Communications Specialist / Editor

Hillard Heintze Chicago, IL
Position Description

You will work alongside senior leaders and national-level experts at a fast-paced firm that focuses on security risk management, threat and violence risk management, investigations and law enforcement consulting. You will have the opportunity to contribute to impactful projects in a dynamic, downtown Chicago location. It is a particularly exciting time as our client base is expanding very quickly and we are rapidly adding new team members with exceptional skillsets and track records to join our world-class team.

Your work will demand the attention necessary to meet our quality standards extensive proofreading, editing and writing that elevates messaging impact, continuity and relevance to audience needs; attention to detail that ensures consistency in tone, style and formatting; and a keen eye for accurate spelling, grammar and common usage. Formatting documents using Microsoft Word and finalizing pdfs with Adobe Acrobat are critical steps in our process. You must be able to manage time effectively, follow directions and exhibit initiative.

Responsibilities

* Develop a practical working knowledge of our practice areas: Security Risk Management, Threat + Violence Risk Management, Investigations, Law Enforcement Consulting, and Private Client and Family Office Services.

* Compose clear and informative content for a wide variety of publications including client reports, press releases, marketing materials, PowerPoint decks and social media posts.

* Work with subject-matter experts to develop, refine and revise content.

* Edit and proofread work for spelling, grammar, clarity, sentence flow and compliance with AP Style and in-house style rules.

* Use custom style sheets to ensure standardized formatting across all documents.

* Ensure the writing style addresses the proper audience and type of publication.

* Engage in continuous process improvement to increase communications quality, efficiency, consistency and teaming.

* Work with subject-matter experts to develop, refine and revise content.

* Present numerical data and key text-based information using tables and graphs developed in Word, Excel and other graphic-supporting tools.

* Engage in continuous process improvement to increase communications quality, efficiency and consistency.

Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required. Journalism, communications, English or history major preferred.

* Minimum of five years professional work experience in an editing and writing environment.

* Highly proficient in Microsoft Word.

* Strong skills in Microsoft Excel preferred.

* Trained in the use of AP Style and able to quickly acclimate to corporate standards.

* Highly organized and detail-oriented.

* Ability to multitask and prioritize in an intensive, multiple-deliverable work environment.

* Positive "can-do" attitude, and willingness to go the "extra mile."

* Self-starter who works well as part of a team.

* Strong personal and professional values.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

Benefits

* Flexible Time Off Policy.

* Ten (10) paid holidays.

* Medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage provided unless covered through existing plan or spouse. Employee contribution required. Eligible on first of month following one month of service.

* Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

* Optional employee-paid long-term and short-term disability and supplemental insurance available.

* 401K with discretionary (currently 50%) matching contributions from company, up to 6%. Eligible immediately.

* Pre-tax commuter transit benefit.