We’re searching for a motivated, collaborative person to join the Better Government Association’s audience engagement team as our Community Engagement & Partnerships Specialist. This role is a combination of community-builder and project manager – supporting the BGA’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, the Illinois Answers Project, and our agenda-setting policy shop, BGA Policy.
The Community Engagement & Partnerships Specialist will lead the BGA in connecting with local media and civic organizations, actively obtaining community input, and building relationships with community stakeholders – community partners, newsrooms, media colleagues, and civic organizations. This position will work to expand, diversify and deepen our audience, develop strong partnerships, and enhance the impact of our work.
The Community Engagement & Partnerships Specialist will be a part of the BGA’s audience engagement team and will work closely with reporters, editors, and the BGA Policy team. This person will report to the Manager of Audience Engagement and work alongside the Social Media & Newsletter Editor.
This position will be based in our Chicago office located in the Loop and will be a hybrid role, with some days required in the office each week.
About the Better Government Association:
The Better Government Association was founded in 1923 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary of serving Illinois residents in 2023. The BGA publishes the Illinois Answers Project, an investigative and solutions-focused news outlet launched in 2022, as well as BGA Policy, which advocates for more transparent, accountable and efficient government through public policy reform.
Essential Job Functions:
Cultivate and develop relationships with community partners, newsrooms, media colleagues, and policy organizations within Chicago and Illinois’ diverse communities to advance the BGA’s commitment to increasing authentic connections to these areas and ensuring their stories, concerns, challenges, voices and views have an impact on governmental decisions.
Build relationships with newsrooms, reporters, residents and community members from diverse communities to inform and mobilize residents to hold government accountable.
Deepen the BGA’s civic engagement impact in under-resourced neighborhoods by developing a strategy to elevate historically marginalized voices, including people of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, women, and youth.
Forge collaborations between BGA staff and residents that identify community problems and explore solutions in government matters.
Plan and execute events and training sessions in collaboration with news, policy, and development teams.
Represent the BGA at local events and community functions.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as needed.
Compensation and Benefits
We are looking for talented, high-potential colleagues who can contribute to the success of this enterprise, and such candidates who may not meet all the listed job requirements are invited to apply. The salary range is $55,000 – $65,000. The position also includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; a comprehensive paid time off package; and a 401(k) with an employer match.
This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.
How to Apply
Submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and we will consider applicants while the posting remains on our website.
We encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. The Better Government Association is an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness for all employees. We welcome the unique contributions you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
Successful candidates will likely have the following skills and competencies or demonstrate that they have equivalent skills:
Demonstrated commitment to the BGA mission to bridge the gap between people and their government by raising awareness of issues and encouraging public action.
At least two years of experience working in a nonprofit newsroom, with some of it explicitly serving a local audience.
Demonstrated experience in community engagement and outreach. Local knowledge and experience in Chicago and other Illinois communities is a plus.
Proven ability to juggle multiple projects, build community, and innovate in form and function.
Success in meeting deadlines.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
Self-starter capable of working at a fast pace, independently or as part of a team.