CHANGE Illinois is seeking a self-starting, independent team member to lead and expand our digital engagement. We seek candidates with outstanding visual design and audio, video and digital communications skills to create multimedia content supporting our nonpartisan nonprofit. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer and communicator with visual design work experience; possess an intimate knowledge of audio visual and digital tools and trends; and have a strong understanding of how to create content tailored to different social media platforms. We seek a leader who is passionate about building the digital media capacity of CHANGE and partner organizations working to strengthen our democracy by promoting ethical and efficient governments and elections in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois.
Oversee the organization’s digital communications presence, including website, newsletter, social media accounts, online advocacy tools, CRM, and email program
Develop messaging and engagement strategies for citizens, elected officials and media
Draft, publish, and share relevant content, including news stories, columns, letters to the editor, action alerts, weekly newsletters, online donation pages, and other materials
Design provocative and engaging online content for social and digital platforms, including graphics, ads, videos, educational resources and tools such as infographics, fact sheets, presentation decks, etc.
Provide allied partner groups with infrastructure and technical assistance needed to organize statewide calls-to-action on voting rights, census and other topics
Create and execute strategic plans to grow both our online presence and our email list to keep supporters and donors engaged and invested in our work. Set goals, track and use other metrics for digital engagement to evaluate effectiveness
Work with the Policy Director and Executive Director to promote and support CHANGE’s policy agenda, public education and advocacy work
Creative vision for online community building and organizing with a proven ability to design and lead innovative digital advocacy, fundraising, and communications campaigns
2-5+ years of communications experience with a digital focus. Should possess a content portfolio that may include digital work for campaigns, non-profit advocacy groups, trade associations or elected officeholders
Demonstrated success in advocacy-based list building, online growth and digital engagement tools
Excellent communication skills with proven ability to write creatively, clearly, and compellingly
Experience managing a robust email program and customer relationship management tools to generate contributions, create inspiring calls-to-action, and inform and engage our email, website and social media audiences
Demonstrated knowledge of social media best practices, including ads, creating and placing videos, photos, GIFS and other content using Instagram, Facebook Live, etc.
Experience using digital analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics, NetInsight, WebTrends)
Graphic design experience with tools such as Adobe Suite, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere. Experience with video editing programs, including Adobe, Final Cut or Avid.
Strong interest in civic engagement, democracy reform and empowering Illinois residents to have a stronger voice in public life
Previous experience working on government reform issues such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance reform, etc. is a plus
TO APPLY: Candidates should send a cover letter, resume and no more than three content samples from your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Portfolio examples can include, but are not limited to: social media graphics, video content, infographics, digital ads, email or online fundraising appeals, pamphlets or presentation decks. Additional samples may be asked for upon request.
Please reference “Digital Communications Coordinator” in the subject line. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. No phone calls please.
CHANGE Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer —people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
ABOUT CHANGE ILLINOIS: CHANGE Illinois is a coalition leading systemic political and government reform. CHANGE (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics) includes a diverse network of civic, business, labor, professional, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations committed to strengthening our democracy and promoting a vibrant culture of civic participation. The coalition addresses issues democracy reforms, including ballot access, competitive elections, government transparency and efficiency, and fair political maps. Learn more about the mission and work of CHANGE Illinois at CHANGEIL.org.
About CHANGE Illinois
CHANGE Illinois (the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics), is a statewide political reform coalition dedicated to bringing responsive and open government to Illinois. We seek to create a system that empowers individuals and communities and promotes integrity, openness, electoral competition, and civic participation