Communications Manager

Illinois Institute of Technology


Based in the global metropolis of Chicago, Illinois Tech is the only technology-focused university in the city.It offers degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

Position Details

Communications Manager
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The communications manager is responsible for managing internal and external communications including general visibility, public relations, social media and media outreach strategies as directed by the communications director. This position is also responsible for writing, editing and publishing content for internal channels, including the university’s daily electronic newsletter, Illinois Tech Today.

Special Schedule Requirements:

May need to work some nights and weekends for media and/or university related events.

Key Responsibility:

Write copy, edit submissions and publish content for owned-media properties, such as Illinois Tech Today (the university’s daily electronic newsletter), campus-wide emails, and web copy, ensuring all content is consistent with the guidelines and standards set forth in the Illinois Tech Editorial Style Guide. Percentage Of Time 40.

Key Responsibility:

Work alongside social media team to be able to post social media content, monitor and track social media engagement for Illinois Tech Today and other IIT social media channels including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Percentage Of Time 10.

Key Responsibility:

Assist with creating and managing public relations and media relations campaigns, including writing press releases, responding to media inquiries, monitoring and tracking media mentions. Percentage Of Time 40.

Key Responsibility:

Other duties as assigned by the communications director and vice president of external affairs. Percentage Of Time 10.

Education & Experience:

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position along with a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in communications, media, journalism or a related field. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills along with interviewing skills are essential. A good understanding of general practices, methods and procedures related to public relations, media relations and marketing.

Knowledge & Skills:

The right person for the job will be organized and detail-oriented. Passionate about good editing, writing, and grammar. Knowledgeable about social media best practices. Comfortable dealing with the media (making media pitches, and answering questions from the media when inquires come into the media team) and have a solid understanding of online, television, and radio media outlets. Able to think critically and creatively. Able to work well under deadline pressure and multi-task. Willing to work independently as well as collaboratively. Willing to take direction and work in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

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