Job Summary:

The Communications Coordinator provides project leadership for communications initiatives (e.g., digital, print publication, audiovisual, and social media projects) and assists with event programming for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Manages specific communications projects across the entire Center and ensures that projects meet Center goals. Serves as the CFAR communications editor, developing and executing a communications content strategy that supports the CFAR brand position.

Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has a grand vision – to end the HIV epidemic, with Chicago as a national model for high-impact research collaborations. Third Coast CFAR partners include Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health, and key community organizations, including Howard Brown Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Center on Halsted, AllianceChicago, and many others. Our mission is to catalyze cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary HIV research collaborations with a broad scope and major impact on the HIV epidemic in Chicago. The Third Coast CFAR is one of a national network of Centers for AIDS Research, the purpose of which is to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality HIV research projects. The emphasis is on collaboration between basic and clinical investigators in order to enhance translational research — a type of research in which findings from the laboratory and behavioral science are brought to the clinic and vice versa. In doing this work, we aim to value diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage communications initiatives for CFAR ranging from website maintenance, content development, e-newsletters, audiovisual creation, publication management, and social media.
  • Lead and advise the Center on the development of effective communications strategies; manage and execute projects as assigned.
  • Assist with event programming, including inviting speakers, advertising events, and setting up seminars and webinars.
  • Research, compile, and disseminate external events and media related to Chicago area HIV research.
  • Create communications and educational activities, training videos, infographics, events, presentations, marketing, etc.
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of collateral materials such as videos, programs, posters, invitations, etc.
  • Promote the Center using broadcast email, websites, social media, advertising, etc.
  • Analyze information and recommend metrics to determine success of communications initiatives and create associated reports.
  • Serve as the primary communications editor for the Center, determining communications content strategy.
  • Assess that programming and communication meets visual and content brand requirements.
  • Serve as liaison to communications staff members at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, ISCI, and other university departments and programs.
  • Support Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) communications as needed, such as marketing events and writing web stories on HIV research topics.

Other Duties

  • May oversee consultants or interns as needed.
  • Other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as communications/marketing, social sciences, journalism, healthcare, public health, or related field; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum two years of experience developing digital content in an academic, public health, or corporate environment, including experience with content planning, creation, dissemination, and maintenance.

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

  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Demonstrated strategic communications/marketing skills
  • Demonstrated communications/marketing execution skills
  • Demonstrated experience in content marketing, including broadcast email and social media
  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and marketing
  • Demonstrated experience in basic video editing and graphic design

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of work experience developing multimedia marketing plans inclusive of offline media, digital, content, and events.
  • 1-2 years of work experience in academic events planning.
  • Prior experience as a health or science communications practitioner implementing digital strategies or content strategies.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Interest or experience in working on LGBTQ issues
  • Interest or experience in working in HIV prevention

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