The Citizens Utility Board (CUB), one of Illinois’ premier consumer advocacy groups, has an immediate opening for an entry-level communications assistant to help in all facets of the Communications Department. This is an exciting opportunity to get hands-on experience working for a good cause: Fighting electric/gas rate hikes, preventing rip-offs and advocating for a clean energy future.
Why people like to work at CUB:
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
Health and dental Insurance.
401K with company match.
Vacation, PTO and Sick Time.
Extra week of vacation for all staff members, Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.
Once a week work-from-home options.
Hands-on experience at a respected, hard-working nonprofit once praised by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the “gold standard” of consumer groups nationwide.
What you’ll be doing at CUB:
Work with key staff to contribute content for an award-winning website, blog, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, including developing graphics, taking photos, filming video and writing posts.
Research, write, edit and lay out consumer-friendly blog stories, fact sheets, helpful guides, The CUB Voice (quarterly newsletter), and other publications as needed.
Maintain library of fact sheets and other CUB materials in both pdf and WordPress formats.
Assist in media campaign planning; including writing and distributing news releases, follow-up calls and pitches to reporters; and maintaining up-to-date list of media contacts.
Film regular Facebook Live presentations with CUB staff members on a variety of utility and consumer topics.
Track consumer and utility-related news articles for weekly social media planning meetings.
And other duties as assigned.
What we need from you:
*Proven commitment to public interest work.
*Energy, enthusiasm and pride in getting the little jobs right.
*Experience in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator).
*Basic knowledge of content management system, preferably Wordpress.
*Strong writing and proofreading skills, and intense attention to detail.
*A degree in Journalism, English or a Communications-related field—either pursuing or completed.
Please send cover letter, resume, your best nonfiction writing sample (published works preferred), and example of Adobe InDesign work to:
Jim Chilsen, Communications Director Citizens Utility Board (CUB) 309 W. Washington St. Suite 800 Chicago, Illinois 60606
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
About Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) which was created by the Illinois Legislature in 1983, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer watchdog group that fights for the rights of utility customers across the state. Heralded in the media as “the gold standard” of consumer groups, CUB has saved Illinois consumers more than $20 billion by blocking rate hikes and winning rate reductions and refunds.