Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Erikson Institute

About Erikson Institute:

In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.

  • We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families. 
  • We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues. 
  • We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths. 
  • We improve Chicago’s schools. 
  • We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten. 
  • We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why. 

These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families.

We achieve our mission through:

  • academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field. 
  • online programs that expand access to advanced education. 
  • direct services to families. 
  • applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies. 
  • community partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.

Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.

Position Details

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will provide creative and administrative support, coordination and organization for marketing and communications projects and activities. A clear and creative communicator skilled in project management, the Coordinator supports department communications and marketing efforts to achieve the strategic goals of Erikson Institute. This position is 50% marketing/communications and 50% administrative, requiring a mix of writing, design, project management and administrative skills combined with an energetic, “can-do” attitude. The right candidate will be able to manage multiple priorities while staying calm and collected on deadline.


  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, using project management systems and tools such as Gantt charts, Google docs and spreadsheets for tracking project planning, implementation, status and completion of various components within the project. 
  • Create presentations and presentation materials using PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator or InDesign. Examples include pitch books for funders, slide shows, program books or other collateral for events; as well as ads, flyers, infographics and other marketing collateral. 
  • Draft copy as needed for memos, letters, e-newsletters, social media posts, presentations, articles. 
  • Provide photos and/or video for social media and other communications needs including video. 
  • Serve as back up for social media posting and monitoring. 
  • Fill out creative briefs for marketing/communications requests coming into the department, to help focus, refine and plan deliverables. 
  • Develop and maintain tracking, reporting and filing systems for the department. 
  • Assist with scheduling and setting up meetings with stakeholders across the organization. 
  • Assist director with invoicing and payment departmental expenses. 
  • Assist director with annual budget planning. 
  • Maintain vendor contract files and assist departmental staff with tracking renewals.


  • Creative and effective writer with solid design skills for presentations and graphics. 
  • Organized individual proficient in project management skills and tools. 
  • Proficient in social media (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube). 
  • Thorough knowledge of PC, using word processing, spreadsheet and database software, esp. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point). 
  • Proficient in photo/design programs such as Canva, PhotoShop, Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator and InDesign.


  • BA/BS in communications, marketing, or related field preferred.


  • Minimum 3+ years working in a marketing, advertising, communications or web content field in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Internship experience in any of these fields will also be acceptable.

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