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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Minneapolis Park and Recreation - Communications Assistant

Overview: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Communications and Marketing Department is seeking a creative, skilled, organized and motivated individual who will write, edit and distribute a variety of communications materials and provide administrative support services for the department. Well-written and well-designed materials will be used to increase public awareness, appreciation and use of park activities, facilities and services.

  • Research, write and update news releases and announcements for media and general public
  • Distribute news releases, announcements and features articles for all departments via email subscription lists, providing cross-departmental support by designing new email templates as needed
  • Work closely with cross-departmental staff to produce quality work and ensure project requirements are met, from frequent golf promotional emails to seasonal program announcements to annual awards news releases
  • Compile, write and edit content for MPRB newsletters and publications, with particular focus on the following:
    • Produce a 12-20 page monthly employee newsletter using Publisher to format the newsletter using stories and photos submitted by MPRB employees
    • Assist Digital Communications Representative with writing and editing content for MPRB’s 4-page seasonal
      Highlight’s brochure produced to increase public awareness and use of the park system
  • Assist with updating and implementing department’s editorial calendar to ensure timely development of materials
  • Assist Web Content Producer and Web Assistant with updates to website news section and park pages as needed
  • Assist in benchmarking newsletter, emails and departmental communications against other organizations to ensure products are visually stimulating and meet the communications standards of internal and external audiences
  • Provide a variety of office support services, including researching project topics, maintenance of media and community lists, distribution of electronic and print materials, and general assistance with meetings
  • Keep Communications and Marketing Director promptly informed of significant issues or matters of concern
  • Assist with various communications and marketing initiatives and projects, as apparent or assigned

  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit compelling, accurate content for news releases and publications
  • Excellent communications, editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office Suite, including Publisher
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Motivated, flexible and able to work concurrently on several projects
  • Strong oral and interpersonal skills to work directly and effectively with all MPRB work groups
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and confidence to provide original ideas, solutions, and implementation plans
  • Work independently and as a team member in a small marketing communications group
  • Experience and ability to update web content using content management software preferred
  • Successful completion of advanced coursework or degree focusing on communications or marketing preferred
Compensation: $10/hour, non-benefitted position
Hours and Length of Position: 25hrs/week, approximately 5 hours daily, with exact hours to be determined between Communications and Marketing Director and Communications Assistant.
Hiring Timeline: Application posted June 21. Open until filled. (Ideal start date July 11, if possible; later if needed.)

How to Apply: Email application, cover letter, resume and at least three writing samples to Robin Smothers at Complete all fields of application. Cover letter needs to clearly state interest in position, availability and how position fits with current schedule.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Marvin Family of Brands - Senior Associate – Public Relations

Job Title:          Senior Associate – Public Relations (The Marvin Family of Brands)
Department:     Marketing
Reports to:       Manager – Public Relations (The Marvin Family of Brands)
Location:          2020 Silver Bell Road, Suite 15, Eagan, MN 55122

Position Overview
You will work directly with the PR Manager to develop marketing campaigns that promote the company’s products; you will take ownership of the company’s social media presence (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz, Pinterest, LinkedIn) to position Marvin Windows and Doors, Integrity Windows and Doors, and Infinity Replacement Windows (The Marvin Family of Brands) as the premier editorial resource for trade and consumer media, and to assist in the implementation of larger public relations and social media campaigns designed to enhance the company’s premier positioning in the marketplace. Key responsibilities involve supporting the Public Relations team in managing and executing strategic public relations and marketing communications programs that are designed to enhance the company’s positioning with external and internal audiences.

About Us
The Marvin Family of Brand represents Marvin’s fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products that are made to order; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its revolutionary Ultrex® Fiberglass material; and Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design installed by committed local dealers.

Essential Job Functions

Media Relations (40% time allocation)
·    Build/maintain relationships with trade and consumer media
·    Field incoming media inquiries; fulfill requests for company or product information, images, interviews, etc.
·    Work with Public Relations team to craft and pitch creative, innovative story angles to generate editorial exposure
·    Research, write, and edit public relations communication tools (e.g., press releases, fact sheets, case studies, bios)
·    Coordinate news release distribution
·    Maintain online media database
·    Track media coverage
·    Manage trade and consumer editorial calendars
·    Collaborate with public relations agency partner

