Senior Communications Coordinator

Northwestern University

Northwestern is one of the nation’s premier research universities, combining innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and diverse environment. Northwestern provides both students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in beautiful settings, with two campuses located on Lake Michigan: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, minutes north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in downtown Chicago.

Position Details

Senior Communications Coordinator
Northern Illinois
Evanston, IL

Job ID: 34664

Job Location: Evanston, Illinois

Job Summary:

The Senior Communications Coordinator assists with key day-to-day functions across the communications team. The position provides exposure to a breadth of activity across the communications team, and the specialist will have a role in high-priority communications projects throughout the organization. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to hone his or her skills through helping to manage the school's relationship with the media; contributing to reporting and measurement of the external communications team's strategic goals; and writing enterprise news stories. Please note: Evening and weekend hours are occasionally necessary when workload or event coverage requires it.

Specific Responsibilities:

Media Relations:

  • In partnership with external communications team, promote Kellogg's reputation to the business community and prospective students through proactive and reactive media relations.
  • Lead research to aid the external communications team in making strategic decisions regarding media inquiries and reporter relationships.
  • Partner with social media coordinator to ensure that media coverage is amplified across appropriate Kellogg-owned channels.

Media Reporting & Analytics:

  • Drive weekly and monthly media reporting and measurement aligned with the external communications team's strategic goals.
  • Partner with social media coordinator to drive monthly reporting of thought leadership performance on Kellogg-owned social media channels, as needed.

Content Development:

  • Draft content (e.g., news stories, event recaps, website copy, social media posts) for Kellogg-owned channels, as needed.

Intern Team Management:

  • Partner with Associate Director of External Communications to recruit, retain and develop a team of four part-time undergraduate interns serving the external communications team.
  • Manage the day-to-day workflow of intern team, serving as ongoing manager and mentor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong organizational, project management and workflow coordination skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally one-to-one and in small groups.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and proposes new ideas and solutions.
  • Working knowledge of social media.
  • Exceptional fluency in MS Office suite (including Power Point), English-language grammar and Associated Press style rules.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • 1–3 years' experience in an entry-level marketing, communications or public relations role.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Familiarity with scaled nonprofit and higher education environments.

To view the job posting and/or apply for the job, click here:

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

« Back