Communications Manager

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


UEI Consortium Communications Richter

About the Department

For over 30 years, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) has informed solutions to the most difficult problems facing urban schools. The UChicago Consortium is committed to better understanding the fundamental practices and conditions that advance student learning, promote attainment, and foster more equitable outcomes. We work in a highly collaborative environment that produces research of high technical quality to inform policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools, as well as schools nationwide. A central component of our work is engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and stimulating evidence-driven discourse about the vital issues facing schools. The UChicago Consortium has been described as the 'gold standard' for education research-practice partnerships and has been replicated nationally. Our research has been an essential factor in improving outcomes for students and school staff, both in Chicago and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see

Job Summary

The UChicago Consortium seeks a Communications Manager to manage its publications and content, working collaboratively with authors to communicate their work clearly and compellingly for key audience(s) and produce Consortium research products. The Communications Manager is responsible for shepherding authors through the writing, peer review, editing, and publication processes of Consortium publications. The manager coordinates and oversees the peer review, editing and layout processes, moving publications from initial design to public release. This role will work closely and collaboratively with the Consortium communications, senior leadership, project support team, and research staff. The Communications Manager will also contribute to communications strategy and activities, supporting the development of messaging and collateral for priority audiences and engagement activities, including meetings and presentations, digital content, and media efforts. This position is in-person for the first six months and has an option to be hybrid after six months.


  • Helps research authors shape their messages and develop their narratives for: product publications; Steering Committee presentations/discussions; CPS partner updates; external presentations, etc.

  • Helps authors choose the appropriate methods and/or products to communicate effectively with partners and audiences.

  • Performs editorial oversight of research publications, content and collateral.

  • Attends to final details for publications, including project-specific nuances around clarity and consistency, in collaboration with research leadership.

  • Oversee publications process and work with project support team to monitor progress.

  • Oversees the process of teams’ writing, preparing, and/or delivering information from or about the unit.

  • Manages communications budgets for Consortium products.

  • Works with authors to establish and support product timeline development to meet organizational goals.

  • Coordinates and oversees work of reviewers, editor, and design specialists.

  • Oversees execution of publication design.

  • Partners with the Senior Communications Strategist and external designers on copyediting and design elements to ensure high-quality publications with a strong commitment to clarity, accessibility, consistency, and effective design.

  • Contributes writing and editing for Consortium communications strategy and tactics, including.

  • Blogs and newsletters, stakeholder-friendly collateral, digital assets, etc. to advance Consortium impact.

  • Editorial content calendar and related campaigns to support research communications.

  • Communications to foundations and individual and corporate donors including updates, and proposals for strategic partnerships.

  • Communications of family-facing products in support of strategic Consortium partnerships.

  • Collaborates on strategies for dissemination to key audiences (policymakers, practitioners, families and philanthropy), and partners.

  • Maintains awareness of key issues, trends, needs from the field to inform Consortium communications strategy and activities.

  • Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.

  • Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


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

Work Experience:

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



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Policy Analysis, Social Science Research, or a related field.


  • Work experience in a writing, outreach, communications, or research-oriented environment.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

  • Experience effectively communicating nuanced information to a variety of audiences.

  • Record of results working collaboratively within teams and with external partners/vendors, across multiple projects.

  • Experience managing written and/or designed products strongly preferred.

  • Experience with school environments and practitioners strongly preferred.

  • Experience with Twitter and other social media strongly preferred.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent active listening, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to collect, synthesize, and present information effectively.

  • Strong project and stakeholder management skills across internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.

  • Attention to grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Budget management skills strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of desktop publishing, Web authoring/design and graphic design software strongly preferred.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

  • Writing Sample (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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