Hello MainlandLLC Senior Staff Writer Chicago, IL · Full time

Senior Staff Writer

Description

ABOUT MAINLAND

Born out of a need to transcend the old ideas of storytelling for the 21st century, Mainland is the one-stop shop for storytelling and amplification. We believe in a full-circle approach to creating impactful stories. Who we are is synonymous with what we do. At our core, Mainland is driven by three guiding principles to create a brand biography: people, storytelling and measurable results. We deliver better relationships, strategy, service, and results while consistently accomplishing and exceeding our clients’ expectations. 


We offer public relations, content marketing, social media, graphic design and branding, consumer brand strategy, franchise development consulting, marketing strategy and execution, advertising and experiential marketing services.  


We are the agency of choice for the Franchise Brands industry, but that’s not all! We also serve the Hospitality, Travel, Home Services, Real Estate, and Technology industries.



WHY WORK FOR US?

Are you looking for a start-up culture with the resources, stability and foundation of an established company with 15 years at the top of its field? What about an entrepreneurial environment balanced with autonomy and structure to spur creativity and new ideas?


Do you want to be challenged daily and given opportunities to grow personally and professionally? Challenging convention is at the core of everything we do. We eliminate the mindset that the status quo is enough through next-level content, creative, distribution and talent. We build teams that continually strive to get better than the day before. 


With that said, we invite you to apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement listed below. Our success starts with our people, and we are looking for people who want to grow with us!


WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN A SENIOR WRITER


What is important in this role:


  • Being confident in business writing for our owned media or for third party outlets and following-up with source leads with emails and calls is the primary skill set needed 
  • Must be highly organized and proficient at time management, with the ability to juggle communication and collaboration with a lot of different people, places and projects 
  • We are looking for someone who isn't afraid to contact sources for stories, who is prolific with the written word and who is excited about getting media stories written for our clients
  • This position is a fast-paced, newspaper style environment with hard deadlines and a production capacity to write at least 3 articles per day 
  • We are also looking for those with experience in staying at their positions; we want those who, if they have experience, have shown commitment to those experiences. We want you to stay and grow with our company! 
  • Our ideal candidates have a long-term goal of being editors or publication managers after several years of being a writer (although we also welcome career writers) 
  • In addition to articles, this role may also include writing press releases or profiles, as well as, posting articles on our publication sites 
  • Job duties and obligations are as generally described and will be described in more detail upon commencement of employment. Job duties and obligations may change from time to time as determined by Mainland


Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's Degree Required, we welcome those with the highest level of English language skills and business knowledge, both written and especially verbal 
  • Basic math skills and high reasoning ability to solve practical problems and deal with a lot of variables in situations
  • The ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form 
  • Business or technical writing is a plus  
  • No certifications, licenses or registrations are required, but you must be able to successfully use applications in Google Workspace, be able to learn to use HubSpot or other CRM platforms for project management
  • Qualities of successful candidates include the following: organized, cooperative, collaborative, committed, enthusiastic, determined, driven, confident 


Travel: There is a possibility that the job may entail 10% travel, such as potential twice yearly company retreats or certain client events. 


WORKING ENVIRONMENT


  • This position is Hybrid/Remote (Possible 2 days in the office per week) and you must currently reside in the Chicago Area
  • Employees are expected to work a standard of 8 hours daily, additional hours may be required if outcomes are not hit
  • The agency is organized around the CT timezone from 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Because of the confidential nature of our client work, this is not a job that should be done from a public location 
  • Employees are expected to have a dedicated work area that is free from distractions and an ability to commit to their job in its entirety the entire time working
  • Time tracking is required 
  • We have a professional dress code and behavior standards plus other requirements as detailed in our handbook 



COMPENSATION


  • This position pays between $40-$52K per year depending on experience and location, plus opportunities for bonuses and advancement. 
  • We pay 75% of a high-quality national PPO insurance plan plus offer voluntary dental and vision.
  • We also match the first 1% of a 401K
  • Candidates are evaluated for advancement at least once a year. 
  • Professional Paid Time Off is given after 90 days of full-time employment (the first 90 days’ time off is unpaid), plus we have a paid holiday schedule. Professional Paid Time Off allows for open ended PTO opportunities, as long as outcomes and overall agency resource needs are met.


EQUIPMENT


  • This job requires you to have a computer that is fast enough to have uptime (both on the internet and quality of internet) that makes for reliable video and phone calls on secure devices. You also use a phone for a lot of the calling of sources. 
  • We have a bring your own device policy and compensate up to $1,000 per year (based on anniversary) for computer, internet and phone use. We do not provide technical support. 





Salary

$40,000 - $52,000 per year