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Director of Marketing and Communications

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Job Description

Department Press Journals Administration About the Department Since its origins in 1890 as one of the three main divisions of the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Press has embraced as its mission the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public understanding, and enrich cultural life. Through our books and journals, we seek not only to advance scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines but, in keeping with the University of Chicago's experimental tradition, to help define new areas of knowledge and intellectual endeavor. Job Summary Reporting to the Journals Director, the Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing plans that support the goals of the Journals Division. This includes, (a) developing and managing the internal and external communication program for the Journals Division’s 90 journals and 70 employees; (b) creating innovative campaigns and initiatives to increase the reach and revenue of the journals published by the Press; and (c) setting the strategic priorities of the marketing department and leading the 6-person team. Responsibilities Develops and oversees the marketing and communications strategy and operations for the University of Chicago Press Journals Division. Works collaboratively across departments to ensure the marketing and communications program aligns with the goals and vision of the Journals Division. Coordinates with the Senior Licensing and Sales Manager and other sales colleagues to develop campaigns that support journals sales activities to academic libraries and consortia worldwide to maximize reach and revenues. Implements marketing and communication strategies that raise the profile of individual journals and extends the reach of journals into new markets and audiences. Oversees projects and campaigns for new and existing initiatives and polices, ensuring awareness among relevant internal and external audiences. Identifies key partner organizations in the broader scholarly journal community that can amplify the Journals Division’s work. Develops and implements the strategic priorities of the Journals marketing department. Collaborates with the Director of Acquisitions, Publishers, and the Journals Director for partnership acquisition and retention. Evaluates and reports on ROI of current and potential marketing activities. Provides leadership for the Journals Division's strategic messaging, including the implementation of identity standards to ensure effective communication about, and knowledge of, the Division's mission. Oversees and manages the budget for all marketing and communication initiatives. Manages relationships with external agencies, vendors, and others hired to support marketing and communication projects for the UCP Journals Division. Leads and manages a 6-person marketing team, including selection and development of staff. Maintains knowledge of current and innovative marketing practices and technologies, and their fit within the journals publishing landscape. Represents the Journals Division at internal and external events, as needed. Plans, develops, designs and implements the strategic and tactical marketing plans for a department or program. Directs, monitors and evaluates marketing communication and research programs. Maintains departmental priorities, allocates resources, and determines project direction in line with established priorities. Performs other related work as needed. Minimum Qualifications Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field. --- Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7 years of work experience in a related job discipline. --- Certifications: --- Preferred Qualifications Education: Bachelor’s degree in related area. Master's degree in related area. Experience: At least 7 years experience working in the marketing, sales, communications, or business side of scholarly journal publishing. At least 5 years experience developing and executing marketing or communication campaigns to the academic market. Managing a marketing team, including measuring performance. Responsibly manage a budget. Experience and expertise in marketing, media relations, communications, issues management, social media. Working with scholarly societies. Technical Skills or Knowledge: High-level knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience in design (e.g., InDesign, Photoshop) and web (e.g., HTML, website content management platforms). Understanding of a variety of media and associated tools, including social media, print, and web communications. Understanding of business intelligence tools like PowerBI, Google Analytics, and bibliometric services. Preferred Competencies Knowledge of scholarly publishing industry and academic library markets. Outstanding verbal, written, and digital communication skills. Excellent presentation skills. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in marketing and communications strategy. Demonstrated ability to successfully design and manage communication campaigns, including measuring impact and effectiveness. Proficient ability to manage multiple, complex projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Manage stressful situations with ease. Demonstrated high level of organization, excellent time management, and attention to detail. Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative and positive work culture. Working Conditions Limited domestic and foreign travel. Hybrid work arrangement, not 100% remote. Application Documents Resume/CV (required) Cover Letter (required) When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application. Job Family Communications Role Impact People Manager FLSA Status Exempt Pay Frequency Monthly Scheduled Weekly Hours 37.5 Benefits Eligible Yes Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement Yes Drug Test Required No Health Screen Required No Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required No Posting Statement Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward. 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. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position. The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

Company Overview

  • Website uchicago.edu
  • Headquarters LEXINGTON, KY
  • Size 7,500 - 15,000
  • Founded 1890
  • Type Private
  • CEO RANDY SPRING
  • Revenue $3B - $5B
  • Industry Hospitality & Leisure
  • About university of chicago
  • UChicago is an educational and research institution that offers undergraduate, post graduate and professional programs.

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