The Marketing and Communications Project Manager is a key role on the Mar/Comm team. The Project Manager creates and improves the administrative infrastructure and protocols that allow the department to plan, implement, and evaluate its strategic objectives. The Project Manager, a new position, is responsible for developing and implementing a logistical coordination system to manage workflow of both short- and long-term projects handled by the Mar/Comm department, working closely and collaboratively with the other members of the Mar/Comm, and as needed the Institutional Advancement teams. Some examples of these projects include:
Developing and managing timelines and task assignments for creating and/or updating all printed and digital collateral for Institute programs and services, keeping stakeholders on schedule, managing vendor relationships, deliverables, and providing post-project assessment to enhance future efforts.
Managing creative briefs for marketing/communications requests coming into the department, working with requesters to help focus, refine and plan deliverables.
Developing and managing timelines and task assignments for Erikson events involving Mar/Comm and Institutional Advancement, including Commencement, twice-yearly fundraising appeals and an annual fundraising luncheon.
Developing and managing a system for efficient and brand-compliant use of Erikson’s electronic email CRM (currently MailChimp).
Creating and maintaining an administrative procedure manual for the Mar/Comm and Institutional Advancement department; documenting roles, responsibilities and protocols for key department responsibilities.
Developing and maintaining a system for tracking vendor payments and working closely with the Director to monitor budget lines to remain on track across the fiscal year.
Develop and manage a system for handling creative briefs for marketing/communications requests coming into the department, to help focus, refine and plan deliverables.
A seasoned professional, the Project Manager is someone who sees the big picture and enjoys managing systems to achieve strategic goals. The Project Manager possesses clear communication and customer service skills and has demonstrated success in creating and managing systems. The right candidate will be able to manage multiple priorities while staying calm and collected on deadline. The Mar/Comm Project Manager reports directly to the Director of Marketing and Communications.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Manage multiple projects simultaneously, using project management systems and tools such as Smart Sheet, BaseCamp and Teams in Office 365.
Work collaboratively with Associate Director of Digital Marketing and the Assistant Director of Communications and PR on project management needs for specific initiatives.
Assist director with managing annual budget planning and keep track of current expenditures.
Manage vendor relationships; coordinate contract and contract renewals, review invoices and track payments.
Lead effort to define project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Demonstrated proficiency in project management skills and tools.
Ability to follow strategic priorities in planning projects.
Ability to make connections between projects that facilitate efficient use of limited resources.
Effective communicator who can accurately assess need, priority, resources needed to initiate and complete a project. Thorough knowledge of PC, using word processing, spreadsheet and database software, esp. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
Able to positively motivate team members to keep projects moving forward.
Negotiation skills with vendors and to problem solve when competing priorities emerge between project stakeholders.
Possess an operational mindset, the desire and ability to work cross-functionally and to drive alignment between priorities.
BA/BS degree in business, marketing, communications or related field required.
Minimum 3+ years as a project manager in a marketing, advertising, communications or business setting.
About Erikson Institute
We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.
Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership.
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
Please email, fax or mail a cover letter and resume to:
Director of Marketing and Communications
451 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
NO phone inquiries please.
About Erikson Institute
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•com...munity partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.