Temporary Communications Assistant, Music

Job Summary:


Serve as Temporary Communications Assistant for the Department of Music, and in particular its wide-ranging Performance Program.  Generate written press releases, social media content, and feature articles pertaining to Performance Program concerts, master classes, and special events, as well as for faculty-generated events and special projects.  Assist with the day-to-day implementation of all marketing and communications efforts as specified by the Director of Communications and Public Relations.


This is a part-time position, minimum 15 hours per week.  Occasional extra duties to maximum total of 19.5 hours per week.  Benefits are not included. 


Job candidates:  please ensure that you submit all of the required documents as listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section below.  Please also be aware that when you reach the Attach Documents page of the application process, use the ‘+’ sign to attach additional documents beyond the resume. 



  • Maintain social media schedule and postings for multiple Department of Music accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
  • Create press announcements for Performance Program events and distribute to media lists
  • Manage routine website updates and beadwork calendar listings for on-campus promotion
  • Assist with the creation of radio ads, video clips, and other multi-media promotions for Department of Music activities
  • Provide support for audience development initiatives, outreach, long-range planning, and special projects as requested



  • Ability to create Press Releases.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills coupled with excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to be proficient with graphic design tools.
  • Ability to use social media and the web platforms effectively to meet the needs of the Program.
  • Project management skills required.
  • Ability to work with internal and outside media sources.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
Skills & Qualifications: 

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience, and Certifications:



  • B.A. degree required
  • training in journalism and/or demonstrated competency in writing press releases and media announcements required
  • solid knowledge of English grammar required



  • basic knowledge of classical music (terms, composers, genres, protocol) required
  • good communication and telephone skills required
  • prior experience working in office environment preferred


Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • familiarity with Microsoft Office required
  • familiarity with social networking platforms required
  • competency in database entry and database management strongly preferred


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • office environment: small office, working in close physical proximity to at least two other persons
  • fast-paced environment;  ability to complete specified tasks in prescribed amount of time necessary
  • ability to sit at a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
  • periodic walking to other campus locations
  • ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • minimal evening and weekend work
To Apply: 

Create an account in UChicago’s Workday career site to apply for this position. Visit https://goo.gl/MxtkYu to view this job description on the Workday career site. 

Required Documents:


Candidates:  please supply the documents below which are required.   Also, please note that when at the Attach Documents page of the application process, please use the ‘+’ sign to attach documents beyond the resume.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter which is to include your interest in this position.
  • List of references  (minimum 3)
  • Submit sample press release plus two sample social media posts for the following performance: 

                University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra
                Saturday, May 26, 2018  •  8 pm, Mandel Hall
                Bernstein:  The Age of Anxiety  (Daniel Pesca, soloist)
                Brahms:  Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Margo Strebig