Senior Communication Specialist

Post Date:  Apr 6, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60604

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31535
Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday (Hybrid - 2 days in office)

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission.


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 


The Senior Communication Specialist is responsible for:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive communication strategies to promote Gateway Foundation's mission, programs, and achievements.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with media outlets, influencers, and key stakeholders to secure positive coverage and build brand awareness.
  • Create compelling and targeted content for press releases, website, social media, newsletters, internal communications and other platforms.
  • Manage and safeguard Gateway Foundation’s image and reputation by implementing initiatives to address public perception, mitigate negative sentiment, and enhance positive brand representation.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of events, conferences, and other public relations activities.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure consistent messaging and alignment with organizational goals.
  • Monitor media trends and industry news to identify opportunities and risks, providing timely insights to leadership.
  • Develop and maintain a network of media contacts and influencers to enhance the organization's media presence.
  • Measure and analyze the effectiveness of communication strategies and adjust plans accordingly.
  • Stay current with industry best practices and emerging trends in public relations and communications.



  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field.
  • 5+ years’ experience in communications and public relations, preferably in the nonprofit or healthcare sector.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with an ability to tailor messages for diverse audiences.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated success in securing positive media coverage and managing media relationships.
  • Proficiency in using various communication tools, social media platforms, and content creation software.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to align communication efforts with organizational goals.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate across departments.
  • High ethical standards and a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the organization's image.
  • Occasional Travel to assist with the coordination of events.

Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Account
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short Term Disability (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago