Careers

Covering arts, culture, politics and entertainment, the Shepherd Express (Est. 1982) is devoted to bettering our community and enriching our readers through astute, uncommon news coverage and honest writing.

Locally owned and published by editor Louis Fortis, the Shepherd Express has thrived and grown to over 250,000 readers each week in the greater Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine Counties). Covering local news, arts, culture, politics and entertainment since 1982, the Shepherd Express is devoted to bettering our community and enriching our readers through uncommon news coverage and honest writing. We are the largest alternative newspaper in Wisconsin. We distribute weekly to more than 1,200 high-traffic locations.

Current Openings:
Web Writer
Account Executive

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Web Writer

The Web Writer will work with the management of the Shepherd Express and other members of the web team to develop a strategic plan and vision for ShepherdExpress.com.

The Web Writer will work with management and the digital team to help devise and implement marketing plans, including but not limited to social marketing and raising the site’s profile, and will work to keep the site technologically up-to-date. The Web Coordinator would be trained to manage the social networking of special events, work with our newsletters and with the Sales Director to increase revenue, identify prospects for new revenue sources, and work with sales reps on managing ad placement.

  • Writing and contributing content to the daily website
  • In collaboration with the Editors and Management - Digital Marketing, maintain an overall web strategy including design direction, content management, architecture and site standards.
  • Upload and manage digital editorial content and photos.
  • Maintain and promote a high standard of design, usability and accessibility for web content.
  • Serve as a user experience evangelist and expert, developing a great user experience.
  • Conceptualize new and innovative ways to leverage existing and emerging technologies such as Facebook and Instagram.
  • Develop strategies to maximize site visibility and exposure through search engine optimization and content dissemination.
  • Monitor and analyze web analytics and traffic patterns to ensure that web content and web applications are effective in supporting institutional priorities.
  • Administer the back-end functionality ensuring the platform, plugins and related technologies are leveraged effectively and properly maintained.
  • Work with our internal design staff to create and upload engaging landing pages to promote our events
  • Manage, upload and track digitally supplied web ads and digital content.
  • Consult and collaborate with executive staff on best practices and related to website management and architecture.
  • Research and advise on latest technologies. Pilot new technologies as appropriate.
  • This position is flexible to accommodate various skill sets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis or certifications in mass communications, journalism, information technology or related field.
  • Four or more years of experience managing digital website content, social media and technical development of front-end user interfaces.
  • Experience with web development and delivery of web content.
  • Familiarity with user experience tools and the role they play in designing effective digital experiences.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with: Adobe Creative Suite; MS Office; developing standards-compliant HTML and CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL; responsive web design techniques; WordPress content management system; web design and development tools; emerging Internet technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop custom front-end and back-end web solutions and solid organizational skills.
  • Creative and team-oriented.
  • Deadline and results oriented.
  • Solid understanding of and passion for web-based technology.
  • Proven ability to work well with colleagues in creative and marketing roles and accept direction from supervisors.
  • Highly motivated, organized with an  ability to meet deadlines in a high paced environment
  • Professional in appearance and in work environment
  • Available for full time employment

Benefits

  • Full time position
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Parking Allowance
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Retirement Plan with company match
  • Paid time off and holidays

How to Apply

Please e-mail your cover letter, resume and writing samples to dave@shepex.com with "Web Writer" in the subject line. No calls please.

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Account Executive

We are looking for an Account Executive. The candidate must be highly motivated, organized, have strong communication and excellent customer service skills. A minimum of two years sales and customer service experience is preferred. Knowledge in Print, Online, Events and Social Media Sales is a plus but not a requirement. We are looking for a person who loves the sales game and works hard to win.

Duties:

  • Consult with businesses and nonprofit organizations to develop creative solutions for their advertising needs
  • Sell an array of advertising and marketing services from print to video to businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Develop advertising proposals and campaigns for clients
  • Conduct meetings with clients to present developed materials
  • Prospect for new business clients
  • Ability to close sales

Requirements:

  • Must be able to work Independently
  • Be highly motivated and like to win
  • Have strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Be organized and have the ability to meet deadlines in a high paced environment
  • Enjoy developing creative solutions for clients
  • Have a vehicle
  • Have a minimum of two years Sales Experience
  • Available for full time employment

We Offer:

  • A Competitive Salary based on experience
  • Company provided laptop
  • Car allowance
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Retirement Plan with company match
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • A work environment that won an award for one of the Best Places to Work in the Milwaukee Area

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to kgardner@shepex.com with "Account Executive" in the subject line. No calls please.