Job posting

Managing Editor

The Chicago Reader, the city’s illustrious free alternative paper, is hiring a managing editor who will work with the editor in chief to ensure a smooth closing process for print issues, and that each issue—the stories, the headlines, the art—has the voice of the paper. Responsibilities include piloting the proofing and closing of issues; collaborating with the art department on covers, photos, and illustrations for features; and coordinating stories for special issues. The managing editor is encouraged to assign stories and write for the paper if time permits.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing in a newsroom, the ability to meet deadlines, strong organizational skills, and an interest in mentoring others. While the Reader is a (mostly) digital workforce, this position must be based in Chicago.

The compensation package for the full-time position includes full benefits and a salary of $50,000 to $55,000. Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant clips, either as links or attachments, to careers@chicagoreader.com. The deadline for applications is November 18, 2021. 

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


News Editor

The Chicago Reader, the city’s illustrious free alternative paper, is hiring a news editor who will work with a team of reporters to publish multiple timely stories a week. Responsibilities include editing staff news reporters, filing FOIA requests, digging through official documents and data, assigning stories to freelancers, collaborating on reporting projects, working on longform features with the editor in chief, and contributing to packages in non-news sections of the paper if time permits.

The ideal candidate will have experience breaking news, digging through official documents and data, and managing and mentoring reporters. While the Reader is a (mostly) digital workforce, this position must be based in Chicago.

The compensation package for the full-time union position includes full benefits and a salary of $45,000 to $48,000. Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant clips, either as links or attachments, to careers@chicagoreader.com. The deadline for applications is November 11, 2021. 

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Sales Representative (Full or Part time)

The Chicago Reader is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual looking for a new role in media sales.

As part of the Reader team, you’ll work in an exciting industry with an unlimited earning potential, and have the support of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic management team.

Sales representative responsibilities include selling print, digital, and events to local businesses.

Our Sales Representatives typically have:

  • A minimum of 2 years of sales OR similar/transferable experience
  • Knowledge of media/advertising products, including print and digital
  • Working knowledge and experience utilizing a CRM (Salesforce preferred), Slack, and Google Suite products to manage day-to-day activities
  • Effective relationship-building skills
  • Demonstrated success in meeting revenue goals
  • Excellent analytical, written, oral, communication, and presentation skills
  • The ability to multitask with strong time and project management skills

Ideal candidates will also:

  • Have a demonstrated ability to act as a qualified marketing consultant (you can talk the talk when it comes to advertising strategy and marketing goals)
  • Possess working relationships with advertisers in Chicago, (health, real estate, and financial categories preferred)
  • Excel at maintaining quotas and deadlines related to sales outreach and sales activity overall
  • Understand and be excited about prospecting and building new business categories

The available compensation packages vary (based on full or part time), and include salary, commission, and health benefits.

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

This is an ongoing search for qualified candidates for current AND future openings. For consideration, please send a resume and list of references to anettles@chicagoreader.com. We will contact qualified candidates; no phone calls, please.