November 24, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma City Thunder, Corporate Communications Director (Oklahoma City, OK)

OKC ThunderThe Corporate Communications Coordinator will help the Oklahoma City Thunder reach out to its fans and partners and broaden the team’s impact by communicating the team’s marketing, sales, community and business messages across all media.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·      Work with Corporate Communications team to execute organizational communications strategies

·      Assist in tracking impact of corporate and partner messaging in news media, social media and other channels

·      Monitor and aggregate local and national news mentions

·      Assist in monitoring social media interactions and in aggregating reporting data, including tracking posts highlighting business partnerships

·      Update and maintain department and organizational resources, including department media lists and corporate news subscriptions

·      Monitor general public relations requests via email

·      Disseminate media alerts and news releases to promote initiatives such as community events, business partnerships, ticketing info and other organizational messages

·      During the season, fulfill game-night credential requests from the business office, including TV credentials

·      Assist in proofreading and editing of materials in support of messaging needs for other corporate departments

·      Track corporate awards, department assets and team archives

·      Work with Marketing/Events and Entertainment departments to find promotional opportunities for team entertainment assets, including Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls, Thunder Drummers, Rain Drops and Storm Chasers

·      Maintain good punctuality and attendance

·      Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

·      Bachelor’s degree required; emphasis in communications, journalism, public relations or related field preferred

·      2-3 years’ experience in PR/communications or media relations

·      Strong writing skills

·      Professional experience in editing/proofreading

·      Working knowledge of AP style

·      Working knowledge of basketball/NBA

·      Some experience with social media

·      Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

·      Highly organized and detail-oriented, with a high degree of professionalism and efficiency

This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Corporate Communications Manager.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

October 26, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: TD Garden / Boston Bruins, Client Communications Specialist (Boston, MA)

Boston BruinsPosition Summary:

Manage the communication strategy for the Season Ticket Holder and Premium Club client communities, in collaboration with the Sales & Service teams, through the development and implementation of content across all channels.  Serve as the primary copy-writer and ensure suitability and optimization of content by channel type, consistency in style and tone, relevancy for target groups and adherence with organization-wide branding and messaging guidelines.  Monitor and track effectiveness of messaging and be an early adopter of emerging digital channels and content development for the organization.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Create and distribute unique content for the Boston Bruins Season Ticket Holder and Premium Club client communities through various channels, including but not limited to email, client websites, social media and traditional communication and collateral applications. 
  • Work with Sales & Service departments and Marketing department to develop new and unique ways to deliver content through our current channels and through new immerging channels.  Work with all organization groups to ensure consistent messaging across all brands.
  • Provide copy-writing expertise across all marketing, digital, sales and service functions.

Tdgarden3Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or a related degree.
  • All candidates must have minimum of 2-3 years professional experience developing communications and content strategies in the digital space for business.  Experience with sales/service and or membership-driven business preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all levels within the organization.
  • Conveys leadership qualities and a team player disposition with collaboration and influential skills.
  • A self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, who can thrive in a fast paced and constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Exceptional written, communication and organization skills. Copy-writing samples required.  Creative thinker with experience developing engaging content across all media.
  • Strong working knowledge and history of optimization of all social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+.
  • Candidate is required to possess a working knowledge of and experience utilizing marketing automation and CMS platforms.  Experienced with design tools including Adobe Photoshop

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

Do you have 2-3 years of developing communications and content strategies in the digital space for business? Yes/No

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

August 04, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Coordinator, Media Relations, Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago, IL)

Chicago Blackhawks logoThe Chicago Blackhawks are currently looking for a Media Relations Coordinator with strong media contacts in the Chicagoland area and a solid knowledge of the game of hockey.

General Responsibilities:

Assist media relations efforts by creating and producing effective off-ice media interest in human interest stories and team initiatives with community relations, tickets, youth hockey and corporate sponsorships, while also coordinating the department’s day to day on-ice media responsibilities.

