Communications & Events Marketing Coordinator

University of Chicago

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Becker Friedman Institute Programming

About the Department:

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit

Position Details

Communications & Events Marketing Coordinator
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Summary:

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is currently seeking to hire a Communications & Event Marketing Coordinator to play an important role with the communications team’s development and implementation of communications and marketing strategies, including public relations, brand management, event publicity, community engagement efforts, and social media campaigns. The position requires a knowledge of digital communications, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and the desire to be part of a fast-moving and well-connected team. This position reports to BFI’s Senior Manager, Policy Communication and Outreach.


  • Collaborates with members of the BFI communications and events team to understand project requirements and concepts. 
  • In cooperation with the Senior Manager, develops and produces event marketing and communications materials, including email marketing, social media, and in-person event support. 
  • Works with the Senior Policy Communications and Outreach Manager and other members of the communications team in the development and execution of digital communications plans. 
  • Uses broad knowledge of marketing and website design to help with content, design and management of the BFI website. 
  • Oversees the organization of the BFI contact database, and produces email newsletters, among other audience outreaches. 
  • Contributes to BFI’s social media strategy. 
  • Supports BFI events as needed in collaboration with the Senior Manager of Events & Academic Programs. 
  • Gathers and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate to high levels of guidance and direction. 
  • Accomplishes assigned duties through two or more of the following: written communications; visual/graphic media, which may include Web site development and maintenance; speeches and personal contact. 
  • The incumbent is still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. 
  • Continues to build higher level knowledge of the University, processes and customers. 
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. 


  • Relevant experience, such as event and/or conference planning. 
  • Background in higher education is a plus. 

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. 
  • Demonstrates some knowledge of communications best practices including website management, social media, data maintenance, and email marketing. 
  • Strong copy-editing skills 
  • Digital competencies, including knowledge of WordPress. 

Preferred Competencies:

  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines. 
  • Skilled in production of marketing and communication materials. 
  • Entrepreneurial, creative thinking about how to improve BFI’s communications and outreach efforts. 
  • Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team. 
  • General interest in economics and public policy. 
  • Must be reliable and able to maintain weekly set schedule. 
  • Strong writing skills. Eagerness to learn and be part of a team.

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