Associate Director, Communications and Marketing
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Booth Kilts Center: Programs

About the Department

Founded in 1999, the James M. Kilts Center for Marketing advances marketing at Chicago Booth by sponsoring faculty research, designing programming that supports MBA students pursuing marketing-related roles, and supporting innovations in the marketing curriculum.
The Kilts Center strives to enhance the research environment and facilitate thought leadership among Booth's marketing faculty. In addition, the center helps attract and graduate the very best MBA talent who will go on to pursue successful careers in brand management, tech product management, general management, and more.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Chicago Booth is proud to claim:
-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 54,000 accomplished alumni.
- strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Communications and Marketing develops, plans, and executes the Kilts Center's communications and marketing efforts aimed at building awareness, understanding and interest for the Kilts brand name and programs, and the Chicago Booth Approach to Marketing among our target audiences. Target audiences include internal (e.g. internal Booth partners, faculty, prospective MBA students, current MBA and PhD students, alumni) and external (e.g. corporate partners, data partners, thought leaders around the world, and marketing practitioners).

Responsibilities include managing all Center event- and non-event communications, dissemination of faculty research, and ensuring consistent visual brand identity and messaging. This role guides content development for the Kilts Center including websites, newsletters, emails, blogs, social media, print, videos, and other promotional materials.

By building and maintaining strong relationships with Booth internal departments, student groups and faculty, this person will generate and disseminate a wide range of communications via traditional media, digital, social media and other channels. This person will also be responsible for measuring the effectiveness of the comprehensive marketing and communications efforts.


  • Manages the visual identity, branding, and consistent messaging of the Center to various audiences.
  • Leads development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy to increase awareness and visibility of the Center and marketing at Chicago Booth.
  • Identifies new communications initiatives and enhancements to current initiatives, and sets priorities.
  • Creates and executes annual communications plan for the Center.
  • Manages all event- and non-event related communications and promotions.
  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with communications/marketing staff in various departments and groups at Chicago Booth, including central Booth Marketing and Social Media, Media Relations and Communications, Intellectual Capital, Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Services, student groups, and other Booth Centers - to generate, repurpose, and disseminate content.
  • Collaborates closely with the Kilts Center's Events and Programs team members to create effective communications that drive event attendance.
  • Acts as relationship manager to student groups with whom the Kilts Center partners.
  • Interfaces with key constituents to plan, craft, and execute various Kilts Center publications and communications, including but not limited to websites, newsletters, email announcements, presentations, social media posts, blog entries, promotional materials, signage, etc.
  • Develops content and strategizes on creative and interactive ways to engage with students, speakers, alumni, faculty, and corporate partners.
  • Develops and optimizes standard processes related to all communications, and facilitates the seamless execution of communications and marketing tactics.
  • Supports creation of content that highlights the success of the Center by working with other departments and freelance writers.
  • Facilitates dissemination of faculty research across various communication channels.
  • Develops annual reports and external print publications.
  • Drafts content and oversees design and copy edits.
  • Evaluates success with detailed metrics across all channels, and makes strategic recommendations for improving performance of communications efforts.
  • Serves as Kilts Center liaison to enterprise communications groups such as Booth's central marketing team and social media council.
  • Acts as a willing resource to support ad hoc requests related to programs, events, and non-communications Kilts Center projects, as needed.
  • Develops one or more of the following marketing functions: marketing communications and advertising, web blogs or other digital marketing, and market research. Reviews and updates marketing infrastructure which may include one or more database systems, the intranet, and external web sites.
  • Develops marketing communications, advertising, or publicity strategy. Plans and coordinates the development and production of marketing campaigns, ensuring deadlines and budgets are met. Designs, writes, and edits high profile or high visibility marketing materials, which may include press releases, book jacket copy, blogs, or other Web material.
  • 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 in English, marketing, communications or journalism.
  • Master's degree.

  • Minimum three years of experience in communications, writing and marketing or similar roles.
  • Writing for business and/or nonprofit audiences.
  • Background in higher education.
  • Minimum two years of experience with project coordination and/or project management.
  • Branding and visual identity experience.
  • Digital marketing and social media experience.
  • Developing communications plans.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Proven office computer skills: e.g., MS Office, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
  • Working knowledge of a variety of media, including social media, print, and web communications.

Preferred Competencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education and professional development.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, detail-orientation, and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and expeditiously implement communications initiatives.
  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and with frequent interruptions.
  • Work independently with little supervision; possess a self-motivated disposition; identify opportunities for improvement and recommend effective changes, all while achieving key objectives resulting in desired outcomes.
  • Excellent strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical, and persuasion skills.
  • Effectively multi-task under deadlines, ask questions as necessary.
  • Collaborate with others at all levels of the organization as well as vendors, service providers, and other external constituents.
  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach.
  • Positive attitude and demonstrated adaptability are essential to this role.

Working Conditions
  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours on occasion.
  • Travel between Hyde Park and downtown Chicago.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

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

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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.

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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.

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