Job postings

Updated November 22, 2022


Technology Manager

We’re looking for someone who will be excited about using tech and apps to take our website, digital platforms, and tools to the next level. This position will build solutions to help meet the Chicago Reader and RICJ’s strategy and audience growth goals and transform the best ideas and designs into the best possible infrastructure. Our ideal candidate is able to talk to both the strategists and designers, and make their ideas for growth come to fruition.  

This individual must be creative and tenacious in working with support teams from WordPress (and other third-party software from all Chicago Reader departments) to help get things done to support our vision and goals. They will be nimble, working on SEO tactics with writers and editors one moment, and pivoting to troubleshoot Mailchimp and Salesforce integration issues in Development or Sales. They will ensure RICJ’s computer hardware, software, database management systems, and cloud-based servers are working properly, train staff on operating software, and oversee the installation of hardware and software. 

This position will manage the tech stack for:

  • Editorial 
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Development/fundraising
  • Operations 

Ideal Systems Skills

  • Manage admin tasks, train, and continuously improve processes and tech
  • Strong knowledge and developer skills in WordPress and associated plugins
  • Google Analytics 
  • Google Ad Manager 
  • Google Workspace Administration Console
  • Meta Business Suite 
  • Mailchimp
  • Domain name and web hosting administration

Nice-to-Have Skills

  • Donation and payment platforms (ActBlue, Stripe, Paytrace, etc)
  • Adobe InDesign and InCopy 
  • Newspack
  • WooCommerce 

Responsibilities

  • Research and implement technological strategic solutions.
  • Plans, implements, and monitors applications.
  • Works closely with the publisher, editor-in-chief, VP of operations, SVP of growth & strategy, and department directors in strategic planning.
  • Verifies application results by conducting system audits of technologies implemented.
  • Initiates, coordinates, and enforces systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Preserves assets by implementing disaster recovery and backup procedures and information security and control structures.
  • Recommends information technology strategies, policies, and procedures by evaluating organization outcomes.
  • Identifies problems and evaluates trends.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.

Position reports to the Senior Vice President of Growth and Strategy.

This is a remote-work position, but living in the Chicago area and attendance at in-person meetings is required.

Salary: $60,000. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as generous paid time off.

About the Reader Institute for Community Journalism: In May 2022, RICJ took over complete operation of the Chicago Reader from the prior for-profit business. It is a new nonprofit publishing a legacy newspaper and website. RICJ’s budget is approximately $3 million a year, with 36 staff, and dozens of freelancers. The office is in Bronzeville, but this is a remote-work position with one-on-one, small group, and company-wide in-person meetings

Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to us through this link. Please tell us the name of your favorite color as requested on the form so we can see that you read the entire job description. 

Deadline to submit is Dec. 12, 2022.


Managing Editor

The nonprofit Reader Institute for Community Journalism (RICJ) is hiring a managing editor for the Chicago Reader, the city’s 51-year-old free arts, culture, politics, and investigative journalism biweekly, as our current managing editor is moving to another position within RICJ. The managing editor reports to the editor in chief and supervises section editors, some writers, and other staff. Successful candidates will have excellent organizational, time management, and leadership skills as well as unique problem-solving abilities.

Responsibilities: Editorial

  • Plans and manages deadlines for daily online and biweekly print newspaper
  • Collaborates with editor in chief to determine content and topics
  • Coordinates editorial publications and meetings
  • Oversees proofreading procedures and edits copy when necessary
  • Assists in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style, and tone
  • Alerts attorneys, EIC, and publisher on legal concerns
  • Implements best practices, workflows, tools, and templates to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the publishing process
  • Helps manage editorial partnerships
  • Works across company on special issues and projects
  • Attends events on behalf of the company or editor in chief if needed

Requirements and skills:

  • Controls schedules and enforces deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers, etc.)
  • Hires, coaches, and supervises personnel; writes job descriptions and interview questions for new positions
  • Works to diversity the use of freelancers, sources, and coverage areas of the Chicago Reader
  • Approves and tracks PTO and vacation requests and conducts staff reviews
  • Conducts regular and semi-regular check-ins with staff
  • Helps with grant applications and reports
  • Helps fulfill grant reporting requirements
  • Resolves issues as they arise 
  • Other duties as assigned

Responsibilities: Supervisory

  • Proven experience as managing editor or relevant role
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Exceptional ability in copywriting and editing (Chicago Manual of Style)
  • Proficiency in English; Spanish a plus
  • Working knowledge of online platforms like WordPress and SEO concepts
  • Abilities in planning and coordinating people and operations
  • Reliability and efficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • Editorial planning experience and discerning judgment
  • Budgeting and budget management
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Google Suite products including Docs and Sheets
  • Airtable
  • Slack
  • Adobe 
  • General social media 
  • Bachelors degree in journalism or relevant field

This is a remote work position, but living in the Chicago area and attendance at in-person meetings is required.

The Chicago Reader has a unionized editorial staff; they report up to this position.

Salary $55,000-$60,000, based on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as paid time off.

