Content & Digital Communications Specialist

University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Chicago, IL USA

Work at University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time

The Content & Digital Communications Specialist plays a crucial role in the Communications Department’s development and implementation of communications and marketing strategies, including public relations, brand management, event publicity, community engagement, and digital/social media management. This position assists in the integration of the communications needs of the Institute’s various initiatives, including its four core programs: the Speaker Series, Fellows Program, Civic Engagement Program, and Career Development Program. The position requires a knowledge of and passion for multi-channel communications and marketing, complemented by a robust interest in politics (local, national and international), and an ability to build relationships across diverse constituencies and communities. This position reports to the Institute’s Communications Director.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manages the IOP’s social media accounts
  • Responsible for strategizing ways to increase social media following and engagement in order to build a student-centered community
  • Designs and executes outreach campaigns to increase audience size for IOP events
  • Maintains editorial oversight of public outreach/social media feeds in order to preserve equitable attention to each of the IOP’s four program areas
  • Attends IOP programs to cover them for our social media; trains communications intern and/or other students for social media takeovers where in-person coverage isn’t possible
  • Produces other unique digital content for the IOP’s social media platforms (including mining past events for timely content tied to current news)
  • Responsible for keeping track of social media engagement statistics, including responding to DMs and other inquiries to improve brand responsiveness statistics
  • Performs data analysis of highly engaged student demographics
  • Manages weekly newsletters, in collaboration with the outreach intern
  • Collaborates with the Communications Director and Multimedia Specialist to ensure we are telling a consistent story across platforms
  • Meets regularly with each program area to discuss their communications needs
  • Assists in building our IOP alumni network, including lead role in alumni engagement
  • Assists with biannual campus fundraising campaign
  • Handles organization of Institute CRM system, including data management and analysis
  • Responsible for designing and compiling two student engagement surveys per academic year
  • Assist as needed in updating website or with graphics

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in public relations, marketing, English or related field


  • Experience in Communications or related field preferred
  • Experience working with college students or on a college campus
  • Experience with relational organizing
  • Finger on the pulse of social media trends
  • Eagerness to try new things

Preferred Competencies:

  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines is required
  • Deep fluency and knowledge of digital communications best practices including accessibility, website development, social media, data maintenance, and email marketing
  • Excellent communications skills required for the effective delivery of the Institute’s vision, mission and brand
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, as well as social media and CMS/CRM tools is required
  • Experience in production of marketing and communication materials; familiarity with website coding (HTML/CSS) and graphic design preferred
  • Ability to meet tight external and internal deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial, creative thinking about how to improve the Institute’s communications and outreach efforts
  • Knowledge of and passion for politics and igniting in young people a similar passion
  • Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Reference Contact Information (optional)
  • Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

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About University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Created in 2013 by University of Chicago alumnus David Axelrod (AB'76), the nonpartisan Institute of Politics is committed to fostering in our students a passion for public service, meaningful dialogue and active engagement in our democracy.

There are four primary programmatic components of the Institute:

  • The Speaker Series hosts nationally and internationally recognized speakers on a wide variety of issues related to the mission of the IOP, with more than 1,600 speakers coming to campus from across the political spectrum, a testament to the IOP’s non-partisan commitment to elevating public conversation around important contemporary issues.
  • The Fellows Program presents an opportunity for political practitioners, policy makers, journalists, and others engaged in politics, to be in residence at the University of Chicago for an academic quarter.
  • The IOP’s Career Development program sponsors 300+annual robust, paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students, placing them in high-level settings overseas, in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels.
  • The IOP’s Civic Engagement programs help students deepen their understanding of civic literacy, learn the concepts and skills to become democratically engaged, and develop the commitment and efficacy to become lifelong leaders; it does so by offering leadership development programs, experiential opportunities such as workshops and treks, and supporting student led initiatives.

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