Position Description

Communications Manager
Location Chicago
Job Code 515
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media 

Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ Chicago’s NPR (National Public Radio) news source and one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country, as well as urban alternative music station, Vocalo . The organization serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers, and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. In addition to its local and national news programming, WBEZ Chicago is home to a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Beyoncé, Making Obama, and Making Oprah; an investigative podcast series, Motive; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Curious City. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.  

Chicago Public Media has recently acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, one of Chicago’s two major daily newspapers and among the most storied dailies in the nation.  With the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ, Chicago Public Media is now home to one of the largest teams of journalists of any local news organization in the nation. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times will reach more than 2 million people a week in the Chicago area across broadcast, print, and digital channels. Backed by a significant philanthropic commitment, Chicago Public Media plans to substantially increase its investment in local journalism by hiring additional reporters, producers and newsroom personnel in the months and years ahead.  


The Opportunity 

The Communications Manager will join the tiny but mighty Communications team at Chicago Public Media, supporting the expanding internal and external communications needs for WBEZ, Chicago Sun-Times and Vocalo. If you love communicating, love Chicago, and love local nonprofit journalism…this is the job for you. The ideal candidate should have a passion for writing; experience in traditional media relations and an interest in emerging media; be deeply connected to Chicago and its communities; and enjoy collaborating with and building relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholder audiences. Join us! 

General Responsibilities 

  • Support Vice President of Communications to build and execute internal and external communications strategies and outreach plans 

  • Write key stakeholder communications (key messages, internal announcements, external announcements, talking points, Q&A)  

  • Maintain and expand the organization’s intranet as a useful daily resource for staff 

  • Support development of monthly internal reports, staff meetings and general staff communications 

  • Write press releases and maintain online pressroom to post and publicize organizational announcements 

  • Lead media relations efforts to generate positive media coverage about our journalists and the journalism happening in our newsrooms, including developing media lists, creating pitch angles, and pitching media to secure interviews and stories about our work 

  • Maintain annual media monitoring tracker of Chicago Public Media’s media coverage 

  • Explore innovative multimedia approaches to enhance Chicago Public Media’s staff and external-facing communications 



  • 5-7 years of relevant communications experience. Consider applying if you have PR agency experience, journalism experience, or if you’ve served a company or organization in an internal or external communications role 

  • Excellent writing skills, including experience writing across various formats and platforms, as well as strong editing and proofreading skills 

  • Strong listening and speaking skills 

  • Ability to develop trusted relationships with colleagues and a proven ability to work cross-functionally with internal leaders and peers  

  • Strong record of building external relationships with key stakeholders and community groups 

  • Experience working with local and national media 

  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with emerging media, social media and digital communications platforms 


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. 

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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