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partTime
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Editorial Content Manager, UChicago Arts

Department

AI Logan Center Marketing and Communications


About the Department

With a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary practices, intricately mixed with intellectual curiosity and creative energy, the University of Chicago fosters a bustling arts community on Chicago’s South Side. UChicago Arts brings together all arts on campus to create a dynamic community that forges an integrative model for practice, presentation, and scholarship, integrating an ambitious suite of new initiatives, academic departments and programs, professional organizations, and more than 60 student arts organizations. Designed as a home for the creative life of the University of Chicago campus and the City of Chicago, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a partner, resource, and catalyst for developing deeper cultural networks and richer creative projects citywide and beyond. The Logan Center is a place where boundaries dissolve and artistic work is amplified through a web of collaborative partners. More than just a building, it is an innovative hub for arts education for UChicago students and Chicago Public School students and families, a platform to showcase today's most innovative creators across all media, and a locus for impactful and collaborative artistic innovations with partners in nearby South Side communities and across Chicago.

The Logan Center also serves as an important connector for work across the arts at the University and supports the broader work of UChicago Arts. The Logan Center and UChicago Arts Communications team leads the Logan Center marketing and communications efforts and supports broad institutional marketing for the arts across the University. The team provides direct marketing support for the programs of the Logan Center including the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, Logan Center Exhibitions, University Arts Engagement, and Community Arts programs and partner academic and community projects, as well as select UChicago Arts collaborative projects. In addition, the communications team amplifies the communications efforts of Arts + Public Life, Court Theatre, the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Smart Museum of Art and initiatives such as Public Art, UChicago Arts grants programs, etc. through close collaboration with staff in those areas. In support of the Logan Center's role as a coordinating hub for the arts at the University, the Logan Center / UChicago Arts Communications team encourages collaborative arts communications efforts across the University through strategic efforts to raise the visibility of the arts at the University.

Current communications channels include digital (Logan Center, UChicago Arts, and program specific websites, email newsletters, etc.); social media (Logan Center, UChicago Arts, and program specific channels); content development (news stories, blog posts, etc.); print (event posters, postcards, etc.); and limited paid advertising and public relations efforts. Working closely with communications and programming colleagues across the University, the Logan Center/ UChicago Arts communications team is led by the Director of Communications working closely with a full-time Assistant Director of Box Office & Patron Services, part-time Digital Media Manager, and a select group of communications consultants.


Job Summary

The Editorial Content Manager for UChicago Arts and the Logan Center develops editorial strategies, themes, and content that highlight the arts at the Logan Center and across the University as well as the importance of arts and culture to a healthy community. The Editorial Content Manager ensures that content is vibrant, on-brand, and engaging across multiple touchpoints. Content includes but is not limited to news articles, topical stories, press releases, blog entries, feature stories, editorials and op-eds, magazine articles, video interviews, video shorts, and podcast interviews. The Editorial Manager works closely with the Director of Communications and the Digital Media Manager to create editorial calendars and produce quality, accurate, and informative content to help builds audiences, inform donors and potential donors, and share the stories of the arts at the University.

This is offered as a part-time, benefits eligible role.

Responsibilities

  • Develops and executes content strategies, editorial guidelines, and style guides.
  • Maintains a comprehensive editorial calendar.
  • Manages production and distribution of content.
  • Manages external teams of writers, graphic designers, videographers, etc.
  • Serves as editorial gatekeeper for all editorial content to ensure quality, clarity, creativity, authenticity, and consistency.
  • Writes articles, press releases, one-pagers, media kits, brochures, program descriptions, and other content.
  • Discharges copywriting and editing duties for collateral materials as well as digital and print advertising.
  • Trains office staff on office procedures and compliance protocols. Coordinates special projects.
  • Researches and analyzes data to create reports, and may create other reports for grants and contracts.
  • Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
  • Continues to build higher level knowledge of the University, processes and customers.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:

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

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, journalism, english, or a related field.

Experience:

  • Content strategy development experience highly valued.
  • At least three years of experience in an editorial content role and/or a portfolio demonstrating ability to develop content.
  • Three years of experience producing content about the arts.
  • Experience writing content for print materials, digital media, and web.
  • Strong research and planning skills.
  • Design experience a plus.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of SEO and digital best practices.
  • Relevant experience with social media platforms, including basic operation of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and other platforms.
  • Knowledge of best social media practices, live event integration, and audience engagement.
  • Comfortable with cloud computing and use of web-based software.
  • Proficiency in the Chicago Manual of Style and APA style.
  • General knowledge of content marketing strategy, branding, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, social media, and email campaign strategies.

Preferred Competencies

  • Quickly adjust to sudden requests and short deadlines.
  • Decision quality and accountability.
  • Authentic and effective communications.
  • Employee engagement.
  • Partnership and collaboration.
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion.
  • Exceptional written and spoken communications skills.
  • Strong expertise in content strategy and able to lead editorial content campaigns.
  • Handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Strong organizational, planning, problem0solving and project management skills.
  • Take initiative, work independently and contribute as a member of a team.
  • Temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population.
  • Self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
  • Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills.

Working Conditions

  • Manage a workload, prioritizing and executing multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.
  • Considerable office work including ability to sit and use computers for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Occasional pushing and lifting of chairs and tables to set up events.
  • Some light lifting (10 to 50 lbs).
  • Travel to various campus locations.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Four Writing Samples or link to portfolio (required)
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago / Hyde Park