Do you have experience creating and managing social media content?

Would you enjoy a role that involves community engagement?

Do you have a journalistic background?

We are currently in search of a  Engagement Editor for a News Association. This position is based in Chicago, IL and is a full time, permanent opportunity.  

ORGANIZATION: News Association

LOCATION: Chicago, IL(The Loop)

POSITION TITLE: Engagement Editor

DURATION: Permanent, Full – Time

SALARY: $50,000 – $60,000


Is This Your Dream Job?  

The Engagement Editor has three focuses: They is responsible for building the organization’s brand online and over social streams, having a full understanding of re/packaging stories for social media. They will plan, develop, implement and coordinate all engagement events including Citizen Watchdog Training, Investigative Story follow-up events, Membership Events, and partner with Development team on fundraising events. The third area of focus will be expanding the organizations community reporting efforts.


This person reports to the Vice President of Operations, but will work closely with investigative team — seasoned journalists who work to expose corruption and hold public officials accountable; and our policy team — experts in legislation and advocacy who work to protect good-government standards (freedom of information, open meetings, etc.) in lawmaking spheres. 


Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in journalism and/or digital communications)
  • 1-2 years in social media and journalism for news organization. (Active and high-quality presence on social media a plus.)
  • 1-2 years in community programming and outreach.
  • Steeped in and able to execute the most effective approaches in managing social media and other engagement tools toward building and sustaining traffic, conversation and qualified engagement.
  • Interest in building and managing a statewide network of contacts – media organizations, social media influencers, key stakeholders in god-government issues – toward created targeted outreach campaigns and publishing partnerships for our work.
  • Self-starter capable of working at a fast pace, independently or part of a team.
  • Strong writing skills, particularly around headlines, decks, and story descriptions.
  • Strong editing skills (attention to detail; you catch mistakes)
  • Strong grasp of key issues impacting city, county and state government
  • Strong writing, editing and interpersonal skills


How You Will Spend Your Day:

  • Manage execution and strategy for the organization’s social media streams for content (investigations, columns, policy analyses), track results, and manage broader online community.
    • Developing distribution plans for stories
    • Collaborate with editors and reporters and analysts on story packaging, partnerships, headlines, images, etc.
    • Building and executing a plan to best use our social media platforms, and leading all posting and conversation management, e.g. compiling news of the day links to go out on Twitter throughout day in an effort to celebrate great work done by partners
    • Using all forms of media, social and otherwise, to augment our reporting by finding people who could be sources for stories, those affected by our work and others who would share our stories.
    • Always: Responding to questions, interacting, monitoring, social listening
    • Analysis of data: what’s working, what’s not, monthly metrics, sharing with other depts. as needed
    • Building strategies for improving our social media streams and identities in the long-term, and helping our reporters and analysts find new ways to use social media and the Open Web as effective reporting tools.


  • Manage and support the execution and strategy for the organization’s engagement events (community trainings, investigative and policy, and fundraising events).
    • Conduct community outreach to recruit attendees for all training and education events, and develop sustainable community relationships throughout the process with partner groups.
    • Plan and conduct community events around the launch of investigative and policy stories.
    • Research ways to partner with other organizations with similar missions in underrepresented communities.
    • Partner with development team in the planning and execution of fundraising events (Investigative Awards and Annual Luncheon).


  • Expand the audience, topics covered, and number of community reporting stories.
    • Have ownership of a story series that is powered by community questions and feedback.
    • Work with the Director of Investigations to workshop topic ideas, gather reader information and report and write stories that serve an information need.
    • Use and manage freelance writers to produce a steady stream of stories for publication.

We’d love to hear from you.

If this sounds like the job for you, we would love to help make that happen. Please submit a resume AND two journalistic writing samples to dshelton@cnpstaffing.com with Engagement Editor” in the subject line.

Know a friend who would be a great fit? Feel free to send us their resume as well!

Is this position not a great fit?

For more information about Careers In Nonprofits and our other available opportunities and workshops, please visit our website at www.careersinnonprofits.com.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regretfully can only respond to those candidates who best meet the requirements of a specific position or whose backgrounds are generally applicable to our client base.  Please rest assured that we retain all candidate information for possible future matches, even if you do not hear from us in regard to your application in response to this ad.


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