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The Village of Gurnee is looking for a passionate, talented and energetic individual who is ready to join our team in the newly created position of Community Engagement Coordinator. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career to the next level while continuing to cultivate one of Illinois’ most professionally managed communities. 

Key Responsibilities: In this role, you will be responsible for spearheading and supporting communication efforts with all stakeholder groups including but not limited to: 

·  Facilitating two-way communications for residents and businesses to engage with the Mayor’s Office and Village Administration

· Providing Informational and Marketing content via traditional and social media 

·  Planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing – including onsite logistics - special events, programs, and activities

·  Serving as liaison between the Village and local businesses and community partners 

·  Prepare the annual budget and monitor expenditures for special event programing and activities

·  Executing and managing contracts, policies and procedures as they relate to community events and economic development initiatives

·  Pursuing and maintaining existing partner relationships to allow for the sharing of resources

The Community Engagement Coordinator can expect to work closely with the Economic Development Director and the Mayor to achieve goals in the area of program development, community engagement/outreach and external partnerships. This position is an integral part of Gurnee’s economic development efforts.  

Key attributes of the candidate selected for this position will include:  a highly collaborative individual; a self-starter who takes initiative to seek out opportunities; ability to work with considerable independence; an organized, detail oriented professional with a strong customer service orientation;  extensive experience utilizing information technology to enhance outreach and communication with residents and businesses; strong written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated knowledge and successful experience in areas of special event planning and coordination; project management experience; and budget preparation and administration.    

The Salary range:
Anticipated hiring salary $101,500 annually (+/- DOQ): plus, a generous benefit package including health, dental, and vision benefits, employer-paid life insurance and other ancillary benefit options. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), retirement health savings plan through Mission Square with bi-weekly Village contributions along with the option to participate in a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Paid time off; tuition reimbursement assistance; professional membership and certifications.  

Work Schedule:
Full-time position: 40 hours per week - The Village of Gurnee strongly believes in a work/life balance, our schedule is 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Attendance at special events is required. 

Education/Experience: Qualified candidates will minimally have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred; at least 5 years of comparable experience - public or private sector experience in special event organization and planning, hospitality, public or business relations, or marketing / business communications desirable.  Must be able to work flexible hours to meet scheduling demands of special events and daily work responsibilities.

To apply please visit –
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for consideration for this position. First review of applications will occur February 14th, 2024. Position is open until filled.

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 Village of Gurnee


Erica Wells

 Closing Date

February 26, 2024


Digital Media & Marketing Intern
Kenilworth Park District

Job Description
Department: Administration
Pay: $20/Hour
Location: In-person at the Kenilworth Park District

Attention Future Marketing Professionals

The Kenilworth Park District is seeking a Digital Media & Marketing Intern to work closely with the executive staff and other various members of the organization. This position will be involved in the day-to-day social content planning and graphic/visual elements of the Kenilworth Park District. They will gain valuable insight into various aspects of local government operations. This individual will support the team in telling the story of our brand through all our social media platforms.
The successful candidate will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a consistent structure, can-do attitude, and top-notch creative execution. Moreover, this individual must take initiative independently and manage ambiguity while embodying the vision, mission, and core values of the Kenilworth Park District

  • Developing effective content, promotion, engagement, and conversion strategies.
  • Work with executive staff to outline a digital brand development program that aligns with overarching team goals and objectives.
  • Assist the District in developing and growing Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, SnapChat, Pinterest, and other social media platform pages.
  • Assist in streamlining social media campaigns across all platforms.
  • Incorporate current trends and “best practices” for social media campaigns.
  • Handle social media, website, and branding imagery and photography for all campaigns.
  • Establish key performance indicators (KPI) for each platform including audience growth, reach, engagement, response rate, and fan feedback to measure return on investment (ROI) and program effectiveness.
  • Recommend budgets for activities to promote/boost content through social advertising.
  • Identify and evaluate emerging social channels, features, applications, platforms, tools, and strategies; implement when beneficial to strategic objectives.
  • Create and curate a unique and engaging “story” that compels people to interact with the Park District, and ultimately attend events hosted by the Kenilworth Park District.
  • Organize and proof all hard copy and digital marketing materials for the agency.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for business sponsorship and partnership with the community.
  • Produce and distribute weekly email blasts using the District Constant Contact account.
  • Creation of press releases for internal and external communication.
Managing day-to-day social media & marketing activities:
  • Planning, generating, and publishing relevant, original content daily.
  • Drafting and distributing newsletters and other communications
  • Writing program and event recaps and promotional articles
  • Creating an editorial calendar and posting schedule – including short-term posts like Instagram Stories and Snapchat
  • Participating in live videos while upholding and embodying the positive ideals and vision of the Kenilworth Park District.
  • Overseeing the design of digital assets to ensure that they are consistent with brand positioning and Park District values.
  • Controlling community management - monitoring, reposting, responding to online comments and reviews, etc. positively.
  • Building, testing, and optimizing paid social media campaigns.

