Develop, implement, and monitor NCS Communications Strategy with specific goals, tactics, and measurable results.
Ensure consistency of NCSâ™s message and images across all communications platforms, in accordance with UChicago identity guidelines.
Design effective and appealing marketing materials and professional development tools and resources.
Build a high-quality interactive online presence using various platforms that enables policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders to easily access NCS knowledge and work.
Manage relationships with external partners regarding communications, including website development, graphic design, and photo/video.
Create and disseminate engaging, targeted content for schools and districts.
Develop systems for gathering insights, data, and stories from NCS staff and school partners.
Develop relevant and timely pitches to media outlets based on NCSâ™s strategic priorities while making connections to the broader education landscape.
Promote key themes and conversations in the education field related to NCSâ™s work.
Develop promotional materials as needed for contract/fee-for-service programming locally, regionally, and nationally.
Develop a process to codify promising practices for schools and districts in collaboration with program staff. Codifications may include: case studies, toolkits, blogs, etc.
Identify and support NCS staff to present at conferences.
Build capacity of other staff members to present research and effective practice.
Create all preparatory materials when presenting at conferences, speaking to interested stakeholders, including the press.
Coordinate and communicate with University of Chicago staff and represent NCS to stakeholders as needed.
Builds strong working relationships with staff in the College, professional schools, units, and in other departments across campus. May help develop performance standards for the alumni relations staff within a unit. Sets activity goals for the team and maintains the annual operating budget for constituent relations programs.
Has a deep understanding of strategic planning, data management, the creation and tracking of metrics, and the creation and implementation of new constituent relations programs worldwide. Measures, tracks, and reports participation and success of initiatives.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelorâ™s degree in Communication or related field.
Masterâ™s degree or 3+ years work experience in communications or relevant field.
Experience in strategic communications and various tools needed to implement a strategic communications plan.
Experience promoting education and/or nonprofit messaging and programming to broad audience.
Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Experience with crafting editorial content for a newspaper, magazine, blog, or other media outlets preferred
Experience in creating and posting engaging content for social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Experience working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, including educators, researchers, media outlets, funders, University staff
Strong organizational skillsÂ and attention to detail.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Passion for and commitment to the pursuit of educational equity.
Comfortable navigating ambiguity and working in environments that are fast-paced and evolving.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with individuals at all levels of an organization.
Curious, open, and able to accept feedback and learn from failure.
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in a clear and compelling way, both in oral and written English.
Proficiency in written and oral Spanish.
A relentless commitment to social justice and public school reform in Chicago.
Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with colleagues, school participants and partners.
A commitment to ongoing self-reflection, examination of identity and role in systems of oppression and challenging inequities.
Willingness to participate in ongoing professional development, team and self-evaluation.
Ability to integrate and effectively utilize technology for professional productivity.
Ability to respond with flexibility to demands and requirements of the project and to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Capable of exercising sound judgment, tact, courteousness, reliability and employing sound decision-making skills.
Ability to adjust to ambiguous circumstances and change.
Disposition towards finding and cultivating joy in the work.
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