The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights.
The Manager, Communications and Events provides leadership for Pozen Center communications efforts and works closely with the directors to plan and implement events. The position requires close collaboration with campus offices, outside vendors, faculty, students, alumni, and donors. Supervision of student employees may be required.
Job duties include:
Communications Management (40%):
Manages weekly e-bulletin as the Pozen Center community forum for information about human rights-related events and opportunities.
Manages schedule and process for website priorities and updates.
Develops original website content, in conjunction with Pozen Center staff, to expand communications efforts and social media presence (i.e. feature stories and achievements, faculty research, internship placements, student and staff activities, and alumni spotlights). Researches and initiates the production of multimedia web content.
Oversees direction for posters, programs, and other materials.
Works with directors to plan branding and communications strategies, including outreach to local and national media sources.
Leads special communications projects (i.e. annual report, media outreach for specific events).
Event Planning and Management (40%):
Works with directors and faculty members to plan and implement public events such as conferences, workshops, and speaker series. This includes guest travel arrangements and accommodation, promotion, registration, materials, space, AV, catering, and expense reconciliation.
Helps to host Pozen Center events, including some evening and weekend hours.
Leads special event projects (i.e. annual lecture series, 20th Anniversary year celebrations).
Donor and Alumni Relations (20%):
Coordinates regular and special donor reports and correspondence.
Facilitates and expands communication with Pozen Center alumni and donors, under the supervision of directors and in coordination with relevant staff of the Alumni Relations and Development office.
Manages and expands Pozen Center communication with alumni through LinkedIn and other platforms.
Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates with degrees in liberal arts and sciences and general knowledge of human rights principles and advocacy preferred.
Minimum of one to three years full-time communications experience, preferably in a non-profit organization or university setting.
Excellent technical skills and knowledge of communication trends, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Suite; website content management using Drupal or similar CMS; Mailchimp or similar EMS; social media platforms; web-based applications and project management tools; AV equipment.
Excellent writing and editing ability for web, print, outreach, and correspondence projects.
Ability to work collaboratively on project and events, flexibility and adaptability.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Experience in project management will be an advantage.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Prioritize and execute multiple projects simultaneously.
Handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion.
Collaborate well and supportively in a small staff, fast-paced setting.
Cultivate strong relationships with a large and varied set of constituencies.
Mostly sedentary work with considerable use of personal computers.
Ability to lift up to 15 lbs associated with managing supplies, event setup or audio/visual equipment; ability to walk to areas and program venues around campus and the city of Chicago.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the incumbent.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights. The Pozen Center supports the following:
(1) Rigorous liberal arts, graduate, and professional school curricula that combine foundational research with practice-oriented training, inc...luding a Study Abroad program in Vienna, Austria, a two quarter Civilizations Core sequence, and a Minor in the College.
(2) Summer student internships with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and international human rights bodies in the U.S. and across the world.
(3) Research that brings together faculty and students from across the disciplinary divisions and professional schools on issues such as health and human rights, human rights at home, arts and advocacy, migration and human rights, and human rights history.
(4) Projects and events to enhance the university's engagement with local, regional, national, and international human rights scholars, practitioners, and public officials.