Editorial Assistant

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.

Are you someone who takes pride in finding the smallest typo buried in even the largest document?

Who’s all about details? Who appreciates and fusses over proper grammar and syntax? Perhaps a recent (or soon-to-be) English-major graduate who wants to prove it’s possible to get a good job without ignoring your passion for language?

Then this might be the job for you!

The Editorial Assistant is responsible for helping to proofread, edit, format, and manage production of the many publications of Fourth Presbyterian Church as well as helping to write material for the church website and electronic newsletters.

Responsibilities require exceptional proofreading skills and attention to detail and include proofreading and editing both content and layout for newsletters, Sunday bulletins, and brochures; maintaining website pages and calendar information that feeds into the website; and assisting with other digital media, from information kiosk displays to social media outlets. The Editorial Assistant is responsible for cultivating relations and conducting all duties in the spirit of the church's continuing mission.

Schedule:  Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at our Michigan Avenue offices

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Closely and carefully proofread communication pieces for the church, such as newsletters, bulletins, and brochures
  • Edit communication pieces for the church (newsletters, bulletins, and brochures)
  • Compose communication materials for the church by using templates and set style sheets
  • Lay out weekly publications
  • Do original writing as assigned, whether for newsletters, website, or other vehicles
  • Help maintain the Fourth Church website, doing page updates and enhancements
  • Do production and typesetting
  • Format electronic media pieces
  • Manage subscription lists and delivery of electronic media
  • Assist with social media and digital displays
  • Work with vendors to coordinate print jobs
  • Meet with colleagues to determine their communications needs
  • Assist with regular  mailings
  • Other duties as assigned or as needed


  • BA degree or equivalent; English or journalism degree preferred
  • Familiarity with church language (to aid in proofreading) preferred but not required
  • Exceptional grammar and proofreading skills (a proofreading test will be part of the interview)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to identify departures from layout guidelines
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Word and in a Windows environment; familiarity with InDesign, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver is a plus
  • Touch typist
  • Exceptional attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-through
  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Strong ability to respond quickly and to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Good problem-solving skills, with the ability to apply knowledge in new situations and exercise good judgment
  • Comfortable working in a faith-based environment

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.