Online Presence (30% time allocation)
·    Lead execution and management of company’s social media channels
·    Work with PR Manager to develop comprehensive social media strategy for the brands
·    Lead development and management of monthly and bi-weekly content calendars
·    Monitor and track social media comments and questions; respond to inquiries when appropriate
·    Use Sysomos Heartbeat online social monitoring software to monitor and track online conversations for the brands and competitors
·    Develop bi-weekly and monthly reports on social media activity and opportunities

Trade Shows & Events (15% time allocation)
·    Lead planning and implementation of special corporate events and industry tradeshows
·    Provide support for pre-and post-event communications
·    Lead the development of communications plans designed to enhance the brand’s presence at tradeshows
·    Write media alerts, news releases, product fact sheets, blog content, newsletter copy, and social media content
·    Assist in media pitching pre- and post-event, when appropriate
·    Attend trade shows and other marketing events to assist, as needed, with media interviews, product demonstrations, etc.
·    Assist in the coordination of event logistics, when appropriate
·    Assist in planning, coordinating, and implementing the Marvin Companies’ internal communications programs:
o Submit articles to the brand’s weekly/monthly newsletters
o Issue internal media alerts
o Lead the distribution of company-wide communications such as memos or emails
o Work with the internal communications team on corporate/HR social media efforts to help with recruitment

Corporate/Executive Communication (15% time allocation)
·    Assist PR Manager in corporate and executive communication tasks, including:
o Executive presentation support
o Letter writing
o Copy writing and editing support
o Crisis communications
o Writing talking points or key messages

General Competencies
·   Demonstrated proficiency with public relations practices; familiarity with standard PR and social media metrics
·   Writing/Content: must be able to research and write clear/concise public relations content and contribute to ensuring the company’s information is distributed appropriately through relevant social media channels
·   Excellent verbal communication; effective interpersonal communication skills; relationship building skills at multiple levels, including senior leadership, ownership, and key external contacts
·   Able to convey strong, clear messages to target audiences of all sizes including colleagues, customers, media, and industry groups
·   Demonstrated ability to recognize compelling stories, conduct research, and write effective content for the media
·   Strategic and critical thinking skills
·   Entrepreneurial spirit with an ability to think unconventionally or from a new perspective
·   Detail-oriented with demonstrated planning, time management, and organizational skills
·   Internet savvy, including proficiency in navigating websites, blogs and social medial channels
·   Growth-oriented individual with excellent analytical and verbal/writing presentation skills who is able to independently and effectively accomplish work
·   Ability to prioritize and juggle projects while also meeting deadlines
·   Proactive, outgoing, positive, and professional personality
·   Conducts business with a high level of ethical standards and integrity
·   Strong drive for results

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities
·   Aptitude to manage ambiguity and lead change; self-starter; ability to anticipate potential issues; ability to quickly formulate options to resolve issues; strong conceptual thinker
·   Strong organizational, leadership, and multiple-project management skills
·   Ability to motivate others cross-functionally and externally
·   Successful track record of positive relationship management abilities
·   Ability to quickly learn and understand technical product information; must be able to translate technical information and effectively communicate in relevant terms to our targeted audience
·   A strategic understanding of various processes used in public relations
·   Efficiently work with and leverage various technology platforms to maximize effectiveness; proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel), various social media platforms and related public relations and social media tools (e.g., Sysomos Heartbeat, Cision, PRNewswire)
·   Ability to travel, including overnights (approximately 10%)

Education / Experience
·   Bachelor’s degree in related field is required
·   4 to 8 years PR, media relations, marketing, or branding experience in an agency or corporate setting
·   Building products and/or related building industry experience is preferred

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.


No third-party recruiter inquiries.

NOTE: This employer will not seriously consider any candidate who needs VISA sponsorship now or in the future.

How to Apply

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ryland Homes - Marketing Manager


CalAtlantic Homes. Continuing the legacies of Ryland and Standard Pacific. With nearly 100 years of combined homebuilding expertise, CalAtlantic Homes, the new company formed by the merger of these two well‐respected companies, operates in 17 states with 26 divisions serving 41 major markets. Together, the breadth of organizational talent, collective experience, shared customer and quality focus, and an array of exceptional product offerings make CalAtlantic a substantial force in the new home sector.

The Marketing Manager supports the Division VP of Sales & Marketing by planning and directing marketing efforts for the division.

This role is a great opportunity for a talented marketing professional to join one of the nation’s largest and most-respected homebuilders.


