Job Description:
Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Extended until November 13, 2017

Are you a community-driven journalist or community organizer with a start-up mentality? Do you want to help re-imagine the relationship between journalists and the communities they serve at this key moment? If so, Illinois Public Media may be looking for you! We have a two-year grant to hire and support a full-time engagement strategist to facilitate digital and face-to-face relationships with the public and assist them in impacting the media conversation around issues that affect them most while increasing the impact and reach of a statewide team of journalists.

The engagement strategist will play a key role in the Illinois Newsroom regional journalism collaboration. Seven stations will dedicate a team of journalists to provide in-depth coverage for statewide and national audiences. The Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist ensures that the public is part of the editorial process. Whether you've got a few years on the job and are looking for an exciting opportunity, or have decades of experience you want to bring to a new project, join us!

Major duties responsibilities of this position are:

1. Co-create a roadmap for community engagement for Illinois Newsroom staff designed to maximize pathways between Illinois Newsroom and the public
2. Identify trusted community organizations to partner with for public events and conversations
3. Co-create and produce story-based public conversation events with measurable impact
4. Attend key events, meetings, and networking gatherings to create pathways between Illinois Newsroom and the public
5. Collaborate in selecting topics for Illinois Newsroom projects
6. Co-create youth media summit with collaborating social studies classrooms in central Illinois
7. Collaborate with IPM's marketing department to tell the story of our media-community partnership
8. Supervise documentation of project processes
9. Give presentations highlighting the community engagement roadmap model, methods and results and create an accessible feedback loop between this model, methods and results

10. Bachelor's degree

11. Demonstrated commitment to solutions-focused journalism
12. Demonstrated commitment to applied work that makes a difference in local communities
13. Demonstrated success in producing or co-producing community events
14. Demonstrated success in creating understanding among diverse staff about the role of media in addressing challenging community problems
15. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring the next generation of journalists

Preferred qualifications
16. Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/French)

17. Skilled in meeting facilitation of small and large groups
18. Skilled in training others in the use of new tools
19. Skilled in developing staff capacity for the acceptance of innovation
20. Skilled in using digital tools and social media

Knowledge Requirements:
21. Knowledge of community engagement media initiatives
22. Knowledge of regional collaborations within public media

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by Monday, November 13th. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This visiting position could become permanent depending on funding availability.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (


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Urbana, IL
United States
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