Director, Communications

18 Aug, 2021


Director, Communications

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Booth Advancement: Marketing and Communications

About the Department
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. – strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University’s core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas – the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary
The Director, Communications within the Advancement team at Chicago Booth is responsible for building and maintaining a best-in-class marketing and communications approach that serves more than 55,000 alumni, donors, and friends. The Director is responsible for building, activating, and evaluating strategic marketing and communications plans and tactics for Advancement partners and constituencies. The Director is also responsible for the day-to-day management of a team of communications professionals, both directly and indirectly, in creative and production efforts to ensure team and partner goals are achieved.


  • Responsible for defining, developing, directing, and evaluating the overall vision of the Booth Advancement team’s marketing and communications strategy.
  • Develops and consistently evaluates a sustainable and proactive communications strategy and activation plan for each of Booth Advancement’s seven primary partners (Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Events, Global Advancement, Leadership Engagement and Initiatives, and Principal and Major Gifts).
  • Manages a team of professional marketing and communication staff responsible for marketing of events, programs, and special initiatives primarily within Booth Advancement, and also select projects within Booth and the broader University.
  • Oversees teams original content development, email communication strategies and deployment, social media strategies, and leadership communication along with web strategies and maintenance.
  • Leads the development, execution, and evaluation of Booth’s campaign communications plan.
  • Collaborates regularly and intentionally, and serves as the primary point of contact with Booth Marketing, University ARD Communications, University Communications, and other Booth and University partners.
  • Consistently evaluates the overall and individual team marketing and communication strategies to ensure they remain aligned with both annual and long-term goals.
  • Plans, develops, designs and implements strategic and tactical marketing plans for a department or program. Directs, monitors and evaluates marketing communication and research programs.
  • May develop departmental priorities, allocates resources, and determines project direction in line with established priorities.
  • 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 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or business.


  • Minimum eight years of progressive growth and direct experience in a marketing/communications position in higher education or Booth Advancement.
  • Proven experience developing, leading, and motivating a team.
  • Demonstrated experience working with both internal and external partners.
  • Working knowledge in a campaign, managing campaign communications and strategy.
  • Background working in, or strong knowledge of, CRM, CFP, and email marketing platforms.

Preferred Competencies

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, highly collaborative environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills, characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write well, with a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Self-motivated and work well with and through others.
  • Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.

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People Manager

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Pay Frequency

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Benefits Eligible

Drug Test Required

Health Screen Required

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

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Job posted: 2021-08-18