Related marketing duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing sponsorship procurement decks and other materials
  • Attending and representing the Kenilworth Park District at programs and events.
  • Assisting with various “photo/video shoots” involving Park District staff, participants, and contractors.
  • Participating in weekly marketing meetings
  • Assist with capturing and analyzing social media metrics.
  • Monitor social media channels for trending news and ideas.
  • Assist in content creation for various digital advertisements.
  • Photograph as needed to post on social media or use in digital marketing.
  • Day-to-day marketing and office-related tasks, as required.
  • Directly involved in marketing campaigns related to capital projects.
  • Demonstrate a creative mindset.
Position Qualifications
The successful candidate will be enrolled full-time in a major university or college, studying Marketing. We’re looking for a driven, ambitious individual who wants to create a career in marketing or advertising. As a Digital Media & Marketing Intern, you’ll be part of a small, close-knit team that is passionate about promoting the Kenilworth Park District.
  • Pursuit or participation in a current major related to Media and Marketing
  • Experience executing and optimizing paid social and SEM campaigns that drive results.
  • Experience setting up and utilizing Google Analytics
  • Experience in Photoshop, Canva, and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Must be able to prioritize and juggle multiple projects at the same time.
  • Incredible attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills
  • Must reside in the Chicagoland area.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available days, nights, and weekends according to the program and event schedule of the Park District.
  • Background check is required.
This is a part-time in-person position that is available to begin immediately (8-15 hours per week) from February through April. The hours will increase to 25-30 per week from May to August.

Earn $20 per hour plus invaluable experience in your field of study!
Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Johnathan Kiwala at Position open until filled.

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 Kenilworth Park District


Johnathan Kiwala

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

  $17.50 - $20.00 DOQ

****Please note this is an in office position!

For more information and to apply please visit our website at:

Salary Range:    $17.50 - $20.00 DOQ
                  (Also includes some Park District Facility/Program Usage Benefits)

Hours:  Flexible hours between 9am - 5pm up to 28 hours per week and may include evenings and weekends.

Under the direct supervision of the Marketing and Communications Manager the Marketing Assistant will be responsible for print and digital marketing material distribution, editing and proofing, event and program photography and video, graphic design, community outreach and general duties to support the operations of the Marketing department. This is an in person position with the ability to travel locally.

  • Distribute and display marketing and communication materials at Park District facilities, local businesses and government agencies.
  • Assist with photography and videography at District events, facilities, and programs as needed in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Work closely with the Digital Marketing Manager to assist with content creation for social media and other digital marketing needs.
  • Design advertisements, postcards, flyers, newsletters, trifolds, business cards, banners, posters, signs, etc. to promote park district programs and events in both Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. On the job training can be provided.
  • Assist with securing and maintaining District Sponsors and Advertisers
  • Schedule Park District signs to be displayed at various parks.
  • Work with online and local print companies to minimize expenses.
  •   Adhere to brand identity guidelines.
  •   Communicate with members in other departments to understand the scope of projects.
  •   Be familiar with the safe operation of any equipment necessary in accomplishing required tasks.
  •   Provide support to the Marketing Manager on special projects as assigned.
  •   Performs the job safely and in compliance with district policies, procedures, work and safety rules.
  •  Coordinate numerous projects at once while adhering to project deadlines.

  • Perform special projects and/or other duties as assigned by the Marketing and Communications Manager.
  • Manage the postal account to ensure that there are sufficient funds for direct mail projects.
  • Organize and label marketing inventory such as banners and signage for department reference.

  • General design and printing experience.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, recognize priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to produce accurate work in a timely manner.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with external vendors, such as printers, contract graphic artists, mail houses, etc.
  • Good knowledge of pertinent safety precautions.
  • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees.

  • Associate’s Degree in graphic design, marketing or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Working photography experience
  • Working graphic design experience in print and/or digital communications.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Working knowledge of Constant Contact
  • Working knowledge of printing terms and processes.
  • Working knowledge of Google Office Suite.

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 Elk Grove Park District


Christy King

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled