The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is looking for a Chicago-based Media Manager to manage the Association’s social media presence, write for and edit its blog and associated weekly e-newsletter, and handle public relations and photography duties, including organizing and publishing photos and videos online. The successful candidate will take a fresh look at the ISBA’s social media strategy and weekly e-newsletter and propose changes consistent with best practices and the association’s goals.
The Media Manager manages the ISBA’s social media presence, writes and edits articles of interest to ISBA members for the Illinois Lawyer Now news blog, prepares and delivers the Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly e-newsletter, and prepares the association’s weekly page in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. This position is also responsible for handling public relations duties, managing photography at association events, and organizing and publishing photos and videos online.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Lead the development and execution of Association social media strategy and keep up on social media trends.
Maintain and promote Association social media groups and pages (currently Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube).
Help and train other stakeholders to use social media.
Web/Electronic Content Development:
Write news stories about Association programs, people, and activities and other news of interest to Illinois attorneys.
Aggregate legal news and law practice/management information from numerous sources and place in appropriate formats for dissemination to Association members.
Write/edit content and post photos for Illinois Lawyer Now blog, Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly e-newsletter, and the weekly ISBA page in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Photograph Association events or hire/schedule freelance photographers. Organize and maintain database of all ISBA images including photographs and logos. Post video content for online viewing and help coordinate video strategy.
Write and distribute Association press releases as needed.
Respond to media inquiries, identify spokespeople, and prepare them for interviews.
Maintain the ISBA News Center landing page (https://www.isba.org/newscenter).
Assist with programs of the Marketing & Communications Committee, including Ask-A-Lawyer Day, Law Enforcement Awards, and parades.
Proficiency with social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitter
Experience with setting up and maintaining social media accounts/profiles
Experience with writing, editing, reporting, and blogging
Proficiency with InDesign, digital cameras, digital photo editing, and image organization
Knowledge of online video publishing
Familiarity with legal profession a plus
A strong work ethic
A high level of initiative
Excellent customer service, organizational, and analytical skills
Candidates must have a bachelor’s or higher degree in journalism, communications, or a related field and five years’ successful experience as a journalist, writer, editor, and/or social media specialist.
While largely office-based, this position requires the ability to travel on occasion. It also requires the ability to stand, bend, climb and lift arms while holding a camera that may weigh several pounds when photographing Association events.
The Illinois State Bar Association offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of employee benefits including employer paid health, life and disability insurances and a staff profit sharing plan and 401(k). EOE.
Interested qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary history directly to email@example.com. Please do not apply through this posting. Application materials submitted as attachments should be MS Word or PDF format only and must be received by January 30, 2017 in order to be considered.
The Illinois State Bar Association, headquartered in Springfield, is the largest legal association in the state. Its primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more efficiently by providing time and money-saving services.