Jobs & Internships
WEB & GRAPHICS EDITOR
The Better Government Association needs a full-time Web & Graphics Editor — a journalist — to lead our design and publishing efforts around news, investigative, explanatory, analytical, and editorial stories.
This person will manage presentation and publishing of these stories on the bettergov.org CMS. The Web & Graphics Editor will report to the Director of Digital Strategy, who oversees all digital content and style; but work most closely with the Director of Investigations, the Deputy Director of Investigations, and our team of six investigative reporters toward conceptualizing, building and laying out stories — words, images and photos, illustrations and data visualizations, audio/video — in an innovative, multi-platform and consistent way.
The Web & Graphics Editor will also participate in designing special digital content from the Civic Engagement department (to-be-launched online garden of Explainers on key issues) and illustrations and the data-visualizations from the Policy department, as needed.
The ideal candidate has at least three years of experience in web editing, story illustration, and publishing for a journalistic organization; and has familiarity with and ability to custom-build attractive, highly functional web packages for content. Familiarity with Drupal is plus, but not mandatory if you are a quick study with significant time working with other CMS/design languages (Tarbell, etc.)
The ideal candidate is a hybrid journalist + digital/designer who understands storytelling, is passionate about in-depth investigative reporting, and sees it as his or her mission to work collaboratively with excellent reporters to create powerful layouts and visuals that increase the impact of important stories.
The ideal candidate will be a key player in the re-design of the standard story layouts, style guides, and decision making around support tools. You must be a strong designer with ideas who is creative and collaborative with clear artistic and visual skills. We are building the backbones for making stories like this, and this, and this, and this.
…and it will be your job to make these work, story by story.
The BGA is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that combines investigative journalism, advocacy and civic engagement to promote better government in Illinois. Its office is located in downtown Chicago. This position requires on-site attendance.
- Design, manage and publish all content for BGA stories (Drupal CMS) with the utmost attention to detail; journalistic accuracy; beautiful, user-friendly, dynamic design; speed and efficiency.
- Work closely and collaboratively to conceptualize, design, and publish stories, from heavy-duty investigative journalism packages (illustrations, data visualizations, photos, videos); issue explainers, policy analyses, columns, and standard news items.
- Collaborate with the Digital Communications team to ensure the story content is shareable on the social web.
- Work as a strategic partner with Director of Digital strategy toward re-fitting the BGA’s website and creating new approaches to presenting content on the Web.
- Track analytics, measure progress against goals and provide regular reports and strategy recommendations to the Director of Digital Strategy.
- Function as project manager for special story projects (interfacing and managing outside vendors, freelancers, as needed).
- Stay current on new and emerging trends and apply appropriately to BGA efforts.
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least 3 years experience in story design, illustration, data-visualization, web publishing
- Highly proficient in web-based publishing and design technologies
- Experience/knowledge in webpage design, web programming techniques and protocols
- Excellent design skills
- Writing and editing and skills (you’ll catch mistakes, care about the words and accuracy).
- Ability to communicate effectively both on and offline
- Interest in and basic knowledge of state and local Illinois government expected
Email Solomon Lieberman, Director of Digital Strategy, at firstname.lastname@example.org — send resume, thoughts on BGA storytelling, and examples of work.
The Better Government Association is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.” All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veteran, and individuals with disabilities.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
The Better Government Association (BGA) seeks a full-time Development Associate and Executive Assistant to support and assist with the development activities and assist the President and CEO and Director of Development at the Better Government Association. The Development Associate will work closely with the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Director of Development & External to support organizational operations and development efforts.
The BGA is a nonprofit and nonpartisan watchdog organization that combines investigative journalism, advocacy, and civic engagement to promote good government at the local, county, and state levels in Illinois.
- Support the CEO and Director of Development by answering phones, screening calls and email; managing calendars; making travel arrangements, scheduling meetings; preparing reports and financial data; managing office supplies needs and keeping office tidy.
- Organize files for the organization and the Development Department.
- Stay up to date on news of day with special focus on government and reform topics.
- Responsible for day-to-day administration of Raiser’s Edge (RE) donor database. Support all development initiatives; pull lists, run queries, update/create fields and import/export data for mail merge and other functions.
- Responsible for the management and integrity of the RE data by establishing systems to ensure accurate gift processing, record keeping, and stewardship.
- Assist with the development and implementation of the Strategic Development Plan including annual appeals, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals, and special events.
- Coordinate and prioritize day-to-day gift processing activities and ensures accurate processing and stewardship of gifts.
- Supervise the accurate processing of checks, credit cards, and electronic funds transfers for unrestricted and restricted gifts.
- Work with Administration and Accounting to manage accurate processing of checks, credit cards and electronic funds transfers.
- Supervise part-time Development Assistant and interns when appropriate.
- Coordinate sponsors, tickets and seating for three major BGA annual events.
- Serve as liaison with third party companies including but not limited to venues, event planning companies, and hotel event staff.
- Coordinate and manage volunteers who are assisting with the event to ensure they have a schedule and training on area of responsibility.
- Assist with preparing budgets and provide periodic progress reports to staff directors for each event.
- Keep track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting.
- Manage digital elements of the program, while coordinating with designer.
- Order supplies and audiovisual equipment, make travel arrangements, order event signs, prepare name badges, and ensure appropriate requirements meet the quality expectations of the event.
Strong candidates will have:
- B.A. degree;
- At least 1-2 years experience with Raiser’s Edge;
- Interest in fundraising and the BGA’s mission;
- Strong work ethic and the ability to work as part of a team;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle a variety of tasks.
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Detail-oriented, independent and resourceful;
- Excellent interpersonal and telephone skills;
- Excellent writing and editing skills;
- Strong knowledge of Mac OSX, Microsoft Office, and Excel;
- Ability to quickly learn new programs and create systems;
- Interest in non-profit work;
- Ability to work well under pressure.
The BGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and equal consideration is given to all candidates regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
The BGA regularly hires interns who can earn academic credit for their internship. The following intern positions are open for applications:
- Communications and Public Relations Internship
- Development Internship
- Investigative Internship
- Policy Advocacy Internship