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?

TO APPLY: Click here.

January 20, 2016

Former Clinton WH Press Secretary Lockhart joins NFL at EVP, Communications

Joe LockhartFirst reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, is leaving Glover Park Group (GPG) to join the NFL as Executive Vice President of Communications.

According to Politico’s Mike Allen, GPG has been a consultant to the NFL for several years. He will join the NFL in New York after the Super Bowl. (Politico “Playbook”)

June 02, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Director, Corporate Communications, Philadelphia 76ers

76ers logoThe Director of Corporate Communications will be responsible for implementing public relations plans for the Philadelphia 76ers off-court and business initiatives. The position will assist in the development of the public relations strategy that drives brand image, senior executive profiles, and key messaging for the Sixers business divisions, including corporate partnerships, sales, community relations and marketing.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and deliver strategies that tell the 76ers’ overall narrative through traditional and unique media opportunities, on a local, regional and national level, with a focus on business initiatives.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key local, regional and national business and off-court media.
  • Work closely with corporate partnerships, sales and marketing to develop storylines for external use.
  • Oversee the writing and editing of internal and external communications, including press releases, memos and marketing material.
  • Manage and guide staff to successful earned media placements and event execution.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • 8-10 years strong public relations experience including relevant experience in the sports and entertainment industry.
  • Strong relationships with media outlets across multiple platforms.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in marketing, public relations or communications.
  • Significant experience in special event development and execution.
  • Strong planning and project management skills with the ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to represent public relations department internally on cross-functional teams while developing and executing public relations strategies for marketing plans.
  • Experience in writing, editing and providing guidance for development of a range of PR and communication materials.
  • Outstanding communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

May 18, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: San Francisco 49ers, Coordinator of Corporate Communications (Santa Clara, CA)

San Francisco 49ersPosition Overview:

The five-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers are seeking a Coordinator of Corporate Communications to assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications in the development and execution of corporate communications initiatives for the team and Levi’s Stadium. The ideal candidate is an outgoing and innovative communications professional, experienced in project management and proactive media pitching. A thorough understanding of the live sports and entertainment industry is beneficial. Experience managing multiple clients – specifically consumer brands, corporate social responsibility initiatives or cause-based marketing – for a public relations agency is preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications with operational oversight of all 49ers and Levi's Stadium corporate communications responsibilities and the management of a department intern
  • Lead the development and execution of strategic communications planning for all 49ers community relations efforts and the 49ers Foundation, along with other assigned media initiatives and press functions
  • Proactively pitch 49ers and stadium-related story ideas to media, including the 49ers Museum, the 49ers STEM Education Program, the Levi’s® Stadium Tour Program and the Bourbon Steak & Pub restaurant
  • Manage media monitoring and internal reporting for key 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium corporate communications initiatives as directed
  • Write feature articles for 49ers publications and website as well as press releases on topics related to core competencies
  • Support publicity efforts for non-NFL events scheduled at the stadium when deemed necessary, coordinating with event organizers and promoters to garner desired coverage
  • Support the development and management of an organizational key messaging and coverage document, managing ongoing maintenance by the department intern
  • Work closely with the marketing and digital media departments to execute strategic communications plans and promote brand development
  • Develop and maintain local and national media lists for key media contacts in core functional competencies: technology, sustainability, education, community relations, marketing and sports business

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with proven problem solving abilities
  • Strong teamwork and relationship management skills
  • Works effectively with all personalities and skill levels
  • Creative, outside-the-box thinker
  • Efficiently meets internal and external deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and attentive to details and process
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion while maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to be flexible and resourceful in response to changing priorities and duties
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to continuously acquire new competencies and accept new challenges

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2-4 years of experience managing business and event communications for a public relations agency, a major brand and/or sports/entertainment organization

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

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)

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