The communications coordinator will work to increase the visibility of the Center for Talent Development (CTD), producing timely and strategic content for CTD’s multiple social media and multimedia platforms. The coordinator will collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Director, center administration, and program teams to develop messaging campaigns to advance the mission of CTD and coordinate other programmatic tasks as needed. This position is charged with enhancing the image of the organization within target markets through events, outreach activities, communications, design production, and social media management. This person cultivates the center’s voice and online presence, which promotes the organization’s mission and identity and results in growth.
Communications: Social Media, Networking & Media Activities, Content Production:
With the Marketing and Communications Director, maintains media contacts and implements the communications/PR plan.
Investigates new communications and community outreach opportunities and presents them to the Manager of Marketing and Communications.
Organizes and manages online cultivation activities (social media activities, information sessions, webinars).
Implements and manages the social media strategy.
Oversees the negotiations and details for marketing and communications event contracts, event space scheduling, and event logistics and timelines.
In collaboration with manager, places stories and press releases for CTD social media outlets, newsletter, website, and for distribution to media outlets.
Responds to media calls and inquiries with the input of the Manager of Marketing and Communications.
Maintains CTD social media sites.
Collects and analyzes data and reports findings to the Marketing and Communications Director
Marketing Activities & Support
Proposes ideas to improve current activities and expand marketing opportunities.
Provides event support, including event promotion.
Manages direct mail and email campaigns.
With the Marketing & Communications Director assesses effectiveness of marketing activities and materials to make recommendations.
Serves as liaison with CTD vendors.
Updates budget tracking sheets and maintains records (i.e., receipts, invoices, etc.) under the direction of the Manager of Marketing and Communications.
Provides training to staff in using databases and technological resources procured through the marketing department (cameras, projectors, etc.).
Oversees event revenue and expenses, prepares event budgets for Marketing and Communications Director’s approval, and provides periodic reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or related field;
A minimum of 3 years of experience in communication, journalism, and design production; work with nonprofit organizations preferred
Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills
An understanding of the field of education
Fantastic customer service ethic and high expectations for quality
Proficient with technology, social media and web site management
Thoughtful understanding of social media messaging around current events, sensitive issues, or controversial topics a plus
Experience managing temporary and freelance staff, while providing direction and leadership
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, creative environment while juggling multiple projects and meeting all deadlines
Strong knowledge of contemporary communication practices and online marketing, as evidenced by a track record of relevant accomplishments
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34006
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.