Position Description

Event Marketing and Audience Engagement Manager
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 329
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

To nourish the public conversation by telling the stories that matter—stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action.


Chicago Public Media Mission Statement


Who is Chicago Public Media?

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community.  As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.

An opportunity to make an impact

At Chicago Public Media, we believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information a right of every citizen.  We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires and enriches.  We connect diverse audiences and help them make a difference in our communities, our region and our world.  If you are inspired by our mission and want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.


About the role:

The Event Marketing and Audience Engagement Manager is a key position in the Membership and Marketing Department supporting the strategy, operations and marketing of Chicago Public Media events and audience engagement efforts. As the lead events marketing strategist, this position will play a hands-on role in executing all aspects of WBEZ’s event marketing campaigns – from developing marketing creative and writing creative briefs, to providing creative feedback and launching and measuring event marketing outcomes. This position works closely with departments across the organization to develop engaged audiences for our live events portfolio and to create compelling marketing materials consistent with Chicago Public Media’s mission. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the nuances of social media as well as traditional marketing strategies to ensure a cohesive and engaging experience for WBEZ listeners and members. This person will also project manage workflows, develop creative and marketing plans, track event audience engagement metrics to achieve event goals and objectives.  

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain knowledge of dynamic marketing strategies and tactics
  • Development of multiplatform event marketing plans
  • Development of event marketing creative and management of design process for event visuals
  • Project management of cross-functional teamwork throughout the event marketing process
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure a cohesive brand experience
  • Creation and presentation of promotional recaps to key internal stakeholders, underwriting staff and clients
  • Implementation and execution of all event promotions


Qualifications & Education:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of event marketing and promotions experience
  • Bachelor’s in marketing, advertising or communication or equivalent training and professional experience
  • Experience writing, editing and measuring the effectiveness of marketing communications
  • Proven team leader with results oriented focus
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication & presentation skills
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and deliverable deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Knowledge of web design and video editing a plus
  • Positive attitude and driven to optimize results
  • Exceptional problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends) to facilitate on-site activation of events and sponsorships


Working at Chicago Public Media

We at Chicago Public Media care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.


Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.


At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.  Our benefits include:


  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  12 weeks paid maternity leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  •  Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days


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