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Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
JOB #R2201555

Social Strategist - Chicago or REMOTE

Social Strategist

We’re currently hiring for a Social Strategist. We have main offices in Minneapolis and Chicago, but are open to any location or REMOTE. At the center of this role is creating and overseeing content that earns attention.

The Company

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference. 

@ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo. 

The Team

This role will sit on our growing social media and influencer team, and will work on large, fast-paced and collaborative clients such as The team is comprised of one director who oversees all social and influencer work, two associate directors and one strategist. ICF Next is an integrated agency and this role will be a crucial member of integrated teams that include members of PR, media, insights, analytics and paid media.  

The Work

This role is an essential part of the team and the agency. The strategist will have the opportunity to set strategies and develop tactics for large consumer brands in several verticals including: alcohol, travel, lifestyle, finance and more. They will be the point person for social platform best practices and updates and integration. They will establish relationships with influencers from celeb down to nano. This role is for the pop culture junkie who is obsessed with the intersection of brands and pop culture. This role should understand how social media fits into integrated plans, and creatively drive change for our clients.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Have a finger on the pulse of today’s ever-changing social media and influencer landscape to help our clients innovate and push their brands forward. 

  • Collaborate across client and creative teams in contributing to creative ideas and guiding social content (video, images, graphics, live and text). 

  • Craft Instagram Stories, Tweets, Facebook posts, and live social coverage, that people want to share and engage with.  

  • Foster relationships with influencers across several verticals including food, beverage, travel, tourism, healthcare and more.

  • Facilitate negotiations and contracts with influencers of all sizes – nano to mega (celeb).

  • Have the ability to listen, ideate and move quickly to develop content that reacts to culture. 

  • Marry content, video, copywriting and creative into one comprehensive plan. 

  • Embrace new and innovative ways to tell stories on social. 

  • Report back using data to gather social learnings and share among a wider team. 

  • Provide content performance analysis, communicate and implement timely optimizations to drive results. 

  • Lead day-to-day execution of clients’ social media strategies including community management, content development and posting, social listening and contributing creative ideas. 

As a Social Strategist you are: 

  • A natural content creator, with a passion for storytelling and concept creation. 

  • A natural wordsmith, and can articulate deep, emotional, or funny messages in under 140 characters. 

  • Experienced in well-written, grammatically correct, engaging copy.  

  • A great judge of what works and what doesn't, and someone eager to keep learning and adjusting strategy as needed.

  • Passionate about pop culture and aware of and follower of other tastemakers and influencers. 

  • Obsessed with social media and have a rock-solid understanding of creating, promoting, and distributing shareable content across multiple platforms.  

  • Ability to see beyond social media and understand how everything is connected and works together across digital ecosystems, user experiences and earned media.

  • Thirst for knowledge and creative inspiration around social media.

  • Collaborative, positive and demonstrates a high level of maturity and presence.

  • A creative problem solver, who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

  • Obsessed with attention to detail.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of related professional experience 

  • Agency experience strongly preferred 

  • Previous experience influencing the social strategy for iconic consumer brands 

  • Experience with social media listening and management tools 

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.

Join our talent network

ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.