Duties Will Include:
  • Using corporate templates and/or direction, modifies or produces creative pieces for advertising, collateral, sales office displays, signage, etc. ensuring adherence to company brand standards and marketing policies.
  • Purchases all local offline media, including signage programs, purchased consumer lists, etc.
  • Produces and maintains all marketing collateral including brochures, price sheets, fliers, and broker outreach materials.
  • Guides and coordinates all activities related to model and sales office installations.
  • Participates in the selection of model options and upgrades.
  • Coordinates the closure of model complex and sales environment at community close-out.
  • Assists sales team with all consumer and broker events.
  • Develops and maintains current knowledge of competitor marketing programs, pricing and products, as well as consumer demographics and economic influences.
  • Utilizes available national and local market research to develop community-specific Buyer Profiles to guide all marketing activities.
  • Tracks results for all marketing initiatives, including detailed analysis of traffic sources.
  • Directs consultants on signage, sales office design, photography, renderings, and collateral, as appropriate.
  • Participates in the development of standards and options programs for all new communities.
  • Develops and maintains marketing budgets for all communities and division as a whole. Review, code, and approves marketing-related invoices.
  • Develops and maintains division and community-specific marketing plans.


Candidates Will Need to Meet the Follow Qualifications:
  • Ability to effectively present marketing ideas to internal teams and outside parties.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills including grammar, spelling, and proof reading skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with a focus on solving problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Broad understanding of Internet.
  • Experience and proficiency in InDesign and Photoshop is preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing highly preferred.
  • 3+ years of previous New Home Marketing experience or related industry experience preferred.
At CalAtlantic, we value every individual’s perspective and contribution. We are dedicated to creating a diverse environment where people can share their own backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas. CalAtlantic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package while creating a collaborative working environment.

Except where prohibited, all employment is conditioned upon a satisfactory investigation into a candidate’s suitability. This may include a candidate’s work and criminal history. While applicants are not asked about criminal history at the initial application stage, a criminal background check may be conducted at the conditional offer stage, and may be considered where relevant and job related in CalAtlantic’s opinion, and consistent with applicable law. A conditional offer of employment will not automatically be revoked because of a conviction, and a variety of factors will be considered. Candidates who receive a conditional offer will be required to pass a drug screen conducted in accordance with applicable law. CalAtlantic reserves the right to revoke any conditional offer of employment.

Apply now.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Supervalu - Manager, External Communications and Public Relations

Under the direction of the VP of Communications, develops and leads implementation of external communications and media relations plans to support major business objectives; partners with business segments to coordinate, streamline and enhance internal and external communication; coordinates with SUPERVALU home office and banner/region teams to ensure message alignment for major external efforts; supports and promotes company message through corporate social media outlets. Develops innovative, strategic and creative solutions to communication challenges, ensuring key messages are effectively shared with all audiences.
Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Proactively develops and maintains favorable relationships with media and journalists in the communities in which we do business.
  • Represents the organization at public gatherings or forums and serves as a spokesperson to the media representing the company and its products.
  • Supports and engages with corporate social media initiatives, specifically as it relates to SUPERVALU and its corporate brand.
  • Leads and directs resources allocated for external PR agency support, including managing the external relationship and assigning work projects to the agency team.
  • Oversees media and social media monitoring platforms and provides updates as necessary to company leadership to ensure brand and company reputation are thoughtfully managed.
  • Builds company brand through proactive media and public relations strategies focused on positive coverage and awareness for our business, products, services and leaders.
  • Works closely with SUPERVALU’s marketing and digital teams to provide media/PR support for all appropriate marketing and digital initiatives.
  • Assists in content development for SUPERVALU’s corporate website(s); maintains close relationship with SUPERVALU’s key business leaders/editorial team to ensure website is fresh, robust and engaging.
  • Maintains a close working relationship with executive team in Wholesale, Retail, Professional Services and Private Brands to develop communication strategy regarding key projects and initiatives.
  • Leads and develops internal and external broadcast video and audio segments that support positive brand, product and leader awareness to key SUPERVALU stakeholders.

Job Requirements:
  • Degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field required.
  • 5-7 years’ work experience in communications and/or public relations.
  • Excellent creative ability.
  • Excellent abilities in planning, writing, editing, video production, and communications technology skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a high pressure environment, working in a strong team environment.
  • Strategic AND tactical thinker, able to lead teams throughout the organization to effective and efficient communications solutions.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in use of Microsoft programs.
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro or other video editing software a plus.
Why Work for Supervalu?
SUPERVALU Inc. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $17 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of almost 3,400 stores. Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has about 35,000 employees. We know that bright, motivated people are the reason for our success. Because of our employees, we’ve been providing the best service to our customers for more than 135 years.

