Social and Digital Media Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Marketing & Communications
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


PSD Data Science Staff

About the Department

The Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago was established to support the development of emerging efforts in data science across the University. The staff in the Data Science Institute support the University’s community of scholars, their shared ideals, and the core values that make the University a singular intellectual destination. Together with the University's deans and department chairs, the Data Science Institute provides the opportunities, infrastructure, and resources that encourage our faculty and other scholars to pursue their finest work.

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.


  • Work with the DSI Communications Director to evolve and evaluate social media and digital marketing strategies.
  • Contribute to different prongs of internal and external marketing and communications campaigns and initiatives.
  • Create engaging social media content and multimedia, execute ad campaigns, and analyze data.
  • Film and produce creative videos primed for online engagement.
  • Disseminate content that highlights DSI research, education programs, and outreach activities.
  • Manage digital and social media assets, compiles and analyzes relevant metrics based on established strategic goals.
  • Builds brand identification of the DSI and its research, education, and outreach programs through the penetration of social media, search engines, portal sites, and tracks usage and trends of related websites and social networks.
  • Assists in designing strategic marketing plans to support DSI internal and external campaigns.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders and partners across University of Chicago departments and divisions.
  • Applies knowledge and experience to assist with internal and external communications initiatives.
  • Distills complex science into engaging content a lay audience can use as part of multiple campaign initiatives and content platforms, spanning written, video/multimedia, and other formats.
  • Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
  • Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity. Manage digital and social media assets (including routine website maintenance); compiles and analyzes relevant metrics based on established strategic goals.
  • 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


  • Experience creating engaging social media content and increasing audience engagement.
  • Demonstrated track record of creating engaging content and increasing success metrics.
  • Experience filming and editing videos.
  • Experience creating and managing paid social media advertising campaigns and analyzing campaign data/conversions.
  • Experience working with Google analytics, and other digital tools and metrics.
  • Experience with web-based communications technologies (blogging, podcasting, website maintenance, etc.).
  • Experience writing and editing online content.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Social media marketing skills.
  • Graphic design skills.
  • Copywriting skills.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Google analytics, Google tag manager, and other digital tools.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with MS Office Suite, especially Word and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with software platforms like Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with videography, photography, multimedia production.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with websites like WordPress.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and editorial style.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to create both news and marketing/promotional copy and videos.
  • Interview and content research skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Editing skills.
  • Creativity.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Ability to coordinate with teams.
  • Project management skills.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • 3 Social media work samples (required)
  • 3 Video production samples showcasing filming and editing (preferred)
  • Link to personal website or portfolio (preferred)

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

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