Senior Communications Specialist

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are implementing ON TO 2050, a long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See for more information on the agency’s vision and core values.

CMAP is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application! This position will remain open until filled.

Position Details

Senior Communications Specialist
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Communications Senior develops and executes strategic and creative communication strategies and projects with a focus on visual storytelling and producing engaging multi-media content.


  • Develops and creates effective and engaging creative content (websites, graphics, videos, e-newsletters, print materials). 
  • Manages content strategy and content development, including writing, editing, proofing, design, and production. 
  • Supports agency’s communications and engagement goals, working closely with team members to gather information and present technical or complex subject matter in a clear, concise manner that engages a variety of audiences.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (an equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in communications, English, media/public relations. 
  • 5-7 years communication experience at a government agency, nonprofit, association, academia, or mission-driven organization.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES including competencies that may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word 
  • Expertise using Adobe Creative Suite, design and digital marketing platforms, content management systems and social media management tools (e.g., Canva, GovDelivery, Hootsuite, Engagement HQ). 
  • Superior knowledge of and skills in strategic communications and best practices, including developing plans with goals/objectives, strategies, audiences, key messages, tactics, and evaluating effectiveness. 
  • Experience in video and graphic design production, with the ability to design digital content from start to finish. 
  • Excellent writing, editing, messaging, and proofreading skills –– both technical and creative –– for diverse audiences. 
  • Superior understanding of grammar, style, and punctuation, with the ability to follow in-house brand and style guides. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment and integrate diverse thinking and feedback from multiple stakeholders. 
  • Attention to detail, with strong planning, organizational, and research skills.
  • Excellent self-motivation and commitment to learning and retaining new skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make objective decisions using sound judgment and remain calm under stress. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, private and public sector officials, and the general public.


  • IMRF 
  • AFLAC 
  • Certifications/Licenses and Association Dues 
  • Conferences/Training 
  • Deferred Compensation (457 Plan) 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Flextime 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Holidays
  • Life and Disability Insurance 
  • Long-term Disability Insurance 
  • Parental Leave 
  • Personal Days/Floating Holidays 
  • Retirement Savings Plan 
  • Short-term Disability Insurance 
  • Sick Leave 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Vacation Leave 
  • Vision Insurance

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