We encourage FRESH thinking, offer an environment of inclusion and support, and set no boundaries on your achievement!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status. SUPERVALU is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 Apply now.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Exosite - Marketing Intern

Looking to gain real-world marketing experience in one of the fastest moving markets in tech? If so, we have the perfect summer internship for you. We are currently seeking a passionate, self-learning, marketing guru who will help us continue our growth as the leading software platform for the Internet of Things.

As an intern, you will be part of the US marketing team in our Minneapolis office, located in the historic International Market Square building! This candidate should have a creative knack, strong writing skills, comfortable working on multiple projects, and eager to learn marketing systems, strategies, and tools that aren’t taught in the books.

  • Assist the digital marketing team with outbound and inbound digital media efforts to support our online goals.
  • Curate and author blog posts to expand our thought leadership and market awareness in a fast-paced industry.
  • Work closely with several departments to develop and deploy social media campaigns to promote upcoming shows, product releases, events, white papers, case studies, and overall Exosite news.
  • Develop creative content to support both our online and offline marketing assets.
  • Manage multiple projects at once and stay on top of hard deadlines, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and carry the tenacity to keep projects moving forward.
  • Exceptional writing skills, with the ability to adapt the Exosite voice for various audiences and media formats.
  • Skilled at authoring creative, concise content under tight deadlines. Not afraid to author about subjects that are new to you.
  • Interested in learning marketing systems and tools. Bonus if you have experience working with marketing automation systems and Wordpress, although not required.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where new pages are being shipped regularly
  • You are self-motivated and thrive in a small, collaborative, energetic teams
Exosite is a growing, agile, non-bureaucratic, technology focused company looking to add passionate people to our team. The business is focused on providing SaaS software products for connecting smart devices & sensors to business systems & people. The company is recognized for its wide range of integration products that let clients store, analyze and access data gathered from the real world. In addition to its headquarters in Minneapolis, the company also has offices in Austin, Taiwan and Hungary.

In addition to world-class cloud-based technologies, Exosite is also building a world-class work environment. The Minneapolis office is located in the historical International Market Square and there are near-daily lunch trip to area restaurants. The office in Taiwan is located on two floors of a high rise along a centrally located, public-transportation-friendly, thoroughfare in Taichung City. The team is highly collaborative and provides excellent opportunities for growth at all experience levels.

This position functions in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually in an office setting.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to operate a computer and may be requested to lift up to 20 pounds (e.g. computer equipment or office supplies).

Apply online now.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Best Buy - Sr Specialist External Communications

The turnaround is over! Be a part of Best Buys transformation! Best Buy is the worlds largest consumer electronics retailer, offering advice, service and convenience œat competitive prices to the consumers who visit its websites and stores more than 1.5 billion times each year.

Best Buy is seeking an External Communications Senior Specialist to be part of its External Communications team located at the company's corporate headquarters in Richfield, MN.

The person hired for the position of Senior Specialist External Communications will focus on providing media relations support for local and regional PR activities in an assigned portion of the country, including building and maintaining relationships with reporters, editors, and producers to effectively pitch and land stories. This person will be involved in both proactive and reactive media relations. This person will work with stores and Best Buy field leadership in their portion of the country when there are external and crisis communication needs. This person will assist in creating content for external- and internal-facing vehicles. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage multiple projects, have a passion for interacting with reporters on a daily basis, be able to quickly understand topics/issues and how to translate into news for media and be able to produce quality written copy.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Media relations for local and regional outlets
Proactive and reactive support for PR activations, including general business activations
Creation of stories, blog posts, internal communication pieces, fact sheets and pitches.
Communication planning and project management for editorial planning & pitching

Basic Qualifications:
2+ years of Public Relations/Corporate communications experience or media newsroom experience
Experience producing content (written and/or video)
Experience in strategic communication planning
Experience developing/managing projects with internal and external partners

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Communication/Business and/or equivalent
PR agency and/or journalism newsroom experience
Two years of media relations experience
Two years of communications and content development experience
Copy writing and editing experience
Knowledge of AP style
Experience with meeting aggressive daily, weekly deadlines¨
Ability to work in a team environment working on assignments with overlapping priorities and schedules

Auto Req. ID405303BR
Employment CategoryCommunications
Job LevelIndividual Contributor
Location Number910010-215-Comm/PA/PR
Address7601 Penn Avenue South