POSITION: Assistant Director, Digital Content and Media 
TEAM: Communications
REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Communications

SUMMARY

The assistant director, digital content and media is a leader on the collaborative communications team that positions the Council as a go-to source on global affairs by providing information, fostering dialogue, and advancing understanding about what is happening in the world and why it matters. The communications team uses digital tools – storytelling platforms, social media, email, videos, and podcasts – to advance the Council’s mission of exploring ideas that will shape our global future and promoting active US engagement in the world. In addition to developing original digital content, the assistant director seeks to enhance the Council’s earned media through national and international coverage of its flagship annual survey of opinions on US foreign policy; partnerships with high-profile national and international media outlets; an in-house studio that connects with national and international broadcast outlets; and placement of expert commentary and op-eds.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Translate complex policy research, analysis, and recommendations into clear and concise messages to influence public debates, and ensure the Council maintains a nonpartisan voice to preserve its identity as an independent, nonprofit that provides balanced views on global affairs
  • Provide editorial direction, manage editorial calendars, and curate content for the Council’s home page, blog, social platforms, and signature weekly email
  • Develop editorial content and media relations plans to support Council research and events, including high-profile, international forums and signature symposia
  • Serve as managing producer of the Council’s signature podcast and video series, providing guidance and oversight for communications team members developing topics, identifying guests, recording, filming, production, and editing
  • Work closely with the managing director to develop communications to inform the Council’s board of directors on strategic goals and accomplishments, including monthly updates, presentations, and annual reports 
  • Coach staff throughout the Council on the development of content, copy, headlines, event titles, etc. for impact, clarity, style, tone, structure, and grammar 
  • Work with fundraising team to identify ways to generate support for original content and/or develop opportunities for sponsored content 
  • Develop, oversee, and manage the work of a digital content officer and a media relations officer
  • Provide related communications support at Council events
  • Perform other projects as assigned
     

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Five to seven years of experience working within a communications team, with significant experience managing original content production and/or media relations 
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, public relations, or communications 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and previous editing experience and knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style required 
  • Strong sense of the news cycle and ability to seize opportunities to connect the Council’s content, research, experts, and events to global trends
  • Must perform well under pressure and excel at completing multiple tasks concurrently under deadlines
  • Experience managing staff 
  • Familiarity with video and audio editing as well as graphic design tools, such as Adobe Creative software is a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) 
  • Strong interest in and understanding of international relations and global affairs 
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to work as part of a team with program officers, fellows, executive stakeholders, communications staff, graphic designers, and technical vendors


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org and follow @ChicagoCouncil. 

TO APPLY
Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents as well as professional writing and/or original content examples to hr@thechicagocouncil.org. Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org. EOE