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Social Media and Communications Strategist

The description below is a comprehensive overview of this position, and we understand that there is likely no one person who possesses 100% of the skills outlined. If you are energized by this position, are excited to learn and grow, and love stories, we hope you will apply.


The newly created Social Media and Communications Strategist position will oversee 2nd Story’s social media, communications, and audience development. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker who will support 2nd Story’s goal of cultivating and developing its national audience while caring for its internal and external communities.

We are seeking someone who:

  • is drawn to stories (both for pleasure and as a tool for engagement);
  • engages in their work through the lenses of Anti-Racism and Decolonization;
  • considers themself an aficionado of digital and online platforms; and
  • loves managing projects and can adhere to their own self-guided timelines.


Full-time W2 salary contract at $37.5K/year, plus 80% Employer-covered Health, Dental, and Vision, a 100% Employer-covered life insurance plan, and a Flexible Time Off policy.


2nd Story is a collaborative environment, and we encourage, participate in, and financially support ongoing community building and professional development opportunities for our staff both as individuals and as a team. This has included things like participating in anti-racism trainings facilitated by artEquity, CROAR, and Enrich Chicago, bystander intervention training with Hollaback!, and learning about each other’s love languages and apology languages, among other things. We genuinely delight in and work to support each other’s success, growth, and rest. We are seeking to build a diverse team that reflects and champions 2nd Story’s mission, vision, and values. Our mission statement is below.


Manage 2nd Story’s Digital Presence

  • Overseeing 2nd Story’s social media platforms. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • managing and generating content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • updating and maintaining the 2nd Story and CultureBuilds websites (we use Squarespace)
    • brainstorming additional opportunities for 2nd Story to grow its online presence and bringing them to the team for consideration
    • researching and creating content for 2nd Story’s weekly eblast and the CultureBuilds’ monthly eblast
    • improving the presence of the 2nd Story and CultureBuilds websites by introducing search engine optimization (SEO) to the platform

Audience Development

  • Working closely with the Managing Director, develop a strategic marketing plan that deepens 2nd Story’s relationship with current audiences, expands 2nd Story’s reach, and generates earned revenue through ticket sales and CultureBuilds partnerships
  • Further develops 2nd Story’s CRM platform (we currently use Salesforce) to gain a deeper understanding of audience engagement and trends
  • Oversee Various Communication Channels
    • Maintaining open communication with internal and external stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • sending out a bi-monthly internal newsletter to 2nd Story’s Collective of Staff, Board, and Company members
      • managing the 2nd Story mobile phone as a virtual box office on performance nights
    • Managing correspondence with 2nd Story’s publicist, as needed

Coordination of Marketing Assets

  • Working closely with the Manager of Operations, assemble marketing assets for 2nd Story’s internal and external programming (a typical season consists of ~75 public and private events). This includes, but is not limited to:
    • developing copy for 2nd Story’s performance, education, and CultureBuilds programming as needed
    • updating and managing 2nd Story’s event inventory via Salesforce
    • collaborating with the Managing Director to create different graphic elements (slides for virtual shows, show programs, social media content, etc.)
  • Tracking 2nd Story’s annual advertising and marketing budgets

Ambassadorship and Collaboration

  • Representing the organization in the public sphere
  • Timely and professional maintenance of correspondence
  • Sitting forward and actively engaging as a member of the 2nd Story team.
    • This means leaning into the job, thinking ahead, and thinking robustly.
    • It also means that occasionally we do things that are not explicitly “our job” to support another staff member in a critical time.
    • We embrace a culture of Yes. (and balance this with the fact that we are humans and rest and boundaries are essential to our wellbeing ☺)
  • Preparation for and facilitation of weekly marketing meetings.
  • As a member of the 2nd Story staff, the Social Media and Communications Strategists is expected to attend:
    • Friday Office hours
    • Staff meetings
    • Collective Meetings (2-3 per year)
    • Board meetings (as required)
    • Special events for the organization
  • Tracking work and progress to goal via shared project management system (2nd Story currently uses Asana)
  • Participate in ongoing reflection, which includes a standing meeting with a supervisor and annual reflections with the Artistic and Managing Directors


2nd Story is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to We will accept applications until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis beginning the week of November 1, 2021.

Contact Info:
Lauren Sivak
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago