Audience Editor
Seeking an experienced audience editor to help the next generation of changemakers
Chicago, IL 
Posted 13 days ago
Job Description
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is where your world and the world meet. The Council is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that empowers more people to help shape our global future. We are launching an editorial startup team to connect with the next generation of changemakers who want to create a more open and promising world for all. By informing them, inspiring them, and involving them in world affairs, we will support an inclusive community of globally conscious people who want to have a tangible impact. The Council celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2022. Do you want to help shape our next century?

The Role

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is seeking an experienced audience editor to help the next generation of changemakers grow their involvement in the world through our publishing, programming, and public engagement.

The audience editor is equally skilled at discovering soon-to-be trending global topics, optimizing headlines and newsletter subject lines, and drawing actionable insights from analytics. The person in this role will develop and execute strategies that maximize our reach while finding ways to meaningfully invite communities to engage with the Council in creating a more open world.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of success in: diversifying audiences, growing newsletter subscribers, and leading innovative experiments that build greater loyalty and investment.    
This is a collaborative, hands-on team looking for an editor who loves a challenge and is relentlessly curious about how to interest people in the important global events of the day.

The position is a hybrid role and requires occasional in-person attendance at our Downtown Chicago location based on work activities and peak seasons. The position is a supervisory role and reports to the Editorial Director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Attracting new audiences and deepening engagement with them, including through search, social, and email, by developing and executing growth strategies.
  • Listening — online and off – to identify conversations that are developing (or will be soon) around global topics and to translate those insights into actionable next steps.
  • Monitoring audience interest and identifying the most promising editorial opportunities for reaching next-gen global changemakers.
  • Establishing the team’s best practices for audience cultivation and engagement.
  • Analyzing data to deepen our understanding of the current audience and expand our future audience.
  • Coaching creators on crafting content designed for Reddit, Google, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Determining best practices for content on Twitter, Facebook, and perhaps Mastodon, Flipboard, and Apple News.
  • Brainstorming compelling, conversational headlines, optimized to amplify our content’s reach across platforms.
  • Maximizing search engine optimization, workshopping SEO-optimized headlines, descriptions, and tags.
  • Optimizing newsletter products for audience growth.
  • Working across the team and organization to generate and implement new ideas for audience growth and engagement.
  • Taking a forward-looking, lab-like approach to testing new content and engagement ideas intended to build a diverse audience.
  • Manage the work activities of direct report(s), including setting and tracking goals, and providing coaching, development, and training to meet and exceed performance objectives.
  • Participating in the team’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.
  • Fostering cross-team collaborations in support of the Council’s digital transformation objectives and goals.
  • Provide support for Council events (virtual, hybrid, or in-person), sometimes requiring early morning or evening hours. Examples may be registrations, ushering, greeting, monitoring social media channels, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, is preferred
  • 2-5 year proven track record in managing audience growth, preferably in a journalistic environment
  • Proficiency in using Web analytics tools, including Google and Chartbeat, to grow audience
  • Fluency in using social platform native analytics and related social monitoring and analytics tools, including Google Analytics and Sprout, to grow audience
  • Experienced with SEO content strategies, including headline optimization for search and keyword-rich use of descriptions and tags
  • Familiarity with social media trends and best practices for social events tools, like Instagram Live and Twitter Spaces
  • Comfort with engaged journalism and audience-centered approaches
  • Deep interest in keeping up with digital trends and forecasting
  • Sharp editorial instincts and skills
  • Collaborative, with proactive and inclusive interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, handicap or disability, marital status, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or for any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are committed to weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of the Council, and we believe people — their identities, experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and ideas — are critical to our success and to global affairs. We will elevate diverse voices and identities and a full range of perspectives, advance equitable and inclusive access to exploring and shaping ideas, and ensure our organization reflects the diversity of Chicago, our nation, and the world.

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Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
There are many benefits to working at the Council, including a flexible remote/in-office work environment, half-day summer Fridays, paid parental leave, employer-subsidized medical/dental/vision insurance, generous paid time off, retirement match, mobile phone stipend, commuter accessible, fitness center membership, and more.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2 to 5 years
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