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University of Chicago Institute of Politics
5707 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois (United States)

Director, Speaker Series

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Job Category: Public Relations | Marketing,Academia,Other
Job ID: 6724
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 11.17.2021


Job Description:

Created in 2013 by University of Chicago alumnus David Axelrod (AB'76), the nonpartisan Institute of Politics is committed to fostering in our students a passion for public service, meaningful dialogue and active engagement in our democracy.
There are four primary programmatic components of the Institute:The Director of Speakers Series is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and quarterly planning of enriching and engaging content for the Institute of Politics’ robust Speakers Series.  This series sponsors 100+ public programs each year, bringing to campus over 200 leaders from the political, policy, foreign affairs, journalism, activism, and nonprofit sectors.  The Director serves as the primary leader of the Institute’s efforts to devise creative, topical and substantive programming that connects students and the broader public to the most important issues and leaders of our time.  The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of current affairs and politics, strong editorial sensibilities, and experience inspiring others to creative excellence. They will be intellectually curious, will have original takes on topics and framing for IOP events, and will have a solid network of senior contacts in the political, public service, and journalism fields.
This position works closely and collaboratively with the Institute Director and Executive Director to establish overall goals for the Speaker Series and on the development of all specific events.  They are the lead creator of the Institute’s political and policy-oriented public programs, including topic selection, framing and content development, and identifying and securing speakers.  They will also help conceive of special events and projects the IOP might undertake outside of regular Speaker Series programming, such as conferences, forums, partnerships or other events that allow the IOP to fill important voids and advance its mission in original ways. (The IOP’s Margin of Error: Lessons from 2020 Polling conference is a recent example).
The Director, Speaker Series also works closely with the Institute’s Director of Production and Special Events, who leads on the logistics planning and execution of all events in the Speaker Series and other public IOP events. This role is supported by the Associate Producer of the Speaker Series, who also supports the Director of Production and Special Events; additionally, a team of student interns and volunteers support the Speaker Series program.  The position reports to the IOP’s Executive Director. 
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