City Bureau is hiring a Director of Communications & Marketing who will create, manage and execute marketing & communications strategy for the organization.
Since 2015, City Bureau has been at the forefront of a movement to reimagine journalism as a public good. Our programs inform, engage and equip people to strengthen information systems in communities underserved by existing media. These efforts have earned us accolades including the Best Start-Up Award (Chicago Headline Club) and Rising Star Award (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press), and a feature in POLITICO magazine.
We are seeking a digital marketing expert with a passion for community engagement who can thrive in a startup environment and help lead our organization through a period of significant growth. You will have wide latitude to create the structures necessary to promote our team’s work to our target audiences on Chicago’s South and West Sides, and to expand our reach beyond our existing community. You must be nimble enough to create strategy and processes as well as execute day-to-day tasks.
As a director-level staff member, you will be integrated into leadership conversations about organizational strategy. This may include hiring and managing contractors, as well as possible future staff hires to build out our marketing and communications capacity.
Oversee all of City Bureau’s external communications, including promotion of City Bureau’s programming, content and the organization overall, maintaining cohesive messaging throughout
Work closely with the revenue team to create fundraising/awareness campaigns and develop messaging that furthers revenue strategies (donor communications, event promotion, sponsorship materials, etc.), analyze data and finetune messaging based on results
Manage the creation and distribution of promotional materials, both digital and physical
Create and/or maintain a Language Bank, Style Guide and Digital Assets Bank and monitor adherence to these standards across the organization
Coordinate with other staff members to manage City Bureau’s website, email newsletters and social media accounts
Coordinate press campaigns and media appearances
Understanding and commitment to City Bureau’s core values, mission and vision
At least 5 years of professional experience creating and implementing marketing and communications strategy
Demonstrated track record of delivering a full range of integrated marketing and communications initiatives with measurable impact; fluency in digital analytics and audience segmentation
Experience working in startup environments, building audiences for new or lesser-known brands and building organizational structures and processes; ability to adapt quickly and solve problems creatively
Strong leadership skills; adept at rallying stakeholders and managing multiple concurrent projects with distinct budgets
Ability to write impeccable, impactful promotional copy; ability to identify and appeal to disparate audiences, with cultural competence for working in communities that City Bureau serves
Additional Salary Information: Full-time with benefits including health care, dental, vision, life insurance
$68,125 annual salary with annual raises
Professional development stipend, work tools stipend
15 days paid vacation
Flexible work schedule; some night/weekend hours may be required
Relocation assistance available
About City Bureau
Since 2015, City Bureau has been at the forefront of a movement to reimagine journalism as a public good. Our programs inform, engage and equip people to strengthen information systems in communities underserved by existing media. We are a nonprofit civic journalism lab with a focus on racial equity and community engagement, serving Chicago's South & West Sides. These efforts have earned us accolades including the Best Start-Up Award (Chicago Headline Club), Online News Association, and numerous press spotlights including on ABC7, WTTW11 and MSNBC.
In 2019 we won the Rising Star Award (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press): www.citybureau.org/rcfp-2019
We were featured in POLITICO magazine: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/01/24/city-bureau-local-journalism-training-school-chicago-what-works-next-224114
Learn more at www.citybureau.org