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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Light Industrial - Marketing & Communications Specialist

Award Staffing is working with a client that is in need of a Highly Skilled Marketing & Communication Specialist. This is a Temp-to-Hire position with a great client. If you are looking for a fun, fast paced enviroment and the ability to grow. Then we have the position for you.

Summary: The Marketing & Communication Specialist position will play a role supporting the marketing & communications team in the participation of all marketing/communications activities and strategies with a strong focus on communications and content creation. This person is responsible for developing effective campaigns and outreach programs to drive leads and increase brand awareness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

- Overall project management of internal and external marketing/communication projects
- Manage and support collaboration of new campaigns and strategies
- Manage and support implementation of marketing activities to engage customers and assist in development with the brand awareness activities
- Coordinate and/or manage promotional activities, hospitality events, and/or trade shows, working with external vendors as needed
- Coordinate and/or manage bid requests and price comparisons incl. Budget management of projects
- Manage overall communication materials and content development
- Develop and assist with written content including but not limited to press releases, articles, and internal announcements
- Formulate, direct and/or coordinates marketing activities and policies to promote products and services, working with external public relations firms or other vendors to ensure the deliverables are of the highest quality, accurate, cost-effective and on time
- Direct and support companywide efforts with global marketing and communications collateral as well as messaging including client meeting materials, brochures, presentations, advertisements, posters, digital and printed mailers, newsletters, information graphics, exhibitions, website and other communication tools
- Manage and develop creative PowerPoint presentations including messaging
- Develop, manage and/or assist with video production and other visual collateral; coordinate with graphic designer/vendors
- Inspect layouts and advertising copy and other promotional material for adherence to specifications
- Support and/or manage various digital marketing platforms as well social media marketing activities
- Track and report measures of success of the various marketing/communication activities
- Manage various marketing and storage properties incl. Tradeshow properties, inventory control, shipping and receiving of materials to conferences and customer technology days
- Image inventory and license management
- Product sample inventory management and support of development) not currently done, but requested
- Provide support with market and/or customer research where needed
- Manage lead development and fulfillment

Requirements:

- 4- 5 years experience working in a fast paced environment
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills to help develop articles and other communication materials and must have strong content development skills
- Excellent Communicator, both verbal and written
- Produce exceptional work in short timeframes, manage time efficiently while multi-tasking across different projects and sticking to deadlines
- Clearly communicate conceptual ideas, communication and design rationale
- Great project management skills
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple deadlines
- Intense attention to detail with accuracy and consistency
- Great creative and graphic skills
- Good computer and software skills for data entry and online marketing platform management
- Should have experience in designing, executing and measuring the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and programs
- Strong Microsoft office skills necessary (strong PowerPoint and excel)
- Strong digital marketing / social media and communication skills
- Must be good with digital platforms and email marketing software to support activities and must be willing to learn
- Ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of people

- Skills in Adobe (Photoshop and other creative software) is a plus
- Industry experience is a plus
- Video production proficiency is a plus
- German language is a plus

- Exhibit high level of energy and enthusiasm
- Willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done right
- Self-starter, motivated, confident and has ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment

Education Requirement: A minimum of a Bachelor s Degree in Communication or related field and 4-5 years of marketing communication experience are required. Experience supporting a technical product in an industrial environment is preferred. The equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, customer orientation and creativity as well as a holistic understanding of the marketing process. Must have proven ability to manage diverse projects and priorities; exhibit a high level of motivation, initiative, and attention to detail. Must be able to travel up to 25%.

Language Requirement: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and government officials. Ability to effectively communicate (orally and in writing) with all levels within the organization. Excellent interpersonal skills and cross-cultural understanding required.


Scheduled Work Days: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8am-5pm
Pay Rate Range: Based on experience
Testing Requirements: Assessment required
Special Dress Attire: Business Casual
Description of the Work Environment Office environment
Lifting Requirement: Up to 20lbs

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.

Award Staffing, Inc. Is a Drug Free Workplace/ EEO employer M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Interested candidates, please contact: Award Staffing Text or call: 952-888-8600 Email: apsjobs@awardstaffing.Com


Friday, November 17, 2017

McKnight Foundation - Multimedia Storyteller



Background:
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in 2016. For more information, visit www.mcknight.org.

Designated as a Great Place to Work® for its high-trust, high-performance workplace culture, 100% of McKnight employees say they’re proud to work here. Employees love our mission and the chance to take on meaningful, creative work alongside caring, talented colleagues in a beautiful location with great benefits. In addition, McKnight has been recognized as one of the nation’s best workplaces for women and one of the nation’s best small workplaces.

Position Purpose:
The newly created multimedia storyteller reports to the communications director. The position creates or oversees the development of varied digital content types and message channels to promote McKnight’s credible influence, share insights from our staff, and offer transparency and clarity about our goals and activities.
This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, versatile, digitally-savvy storyteller to design and create web and social media-friendly multimedia content to advance critical ideas and insights. 

