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Crain’s Content Studio, the content marketing division of Crain’s Chicago Business, is seeking a creative, collaborative communication professional to lead the ideation, implementation and revenue growth of custom content campaigns for our business partners across a variety of platforms — from digital and print publishing to virtual and live events.

This individual will be a strategic thinker and a compelling storyteller with a positive mindset and a record for producing engaging content. This person should have proven abilities to multitask, pivot and problem-solve: a typical day might include script-writing for a podcast, editing of a long-form story and brainstorming ideas with potential new partners, among other tasks.  

This position reports to the Senior Director of Custom in close collaboration with Crain’s Chicago Business advertising team and the marketing, events, digital and research teams. This is a hybrid position with some in-person office meetings required. 


  • Development of custom content proposals for prospective partners based on a deep understanding of their brand objectives
  • Serve as managing editor for all content studio projects, managing a team of staff and contract writers, editors, designers, video/audio producers and graphic artists
  • Work with Associate Publisher to establish and attain Content Studio revenue goals 
  • Work with marketing teams to promote Content Studio opportunities and drive readership to partner content
  • Oversee development of project plans and implementation of deadlines
  • Track and analyze campaign metrics to gauge best practices
  • Evaluate trends in the content marketing industry to bring new ideas to strategize and implement

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a professional communications role managing content projects
  • Flawless writing and editing skills
  • Creativity 
  • Experience directing writers, video and audio producers, graphic artists, designers and photographers 
  • Portfolio with work samples demonstrating media storytelling in digital and print environments
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Marketing, Advertising or related field


  • Experience working in B to B publishing or media
  • Advertising copywriting experience. 
  • Experience using campaign metrics to create and refine fully integrated content campaigns
  • Event production experience (in person and virtual)
  • Excel and PowerPoint proficiency.
  • Knowledge of the Chicago business community

This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay.

Brand Overview:

For more than 30 years, the sole mission of Crain’s Chicago Business has been to provide local business news and information to Chicago’s most influential executives. In print, online, in-person events, mobile or video, Crain’s Chicago Business is Where the Who’s Who Read What’s What.


Crain Overview:

Crain Communications has been at the forefront of the publishing industry for over a century. As a privately held company, we maintain a personal responsibility for elevating our work to be the best it can be.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities  

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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