April 25, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: NBC Universal, Director, Communications, USA & Syfy (New York, NY)

NBC Universal logoReporting to the Vice President Communications, the Director, Communications will lead select show campaigns for both USA Network and Syfy and work with the Sr. team to develop communication strategies and lead successful consumer program publicity campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop publicity campaigns and strategies for USA and Syfy programs and talent.
  • Pitch and secure key interviews, including electronic, radio and on-location press visits to support the launch and momentum for assigned series.
  • Create, edit and supervise the roll-out of all press materials and assets including all written press materials, electronic and traditional press kits, show clips and content, photos, digital extras and social content.
  • Create and supervise all press related event opportunities including satellite media tours, press junkets, festival and panel appearances, press receptions and red carpet events.
  • Create and implement out of the box event ideas to generate press for assigned shows.
  • Act as media strategist, campaign planner and spokesperson for assigned shows.
  • Develop positive relationships with talent, producers, PR agencies and representatives, agents, managers, production staffs, media and programming executives.
  • Media train and prep talent for interviews and speaking opportunities such as the bi-annual Television Critics Association Tour and Comic-Con.
  • Monitor competitive environment via daily review of competitive/industry news, and interface with other departments and entertainment cable channels on an as needed basis.
  • Manage assigned show publicity budget with an eye on ROI.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Basic Qualifications

-Bachelor’s Degree

-Minimum 7 years television publicity and hands-on media relations experience, with increasing levels of responsibility for campaign management.

Eligibility Requirements

-Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered

-Willingness to travel and work overtime; some evening and weekend work required

-Must be willing to work in New York

-Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

-Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary. Desired Characteristics
  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work autonomously, while keeping teammates and manager abreast of all activities.
  • Individual must exhibit strong interpersonal, pitching, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle and meet numerous deadlines and work on multiple simultaneous campaigns with varying timelines
  • Candidate must be proactive and able to multi-task, a creative and independent strategic thinker who displays strong external and internal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of the media, network executives, producers and talent.
  • Superior organization and creative skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

February 23, 2016

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?

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January 21, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: AAA, PR Manager (Washington, DC)

AAA logoAAA is looking for an energetic and experienced PR Manager to serve as a national media spokesperson, pitch reporters and develop communications strategies for the Association’s priority issues.

The PR Manager will join AAA’s award-winning media relations team, which regularly earns mentions in 150,000 news stories per year on topics as diverse as traffic safety, infrastructure, fuel prices, travel and automotive technology. Requirements: -Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience in public relations or journalism. -A dynamic self-starter who enjoys developing new story ideas and pitching them to the media. -Experience writing and implementing communication plans, news releases, talking points, pitches and messages. -On-the-record experience with television, radio, and print media. -Experience working with government affairs/public affairs staff. -Knowledge of transportation, automotive engineering, traffic safety and energy issues a plus.

TO APPLY: Please visit: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AMERAUTO&cws=1&rid=138 (Mediabistro)

January 18, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker is looking for candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C. The senior associate position work with account managers on a range of corporate, association, nonprofit and issue advocacy clients. Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams. Other qualifications include:

  • Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, as well as other communications documents.
  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Candidates should have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in a related positions. Candidates with robust media relations experience are preferred. This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in joining the SKDKnick team, send your resume to: jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)

October 30, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker is Hiring (Senior Associates, Vice Presidents)

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker is looking for mid-level candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C.

Senior Associates and Vice Presidents work with account managers on a range of corporate, association, non-profit and issue advocacy clients.

Ideal candidates are driven, self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams.

Ideal candidates must have:

·         Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, and drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, as well as other communications documents

·         Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns

·         A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns

·         Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle multiple deadlines

·         Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Candidates should have four to six years of relevant experience in writing, research and media intensive positions. Candidates with robust media relations experience are preferred. This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: Send your resume to us: jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)

August 16, 2015

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: Widmeyer Communications, Multiple Openings, Education Advocacy & Communications

WidMeyerFinnPartnersDC-based public policy communications and advocacy firm Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company, seeks energetic, self-motivated candidates from the Senior Account Executive to Assistant Vice President levels to join their growing team. Candidates must have between 5 and 15 years of agency or other relevant communications experience with a requirement of some experience in the early childhood education communications/advocacy sector.

Candidates should possess strong media strategy and outreach experience, digital and social media expertise, excellent writing and organizational skills, a keen eye for detail and the ability to meet strict deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic account team committed to delivering outstanding public policy and cause-related advocacy, public affairs and communications services. Widmeyer’s motto: We “do well by doing good.”

Widmeyer offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits package. 