Specific Duties:

  • Assist the Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations as well as the Director, Public Relations with all media related responsibilities.
  • Write and distribute press releases and media advisories for all on-ice and off-ice activities, including games, ticket sales, marketing, corporate sponsorship, youth hockey, community relations.
  • Manage media servicing, including press lounge on practice and game days, and press box on game nights.
  • Manage credentialing operations for all Blackhawks events, including but not limited to practices, games, Prospect Camp and Blackhawks Convention.
  • Track media coverage of all Blackhawks events and announcements through daily news clippings (distributed to front office staff electronically) and news clippings archive.
  • Compose media notes for all games (home and away) and produce/distribute Blackhawks Gameday document on game days.
  • Coordinate all hockey information services for media including daily maintenance of the Blackhawks media website and distribution of hard copies of statistics/news clippings/game notes on practice and game days.
  • Assist with story ideas of both traditional and non-traditional/human interest stories to media contacts.
  • Manage media for public appearances by Blackhawks players/coaches/executives, both in advance of the event and on-site at the event.
  • Manage full-time and game night interns for the Media & Public Relations department.
  • Manage television/radio broadcast recaps for each game.
  • Some travel will be necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned 

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

1. Yes/No- I currently reside in the Chicagoland area.

2. Yes/No- I have experience in media relations within a hockey environment

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

April 28, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Redskins, Social Media Coordinator (Ashburn, VA)

Redskins helmetsThe Washington Redskins are seeking a creative and qualified individual to support the Digital Media department, with the primary focus on the day to day content on the Redskins social media platforms and cultivate fan interaction, engagement and discussion around the Redskins team brand.

The right individual must take great pride in their work and pay strong attention to detail. Applicant must have a strong understanding of social media platforms and digital trends. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, while keeping organized and maintaining high standards in all work. Needs to be able to work as part of a team or individually. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Produce unique daily content and initiate fan discussion and engagement via social posts on various Redskins social media platforms, including: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pintrest, Reddit, foursquare and UStream
  • Develop and execute initiatives to drive member-generated content, increase community participation and add value to the online community experience
  • Create and manage sponsored pages and posts, including social contests, sweepstakes and promotions
  • Provide analytics to communicate fan engagement and activity to both internal and external clients through daily, weekly and monthly reports in order to help track success and areas of improvement for all social initiatives
  • Identify and drive opportunities for emerging social platforms and potential new vendor relationships that can add value to social sites
  • Manage and monitor media channels for fan commenting, spam and content issues
  • Research ways to improve the Redskins social media platforms and integration on Redskins.com and other team microsites
  • Manage content updates and monitor functionality on the Redskins Team Mobile App and Redskins Cheerleader Mobile App, including rosters, photos, videos, promotions and push messaging
  • Responsible for pushing out mobile text alerts and maintaining mobile database
  • Help to identify Redskins fan groups and encourage displaced fans to join Redskins Meetup groups, contribute content to Redskins Rally, and participate through various social media platforms
  • Manage and grow the Redskins Rally network of bar/restaurant owners, plus assist with updates to RedskinsRally.com and serve as point of contact for existing Redskins bars and fan groups
  • Assist with planning, promotion and execution of Redskins Rally events, which may include attendance on Sundays in season, and distribution of Redskins Rally Welcome Kits and prizing to all network affiliates
  • Assist with documenting various Redskins events and uploading pictures, videos and blog content onto Redskins.com and the team social sites.
  • Assist with other duties as necessary

Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding and familiarity of primary social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Must possess superior writing skills and editorial judgment
  • Detail-oriented and strong organization and project management skills
  • Polite, positive, self-starter who works well with others
  • Strong knowledge of and passion for both football and social media
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Actively follow new technology trends and apply to Redskins digital strategy where appropriate
  • Basic familiarity with video and photo file formats
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) are required; proficiency in HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, and video editing (iMovie or FinalCut Pro) is preferred 

Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Sports Management, Communications, Journalism, or related and appropriate majors
  • Must have at least 1-2 years’ experience working in a digital media role with a high-profile brand
  • Must provide own means of transportation to Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia
  • Must be willing and able to work non-traditional hours in non-traditional settings during peak times of the year

The Washington Redskins offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. If you wish to become a part of this exciting, fast paced organization and you meet the requirements listed above, please apply.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TO APPLY: Visit this page. (PF reporting)

March 17, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: New York Knicks’ D-League Franchise, Director, Marketing & Public Relations (White Plains, NY)

New York Knicks logoThe Director, Marketing & Public Relations is responsible for driving the strategy and execution on all external messaging, inclusive of internal and external marketing channels, game day event presentation, public relations outreach, and community relations partnerships and initiatives.

