Communications Content Specialist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

PME Communications


About the Department
 

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) was established in May 2019 and evolved from the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.


Job Summary
 

The Content Specialist uses best practices and knowledge to plan, prepare, and disseminate information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. They also help devise and execute strategy relating to marketing, press relations, creative editorial services, and internal communications.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the director of communications, develop, create, and execute brand-relevant content across multiple platforms, consistent with PME’s communications strategy. Primary focus will be research and education news.
  • Write compelling, factually accurate, and grammatically clean long-form and short-form copy, as well as effective headlines, taglines, and calls to action.
  • Produce visual assets – photography and/or video – that can be utilized across multiple channels, including web, social media, e-newsletters, print, etc.
  • Create relationships with key stakeholders, faculty, and departmental leadership to develop stories for external and internal audiences, and serve as the PME representative at bi-weekly University science communicator meetings.
  • Develop and execute content for annual/quarterly PME reports and efficiently route content through the approvals process.
  • Support the digital communications editor as needed with content for social media channels and internal newsletter and assist with creation of dean’s communications and crisis communications and manage the editorial calendar for PME’s channels.
  • Develop strategies to repurpose content to maximize its value, including working collaboratively across the University and with affiliated national laboratories to amplify PME-generated content through their channels.
  • Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.
  • Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field

Experience:

  • Five to seven years professional experience in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field

  • Experience working in higher education or non-profit experience

Technical Skills or Knowledge

  • Familiarity with photography and photo editing software

  • Familiarity with videography and video editing software

  • Knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office suite

  • Familiarity with content management systems, specifically Drupal

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent writing, editing, time management, organizational, interviewing,

  • creative problem-solving skills, and excellent attention to detail.

  • Experience in science journalism or communications, with a focus on

  • translating technical research to a general audience.

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing user-focused content that follows

  • brand, voice, tone, and visual guidelines.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with content management

  • systems, email marketing platforms, and other digital communications

  • platforms including SEO best practices, and proven photography and

  • videography skill.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team, and

  • with individuals at all levels of an organization.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required) 

  • Cover letter (required) 

  • Writing sample - science or engineering content preferred (required) 

  • List of 3 references (required) 

  • Sample of graphic or digital art – image or video content (preferred) 


 


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


Job Family
 

Communications


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

37.5


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

PME Communications


About the Department
 

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) was established in May 2019 and evolved from the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.


Job Summary
 

The Content Specialist uses best practices and knowledge to plan, prepare, and disseminate information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. They also help devise and execute strategy relating to marketing, press relations, creative editorial services, and internal communications.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the director of communications, develop, create, and execute brand-relevant content across multiple platforms, consistent with PME’s communications strategy. Primary focus will be research and education news.
  • Write compelling, factually accurate, and grammatically clean long-form and short-form copy, as well as effective headlines, taglines, and calls to action.
  • Produce visual assets – photography and/or video – that can be utilized across multiple channels, including web, social media, e-newsletters, print, etc.
  • Create relationships with key stakeholders, faculty, and departmental leadership to develop stories for external and internal audiences, and serve as the PME representative at bi-weekly University science communicator meetings.
  • Develop and execute content for annual/quarterly PME reports and efficiently route content through the approvals process.
  • Support the digital communications editor as needed with content for social media channels and internal newsletter and assist with creation of dean’s communications and crisis communications and manage the editorial calendar for PME’s channels.
  • Develop strategies to repurpose content to maximize its value, including working collaboratively across the University and with affiliated national laboratories to amplify PME-generated content through their channels.
  • Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.
  • Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

---
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field

Experience:

  • Five to seven years professional experience in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field

  • Experience working in higher education or non-profit experience

Technical Skills or Knowledge

  • Familiarity with photography and photo editing software

  • Familiarity with videography and video editing software

  • Knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office suite

  • Familiarity with content management systems, specifically Drupal

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent writing, editing, time management, organizational, interviewing,

  • creative problem-solving skills, and excellent attention to detail.

  • Experience in science journalism or communications, with a focus on

  • translating technical research to a general audience.

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing user-focused content that follows

  • brand, voice, tone, and visual guidelines.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with content management

  • systems, email marketing platforms, and other digital communications

  • platforms including SEO best practices, and proven photography and

  • videography skill.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team, and

  • with individuals at all levels of an organization.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required) 

  • Cover letter (required) 

  • Writing sample - science or engineering content preferred (required) 

  • List of 3 references (required) 

  • Sample of graphic or digital art – image or video content (preferred) 


 


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


Job Family
 

Communications


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

37.5


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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