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Assistant Director, External Relations and Science Communications at the University of Chicago


The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is looking for an experienced marketing professional to lead a variety of external visibility and thought leadership strategies through communications, science storytelling, hosted events, award submissions, speaking engagements, conference participation, original content, press releases, etc.


  • The Assistant Director, External Relations and Communications for the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center is responsible for raising the external brand awareness of the Polsky Center—locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Given the nature of Polsky Center’s work, this position requires the ability to promote technological and scientific innovations to a variety of audiences.
  • The position engages regularly with campus partners, media outlets, and external organizations in the entrepreneurial, science, technology, and business community and is responsible for planning and managing all logistics for external brand-building opportunities and events that are hosted either by other organizations or by the Polsky Center-this includes organizing high profile, public-facing events that offer joint marketing benefit with selected ecosystem partners.
  • Important components of this position include leading the Polsky Center’s external visibility and thought leadership strategies through communications, science storytelling, hosted events, award submissions, speaking engagements, conference participation, original content, press releases, as well as proactive media outreach.
  • This position will work across the entire Polsky Center team, supporting the Center’s thought leaders and collaborating with other University of Chicago communications, media relations departments, and partnerships teams to align all external marketing and partnership efforts.
  • Serve as the dedicated marketing resource to support the Polsky Science and Technology team; Attend all weekly meetings and work in close collaboration with that team to advance the lead generation, branding, and partnership development functions of that office.
  • Champion new marketing initiatives to increase engagement with faculty, researchers, venture capitalists, and corporate partners.
  • Develop profiles on faculty inventors and research-based startups and find new ways to share these commercialization stories across digital channels (e.g., website, video, social media, etc.)
  • Support the development and implementation of high-profile, public-facing events, including web-based events, that will raise the brand awareness of the Polsky Center and its science portfolio.
  • Proactively seek out opportunities for the Polsky Center and affiliated startups/innovators/inventorsto win awards, present at conferences, and receive other recognition.
  • Support the media relations operations of the Polsky Center by working to identify and develop strong relationships with key media contacts at local, regional, and national media outlets, and work with these contacts to garner coverage of the Polsky Center.
  • Create PowerPoints for the Polsky Center, and play an active role in managing the Polsky Marketing Toolkit ensuring participation and usage across the organization and equipping team members with the most relevant talking points, slides, and presentations.
  • Support content creation for communications vehicles including: press releases, featured stories, partnership announcements, IP technology milestones, awards submissions, speaker proposals, speaker presentations, blog posts, and thought leadership projects, etc.
  • Be a willing resource to support ad hoc requests, related to programs, events, and non-marketing Polsky Center projects, as needed.
  • Create and deliver presentations on the Polsky Center’s activities to various audiences, as needed.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, detail-orientation, and ability to work independently.
  • Effectively multi-task under deadlines, ask questions as necessary.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively across all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills.
  • Willingness to take on additional duties, as assigned.
  • Understanding of the Polsky Center’s programs, resources, mission and goals.
  • Ability to travel between Hyde Park, downtown Chicago, and 53rd Street, and flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for the Polsky Center events; majority of time in Hyde Park.


  • Master’s degree, preferred.


  • A minimum of three years of public relations, marketing, sales, journalism, or partnership relations/developmentexperience, required.
  • Experience writing about science, technology, entrepreneurship, and/or innovation topics, required.
  • Experience managing large-scale or high-profile events, preferred.
  • Experience pitching ideas and news stories to media, preferred.

About The University of Chicago – Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom and community to the world. Through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs a top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, which has helped launch more than 330 companies worldwide that have gone on to achieve more than $7.5 billion in value and raised over $1 billion in funding. For more than two decades, the Polsky Center has pioneered leading entrepreneurship education coursework at Chicago Booth with a strong focus on “learn by doing.” It operates a 34,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary co-working space called the Polsky Exchange; an Innovation Fund that invests in early-stage ventures; and a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab for prototyping new products. Finally, the Polsky Center manages the University of Chicago’s technology transfer function that manages all University-based intellectual property originating from faculty research and discoveries, which can be licensed to industry partners and investors. Learn more at:

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should apply on the University of Chicago Careers website: click here to apply