Job Openings: University of Chicago

These came to me from a college alumni listserv I belong to. Good hunting:

The University of Chicago News Office recently posted two exceptional job opportunities that include big responsibilities and coverage of fascinating subject areas. One, Associate News Director, is a leadership position to help fill the wide void that Bill Harms will leave when he retires at the end of June. The other, Law and Policy News Officer.



Associate News Director: A leader in the University of Chicago News Office, helping to manage communications about research and institutional news and announcements at one of the world’s foremost research universities. Requires a candidate who can help manage the News Office, in addition to writing about and promoting specific academic and institutional subject areas.Will work closely with the News Director in supervising staff in their duties, including; responding to daily media inquiries and interview requests. Creating social media content. Coaching faculty and staff on working with the media. Arranging for expert commentary that makes use of the University’s radio and TV studios. Guiding the writing of op-eds. Planning and executing comprehensive communications campaigns to convey significant news to diverse internal and public audiences.

Will write about research news in an engaging and accessible style, work directly with other units to build creative multimedia and explanatory packages, develop story pitches, and develop comprehensive communications plans. The News Office is seeking applications from experienced writers and communications professionals. Although the specific subject coverage area for this role may be adjusted to best employ the experience and talents of the candidate and other staff members, experience and interest in the social sciences such as economics, psychology, political science and urban policy is preferred.

As a leader in the Office of Communications, the Associate News Director will work with deans, officers and other University leaders, in addition to regular contact with faculty.

Law and Policy News Officer:  The News Office is seeking an exceptional and energetic writer and media relations officer to facilitate media coverage and disseminate stories about scholarship and other news at the University’s renowned schools of law and public policy.The Law and Public Policy News Officer works at one of the nation’s leading universities and has regular contact with internationally respected scholars on campus and with journalists from around the world. They will work with partners, in their department and across campus, to help develop comprehensive communications plans. They will enhance media coverage and public understanding of faculty and student activities and achievements by developing story leads and pitches, writing news releases, arranging interviews, scheduling TV and radio studio appearances, providing media coaching, and otherwise facilitating contact between faculty and the news media. The Law and Public Policy News Officer will write news and feature articles for University websites and other online channels, and will coordinate multimedia packages for news and features.

The position has extensive contact with the Law School and the Harris School of Public Policy, as well as other units with work concerning policy, such as the Institute of Politics. This role requires skill at coordinating institutional news that often crosses multiple disciplines and units of the University.

A cover letter, resume, writing samples that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills for a general audience, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.

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