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Chicago Editorial Associate

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The Obama Foundation-Chicago | Chicago, IL

The Obama Foundation-Chicago

Published 16 days ago

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

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About the Role

The Chicago Editorial Associate (CEA) will play a lead role in bringing the Obama Foundation’s work in Chicago to life for our digital audiences, with a specific focus on the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The CEA will serve as the primary liaison to the Foundation’s Public Engagement, OPC, and Community Leadership teams and drive both strategy and execution of editorial products related to their work (emails, web features, posts), while working with other team members to develop content for video, social media, and print. The CEA will place an emphasis on the needs of our Chicago audience, developing content that is responsive to their feedback, interests, and concerns.

While prioritizing coverage of the Foundation’s Chicago work, the CEA will also help support other Foundation-wide work (Summits, participant gatherings. international convenings). The Editorial Associate reports to the Editorial Manager. 


The Chicago Editorial Associate will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes:

  • Editorial strategies are effectively developed for Public Engagement, OPC, and Community Leadership teams on an annual basis. 
  • Editorial strategies are executed smoothly for teams with clear quarterly goals, including writing web, social media, and email content and building web pages. 
  • Chicago digital audience metrics are grown and maintained (email list size, social followings).
  • The pulse is kept on Chicago audience feedback by monitoring user submission, attending events and keeping abreast of local news.
  • Internal reporting is produced on what we’re hearing for distribution with Foundation staff.
  • Other digital and editorial team priorities are supported as capacity allows. 


  • 2-3 years experience in an editorial role for a high-profile brand, institution or individual
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience drafting and editing written products at a high level that engage audiences.
  • Effective at building cross-team relationships, and serving as liaison between teams. 
  • Effective at project management—demonstrated ability to prioritize projects and workflows across short- and long-term priorities. 
  • Detail-oriented, sticks to deadlines, high-standards for quality.
  • Familiarity with CRM software, website, and form design (Specific products: Salesforce, Wordpress, Typeform, and Zapier). 
  • Copy editing experience
  • Knowledge of visual design and photography a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the…

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  • Full Time Schedule


Chicago, IL

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