experience.
  • Experience with developing and leading organization-wide strategy.
  • Experience with media management, including existing relationships with the press.
  • Experience managing relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Experience supervising or mentoring staff.

Required Documents:
  • Resume,
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample
  • Creative Collateral Sample (produced or led team in producing)

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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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: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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