Public Relations Manager - UIC School of Law

University of Illinois Chicago

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

Position Details

Public Relations Manager - UIC School of Law
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Position Summary:

The UIC School of Law, Chicago's first public law school, is seeking a full time Public Information Associate Specialist I (Public Relations Manager). The Public Information Associate Specialist I is responsible for translating the Law School's story into effective media communications by identifying existing and new media channels, forums, and placement opportunities; defining appropriate audiences and segmenting the law school's message; writing and editing copy; maintaining and building a portfolio of media contacts; and supporting and collaborating with colleagues to effectively advance the mission and reputation of the institution.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, ability to work with frequent interruptions, is deadline driven, has excellent writing and communication skills, and has a deep level of commitment to excellence and inclusion.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strategize, write, and edit institutional press releases and media alerts. 
  • Pitch and place relevant news stories with appropriate legal media. 
  • Manage, write, and edit additional news website content, including monthly student, faculty, and alumni activity reports. 
  • Maintain institutional social media accounts. 
  • Perform related news research and ensure accuracy of content. 
  • Establish and maintain proactive relationships with legal news sources. 
  • Respond to media requests and coordinate media needs in concert with the Executive Director. 
  • Maintain editorial schedules for industry publications. 
  • Initiate and negotiate rates on advertising and monitor associated production schedules. 
  • Manage press release systems and initiate contracts with applicable service providers. 
  • Coordinate photography requests and photography archive (with Senior Graphic Designer). 
  • Manage, track, and interpret media reports and analytics to ensure effective strategies. 
  • Research and update annual mailing lists related to national promotions. 
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, or a related field. 
  2. One (1) year (12 months) of professional work experience in public relations, journalism, social media communications, newspaper reporting, radio/television broadcasting with emphasis on production, or web/digital media.

Note: Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of work experience.

This is a full-time and benefits eligible position. UIC offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience. All full-time benefits eligible positions include a comprehensive benefits package which includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefit pension plan as well as paid leave which includes Vacation, Holiday and Sick. In addition, we offer tuition waivers for employees and dependents. Click for a complete list of Employee Benefits.

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