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BPO Elks of the USA

Elks Magazine Publisher
September 2017

The Elks Magazine (circulation 800,000), the official magazine of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA, has an opening for a Publisher at the BPO Elks' national headquarters in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The BPO Elks is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country, and has more than three-quarters of a million members, both men and women, spread across almost 2,000 communities all over the country.

Founded in 1868, the Order of Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism, and each year, the organization gives more than $300 million in cash, goods, and services to the nation's youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and groups that support patriotic and civic programs. Over the course of its nearly 150-year history, the BPO Elks has disbursed more than $3.6 billion in this fashion.

The Elks Magazine, which was established in 1922, provides Elks members with a top-quality magazine that highlights the great charitable work lodges are doing in their communities while offering everyone else in an Elks household something of interest as well, including general interest feature articles, travel articles, and departments devoted to business and health issues.

Come be a part of the Elks' quiet network of good deeds!

The Publisher is responsible for the day-to-day and strategic management of the Editorial and Advertising Departments. The incumbent will oversee all operational aspects of the department and provides leadership and direction to ensure fulfillment of the Magazine's vision.

Responsibilities include:

Oversees all aspects of the Magazine's Strategic and Operational Planning, including: analysis, implementation and evaluation, budgeting.

  • Oversees all Editorial/Advertising programs with authority/responsibility for content, application, participation and compliance of all personnel within those programs.
  • Consult with directors of the Elks' headquarters, agencies and departments in the formulation and maintenance of specific editorial coverage of policies, programs and activities.
  • Oversees the communication with Elks state associations, lodges and members regarding fraternal news reporting.
  • Oversees the purchase and publication of general interest columns and articles.
  • Oversees art direction and layout.
  • Keeps abreast of trends and practices of the Magazine publishing industry and maintains a continuing knowledge of the profession.
  • Promotes the benefits of The Elks magazine and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America whenever and wherever an opportunity arises.
  • Oversees the implementation and evaluation of operational systems and procedures and programs; implements changes and improvements as necessary.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic plan, development plan and department budget.
  • Accountable for meeting and maintaining budget targets.
  • Makes difficult decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree (a master's degree in English or a related field is strongly desired), 8 years of related work experience gained through positions of increasing responsibility including a minimum of three years of management experience and will also possess the following:

  • Extensive publishing experience in editorial, advertising and production.
  • Highly developed skills in: organizational, planning, management, presentation, writing and oral communication.
  • Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.
  • Creativity and an interest in history.
  • Strong editing, proofreading, and research skills and a firm knowledge of proofreader's symbols.
  • Technical writing experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of copyright and permissions law.
  • In-depth knowledge of Standard English, spelling, grammar, syntax, and the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector.
  • Must have the ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Must be a proven leader.
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, members, and vendors.
  • Must have the ability to develop long-term plans and programs and to evaluate work accomplishments.
  • Must have the ability to present facts and recommendations effectively in oral and written form.
  • Must have knowledge of use and operation of standard office equipment.
  • Must have an elevated level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.
  • Analytical ability is required to gather and summarize data for reports, find solutions to various problems, and prioritize work.
  • Experience with contracts and contract negotiation strongly desired.

Position will require overnight travel for up to 10 days for the annual convention in July and up to 5 days for February meetings.

This is an exempt level position. Compensation is based on experience.

This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time based on the Elks' needs.

Company Paid Benefits Include: Medical, Life and AD&D at 1x base pay, Short-Term Disability (1st 4 weeks are covered at 100%), Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Plan, Vacation (15 days), Holidays (10 days), Sick Time (12 Days) 401(k) (with 3% Safe Harbor and 2% Company match).

We are a small nonprofit office. The atmosphere is more like a family run business than a corporation. You are definitely more than a number. Employees work a 37.5 hour work week in a casual environment. Our employees love the work-life balance aspect. Typical work day is from 8:30am-4:30pm M-F, but there is some flexibility in starting/ending times.

Our office is very accessible by public transit (CTA Brown Line and various bus lines.) We also offer free onsite parking.

