Illinois Federation of Teachers

Illinois Federation of Teachers
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, Illinois 60559

Media Director

Based in Westmont, IL

Job Qualifications

  • Applicant must demonstrate strong skills in writing, editing, and layout.
  • Applicant must possess skills and interest in digital publishing, social/new media, and emerging technology.
  • Knowledge of/experience in photography, videography, and graphic design preferred.
  • Applicant must demonstrate skill in writing and editing of news releases, media advisories, and web content.
  • Applicant should have knowledge of the activities included in campaigns, message development, and media relations.
  • Statewide travel is required.
  • Weekend and evening work is required.
  • Experience in/knowledge of education, public sector, labor movement preferred


  • Write, photograph, and edit IFT print and digital materials for internal and external communications, including newsletters, membership emails, brochures, flyers, websites, social media, news releases/advisories, and other materials as assigned by the Director of Communications
  • Assist with layout, design, production, and distribution of aforementioned communications vehicles
  • Monitor mainstream and online media for relevant news, opportunities, and challenges
  • Provide assistance and technical support to IFT locals and their webmasters
  • Support IFT organizing and recruiting efforts, promote member benefits and services, and forge alliances with community partners through preparation of strategic communications materials
  • Support the IFT field operations with on-site activities and training programs in coordination with the regionally-assigned servicing staff
  • Support the IFT legislative program and political action campaigns with communications activities involving legislation and member activation
  • Promote the IFT and its members in the media through news releases, press conferences, contact with reporters, and other activities
  • Perform such other duties as may be required under the direction of the President, Executive Board, or the Director of Communications
  • Report directly to the Director of Communications

To Apply
Application is made by sending a letter and current résumé to the attention of Barb Latta at the address above or via e-mail (blatta@ift-aft.org), in both cases no later than January 22, 2019.

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