Position Description

Engagement Producer
Location Chicago
Job Code 449
# 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 Motive.  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 Producer will be the cornerstone of CPM's growing efforts to serve Chicagoland's BIPOC communities by identifying their information needs, crafting journalism with and for them, and developing distribution plans to ensure our content reaches them.  The primary duty of this position is to conduct targeted outreach to diverse, under-covered and under-represented communities; develop and nuture robust community relationships; and work collaboratively with other WBEZ journalists to producer editorial content that directly serves these audiences. 

In partnership with the Engagement Editor, the Engagement Producer will work internally across content units to serve as an inernal advocate for community-centric editorial initiatives. The Engagement Producer will also work with CPM’s event producers to bring new audiences together around our journalism and incorporate those contributions into editorial coverage.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts robust community outreach including listening sessions, community interviews, and the recruitment and establishment of community partners.
  • Works with Director of Community Engagement and the Sounding Board to stand up and staff councils of community leaders for sustained engagement.
  • Works collaboratively with community leaders to identify information needs.
  • Pitches engagement content initiatives and community distribution tactics, serving as an advocate for engagement content in CPM coverage.
  • Collaborates with WBEZ reporters and other CPM content creators on coverage that serves the information needs of target audiences.
  • Produces engagement content such as FAQs, explainers, and shareable social media content that reaches and serves our target audiences.
  • Organizes and maintains database for community input and feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, web design, or related field.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in an editorial, creative, and/or media production setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and serving diverse, under-covered, and under-represented communities.
  • Familiarity with digital content management systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues across content units.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines.
  • Must have good communication skills and an ability to interact effectively with other departments. 
  • Commitment to fairness and accuracy.

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.

This position is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

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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