Communications & Outreach Specialist

The University of Chicago


Provost Research Computing Center

About the Department

The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of Research, provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High-Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of Research oversees the conduct of sponsored research, research program development, and contract management functions.

Position Details

Communications & Outreach Specialist
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Summary

The job plans, prepares and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Work is performed with a moderate level of guidance, and typically includes marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.

The Research Computing Center (RCC) seeks a highly motivated Communications & Outreach Specialist. The Communications & Outreach Specialist is responsible for planning, coordinating, scheduling, advertising, and logistics for all programs, events and outreach activities hosted by the RCC. The person in this role will also be responsible for the center’s communications and marketing efforts. In collaboration with RCC leadership, this position will organize and coordinate outreach efforts that further the mission of the RCC.


  • Plan, coordinate, schedule, and advertise RCC programs, events, education, and training activities. 
  • Plan RCC’s annual signature event, Mind Bytes. Partner with internal and external collaborators, speakers, and sponsors to fully execute all components of the event. 
  • Organize and coordinate outreach programs. 
  • Coordinate RCC’s participation in campus events. 
  • Compile and analyze events, training and outreach metrics. 
  • Manage and maintain RCC website. 
  • Proactively seek and suggest additional outreach opportunities. 
  • Draft and/or coordinate communications and marketing materials. 
  • Serve as a back up to the Administrative Assistant and perform additional duties as assigned. 
  • Network with other communication and event specialists from other units on campus. 
  • 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


  • 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


  • Master’s degree.


  • Experience with developing event marketing collateral. 
  • Experience in an IT or academic environment.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and presentation skills. 
  • Excellent writing skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in a client-service environment. 
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight timelines.

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