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Head of Public Relations and Social Media


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532

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Are you looking to apply your extensive, content-heavy public relations and social media experience to advance the mission of a science-focused nonprofit? The Morton Arboretum is currently hiring a Head of Public Relations and Social Media to join our Lisle, Illinois based organization. Be part of the team that embodies the following employee core values: Take Ownership, Work Together, Keep Learning and Make the Arboretum Exceptional. We offer a robust benefit package including a 401(k) with employer match and paid parental leave up to 16 weeks, to name a few.

The mission of The Morton Arboretum encourages the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. This role is critical in sharing the story of the science, conservation, and education work of the institution.

What You’ll Do:
The Head of Public Relations and Social Media advances the Arboretum’s mission by developing and implementing earned and shared media strategies. Key responsibilities include:
• Develop integrated, earned and shared media plans to advance organizational reputation, awareness and participation. Generate outbound mission-aligned story ideas, write and edit content, pitch stories to the media and report on results. Provide leadership to a team of three direct reports.
• Serve as a lead media contact for the Arboretum and be a key spokesperson. Build and foster effective working relationships with the media. Secure media coverage for the Arboretum across a wide variety of platforms and media types. Provide media training and targeted message development for key staff spokespeople.
• Develop communications that advance the Arboretum as a leading center for tree expertise emphasizing work in science and conservation, collections and education. Distill and translate complex topics for target audiences. Collaborate with Arboretum teams to surface stories that underscore the Arboretum’s mission. Contribute to the ongoing development of communication strategies for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) in partnership with internal and external colleagues.

Education and Experience 

We Require:
• 8 years of professional level experience and a bachelors’ degree in Journalism, English, Communications, Public Relations or a related field required.
• Experience in a science-based organization working to translate complex topics to the public strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated experience in media relations, social media management, message development and related measurement required, as is demonstrated ability to supervise a team of professionals. (Chicago area media relations experience preferred).
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO

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Colleen Emrick