About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University:
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University develops brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets. Based just outside of Chicago, the school is a global leader in management education, renowned for its distinctive thought leadership and pioneering approach to learning. Kellogg offers an innovative portfolio of programs: four Full-Time MBA programs including the accelerated One-Year MBA and Two-Year MBA options, and joint degree programs with the engineering and law schools; a Part-Time MBA Program; the premier Executive MBA global network; and extensive non-degree Executive Education programs.
The primary role of Director, Research & Thought Leadership Communications is to advance Kellogg's reputation around priority research and thought leadership topics as determined by faculty leaders.
Please Note: Due to the nature of the field, and to support events on-site during evenings and weekends, this role may experience work outside the standard business hours. This role may also involve limited travel.
Oversee competitive landscape analysis to inform and differentiate Kellogg's approach to promoting faculty research and thought leadership in specific disciplines.
Partner closely with faculty leaders and individual faculty members to advance Kellogg's reputation around research and thought leadership. This includes developing a communications vision, identifying key objectives and target audiences at a high-level, as well as for individual thought leadership platforms.
Develop and execute a measurable integrated marketing communication and stakeholder engagement plan that delivers on key objectives to elevate awareness of Kellogg's expertise in key thematic areas (i.e., healthcare, development economics) and engagement with key stakeholders (i.e, business practitioners).
Partner with the Reputation team to leverage earned, owned, social and paid media to bring objectives to fruition. Also collaborate closely with the Knowledge & Impact team, including the Strategic Initiatives, as well as Kellogg team members responsible for individual stakeholder engagement (e.g., alumni, prospective students) to help drive objectives.
Develop and coach, reward and retain, and optimize talent. This position will be responsible for embedding Kellogg's mission/strategy, leadership philosophy/approach, and performance driven-culture.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Minimum of 8 years of experience in all aspects of integrated public relations media with increasing levels of responsibility within a complex organization.
Excellent strategic public relations experience and a proven track record of driving public relations campaigns and generating positive coverage that builds organizational reputation.
Senior-level experience developing communication strategy and related plans; demonstrated ability to achieve established goals and business objectives as a result.
Proven ability to counsel and advise executive and senior leaders in complex environment on effective strategic communication best practices and approaches.
In-depth understanding and sophisticated grasp of the earned, owned and social media landscape and demonstrated ability to drive measurable outcomes.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong aptitude for critical thinking and ability to navigate complex business topics and issues with a focus on developing communication solutions that achieve established goals.
Demonstrated appreciation for the depth of issues facing MBA schools, and an interest and in-depth understanding of the management research interests of faculty at Kellogg School of Management.
Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of academic, administrative and corporate management.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, ability to develop strategy, messaging and positioning on complex topics and issues.
Strong analytical skills and ability to leverage data to inform strategic decision making.
Demonstrated ability to work with and counsel C-level executives.
Proven good judgment and an ability to work collaboratively across functions and groups to achieve established objectives.
Ability to work with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
Strong organizational, project management skills and workflow coordination skills.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities and meeting tight deadlines.
Ability to quickly analyze and integrate information from relevant (and sometimes disparate) sources.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to self-start.
Fluency in MS Office suite.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Eight or more years of experience in management-level communications role.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff.