PR Coordinator


Position: PR Coordinator

Basic Function:

We are looking for a Public Relations Coordinator who is a strong writer and proofreader and who is passionate about disability issues. We have blog posts, email communications, press releases, webpages, and more that need engaging content that is updated regularly. This position will be in charge of creating content for multiple channels and audiences and will have direct interactions with the media, so we need someone who can work independently, accept accountability, prioritize tasks, be flexible, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of disabled people by amplifying our stories and taking on a wide variety of mission-driven, meaningful communications tasks each and everyday. You’ll learn and grow on-the-job by doing, as you actively build relationships with the media and field their requests, plan and run press conferences, conduct media prep-sessions, and facilitate interviews in this high-profile, public-facing role. Come join our dynamic and impactful communications team!

Specific Duties:

  • Assist with identifying a diverse range of media opportunities and maintaining press/media contacts.
  • Draft talking points, press releases, and organizational statements as directed by the Director of Communications and in collaboration with peers.
  • Pitch events, engagements, and stories to the media as directed by the Director of Communications.
  • Assist in planning and running press conferences.
  • Assist in launching and running an on-going speaker development/media training program for Access Living staff and consumers.
  • Retain an archive of news coverage and keep media contact lists up to date.
  • Keep Access Living’s online newsroom up to date.
  • Serve as one of Access Living’s primary staff writers — writing, editing and proofing original content for internal and external audiences.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with staff and consumers across the organization on story development to ensure that all voices are heard.
  • Work with the Director of Communications to create consistent, effective brand guidelines for Access Living’s outreach and messaging materials and help to implement them.
  • Assist with the overall development, production and distribution of Access Living print and digital marketing campaigns and materials including direct mail, email, flyers, brochures, and marketing collateral for in-person events.
  • Create and maintain database of high-resolution images and videos.
  • Work with the Digital Engagement Specialist to take photos and videos or arrange for photos or videos to be taken as needed.
  • Assist with website updates and support Access Living’s social media strategy coordinated by the Digital Engagement Specialist
  • Oversee internal and external outreach event management and planning from concept to execution.
  • Coordinate with vendors.
  • Create event communications materials as needed.
  • Update events calendar on the Access Living website, including all outreach events Access Living attends, external meetings held at Access Living, upcoming advocacy trips, and special events.
  • Ensure content has a cross disability, intersectional and equitable perspective and lens.
  • Provide support to the Director of Communications as needed, and take on other duties as assigned.

Education/Training and Experience:

  • Success in communications and outreach (writing and press coverage samples required)
  • Excellent communicator and presenter, creative thinker and team player
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in the organization’s mission
  • Strong desktop design and publishing skills
  • Experience managing website content
  • Experience planning and implementing events

Physical Demands:

Must be able to travel within the City of Chicago, occasional travel to other parts of Illinois.

Equipment Operated:

Computers, copier, online data web applications, social media applications, Constant Contact, WordPress, MS Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite and software experience, including PowerPoint and InDesign.

Working Environment:

Access Living shared office space, open plan seating with COVID-19 prevention parameters. This is likely this position would be able to work remotely a couple of days per week.

Access Living requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against COVID-19. Disability and/or religious vaccine exemptions are considered on a case by case basis.

Salary Range:

$44,000 to $49,000 annually.

Additional Information

Access Living requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against COVID-19. Disability and/or religious vaccine exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

People with disabilities, members of other minority communities, Spanish speakers and those with personal experience with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

Access Living offers excellent benefits, vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules. We work in a hybrid, accessible environment, and all of our employees have the flexibility of remote work and in-office engagement.

How to Apply:

Resumes and writing samples will be accepted until position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, writing samples and media clips to: