Digital Communications Editor

University Of Chicago Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

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34465 Pritzker Inst for Molecular Engineering

About the Unit

The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) is a transformational academic unit focused on the intersection of science and engineering. Established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and molecular design. IME is the largest new academic program established by the University since 1988. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) digital communications manager will help the school sustain and build a strong digital presence by overseeing the maintenance of the Pritzker Molecular Engineering website and helping manage other digital assets, including social media channels and an electronic internal newsletter. This position takes a lead role in training users on PME's content management system and serves as a consultant to faculty and staff regarding website best practices. He/she will draft web content as needed for our fast-growing unit and ensure a user-friendly information architecture. For social, he/she will help draft and schedule posts and assist with social media campaigns and strategy. He/she will work with the director of communications to develop a new, electronic newsletter for internal communications. Once developed, the manager will assist in drafting content, building, and distributing the newsletter. Additionally, this role is responsible for providing regular benchmarking reports for PME digital assets and producing a variety of other content and marketing communications deliverables as needed.

Job Family


Responsible for planning, preparing, publishing, and disseminating University sponsored information both internally and externally. Prepares written, graphical, audio, and visual material to support the communications to press and government agencies.

Career Track and Job Level


Plans, prepares and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Responsibilities typically include marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.

P3: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job uses best practices and knowledge to plan, prepare, and disseminate information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Devises strategy relating to marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.

  1. Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view., 2) 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., 3) Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit., 4) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

  1. Update and maintain PME website, including content development and information architecture
  2. Provide training on website CMS (Drupal)
  3. Serve as a web consultant to PME faculty and staff
  4. Assist in the development and distribution of internal communications
  5. Produce at least three posts weekly for each social media channel, including possible live tweeting and Facebook Live opportunities
  6. Help maintain social media editorial calendars and execute social media strategies
  7. Conduct weekly social media scans and draft reports regarding competitors, stakeholders, and relevant topics
  8. Provide metrics on all digital assets, including the website, social media, and internal newsletter
  9. Assist in managing and moderating conversations on social channels
  10. Assist in the development of marketing collateral, including annual reports, brochures, etc.
  11. Work with director to identify opportunities to enhance audience engagement
  12. Support other PME marketing and communications efforts as needed

Unit-preferred Competencies

  1. Demonstrated experience using and supporting web-based marketing software such as website content management systems, email service providers, and/or marketing automation platforms
  2. Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of SEO best practices and website analytics tools
  3. Demonstrated experience with information architecture and writing for the web
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Demonstrated ability to think creatively
  6. Ability to multi-task, work independently, and produce a high volume of work under tight deadlines.
  7. Proficiency in video editing platforms and image-editing software desirable
  8. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


  1. Bachelor's Degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, English or a related field


  1. A minimum of five years of experience in digital communications, journalism, or a related field
  2. Experience with developing web-based communications (such as blogging, newsletters, social media, website maintenance, etc.)
  3. Video and photography experience desirable
  4. Nonprofit or higher education communications experience

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample (web content preferred)

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours

Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Date

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Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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