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Job Opening at the Civic Federation: Communications Coordinator

The Civic Federation is a non-partisan, non-profit government research organization working to maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in the Chicago region and the State of Illinois. The Civic Federation publishes reports and commentary about state and local government tax policies, government services and public expenditures. The Federation’s membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago-area companies and institutions.

Position Title & Description: Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the Civic Federation’s internal and external communications strategy. The Coordinator oversees all media and public relations and creates content for the Federation’s outreach efforts. The Communications Coordinator reports to the President and manages the workflow of two full-time employees.


  • Coordinate and implement the Civic Federation’s internal and external communications;
  • Manage the release of Civic Federation reports and position statements, including drafting of all press releases, ensuring that the Federation’s research products reach key stakeholders via print, broadcast and social media;
  • Produce, write and edit the Civic Federation’s Annual Report and monthly newsletters;
  • Manage grants process including tracking funding requests and writing proposals and reports;
  • Develop working knowledge of the research topics studied by the Civic Federation;
  • Direct updates of the Civic Federation website and periodic upgrades;
  • Proofread and edit all research products; and
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of the Civic Federation’s major special events including oversight of speechwriting and video production.


  • Exceptional writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent organizational, communications and time management skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience with digital media and website design preferred;
  • Graduate degree in journalism, communications, literature, public policy or political science preferred; and
  • Demonstrated interest in government and public policy.

Salary and Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience, up to $60,000. Generous vacation and benefits package. This is a full-time position.

To apply, please submit the following documents via mail or email:

  • Cover letter stating your qualifications and interest in the position;
  • Resume;
  • One long writing sample (10 pages) and one short (2 to 3 pages) summary of an issue or document (e.g.: executive summary, abstract, memorandum); and
  • Three references.

Address application to:

Laurence Msall
The Civic Federation
10 N. Dearborn St. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60602
[email protected] (no phone calls please)

The Civic Federation is an equal opportunity employer.