Associate (Illinois, Partner-Track)

Donovan Group

The Donovan Group is a communications firm that focusses exclusively on public education. Our firm was founded in 2004 in Milwaukee and for several years, we focused on serving the needs of public schools and districts in our home state. Later, we took what we learned to expand to other states, including Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

Along the way, we’ve added many truly talented and passionate education communication and school PR professionals to our team. While the Donovan Group continues to grow, we remain true to our core principles of helping public schools, districts and educational organizations tell their stories, engage their stakeholders and build greater levels of trust in their communities.

The services we offer span a wide variety of areas, including crisis communications assistance, work with districts in advance of a referendum, developing and executing communications plans, survey research, writing news releases, assisting in the organization of community events and training. We also provide graphic and website design and communications assistance on many different issues, including difficult subjects like school finance and changes in state- and federal-level educational policy.

The Donovan Group’s team also includes content writers, website developers, videographers, copy editors, project managers, and support staff.

Position Details

Associate (Illinois, Partner-Track)
Northern Illinois
Chicago-area, IL

The Donovan Group is seeking an associate to lead the firm’s efforts in Illinois. This is a senior-level, partner-track position.

As a Donovan Group Associate in Illinois, you will lead the firm’s expansion in the state. Backed by our outstanding back office of writers, designers, developers and project managers, you will serve as the lead on Illinois projects. Extensive in-state travel is required.

The successful candidate will be a mid-career or later professional with a background in communications (school PR, non-school public relations, marketing, journalism, etc.) and have a deep desire to work with public education leaders and advance public education.

Job responsibilities:

  • Leading communications processes and consulting in large and small meeting formats; large group speaking. 
  • Advising educational leaders on best practices in communication for a wide variety of issues and challenges. 
  • Learning about and then staying on top of current education trends. 
  • Working with our back office team to develop and deliver work products and, generally, moving heaven and earth to serve our clients. 
  • Leading efforts to sell services in the state.

Key attributes:

  • Extremely well organized and able to manage multiple projects at a time. 
  • A passion for public education. 
  • An entrepreneurial spirit. 
  • Intensity and a deep desire to work hard to accomplish goals. 
  • Commitment to high standards, ethics and core values. 
  • Interest in education communications, education policy and helping public schools and districts tell their stories and engage their stakeholders. 
  • Ability to remain on task and complete assignments and projects in a timely manner while working remotely. 
  • Existing knowledge or willingness to learn best practices in school communication.

Please note that we are flexible with work location, though the Chicago metro area is our preference. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. Master’s degree is preferable. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team. 
  • A willingness to sell services and serving as the point of contact for sales. 
  • Submission of a resume.

Base salary plus bonuses. Extremely flexible work environment.

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