The Director will lead the development of the D-League team’s overall brand positioning and brand campaign, theme nights and promotions along with provide creative direction on all print, radio, television, and electronic materials. This position will also serve as the day-to-day team media relations contact and will be responsible for all game presentation elements, game day media needs and the coordination of the game day staff.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have knowledge of marketing concepts and specifically sports marketing concepts. Excellent communication, organizational, and relationship building skills a must.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

May 24, 2013

Tronovitch departs DC for Raleigh

Ryan TronovitchRyan Tronovitch recently emailed friends and colleagues to announce he and his fiancé were moving to Raleigh for new jobs.

Tronovitch left his job as Communications Manager for MLS club DC United after two seasons.

He has not yet announced his new job.

Tronovitch previously worked at the RNC, for Reps. David Davis (R-TN) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) and for the Republican Party of North Carolina.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland.  (PF tipster)

June 18, 2012

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Capitals, Digital Media Coordinator (Arlington, VA)

Washington CapitalsThe NHL’s Washington Capitals are hiring a Digital Media Coordinator, based in Arlington, VA.

Overview: Maintains, updates and enhances WashingtonCaps.com, assists in game night
reporting efforts.

Responsibilities:

1)   1) WashingtonCaps.com
• Updates site content on a daily basis

a.      Builds HTML, CSS and JavaScript pages based on designs of graphic designer and requests from other departments.

b.      Day-to-day- examples include ticket pages, promotional and event pages, updates to existing pages

c.       Longer-term examples are Season Ticket Holder Locker Room, Kids Club, Community Relations subsite, Caps Academy subsite

d.      Posts editorial content (press releases, features, images, videos, sales and promotional messages, fan poll)
     - Aids in the development of content presentation systems for website
     ­- Updates and oversees timeliness of website content on a daily basis
     - Ensures “interior’ site contents are up-to-date and beneficial to fans

2)  2) Social Media

a.      Works with various departments to insure Capitals brand/information is well represented across social media outlets
   ­- Uses social media outlets to inform fans of organization’s news and events, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, as well as any new social outlets the Capitals may utilize
   ­- Assists in the measurement of social media effectiveness and overall value
   ­- Works with others to create and implement social contesting and strategies

b.      Moderates message boards for adverse content and rules violations
   ­- Works with user moderators to moderate online message board for adverse content
   ­- Monitors most frequently discussed topics
   ­- Offers suggestions to better engage, educate and build a larger community

c.       Maintains online archival material (news, history, player profiles, images, videos)

d.      Participates in all podcast productions
   ­- Assists with camera operations
   ­- Clip gathering and editing
   - Perform basic audio/video editing, technical direction
   - Streams both audio and video podcasts

3)  3) Game Day

a.      Assists with pregame and postgame news gathering and presentation
   ­- Pre and postgame audio/video interviews
   - Photo gallery creation
   - Game related page updates
   - Streams coaches’ postgame press conferences

b.      Assists with in-game tweeting and monitors in-game chats


Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field
• 1-3 years communications and/or website experience
• Strong computer skills with experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office*
• Experience with content management, digital asset management*
• Basic video editing skills
• Understanding of basic graphic design principles (layout, typography, space, color)
• Understands the basic premise of social media as an outreach tool
   - Familiar with social media services: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest
• Ability to work on deadline, handle multiple tasks
   - Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
   - Must be a self-starter with decision-making abilities
   - Demonstrate organizational skills and attention to detail
• Must be willing to work evenings and weekends based on Capitals schedule

*Examples of previous work will be requested

TO APPLY: View job listing here.  Link to apply here.  (PF tipster)

http://hockeyjobs.nhl.com/teamwork/jobs/apply.cfm?jobid=45367

December 11, 2011

JOB OF THE WEEK: Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Communications Manager

Monumental Sports & Entertainment logoMonumental Sports & Entertainment (MS&E) seeks to hire a Communications Manager

MS&E owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Monumental, which merged Lincoln Holdings and Washington Sports & Entertainment on June 10, 2010, also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Additionally the group operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals' state-of-the-art training facility in Arlington, Va., and George Mason University's Patriot Center, located in Fairfax, Va.

