About the Department
University Communications focuses on building the brand, enhancing the reputation and growing public understanding of the University of Chicago, where rigorous inquiry shapes fields, creates a transformative education and experience, and confronts the most important problems of our time. The communications team in collaboration with UChicago Creative, the University’s in-house creative agency, specializes in content creation, media relations, public affairs, brand strategy, and video and audio production for the University, while serving as a communication partner and center of excellence across UChicago.
The Media Relations Manager supports sciences, technology and innovation to help drive media coverage and increase public understanding of scientific discovery, innovation, and impact across the University and affiliated national laboratories. This position will work to elevate UChicago’s research eminence, its leadership in building and defining scientific fields, and its solutions-focused approach to innovation. The Media Relations Manager must be passionate about cutting-edge science and eager to find new ways to tell the huge volume of interesting stories. The Media Relations Manager must be able to translate complicated science into easy-to-understand language, juggle multiple assignments at once, pay close attention to detail, perform well under pressure, and work well with others.
Successful candidates will join a progressive, dynamic, and results-oriented team, and will serve as the key point people for distributing news of research and this position offers the opportunity to interact regularly with leading scientists and national journalists, and to be at the center of high-visibility, high-priority announcements that have the potential to shape scientific fields.
The Media Relations Manager will be assigned to one of the following projects:
- Quantum and Innovation – Support quantum research at UChicago and affiliated national laboratories, as well as work at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
- Biological Sciences – Support cross-campus collaborations involving cancer research and non-clinical research at the Biological Sciences Division.
- Molecular Engineering and Physical Sciences – Support the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the Physical Sciences Division.
- In partnership with the Associate Vice President for Media and Public Affairs, develops issues/crisis media statements if needed.
- Writes news summaries.
- Pitches expert advisories, news stories and research to journalists.
- Builds and maintains lists of reporters.
- Uses monitoring services such as Meltwater to track coverage and compile quarterly metric reports.
- Measurably increases media coverage.
- Maintains and enhances relationships with key members of the mainstream and trade media.
- Collaborates in strategic planning to create focused and effective media campaigns.
- Leads the development and staffing of press conferences.
- Works closely with faculty and deans to stay current on upcoming research and science news.
- Collaborates closely with the content and social teams.
- Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
- Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- At least five years of experience in media relations and/or journalism.
- Extensive experience working with media in print, broadcast, etc.
- Familiarity with and history of working in the sciences, engineering or technology.
- Superior writing skills.
- Demonstrated ability to place stories and build media relationships.
- Excellent news judgment.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills.
- Juggle multiple projects at once.
- Proven ability to write about technical ideas in a way that captures their depth and complexity, while also making them understandable to the general public.
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