The Elks Campus is on the border of the Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods. It is within walking distance to various restaurants and local hot spots; there is something for everyone.

Come work for the Elks and feel good that what you do truly does make a difference.

To apply:

Interested candidate should apply online at http://www.ondemandassessment.com/verify/apply/mvqvyDv/bwbEhPw.

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Candidates must upload a single document that includes a cover letter, resume and salary expectations. Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. The application process includes completing two pre-employment tests. Please allow approximately 20-30 minutes of time when applying.

No phone calls, please.

Elks National Foundation

Communications Assistant
August 2017

Become a part of a dynamic charitable foundation in Lincoln Park whose national programs teach youth lifelong skills, inspire the pursuit of knowledge, serve veterans, and transform local communities into healthier and safer places to live.

The Elks National Foundation has an opening for a Communications Assistant at its National headquarters in Chicago. Reporting to the Senior Associate of Communications, the Communications Assistant is responsible for cultivating and stewarding donors and other stakeholders. The Communications Assistant is a part of a story-telling team, that uses multiple platforms to communicate.

The Communications Assistant will interact with donors, volunteers, program participants and co-workers to:

  • Produce original high-quality, timely articles; news releases; and other written communications.
  • Manage the Foundation's online and social media presence.
  • Coordinate efforts to share department and program news with the appropriate audiences.
  • Cultivate and solicit donors through targeted mailings and e-communications.
  • Contribute to and/or generate e-newsletters and other publications.

In addition, the Communications Assistant will:

  • Maintain the Elks National Foundation's brand and style, ensuring consistency across platforms and departments.
  • Implement strategies to retain new donors.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Be an excellent story-teller.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree and one or more years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrate strong organization, writing and communication skills.
  • Be proficient in social media platforms and Microsoft Office applications. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Luminate Online, and knowledge of HTML are pluses.
  • Have a strong attention to detail.
  • Be a self-starter with excellent follow through.
  • Work independently on multiple projects as well as in a team environment.
  • Set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Have a willingness and desire to learn.
  • Take ownership and pride in projects.

Interested candidates should upload a resume and cover letter with salary expectations in one document. (Submissions that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.) Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Candidates should also follow the Elks National Foundation on our social medial accounts. Candidates should be able to provide multiple writing samples prior to the interview process. The application process includes completing a pre-employment test. Please allow approximately 20 minutes of time when applying.

Apply here: http://www.ondemandassessment.com/verify/apply/AvqyBSB/bwbEhPw

No phone calls, please.

Elks National Foundation

Programs Assistant
May 2017

Work for a dynamic charitable foundation in the heart of Lincoln Park whose national programs teach youth lifelong skills, inspire the pursuit of knowledge, serve veterans, and transform local communities into healthier and safer places to live.

The Elks National Foundation has an opening for a Programs Assistant in the Scholarships Department at its headquarters in Chicago. The Programs Assistant is responsible for volunteer management, scholar compliance and program promotion. This is a great opportunity to help students realize their academic dreams, while honing volunteer management and database skills.

The primary Programs Assistant duties involve the following:

  • Act as frontline to Lodge volunteers and scholars by fielding phone and email inquiries.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the four ENF scholarship programs, including processing verification of enrollment forms, issuing scholarship checks and monitoring scholar compliance.
  • Assist with telling scholar stories through a variety of media, including social media channels, the website, electronic and print newsletters, and print publications and fact sheets.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree and one or more years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrate strong organization, writing and communication skills.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Access, and social media platforms. Knowledge of HTML is a plus.
  • Have a strong attention to detail.
  • Be a self-starter with excellent follow through.
  • Work independently on multiple projects as well as in a team environment.
  • Set priorities and meet deadlines.
>A cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Candidates must upload a single document that includes a cover letter and resume. Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Candidates should also follow the Elks National Foundation on our social medial accounts. The application process includes completing a pre-employment test. Please allow approximately 20 minutes of time when applying. Apply here:

http://www.ondemandassessment.com/verify/apply/mDDADBq/bwbEhPw

No phone calls, please.


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