Overview

The Communications Manager is a full-time position that is responsible for the creation of the department’s external guides, documents and collateral materials, serves as the primary contact for all statistical & archival inquiries, assists with the execution of all communications functions and responsibilities, and oversees all media services and game day requirements for the Washington Wizards. In addition, the position will assist with all communications functions and responsibilities for the Washington Mystics as needed. 

**Responsibilies include, but are not limited to the following:

Responsible for the creation of department’s external guides, documents and collateral materials:
• Responsible for content, design and production of media guide, playoff guide, postseason review, draft guide, summer league guide, etc., for Wizards and Mystics
• Create template and author game notes for all 82 regular season games, all preseason games and all postseason games
• Create and maintain player, coach and front office bios
• Assist with writing and distributing press releases
• Assist with content for team website as needed

Serve as primary internal and external contact for all statistical & archival inquiries:
• Maintain all statistical & archival upkeep (e.g. player, coach and team performance charts, information for notes, team records, league records, etc.)
• Utilize statistical research to publicize positive information about the team, players, coaching staff, front office, etc.
• Assist basketball operations staff with special statistical research projects, inquiries and issues
• Answer all media inquiries regarding player/team statistical information
• Research, pull and distribute daily clips

Assist with execution of all communications functions & responsibilities:
• Secondary contact for media on day-to-day issues (player/coach interview requests, injury updates, availability, etc.)
• Assist with facilitating player and staff interviews/call-ins/photo shoots/video shoots with local & national media
• Assist with player and staff interaction with media including, but not limited to, media sessions following and/or preceding practices, games and shoot-arounds
• Assist with logistics surrounding basketball special events (press conferences, media day, draft, summer league, training camp, playoffs, etc.)

Responsible for all media services and game day requirements:
• Coordinate all game day requirements (e.g. seating charts, credential & parking lists, ticket requests, next game packets, game night documents)
• Manage media room prior to, during and after games
• Primary contact for visiting team’s media and staff
• Oversee season credentialing process (applications, production, distribution)
• Oversee scheduling for production and distribution of visiting team hotel packs

Assist with all communications functions & responsibilities for the Washington Mystics:
• Execute writing duties as assigned by director of corporate communications/Mystics
• Assist with facilitating player/staff interview requests
• Help facilitate day-to-day communications duties as needed
• Provide game night support as needed (national TV games, playoffs, etc.)
• Assist with logistics surrounding basketball special events (press conferences, media day, draft, summer league, training camp, playoffs, etc.)
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications or related area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience: Minimum of two years of media relations or related experience, preferably in a sports/entertainment organization.

Skills:
- Desktop publishing experience (Mac and PC preferred)
- Ability to manage, multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Outstanding written communications skills
- Willingness to travel and work extended hours (nights, weekends, holidays, etc.)
- Strong working knowledge of NBA & basketball statistics

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure.

TO APPLY: Click here.  Qualified candidates submit a cover letter and resume. (PF tipster)

April 28, 2011

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Nashville Predators, VP of Marketing and Communications (Nashville, TN)

Nashville Predators Ever dream of working for an NHL team?

NHL’s Nashville Predators seeks to hire a Vice President of Marketing and Communications.  The position is based in Nashville, TN and reports to the Executive Vice President, Chief Sales / Marketing Officer.

