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Illinois Future Faculty

Assistant Director of Communications


Illinois Future Faculty - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the “Future Faculty” program. The Future Faculty Program is a selective program offering two-year postdoctoral positions whose goal is to mentor and prepare outstanding candidates for an academic career in research and teaching. Candidates will be paired with a faculty mentor who will serve as their research supervisor. In addition, interested candidates will have the opportunity to teach up to one course per semester with strong mentorship and logistic support that guides candidates in good pedagogical practices. Individuals in the program will be mentored through the faculty job search process and will have the opportunity to be considered for a faculty position at Illinois. Candidates in all areas of computer science are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this position are expected to have a PhD or equivalent degree in computer science or a closely related field.  ABD (all but degree) applicants may apply and confirmation of your completed degree requirements must be provided on or before the start date. 

The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with approximately 1,800 undergraduate majors and over 1,200 graduate students across seventeen different degree programs. In addition to our flagship undergraduate program in The Grainger College of Engineering, which includes a diverse class of over 30% women in our freshman class, our innovative CS + X programs incorporate a strong grounding in CS with technical or professional training in the arts and sciences across a dozen different disciplines. We seek applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department. Successful applicants will join the department’s thriving community of creative, passionate, and innovative teaching and research faculty who contribute to high-quality instruction and research. Our graduate program is ranked one of the top five in the country by US News & World Report. We are also one of the leading teaching units on campus, offering computing education to students in every discipline.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

The start date for these positions is flexible. Application review will begin immediately. In order to ensure full consideration for a Fall 2020 start date, applications must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing dates; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Applications should be submitted by visiting http://jobs.illinois.edu and uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants should indicate what their ultimate career goals within the content of their cover letter, as well as the Illinois faculty with whom they are interested in working. Applicants may also submit supporting material relevant to evaluating their teaching abilities. For inquiry, please call 217-300-3309 or HR@cs.illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


Assistant Director of Communications
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Department of Computer Science (CS) at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Communications to strategically create concepts for developing, writing, creating, producing, and distributing high-quality content across multi-platform publications. This positon also manages the department’s media relations program; establishing and maintaining relationships with news organizations and reporters, and crafts and pitches stories to regional and national media outlets. The department’s highly visible and high-impact communications serve the diverse audiences of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, peers, and the media.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead writer for the department’s high-visibility communications, including:
    • Feature writing for prestigious print publications such as the annual Impact Report and materials for fundraising, faculty and student recruitment, and events
    • Extensive written content for the department’s website and two monthly E-newsletters
    • Multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
    • Prepare, organize, and manage annual project schedules; determine deliverables and set deadlines; produce deliverables and meet deadlines
    • Attend numerous department sponsored activities and events (often on evenings and weekends) in order to observe and interview participants to acquire the information required to write stories and then distribute created content as deemed appropriate
    • Responsible for implementing policies and guidelines that govern content accuracy and branding standards set by the department and university (i.e. Public Affairs)
  • Develop and manage relationships with all the department’s key constituencies (administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, outside news media, and peers) to develop a deep knowledge of the department’s priorities and the accomplishments of its people in order to strategically position and promote the department’s excellence
  • Lead the media relations program for the department by:
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with mainstream, tech, and trade news organizations and reporters
    • Craft and pitch stories to regional and national media outlets
    • Coordinate participation of campus, college, and department administrators and faculty in interviews with the press
    • Manage crisis communications in collaboration with campus Public Affairs, Grainger College of Engineering communications staff, and the CS Department Head and Editorial Board
  • Serve in a leadership role on the Editorial Board to:
    • Set annual goals and metrics for projects, track project progress, and report on project impacts
    • Initiate and develop the calendar for story ideas and publication planning based on department priorities and a deep knowledge about the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni
    • Execute stories from start to finish and doing so within the deadlines required for the publication production schedules
  • Perform additional appropriate duties to further the mission of the department

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, or a related field.
  • Five years of experience as a professional writer.
  • Experience with interviewing and information gathering, organizing information in databases or spreadsheets, and preparing professionally written materials.
  • Experience writing and communicating complex and/or technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic research and instructional setting.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English for editing and creating correspondence, storytelling, and report generation.
  • The ability to manage both individual and team deadlines on multiple, simultaneous projects under tight deadlines.
  • Must have the ability to develop effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, media, and other key publics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to attend department sponsored activities and events.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the department’s research areas and its impact on the field of computer science.
  • Complimentary skills such as a demonstrated knowledge of desktop publishing, web design, website development and maintenance, accessibility standards, blogging, podcasting, social media, print production, graphic design, videography and photography.
  • Specific proficiencies with Drupal 7, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite, University of Illinois WebTools, University of Illinois Blackbaud CRM (TED), and Social Media management in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are highly desired.

Appointment Information:
This is a full-time Civil Service Public Information Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline.

To Apply:
Applications must be received by October 9, 2019. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
3. Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Denise Corray (decorray@illinois.edu). For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO