IOP: Speaker Series
About the Department
Created in 2013 by University of Chicago alumnus David Axelrod (AB'76), the mission of the Institute of Politics (IOP) is to ignite in University of Chicago students a passion for politics, public service and civic engagement and to provide a forum for the debate and discussion of public issues. By bringing practitioners from the public arena to campus, and providing extracurricular opportunities in politics, policy, government and journalism, the non-partisan Institute seeks to open pathways for engagement and leadership to students across campus. This is done through the four primary programmatic components of the Institute. The Speaker Series program hosts nationally and internationally recognized speakers on a wide variety of issues related to the mission of the IOP. The Fellows Program presents an opportunity for political practitioners, policy makers, journalists, and others engaged in politics and public service, to be in residence at the University of Chicago for an academic quarter and provide weekly, extracurricular seminars to University of Chicago students. The IOP also sponsors a robust, paid internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, placing them in high-level settings overseas, in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels. Lastly, the IOP’s Civic Engagement programs provide pathways for students to take an active role in shaping politics and policy in their communities through leadership development programs, student-led civic engagement projects, and political exploration treks.
The Associate Producer plays a vital role in the execution of the Institute of Politics' acclaimed Speakers Series program. Reporting to the Director, Speaker Series, the Associate Producer will participate in creative meetings to brainstorm ideas, select programming content and delegate work assignments, taking primary responsibility for researching topics and speakers, developing novel ways to present selected content, and conceptualizing the format of IOP Speaker Series events. They will write letters of invitation, event briefings and program promotional copy. They will also play a key role in supporting and maintaining relationships with internal and external programming partners, working effectively and collaboratively with University departments, centers and student organizations (among others) to produce and execute a diverse array of programs. They will also work closely with University of Chicago students with regularity. This may involve advising the IOP’s student-led programming series, leading coordination with the IOP’s student-led civic engagement groups and Student Advisory Board or facilitating student sessions for guest speakers.
The Associate Producer will coordinate closely with the IOP’s Director of Production and Special Events to support managing event logistics, developing timelines for planning and day-of-event activities, providing operational support for a series of events, or planning and executing a full spectrum of logistics for Speaker Series and special events, as needed. They may negotiate contracts with vendors and coordinate vendor services to ensure that meeting and event needs are met. Troubleshooting of various issues, including technical issues, and challenges that arise during the course of events may be required. The Associate Producer will also be involved in developing communication plans for events, and will collaborate with others to develop marketing materials, such as brochures, booklets, etc. They will regularly coordinate and approve event graphics for social media outreach and ensure that the appropriate event information gets communicated internally to teammates for inclusion in the IOP’s newsletter or other communications.
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IOP: Speaker Series
About the Department
Created in 2013 by University of Chicago alumnus David Axelrod (AB'76), the mission of the Institute of Politics (IOP) is to ignite in University of Chicago students a passion for politics…