Marketing and Communications Associate

Chicago, IL

The ARK, a nonprofit social service agency serving the Chicagoland Jewish community, seeks a creative and strategic Marketing and Communications Associate. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Development, the candidate will be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the organization to increase public awareness, generate increased funding from donors and attract more clients and volunteers. 

Responsibilities for this hands-on position are as follows: 

• Develop and implement various integrated strategies including, but not limited to: social media, email communications, website updates, direct mail, advertising, and public relations to achieve marketing and communications objectives. 

• Write and distribute monthly e-newsletters and other email communications. 

• Create and update social media content on a regular basis to promote engagement with various audiences. 

• Maintain and update The Ark’s WordPress website. 

• Write and design new print collateral materials for marketing and development as needed. 

• Publicize ARK programs and events through various channels as appropriate, including seeking out media opportunities. 

• Analyze and manipulate data to effectively demonstrate impact and outcomes to the board, community and grantors. 

• Utilize systems and tools to track and measure effectiveness of marketing and communications activities, (e.g., Survey Monkey, Google Analytics) and report on successes as well as areas for improvement. 

• Assist with program and event coordination as requested, working with internal staff as well as external vendors (fulfillment house, freelance graphic designers etc). 

• Other duties as assigned. 


• Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related field. 

• At least 3 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization. 

• Superior writing and editing skills, with the ability to communicate in a variety of styles. 

• Strong computer and technology skills including experience with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel), email marketing tools and platforms (Vertical Response preferred), Salesforce and WordPress. 

• Proficiency in social media, both content creation and understanding of various platforms/applications. Proven track record in developing content that drives engagement. 

• Track record of producing compelling print materials. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (primarily InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator) 

• Experience with media relations preferred, including pitching the press and securing media placements. 

• Exceptional analytical ability, strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize deadlines and manage multiple projects. 

• Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. Capable of taking initiative. 

• Knowledge of fundraising a plus. 

• Ability to represent The ARK with the highest integrity. 

• Knowledge of Jewish customs and traditions. 

The ARK operates according to Halachic guidelines. Paid holidays include Jewish holidays. 


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