Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist

January 12, 2017

Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media seeks a community-driven journalist or community organizer to join the Illinois Newsroom as our Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist.  In this position, you will facilitate digital and face-to-face relationships with the public, educators and students to assist them in impacting the media conversation around issues that affect them most while increasing the impact and reach of a statewide team of journalists.

Illinois Public Media and our partner stations are building a model for regional collaboration and will dedicate a team of journalists to provide in-depth coverage of three key beat topics in Illinois for statewide and national audiences.  The Visiting Senior Engagement Strategist ensures that the public is part of the editorial process. Topics will include education, health and environment, and state politics and policy.

Major duties responsibilities of this position are:

  • Co-create a roadmap for community engagement for Illinois Newsroom staff designed to maximize pathways between Illinois Newsroom and the public
  • Identify trusted community organizations to partner with for public events and conversations
  • Co-create and produce story-based public conversation events with measurable impact
  • Attend key events, meetings, and networking gatherings to create pathways between Illinois Newsroom and the public
  • Collaborate in selecting topics for Illinois Newsroom projects
  • Co-create youth media summit with collaborating social studies classrooms in central Illinois
  • Collaborate with IPM’s marketing department to tell the story of our media-community partnership
  • Supervise documentation of project processes
  • Give presentations highlighting the community engagement roadmap model, methods and results and create an accessible feedback loop between this model, methods and results

Position Requirements and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree


  • Demonstrated commitment to solutions-focused journalism
  • Demonstrated commitment to applied work that makes a difference in local communities
  • Demonstrated success in producing or co-producing community events
  • Demonstrated success in creating understanding among diverse staff about the role of  media in addressing challenging community problems
  • Demonstrated commitment to mentoring the next generation of journalists

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/French)


  • Skilled in meeting facilitation of small and large groups
  • Skilled in training others in the use of new tools
  • Skilled in developing staff capacity for the acceptance of innovation
  • Skilled in using digital tools and social media

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of community engagement media initiatives
  • Knowledge of regional collaborations within public media

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by February 3, 2017. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This visiting position could become permanent depending on funding availability.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran,  status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (