Stewards the Harris School brand identity, strengthening and evolving its distinctive positioning and visual expression, when needed, based on market insights and school goals.
Determines and monitor how Harris is perceived by key stakeholders (e.g., current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni, civic leaders, policymakers, etc.) as well as how they perceive peer institutions.
Oversees updates to Harris brand guidelines, messaging, and other communications standards in partnership with University Communications, UChicago Creative, and outside vendors, as needed, to ensure Harris brand strategy is consistent with overall UChicago identity.
Partners with University and Harris colleagues to ensure consistent and compelling messaging, visuals, and design are deployed across the school in a way that supports the overall Harris brand identity and strategy.
Leads the development and implementation of short-and longer-range strategic communication and marketing plans that build awareness of and advocacy for the school, its mission, and impact among key stakeholders.
Leads the development of a school-wide, brand-building program designed to increase external awareness and understanding of Harris and its impact, working in conjunction with other members of the senior leadership team spanning Harris faculty and centers, student affairs, development and alumni relations, student recruitment and global outreach, professional and career development, and diversity and inclusion.
Oversees the design and implementation of strategic and tactical communication and marketing plans related to various school announcements and initiatives, working with Harris colleagues, University Communications, and external vendors, to build awareness and support for strategic priorities.
Develops and implements state-of-the-art tools and metrics to track, measure, and optimize the effectiveness of communication and marketing strategies and executed plans.
Expands the schoolâ™s capacity for stakeholder engagement with policy leaders, media, the civic community, and other opinion influencers to further the schoolâ™s reach and impact in the policy dialogue.
Identifies and pursues innovative means to identify and reach audiences inside and outside of the University about the research, teaching, initiatives, and goals of Harris, its faculty, students, and alumni with a focus on policy and civic engagement.
Serves as a senior spokesperson in representing Harris to external constituents in the policy, media, and academic spheres.
Develops and cultivates connections with policymakers and media outlets, in partnership with the Universityâ™s Office of Civic Engagement and University Communications, to ensure Harris experts are visible and prominent in the policy dialogue.
Stewards the management of Harrisâ™ communications channels, ensuring they are optimized as part of a modern, integrated communications and marketing approach and digital content strategy.
Evaluates Harrisâ™ channel mix and related content strategies across owned, earned, paid, and social to optimize reach and engagement across the media ecosystem to advance school goals.
Oversees the development and implementation of channel-specific strategies and tactics, including but not limited to digital media, earned media, paid media, and events, to advance communications and marketing plans.
Partners with Harris IT team and internal colleagues to update and/or redesign digital channels, such as the website, when needed.
Develops and enforces governance protocols for channel management among Harris administrative departments and affiliated centers.
Serves as the senior communications advisor to the Dean of Harris and the schoolâ™s administrative and faculty leaders, leading all matters related to institutional leadership communications and issues management.
Serves as a member of the Dean's administrative leadership group, playing a key role in developing the schoolâ™s strategic plan and serving as the expert on Communications and Marketing.
Partners with University Communications and Harris leadership in identifying, managing, and responding to emerging issues and crises facing the school.
Develops and advises on executive leadership and internal communications strategy and processes, working closely with the Dean, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff to ensure consistent and transparent communication flow from school leadership to internal stakeholders.
Leads the planning and execution of major strategic announcements and new initiatives.
Partners with the Dean, administrative and faculty leaders in the announcement of major initiatives, grants, and programs with school-wide strategic impact.
Coordinates with University Communications, key campus partners, and external vendors, as needed, on strategic announcements and new initiatives.
Manages interactions with the press, as needed, partnering with UChicago Communications on high-profile items.
Oversees marketing and communications departmental activities to track progress and drive results towards goals.
Determines and communicates overall and short-term priorities clearly to all direct and indirect reports, providing sustained leadership and attention to individual projects when needed to achieve goals.
Defines and tracks departmental-level metrics to assess the success of programs and initiatives.
Ensures resources are properly allotted and utilized for maximum effectiveness of the Communications and Marketing team, identifying solutions to resource gaps as needed.
Oversees the engagement of and relationship with outside marketing and communication firms who are contracted to support Harris' marketing and communications activities.
Leads talent and professional development of staff.
Builds a positive team culture, managing and developing the Communications and Marketing team to engage employees and continually grow professional skills.
Sets clear expectations and goals that encourage success for both individual employees and Harris objectives.
Ensures staff has appropriate training to effectively and efficiently achieve individual and department objectives.
Provides coaching and mentoring support to direct and indirect reports.
Develops unit-wide communication strategy, provides strategic leadership and management of teams, promotes a culture of collaboration with other University and Unit offices.
Implements innovative strategies in managing media interface, including publications, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and responding to requests on sensitive or controversial issues. Proactively engages in 'news of the day' to frame and distribute important announcements and updates.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, political science, public policy or related field.
At least 12 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, public policy or relevant field.
Demonstrated experience in building and managing teams through change.
Knowledge of policy landscape and/or experience working in political campaigns or government.
Aptitude for translating complex issues and ideas to general audience.
Demonstrated understanding of the digital landscape and the role of social media and other online channels in communications, marketing, and public affairs.Â
Dynamic leader who combines vision with flawless attention to detail.
Superb writing and editing experience.
Excellent oral communication skills.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.
Knowledge of English language grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to remain courteous, collaborative, and professional at all times.
Work independently and with various stakeholders.
Occasional domestic travel.
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