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February 23, 2016

LAST CHANCE: EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Minnesota Timberwolves, Senior Corporate Communications Manager

Minnesota TimberwolvesNBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves is hiring a Senior Corporate Communications Manager.

Position Summary/Objective: In addition to strategic planning, the responsibilities of the Senior Corporate Communications Manager will include: key message development, crisis communications, development of internal brand building and communication tactics, pitching business-related story ideas to media, and drafting communication plans for key stakeholders including season ticket members and corporate sponsors

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform these essential functions:

  1. Develop relationships with members of the local and national media
  2. Manage media opportunities/requests for team’s business operations, including executive staff members.
  3. Develop strategies around the implementation of season ticket member communication plan.
  4. Create and successfully manage a strategic plan surrounding all facility related public relations/communications, including but not limited to Target Center renovation.
  5. Work with Vice President of Communications to develop key messages and talking points for the entire staff related to various organizational business efforts.
  6. Distribute key messages and talking points on regular basis to entire staff as well as departmental-specific messages when necessary.
  7. Assist Corporate Partnerships in developing standardized messaging for sales presentations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other:

  1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) is strongly preferred.
  3. Ability to develop and proactively pitch team business-related stories to local and national media.
  4. Ability to work nights, weekends and potentially holidays.
  5. Strong team leadership skills preferred.

Experience: Minimum five (5) years of experience working in Public Relations. Experience working in an agency setting and/or with consumer-facing brands preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility, if any: This position does have supervisory responsibility.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

February 01, 2016

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Jacksonville Jaguars, Manager, Media and Promotions

Jacksonville JaguarsThe Manager, Media and Promotions reports to the Director, Marketing & Brand Strategy and manages the media advertising and promotional campaigns for the Jacksonville Jaguars focused on increasing ticket sales and maximizing fan interaction with the team based on defined objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage execution of Jaguars traditional media planning and buying (including aiding in the negotiation of trade and barter opportunities to maximize efficacy of the team's ad budget, creative trafficking and management of budget)
  • Manage relationships with all secondary television and radio affiliates
  • Oversee growth of affiliate network
  • Coordinate all tactical aspects of marketing promotions (creative development, legal requirements, cross-department coordination), and manage execution in-market, including communication of program through social media (jaguars.com, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), email, radio and TV and print to cascade message
  • Coordinate all marketing of Jaguars ancillary events including cross-department collaboration, planning and support
  • Oversee  Jaguars fan clubs (i.e. Junior Jags, Women’s Club, Cub Club, Booster Club)
  • Oversee Grassroots Marketing program  

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or business; MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of marketing experience
  • Extensive knowledge of marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, social media, creative process
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects and timelines

Applications are being accepted online only.  Please do not call to apply for this position.  Please provide complete information.  An incomplete application may affect your consideration for this position.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

  1. Yes/No: Do you have a Bachelor's degree in marketing or business? 2. Yes/No: Do you have a minimum of 3 years of marketing experience? 3. Yes/No: Do you have relevant media planning and/or buying experience? 4. Please describe in narrative (500 words or less) your relevant experience in marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, social media and the creative process. 5. What are your compensation expectations? 6. Why do you want to work for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

TO APPLY: Click here.

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    Laura Gross is currently president of Scott Circle Communications. She has served as deputy director of communications at the DNC, was Gov. Howard Dean's Communications Director and she worked in the press office at USAID during the Clinton administration. Her experience also includes time in the PR department of National Public Radio and she was part of Vice President Gore's advance team when he was in The White House.
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    Blain K. Rethmeier - Contributor
    Blain K. Rethmeier is currently the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA). Rethmeier joined AIA from the White House where he served as Special Assistant to the President for Communications and directed communications for the National Economic Council and Homeland Security Council. Prior to joining the White House, Rethmeier served as Press Secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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