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Job posting

Updated February 26, 2021

Development & Marketing Associate


The Chicago Reader was the first free alternative weekly in the US. In the past two years our organization has come under new ownership and we are transitioning to a nonprofit newsroom. We are passionate about telling the authentic stories of Chicago and seek an experienced Development & Marketing Associate to assist in the telling of our story.

In 2021 the Chicago Reader is celebrating our 50th anniversary, launching a new website, expanding our donor network, and much more. The Development & Marketing Associate is a new role that will be integral to engaging our donor base and marketing the many facets of our organization to our audience.

The person in this role will work closely with the Director of Development and Director of Strategic Innovation to implement ongoing projects and communications. The position requires a highly organized and self-motivated professional who can work independently while coordinating with multiple remote team members. If you are someone who is passionate about journalism and storytelling, is excited by the notion of managing the administration of several interrelated projects, and enjoys bridging multiple stakeholders, we want to hear from you.


Development (60%)

  • Administer and manage donor CRM
  • Perform data entry and data maintenance
  • Pull reports for Finance and Development departments
  • Assist Grant Writer with data requests
  • Donor acknowledgement
  • Ensure donors are thanked in a timely manner
  • Follow up on pledges and billing inquiries
  • Process tax filing information for donors and assist with donor requests
  • Development communications
  • Write and send donor correspondence, including monthly member newsletters
  • Assist Development Director with creation and administration of digital fundraising campaigns
  • Partner with Social Media Coordinator, Digital Director, and Sales Department to ensure successful implementation of fundraising campaigns

Marketing (40%)

  • Creation of the development, innovation, and memberships marketing and public relations strategy and implementation for the Chicago Reader 
  • Develop and implement marketing, PR, and audience engagement strategy for business projects including but not limited to:
  • Reader products and merchandise
  • Special membership projects (book club, podcast network, etc.)
  • 50th Anniversary events and special projects
  • Implement Chicago Reader newsletter program
  • Coordinate with Sales Team for ad inclusion
  • Partner with Digital Director to grow newsletter list
  • Coordinate with Editorial Team for newsletter content
  • Capture and report on metrics and impact of newsletters, paid house advertising, memberships, digital fundraising campaigns, etc.


  • 2-3 years experience in development, fundraising, or marketing for a non-profit and/or media organization
  • Experience running marketing, promotions, audience engagement, business strategy, social media engagement, or the equivalent for an organization
  • Demonstrable organizational skills with an acute attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm to hone brand strategy for a legacy media organization
  • Ability to wear multiple hats and willingness to jump in where needed
  • Personal initiative and excitement to learn
  • Personal strength in relationship building

Nice to haves:

  • Management of email program for an organization
  • Expertise in Facebook Ads Manager
  • Expertise in Mailchimp
  • Expertise in Wordpress
  • Experience managing a CRM platform
  • Experience or interest in graphic design


  • $38-42k

Reports to:


Remote - Chicagoland

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Sales Representative (Full or Part time)

The Chicago Reader is seeking an experienced 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.

Applicants should have:

  • A minimum of 3 years of sales experience
  • Knowledge of media sales, specifically print and digital
  • Working knowledge and experience utilizing a CRM 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, written 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 numerous working relationships with advertisers in Chicago, specifically in the health, real estate, and financial categories

The available compensation packages vary, 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 your cover letter and resume to We will contact qualified candidates; no phone calls, please.