About the Reader Institute for Community Journalism: In May 2022, RICJ took over complete operation of the Chicago Reader from the prior for-profit business. It is a new nonprofit publishing a legacy newspaper and website. RICJ’s budget is approximately $3.2 million a year, with 38 staff, and dozens of freelancers. Our office is in Bronzeville, but this is primarily a remote-work position with one-on-one, small group, and company-wide in-person meetings.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to us through this link. Please tell us the name of your favorite color as requested on the form so we can see that you read the entire job description. Deadline is December 20, 2022.


Director of People and Culture

Do you love working with individuals and groups to help both individuals and organizations evolve? Join the Chicago Reader! We’re searching for an experienced and talented Director of People and Culture to support our growing team.  

This exciting new role will serve as a change-maker in advancing the well-being of the Chicago Reader workforce, championing workplace psychosocial health, safety, and well-being for employees.   You will be the go-to coach to maintain employee relations and cultivate a culture that promotes productivity, creativity, innovation, and growth. You will help us continually improve the quality of the workplace environment and take a people-centric, equitable, social justice approach to this role by continuously evaluating all employee policies, practices, and programs, ensuring fair, equitable, and inclusive outcomes. 

The ideal candidate is a highly empathetic, entrepreneurial, and emotionally intelligent executive with expertise as a “culture builder” and will be able to navigate the complexities and nuances of the Reader’s purpose and the contexts in which we work. 

The ideal candidate for this role will be responsible for the following areas.

Strategy:

  • Bring new and innovative ideas, people policy changes, and new programs that will enhance the organizational culture and the employee experience, fostering an organization-wide culture and practice of inclusion and belonging.
  • Create and implement organizational priorities and practices that support equity and continue to build an inclusive and engaged workplace, helping to instill cultural awareness and sensitivity, applying an equity lens to every aspect of the work, and ensuring that the Reader continues to attract and retain diverse talent. You will hold staff and leadership accountable to tangible DEI plans, goals, and metrics.
  • As a member of the leadership team, be a strategic partner to provide proactive, insightful, innovative thinking and problem-solving around conflict and performance.

Coaching and culture:

  • Develop relationships with the employees of the Reader and become someone who is sought for advice on HR, cultural, and organizational issues. Facilitate integration of diverse teams, workgroups, and cultures.
  • Provide and coach managers with appropriate methods and tools for performance management.
  • Provide all staff members with coaching and resources to help resolve and prevent interpersonal and team conflicts and adapt to different leadership styles.
  • Expand and oversee employee events and appreciation activities such as the annual retreat, social events, group activities and other ventures.
  • Assess and advance employee engagement and satisfaction.

Recruitment, Onboarding, and Performance Evaluations

  • Work with leadership to develop strategies to identify talent; establish and conduct recruitment and hiring processes for all employees.
  • Collaborating with managers on crafting job descriptions through extending job offers.
  • In collaboration with the leadership team, create and perform some aspects of onboarding and orientation.
  • Manage and conduct offboarding of staff, including exit interviews and make recommendations to leadership for corrective action and continuous improvement. 

Professional Development/Performance Management

  • Assess organizational needs; identify and support opportunities for management and employee professional development and growth.
  • Identify and coordinate ongoing training for staff members, including annual training (e.g. workplace safety, sexual harassment), diversity and inclusion training, and other training as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of changing employment best practices, regulations, and implementation. 

Additional duties as assigned

Our ideal candidate will have the following experience and background:

  • Bachelor’s degree or other commensurate expertise in Human Resources with strength in employee relations and satisfaction.
  • Proven history of bringing diversity, equity and inclusion practices and policies to the workplace.
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with all people, including those from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution and a consultative problem solver
  • Experience in employment processes from onboarding through exit interviews, including professional development, relationship management and performance reviews.
  • Benefits, compensation, and payroll management and administration skills are a plus.

This position reports to the Vice President of Operations. 

This is a remote-work position, but living in the Chicago area and attendance at in-person meetings is required. 

Salary range $60,000 to $65,000, based on experience. 

This is a full-time position with generous benefits, including:

  • 60% Employer covered Medical, Pharmaceutical, Vision and Dental Insurance (PPO)
  • 36-hour work week, 32-hour July and August 
  • Retirement savings  plan to begin in 2023 with graduated employer matching contributions
  • 15 paid holidays, 6 personal days and 10 days paid vacation (15 after one year)
  • 12 weeks 100% paid parental leave
  • …and more!

About the Reader Institute for Community Journalism: In May 2022, RICJ took over the complete operation of the Chicago Reader from the prior for-profit business. It is a new nonprofit publishing a legacy newspaper and website. RICJ’s budget is approximately $3 million a year, with 36 staff, and dozens of freelancers. The office is in Bronzeville, but this is a remote-work position with one-on-one, small group, and company-wide in-person meetings 

Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. The Reader is committed to creating a collaborative environment that celebrates the diversity of our staff. 

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to us through this link. Please tell us the name of your favorite color as requested on the form so we can see that you read the entire job description. 

The deadline to submit is November 25, 2022.


Sales Representative (Full or Part time)

The Chicago Reader is accepting applications for future openings for media sales representatives.

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 future openings. For consideration, please send a resume and list of references to careers@chicagoreader.com. We will contact qualified candidates; no phone calls, please.