Position Description

Engagement Editor
Location Chicago
Job Code 447
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected media organizations in the country.  The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched shows as The American Life, Wait, Don't Tell Me..., Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial.  Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including radio broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Our flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland's premier media hub for high quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts.  WBEZ's sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.

The Opportunity

The Engagement Editor is a key member of the Community Engagement Team, designing and executing an engagement journalism strategy that connects CPM to young and diverse communities in the Chicagoland region in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. The Engagement Editor will work collaboratively to embed community engagement principles into CPM journalism and content, create pathways for robust public input and feedback, will champion and produce editorial content that elevates community voices and perspectives, and will build healthy feedback loops that inform editorial decision-making.

With a central focus of better serving diverse, under-covered and under-represented communities, the Engagement Editor will work with the Engagement Producer to develop tactics that increases the reach of CPM content with community-centric initiatives that inform, connect, and build empathy. The Engagement Editor will help bring CPM’s audience together around our journalism and incorporate those contributions into coverage when appropriate. They will use industry trends, technology developments and data/analytics to help create CPM’s digital community strategy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with CPM content leaders to develop an engagement strategy and supporting tactics to better serve target audiences.
  • Creates engagement action plans for WBEZ investigations and features, and works with CPM content leaders to plan, coordinate, and execute engagement-driven content.
  • Serves as lead project manager for content packages with external journalists and partner media organizations to further engagement initiatives.
  • Establishes process for CPM content creators to pitch ideas and collaborate with the Engagement Team, managing time and other team resources.
  • Works collaboratively across all CPM content units, serving as an engagement liaison by attending editorial meetings, championing engagement initiatives and ideas, and identifying opportunities to embed community engagement principles and practices into CPM content creation.
  • Conceives, supervises, and edits content produced by the Engagement Team, exercising editorial control.
  • Creates and produces engagement content to serve the information needs of target communities in multiple formats, including audio stories, utility tools, FAQs, live events, explainer videos, and social media projects.
  • Works with Director of Community Engagement to develop metrics and tools for measuring impact and success of engagement efforts.
  • Manages and organizes language translation and copyediting needs across content units.
  • Help connect the content with the audience, the audience with each other and the audience with our journalists.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, web design, or related field.
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of experience in an editorial, creative, and/or media production setting.
  • Strong news judgment, writing and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and serving diverse, under-covered and under-represented communities.
  • Experience in program development and project management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues across content units, positively influencing decision-making.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Must have good supervisory and communication skills. 

Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing, and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences, and talents to our dynamic workplace.

Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience, and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:

  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match

Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days.

Due to current COVID restrictions, you must be able to work remotely at your own designated location with Internet access and you must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier offices, if needed. Right now, most of our staff is working remotely.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team. 


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