Manager of Strategic Communications at RedShelf

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Founded in 2012, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company focused on helping colleges, publishers, and businesses transition effectively to more affordable and efficient digital textbooks and learning materials. In addition to digitizing and distributing 1 million titles from 10,000+ publishers, we offer an end-to-end software platform (known as our Content Delivery System) that streamlines every step in the content distribution process. 

We’re one of the nation’s fastest-growing education companies, named to the Inc. 5000 for three consecutive years, and now supporting half of all colleges nationwide.

Job Summary:

The Manager of Strategic Communications is responsible for planning and implementing external and internal communication strategies and tactics to advance RedShelf business objectives while protecting and building our brand. 


Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement strategic communications plans that directly fuel global business objectives.
  • Manage partner/customer communications, including eNewsletters and other ad hoc communications.
  • Manage social media efforts, crafting and delivering targeted, channel-specific content to meaningfully engage key audiences.
  • Own fledgling RedShelf blog, developing and continually expanding content to create a robust portal for sharing knowledge and fueling demand.
  • Plan and produce content marketing pieces (occasionally in partnership with key publishing and university partners), such as white papers, blog articles, webinars, informative infographics, contributed/bylined articles, opeds, etc.
  • Craft and submit awards applications and industry presentation proposals, and assist with preparing related presentation materials and prepping presenters for key industry trade shows and events.
  • Write and distribute media releases and companion announcements (e.g. email blasts, social amplification) to promote organizational advancements and achievements.
  • Spearhead strategic public relations activities to expand awareness through proactive and ongoing media outreach, public appearances, and other industry visibility tactics.
  • Work in partnership with Human Resources and organizational leadership on internal/employee communications.


  • 7+ years of experience in a strategic communications role involving both traditional media as well non-traditional channels (e.g. social, content) for building awareness and reputation. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently while maintaining schedules and adhering to budgets.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Proactivity, curiosity, enthusiasm, and achievement orientation.
  • Bachelor's degree. (Journalism and/or writing focus preferred) 
  • Experience with social media platforms, monitoring tools, and social listening tools.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office Suite skills including Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint.


Why RedShelf?

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.


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Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.
"Education is everything": RedShelf makes it more accessible and affordable

An Insider's view of RedShelf

What are some social events your company does?

With everything remote, RedShelf has done a great job with adjusting to the times. We have virtual happy hours, trivia games, talent shows, etc. It's hard to virtually maintain those work interpersonal relationships but events like these definitely help. RedShelf does their best at keeping it a fun place to work at, even if that's remote!


Scrum Master

What projects are you most excited about?

I’ve been working on our Content Delivery System and have had the opportunity to work with stakeholders I wouldn’t normally interact with. The new system is a completely new set of workflows that we had to take a unique approach to developing, so it’s been a perfect combination of cool and challenging.


Full Stack Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

In many companies, the accounting team rarely interacts with teams outside of their function. At RedShelf, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with the sales, product, development, publishing, and customer experience teams on a daily basis. By collaborating across teams, I've gained invaluable experience outside of my sole job function.


Billing Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our team is working to provide campus partners with tremendous amounts of automation, workflow management capabilities, and business insights that are long overdue in the higher ed space. We are focused on making education more affordable and accessible to students thru technology and digital materials.


Product Director

How does the company support your career growth?

Working at Redshelf gives me the opportunity to have a big impact on the products we deliver. No one here is just a 'cog in the machine' and I always feel challenged yet supported by my teammates and leadership.


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What are RedShelf Perks + Benefits

RedShelf Benefits Overview

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, and more!

Volunteer in local community
Bernie's Book Club Volunteering, Earth Day Activities, Toys for Tots, etc.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Designed hiring policy to ensure a diversity candidate pool for departmental interviews and hiring practices.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
RedShelf employees receive between 15 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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