TO APPLY: Please send resume with cover letter and writing samples to: jobs@widmeyer.com. Include the title of the position and the advertisement you are responding to in the subject line. (PF tipster)

July 20, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: National Retail Federation, Director of Media Relations

NRF logoThe National Retail Federation (NRF) is seeking a Director, Media Relations to develop and execute short and long-term media campaigns to garner press coverage and awareness of NRF’s policy and advocacy agenda and support the organization’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities

  • Proactively builds press awareness of NRF campaigns, issues and events
  • Writes press releases, media advisories, Op-Eds, blog posts and executive briefing documents
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Washington, D.C. media contacts from traditional and emerging media outlets
  • Identifies targeted media opportunities to increase brand awareness and profile of the NRF brand and its senior leadership team
  • Maintains an acute understanding of policy issues including their history, current activity and future developments
  • Works with policy team to develop and maintain content to support PR and Advocacy sections of NRF website
  • Represents NRF to the public through a variety of media outlets as an association spokesperson
  • Manages the tracking and reporting of NRF media hits
  • Offers insight and understanding about leveraging new and emerging media technology to strengthen public awareness of key issues among target audiences
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in increasingly responsible staff positions handling multiple media relations duties on a full-time, daily basis with comparable direct experience handling federal government and policy issues.
  • Must have a portfolio of successful past media placements, specifically demonstrating results with political and government media.
  • Established relationships with Inside the Beltway and national media – including print and television producers.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze complex issues and situations and to provide thoughtful media relations strategy.
  • Outstanding judgment, writing, speaking, organizational and interpersonal skills; Must communicate effectively and persuasively in a variety of environments.
  • Ability to write about a variety of legislative issues for diverse audiences through multiple channels.
  • Background experience working on a political campaign, on Capitol Hill, at a trade association, and/or in print/broadcast media experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of social media platforms to enhance overall reach and breadth of messaging.
  • Proven excellence in successfully juggling multiple and often high-pressure deadlines with an extraordinary attention to detail.
  • Some travel required.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and one-page letter summarizing your interest, qualifications and salary expectations. Please reference the Director, Media Relations position in your cover letter. Please email your application to hr@nrf.com or mail to: VP, Human Resources, NRF, 1101 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.  (PF tipster)

July 06, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Communications Manager, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University McDonough SchoolThe Communications Manager, reporting to the Director of Online Marketing and Communications, develops and implements online marketing and communications tools to raise the visibility of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

 

  • Primary duties include reporting on and creating social media content, coordinating social media and digital production calendars, monitoring social media accounts, analyzing our competitors’ digital efforts, and creating and analyzing metrics reports from various tracking sources.
  • Secondary duties include updating web pages, creating html emails, creating landing pages, writing copy & preparing online advertisements, shooting and editing videos for social media, being an advocate for social news dissemination, and teaching and training staff about social media.

Responsibilities & Qualifications:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - preference for business, marketing, communications, or journalism.
  • Some experience in journalism and reporting. 
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills. 
  • At least five years, though preferably more, of exposure to digital communications and updating websites.
  • Excellent management organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. 
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Technical expertiseinApple OS, Windows, HTML 5, CSS 3, Drupal  7, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, HootSuite, basic Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Google Analytic – as well as basic videography and editing, Finalcut Pro, IMovie, or Adobe Premier.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

June 14, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Aspen Institute, Senior Associate, Public Affairs & Social Media)

Aspen InstituteThe Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Public Affairs office within the Communications Department is responsible for media relations and communications support of Institute programs. The team manages the external communications efforts including media placement and response, editorial writing, and communications counsel to Aspen Institute programs.

The Senior Associate, Public Affairs & Social Media supports the VP/Chief External Affairs Officer and Director of Communications & Public Affairs with all facets of social media, media relations, event planning and execution management, and external communications activities for the Aspen Institute at large and its programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist VP/Chief External Affairs Officer and Director of Communications & Public Affairs in all aspects of the Communications department’s work, with a particular focus on social media
  • Create content and post/schedule multiple times each day to Institute Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media accounts. During select seasons, manage and post to satellite accounts, including the Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Co-manage regular meetings on social media content and strategy, in order to plan social media strategy for Institute at large
  • Consult with various policy programs, in coordination with the Senior Manager, Public Affairs and Policy Program Communications, on their social media presences
  • Lead meetings and instructional events to promote best practices among social media practitioners at the Institute
  • Support social media needs for myriad public events, on and off site
  • Coordinate with underwriters on social media plans and efforts
  • Draft and distribute written materials such as news releases, press kit documents, fact sheets, bios, and related correspondence
  • Help coordinate myriad events and symposia
  • Support and assist programs with planning and executing their press outreach
  • Perform research (fact checking, media information, etc.)
  • Stay actively informed of activities of the Institute

Interacts routinely with Communications team members, Institute employees at all levels, members of the media, and external constituents.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, political science, or related area, with two (2) to five (5) years of related experience
  • Experience working on social media accounts in a professional capacity required
  • Working knowledge of media directories, related services, and other media relations tools helpful
  • Outstanding writing skills with a focus on detail and accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and well with a diverse group of people throughout the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Web savvy
  • Flexible and versatile work style
  • Superior computer skills: proficient Microsoft Office; desktop publishing skills a plus

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budgetary authority

TO APPLY: Visit the Aspen Institute’s career page at www.aspeninstitute.org/about/jobs and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should highlight applicant’s specific qualifications for this position. Applications without a cover letter may not receive full consideration.

If you have trouble uploading any portion of the application processes, please try using the escape key to exit the screen. Your document should then safely upload.

No phone calls or emails. (PF tipster)

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