This position is responsible for the overall management, development and execution of all team and venue related marketing and communications initiatives.  This successful candidate will create an exciting, entertaining and educating environment to attract new fans/patrons and promote our various products and services.  This position will work to establish a clear brand identity, effectively promote, identify target market(s) and prepare clear /concise messaging across all traditional and non-traditional new media platforms.  The candidate will ensure that all advertising, public relations, and promotional executions are developed and executed in a timely and professional manner and that the message exceeds consumer standards and expectations.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:
• Provide overall management, direction, leadership and mentoring for the various departments responsible for marketing and communications for the Predators and Bridgestone Arena. This includes all advertising, public/media relations, promotional activation, broadcasting, fan development, community relations and event presentation.
• Develop modular short and long term market strategies linked to both team and building sales and revenue objectives.
• Work closely with key sales management personnel to understand and develop effective marketing strategies and tactics for the sale and promotion of all ticket, corporate and event based products and initiatives.
• Oversee the development and management of all third-party partnerships / relationships related to effective marketing and communications including any advertising agencies, media partnerships, creative service, new media and production vendors.
• Oversee the development of departmental budgets in the marketing and communications areas.
• Research, analyze, and monitor financial, technological, and demographic factors to capitalize on market opportunities and minimize effects of competitive activity.
• Evaluate market research and suggest adjustments in marketing strategy to meet changing dynamics and competitive conditions.
• Direct and manage all aspects of team’s media and public relations, including day-to-day team interaction, news releases/announcements and subsequent coordination with sales departments as necessary.
• Develop proactive PR strategies consistent with team and building initiatives that maximize positive market perception and visibility.
• Oversee production of team publications, including media guide, Predators Press and yearbook.
• Develop media training initiatives for players, coaches and senior management as well as regular talking points/briefing for coaches, hockey operations staff, etc.
• Liaison with NHL media relations.
• Facilitate regular interaction/coordination with broadcast, event presentation, community relations and fan development departments to deliver consistent information through all team communication vehicles.

Minimum Requirements (include education, experience, special skills and licenses or certifications required):

• B.A. Degree in marketing or related field
• Minimum 7 years of marketing, communications or related experience
• Proven strategic thinker and an excellent communicator
• Proactive planner with a sense of urgency, creativity, style and attention to detail
• Experience in multitasking with multiple work-intensive projects
• Perform under tight deadlines thinking clearly under pressure
• Must be detailed-oriented and organized
• Successful history of staff and budget management
• Strong computer software background
• Successful experience with new media campaigns
• Working knowledge of television, radio and print production
• Strong writing skills
• The ability to work well with people in a team environment
• Sports industry background is a must

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

1. Do you have a minimum of 7 years of marketing or communications experience?
2. Do you have experience managing staff and budgets?

TO APPLY: Position description here.  Apply here.  (PF tipster)

January 30, 2011

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Capitals, Manager, Media Relations

Washington Capitals The Washington Capitals have an immediate vacancy for their Manager, Media Relations.

Overview
Serve as the primary writer and editor for the Media Relations Office and oversee editorial for various projects and publications (printed and online) disseminated by the Communications Department. Assist in day-to-day media relations efforts and assure effective communications that leads to an increased public awareness of the Washington Capitals and its players. Work with traditional and non-traditional media, both locally and nationally. Assume a role in the department’s’ social media efforts.


Responsibilities
• Serve as the primary writer of game notes and oversee the editorial and editing of various team publications, including draft guide, training camp guide, media guide, game program, yearbook and playoff guide.
• Assist director in managing day-to-day media interaction with players and coaches at team practices, games and events.
• Maintain excellent relationships with the traditional and nontraditional media while developing and suggesting storylines to increase the awareness of the organization and its players, coaches, community-related projects and business initiatives.
• Coordinate, evaluate and respond to media requests for information or interviews.
• Coordinate the writing, editing and distribution of all team news, such as news releases, media advisories and various media and fan correspondences.
• Play an active role in executing and expanding the organization’s social media efforts.
• Assist in developing and executing content ideas for WashingtonCaps.com.
• Able to travel as needed and attend practices, morning skates and all home games.
• Assist in coordination of player and team awards, milestones and ceremonies.
• Serve as the team’s liaison with the off-ice officiating crew.
• Serve as liaison with the team’s photographer.
• Related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Three years of media relations, public relations or related experience, preferably with a sports/entertainment organization.
• Excellent writing, editing, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work on deadline, manage multiple tasks and work independently or as part of a team.
• Self-starter with decision-making abilities.  (PF tipster)

Apply for this position

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