1871 is hiring a

Social Media Associate - 1871

Chicago, United States

The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. What started 140 years ago continues to this day. Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible.

1871 is the hub for technology and entrepreneurship in Chicago. Ranked as the number one university-affiliated incubator in the United States, 1871 is the home of more than 500 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. Located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, this 130,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators Techstars Chicago and the Good Food Business Accelerator; impact investing fund Impact Engine; half a dozen area and industry-specific incubators; several emerging tech training schools; and the state's leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It provides a second home to many Chicago-based VCs, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, DeVry, and DePaul University.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, take initiative, work hard, grow professionally and, with a little luck, change the world. If that sounds like you, come join us.

We are seeking a professional to join 1871’s communications team as a social media associate. The ideal candidate will use social media to improve the breadth, depth, and quality of the organization’s communications efforts on behalf of itself and its member companies. The candidate will also support the communications team in other areas as needed. This is a part-time position, with the potential to grow into a full-time role.


  • Draft and schedule social media posts across various channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Provide support for 1871’s Google Adwords and social media advertising activities
  • Source communications opportunities for member companies
  • Monitor media and update database of press relating to member companies
  • Assist Manager of Communications in the development and execution marketing and communication strategy across social platforms
  • Provide additional support on communications efforts as needed