Communications & Outreach Specialist
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


Provost Research Computing Center

About the Department

The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC), a unit in the Office of Research, provides high-end research computing resources to researchers at the University of Chicago. It is dedicated to enabling research by providing access to centrally managed High-Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. These resources include hardware, software, high-level scientific and technical user support, and the education and training required to help researchers make full use of modern HPC technology and local and national supercomputing resources. The Office of Research oversees the conduct of sponsored research, research program development, and contract management functions.

Job Summary

The job plans, prepares and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the University's perspectives, programs, and accomplishments. Work is performed with a moderate level of guidance, and typically includes marketing, press relations, creative editorial and design services, and internal communications.

The Research Computing Center (RCC) seeks a highly motivated Communications & Outreach Specialist. The Communications & Outreach Specialist is responsible for planning, coordinating, scheduling, advertising, and logistics for all programs, events and outreach activities hosted by the RCC. The person in this role will also be responsible for the center's communications and marketing efforts. In collaboration with RCC leadership, this position will organize and coordinate outreach efforts that further the mission of the RCC.


  • Plan, coordinate, schedule, and advertise RCC programs, events, education, and training activities.
  • Plan RCC's annual signature event, Mind Bytes. Partner with internal and external collaborators, speakers, and sponsors to fully execute all components of the event.
  • Organize and coordinate outreach programs.
  • Coordinate RCC's participation in campus events.
  • Compile and analyze events, training and outreach metrics.
  • Manage and maintain RCC website.
  • Proactively seek and suggest additional outreach opportunities.
  • Draft and/or coordinate communications and marketing materials.
  • Serve as a back up to the Administrative Assistant and perform additional duties as assigned.
  • Network with other communication and event specialists from other units on campus.
  • Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
  • Continues to build higher level knowledge of the University, processes, and customers.
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree.

  • Experience with developing event marketing collateral.
  • Experience in an IT or academic environment.

Preferred Competencies
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently in a client-service environment.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight timelines.

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover letter (required)
  • Writing sample (2 page limit) preferred

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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