The Communications and Marketing Manager is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communication efforts to strengthen and broaden awareness of Illinois Humanities.
This full-time position reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for managing development and publication of organization-wide communications including fundraising appeals and newsletters, social media, fundraising-related website content, and education toolkits, and program and special event materials. The ideal candidate is a proactive, engaged thinker with a knack for being able to synthesize and translate complex ideas and communicate those concepts to various audiences clearly and with compelling visuals. The position requires a proven ability to prioritize short-and long-term projects, perform day-to-day responsibilities with accuracy, and support audience engagement in print, online, and through social media.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the annual organization communications plan and ensure messaging and branding guidelines are followed across all channels and products
Support the leadership team to develop and refine position statements, monthly and annual report content, and reports for targeted audiences; Help draft scripts and talking points for various events and donor presentations
Write and edit compelling content (editorial, instructional, motivational) that informs, empowers, and engages audiences
Serve as project manager for institutional publications and program materials including (but not be limited to) collaterals, brochures, annual reports, fundraising appeals, and monthly newsletters; manage outside contractor and designer contracts as needed
Collaborate across departments to develop and execute campaigns and manage content across platforms and media
Maintain fundraising-related website content with information that is clear, accessible, comprehensive and up to date
Identify and report on success metrics that enable the organization to reflect on and refine communications language and strategies; work with technology manager to create reports for review and optimization of performance across channels
Help identify unmet communications needs and effective solutions, including effective end-of-project summaries of impact and transformational moments in the lives of individuals and communities
Supervise seasonal interns
A Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or a related field
3-5 years’ experience developing and supporting marketing and communication plans
Excellent design, written communication, and interpersonal skills
Outstanding organizational and planning abilities
Fluency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and external contacts, including the ability to develop strong relationships in the community
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and demonstrate a dedication to inclusion
Web analytics and design platforms fluency a plus
Salary range in the mid to high $40s; commensurate with experience
Excellent benefits package, which includes health insurance, a 401 (k) plan, paid vacation time, holidays, and sick time, and opportunities for professional development
Main office in Chicago’s Loop is fully accessible. Work at off-site locations is required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible
Evening and weekend work are required
This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer and phone.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.
Smoke- and drug-free environment.
Illinois Humanities is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. It does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local, or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Illinois Humanities is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
You will need to supply a cover letter, CV/resume, and names and contact information for 3 references once clicking the "Apply on Employer's Site" button above. The position will remain opened until filled.
Location: Chicago, IL
About Illinois Humanities
Illinois Humanities works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as tools to stimulate discussion, we create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.