Leads the development and implementation of communications, government relations, and community engagement plans that support the overall strategic goals of the Inclusive Economy Lab as well as the goals of individual programs. Works with the Executive Director and program directors to identify and prioritize goals.
Ensures that external relations strategies are communicated effectively to appropriate stakeholders both inside and outside the organization.
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with University communications, civic engagement, and federal relations staff in support of the Labâ™s goals.
Builds and maintains relationships with elected officials at the local and state level to raise the visibility of the Labâ™s work with these audiences and advance the use of research evidence in the legislative process.
Develops and manages a communications budget and oversees a stable of communications freelancers to support and execute on communications plans.
Serves as executive editor for the organization's website, blog, and social media. Ensures consistent voice across internal- and external-facing documents and program descriptions, including project two-pagers, presentation decks. Manages the Labâ™s external relations calendar and coordinates internal and external newsletters.
Oversees the organizationâ™s response to inquiries from media. Grows relationships with key members of the media and with communications teams at other government, non-profit, and community partners.
Identifies significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support the Labâ™s work and creates and implements plans to leverage them.
Supports the Labâ™s recruiting and fundraising goals in partnership with the Executive Director, People Operations Manager, program directors and University of Chicago Alumni Relations and Development staff. Develops customized donor engagement and recruitment materials, including annual/impact reports and customized thank you materials.
Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
Makes contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues.
Performs other related work as needed.
7-10 years of external relations, public affairs, communications and/or media experience in public policy, political, research or non-profit organizations.
Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference required.Â
Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment.
Experience developing, managing, and improving external relations or communications plans.
Keen understanding of traditional, digital, and social media outlets and their audiences and reach, and the ability to adapt organizationsâ™ key messages to those formats.
Strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with tight deadlines, including flexibly and quickly responding to unanticipated external relations and communications issues.
Superior written and verbal communications skills.
Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons.
Experience working with electronic databases and communication systems (CMS and MailChimp).
Knowledge of graphic design.
Ability to work a hybrid schedule both virtual and in-person.
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