External Communications Specialist

Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) provides death, disability and pension retirement benefits to employees of local governments and school districts in Illinois (with the exception of the City of Chicago and Cook County).IMRF serves approximately 2,900 municipal employers in Illinois.


Position Details

External Communications Specialist
Northern Illinois
Oak Brook, IL

IMRF is seeking an experienced External Communications Specialist.

In this position,you will:

  • Write content for IMRF's member- and retiree-focused newsletters. Interview staff and outside subject matter experts, coordinate content review with appropriate staff, deliver content to partners for print or electronic design and dissemination. 
  • Write content for distribution on IMRF social media channels. 
  • Write content for periodic reports and supplementary communications pieces as needed, i.e. flyers, brochures, etc. 
  • Assist Communications Officer with the development of communications plans for IMRF members, retirees, and other external stakeholders. Develop strategies aligned with organizational goals, execute the plans, benchmark the results, and implement improvements.

REQUIREMENTS for the External Communications Specialist role:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required. A degree in communications, journalism, or a related field is preferred. 
  • Must have 1-2 years experience in a similar position. 
  • Must have knowledge of the suite of Adobe Creative Cloud applications (IMRF works in a PC-based environment). 
  • Must have exceptional writing and editing skills. 
  • Knowledge of federal Plain Language Principles is a plus. 
  • Must have prior experience teaming with internal customers on long-term projects in support of communications goals. 
  • Must possess the ability to thrive in an environment that demands collaboration with internal customers. 
  • Must be a self-starter able to work independently with minimal guidance. 
  • Must be deadline driven. 
  • Must be a multi-tasker. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

IMRF Benefits:

  • Generous insurance benefits, including medical and dental 
  • 35 hour base work week, Monday - Friday 
  • Death, disability and pension retirement benefits as a member of IMRF 
  • Paid vacation, 12 paid holidays and 2 personal days 
  • Onsite amenities include health club, café and salon 
  • Business casual attire 
  • Award-winning organizational approach to performance excellence 
  • Convenient Oak Brook, IL location

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