Position Overview: To provide marketing, editorial, and communications content in support of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Develop marketing-focused content that can be used across all channels and mediums, including print, digital, email, mobile, and social media, in support of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Help develop and execute highly conceptual solutions including print and digital campaigns that involve emails, digital advertising, headlines, landing pages, newsletters, and scripts.
Tell the stories of the Chicago Botanic Garden through social media content, blogs, ephemeral signs, and exhibition copy.
Contribute ideas and content for quarterly member magazine.
Research, write, revise, and proof various content while ensuring accuracy of copy and reflecting the Garden’s proper voice and tone.
Be familiar with Chicago Manual of Style and use those rules, along with those in the Garden Style Guidelines, in all communications.
Contribute to a team effort by collaborating on ideas and ways to reach the target audience.
Manage multiple assignments simultaneously, attend related meetings, and work efficiently and effectively within deadlines.
Work with Director, Content and Editorial, to ensure copy tone and style are consistent.
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, or related field.
At least five years of writing experience in marketing or communications; agency experience is a plus.
Must be an excellent writer across marketing channels. Ability to write editorial copy for magazines, blog posts, and exhibitions strongly desired.
Proficiency in Google Docs, Microsoft Office Word, and Excel.
Experience in content advertising, search engine optimization, keywords, etc.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with attention to detail.
Strong conceptual thinker with proven ability to translate a marketing strategy into compelling creative concepts.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, effectively juggle different writing demands, and work on deadline.
Able to respond positively to feedback.
Team player who can work and communicate effectively with graphic and web designers, on interdepartmental teams, and with senior staff.
Strong problem-solving skills and detail oriented.
Physical Demands: Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, and scanners. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 40 pounds. Some exposure to outdoor and varied weather conditions.
Mission and History
We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 150,000 volumes—including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.
The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back t...o the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world's fair held in October 1893.
After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.
From its founding, the Garden has hired leading architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch, who created the master plan. Edward Larabee Barnes designed the Education Center in 1976, known today as the Regenstein Center. The Japanese Garden, Sansho-En, was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana in 1975 and dedicated in 1982 (today it is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden). Dedicated in 1991, the English Walled Garden was designed by British landscape designer John Brookes. The Plant Science Center, which opened in 2009, was the work of designer/architect Booth Hansen. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities with a meticulous eye toward its original mission.