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Assistant Director, Programs and Communications

Company: University of Chicago
Location: Hyde Park
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Department CSL I-House AdministrationAbout the Department International House at the University of Chicago is a dynamic residential and program center. Founded in 1932 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House is today one of 19 members of the International Houses Worldwide network. The mission of International House of Chicago is to promote cross-cultural understanding, mutual respect, and friendship among students and scholars and, on behalf of the people of metropolitan Chicago, toward individuals of all nations and backgrounds. In addition, International House serves the greater Chicago community as a cultural and intellectual center for a wide array of public programs. Over 200 internationally focused public programs are held each year at International House. These include music and cultural performances, outreach programs with Chicago-area international organizations, collaborations with foreign consulates, language exchanges and discussions, and forums and debates led by distinguished guest speakers through the longstanding Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Program.Job Summary Reporting to the Director of Administration and Finance, International House, the Assistant Director, Programs and Communications coordinates all public programming and marketing through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series, programming and marketing for graduate students through the Graduate Commons Program, alumni engagement activities including alumni weekend, and private university events including summer conferences. Help manage strategic and community partnerships with a variety of constituencies across campus and throughout Chicago to realize the vision and goals of International House.ResponsibilitiesHelp create, implement, manage and evaluate annual series of 100+ educational and cultural programs through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series.Help manage and build strategic alliances across the campus and in Chicago to offer programs that advance international perspectives and the diversity of ideas.Help create, implement, and manage activities for graduate and professional school students through the Graduate Commons Program and the GRAD Global Impact Internship Program.Staff events and programs and coordinate client needs onsite. Manage and attend a wide range of events during the day and evenings and weekends as required. Contribute to problem solving related to unforeseen issues concerning events and guests. Ensure that all events conform to University of Chicago and International House policies as necessary with a high-level of sensitivity to customer service and enhancing public relationships with program organizers and participants.Provide leadership opportunities for a team of 10+ students in the College through the Global Voices Metcalf Internship Program and a team of 15+ graduate students through the GRAD Global Impact Internship Program.Oversee all private special university events held at International House on a rental basis including summer conferences.Serve as an ambassador and advocate for International House and its mission within the UChicago community and beyond. Represent International House in and outside of the University including on committees and work groups as assigned.Manage communications and International House public profile for all programming including website, newsletters, weekly e-bulletins, listservs, multi-media productions, social media, and print materials. Broaden public relations through International House to enable engagement with the university community, and alumni and friends worldwide.Executes day-to-day event logistics, and other moderately complex assignments with some guidance from others.Reviews and finalizes the guest lists, assists with mailing invitations and creates brochures for the event.Works to implement ideas for improvement as they are identified in addition to providing post-event feedback on turnout and vendor performance with direction from others.Performs other related work as needed.Minimum QualificationsEducation:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.Work Experience:Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.Certifications:Preferred Qualifications Education: Advanced graduate or professional degree.Experience:Must be able to identify communication goals in the framework of overall marketing and public relations goals and develop clear, focused communications strategy to meet those goals preferred.Experience leading and creating programs and coordinating between multiple parts of an organization and marketing to and within a broad range of cultural and educational institutions at the highest levels; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to identify opportunities and create solutions; strong interpersonal skills to provide group and individual leadership and build relationships preferred.Academic and professional commitment to work with an international population and develop and support inclusive communities preferred.Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative preferred.Ability to exercise discretion regarding confidential matters on a consistent and ethical basis preferred.Must be detail-oriented, be able to work on and prioritize multiple projects, and work under pressure and meet deadlines preferred.Significant evening and weekend work preferred.An understanding of the broad international community in the City of Chicago and opportunities within the university environment preferred.Ability to understand the needs of the University of Chicago community and to work with faculty, staff, and students in a wide array of situations preferred.Preferred Competencies Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion.Foster Partnership and Collaboration.Lead Performance and Flawless Execution.Exhibit Resilience and Optimize Resources.Drive Employee Engagement.Application DocumentsResume (required)Cover Letter (preferred)Writing Sample (required)List of references (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 CommunicationsRole Impact Individual ContributorFLSA Status ExemptPay Frequency MonthlyScheduled Weekly Hours 37.5Benefits Eligible YesRequires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement YesDrug Test Required NoHealth Screen Required NoMotor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required NoPosting StatementEmployees 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.

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