Key Areas of Responsibilities:
  • Create original multimedia content to achieve mission and program objectives:
    • Produce social media cards, infographics, animated slide shows, gifs, illustrations, podcasts, videos, webinars, and other visual/audio content to enhance Foundation communications.
    • Make recommendations about creative content strategies to support overall Foundation priorities and activities.
    • Collaborate closely with program teams to lead content creation relevant to specific program goals.
    • Oversee development of multimedia micro-content to share the Foundation’s work, such as research reports, blog posts, staff events, grantee achievements, and organizational announcements, and special projects.
    • Write engaging copy for a variety of digital formats, such as e-newsletters, web content, and social media posts.
    • Edit blog posts, board book memos, and other copy for increased clarity.
  • Oversee McKnight’s social media presence.
o    Serve as a thoughtful steward of the voice of the Foundation in tone and purpose.
o    Manage editorial content schedule for day-to-day institutional accounts.
o    Monitor for conversations about McKnight or its grantees and engage as appropriate.
o    Seize opportunities to repurpose and promote evergreen content as well as inject our ideas and stories to trending topics and other people’s conversations.
o    Work in partnership with the digital engagement officer to develop and track paid 
digital ad campaigns.
  • Provide project management and administrative support to the team.
  • Manage a digital photo library as the collection grows.
  • Back up the Digital Engagement Officer on web maintenance and support other communications projects as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent analytical, writing, editing and visual storytelling skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Hootsuite, and other digital content creation platforms.
  • Fluency and comfort with content creation for all the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) plus an interest in emerging platforms.
  • Ability to craft compelling and concise messages with a keen understanding of audience needs.
  • Some background in message framing, cognitive research, and social media audience targeting a bonus.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects at once.
  • Organization, time management, and strong problem-solving skills.
Required Education and Experience:
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements, the ideal candidate for this position will also possess a Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience and training. Additionally, 5-7 years relevant professional work experience in multi-media journalism, content marketing, or digital communications strongly preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
  • Work is normally performed in an office work environment.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds is required.
  • Bending, reaching, and lifting over head is required.
  • Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends are required.
  • Some travel outside of office is required.

Apply via The McKnight Foundation website
Priority consideration will be given to candidates who submit materials by Dec. 5, 2017.
In your cover letter, please provide links to recent samples of your multi-media or social media work.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

BeTheMatch - Public Relation Intern

Description


The public relations intern will work primarily with marketing staff focused on raising awareness of the Be The Match brand and key organization focus areas through message development, content strategy, thought leadership, influencer relations and media relations. The person in this role will be assigned projects and mentors to help him or her gain a better understanding of communications best practices, standards of performance and office culture. This is a hands-on internship that will provide the opportunity to make valuable contributions to our life saving work.
 

Qualifications


Minimum Education:
Currently enrolled in a marketing/public relations-focused Bachelor’s degree program at a college or university. Completed at least two years of relevant coursework.

Minimum Experience:
One previous internship preferred. 

Key Knowledge:
None

Key Skills:
Strong time management skills. A passion for staying on top of trends in marketing and communications. Attention to detail, as well as strong written and verbal communications skills. Understanding of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet search applications.  

Other Requirements:
None
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mall of America - PR Fashion Internship


PR Fashion Internship  #2374
Bloomington, MN
Position Type
Part-time
Functional Group
Public Relations
Job Description
PURPOSE: Responsible for assisting the Public Relations department in promoting Mall of America and working closely with the Mall of America Trend Specialist + Fashion PR program. Candidates should have strong interest in fashion and style as well as strong writing and communication skills. Experience in fashion, trends and retail is preferred. Must be able to confidently work and communicate clearly with a variety of personalities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Work closely with the Mall of America trend specialist to style featured outfits for media segments.
  • Work closely with Mall retailers to pull and return merchandise for media segments
  • Escort trend specialist to local TV and radio stations for media interviews and segments
  • Securely transport materials needed for media interviews and segments from the Mall of America (or another specified site) to various locations in the Twin Cities metro area
  • Research and advise Mall of America on upcoming fashion and entertainment trends for media segments and Mall of America blog
  • Assist with media segment planning
  • Book models for media segments
  • Assist in coordinating and writing blog posts for Mall of America blog
  • Maintain the safety and cleanliness of the facility
  • Answer guest's questions and provide assistance when needed
  • Escort media crews throughout Mall of America
  • Assist Mall of America public relations department in any other areas of need
 PREFERRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
  • Strong interest in fashion, trends and pop culture
  • Pursuing a degree in public relations, journalism or fashion
  • Extraordinary verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of computer and word processing applications
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Assertive with a "can do" attitude and able to work independently as well as be a team player
 Apply now.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Department of the Army - PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST

Duties

Summary

MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD:

This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters - State, Personal Staff, Public Affairs Office (PAO). The primary purpose of the position is to collect, assemble, prepare and disseminate information concerning the various activities of the state's NG.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

UNIT: Public Affairs Office, NGMN-PA, TACC, Cottage Grove, MN

LOCATION: Cottage Grove, MN

SELECTING OFFICIAL: CPT Holly E. Rockow, (651) 282-4440

This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible MOS in the Minnesota Army National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an Excepted Service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment. For enlistment/appointment criteria, consult www.nationalguard.com

**Upon selection, individuals will undergo a background check to validate suitability for employment with the federal government as permitted by law, regulation, Presidential order or other authority. Suitability is dependent upon the particular requirements for security clearance, sensitivity level, and DOD IT network access. Items checked include, but are not limited to all criminal history record information, employment history, education and fiscal accountability/responsibility.**
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities


A Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-09, Develops news releases and feature articles describing Guard sponsored activities or events, presentation ceremonies, etc. Distributes these to local and national print and broadcast media representatives. Responds orally and in writing to requests for information from Guard members, member associations, external audiences or special interest groups. Determines the sensitivity of data requested and if data is determined to be sensitive or controversial. Coordinates data release with a senior Public Affairs (PA) Specialist. Evaluates local media programming on NG events, activities or communication campaigns to identify potential public relation issues with message content or format. Once identified, advises management on potential cause of the problem and forwards suggestions for resolving them. Gathers data on public reaction to communication campaigns for analyses and evaluation. When the evaluation is completed, draws the appropriate conclusions and from these develops and submits recommendations to the PAO for improving the campaign's appeal to the general public or target audience. Prepares and disseminates news releases and feature articles to the media for print. Selects and incorporates photographs, film footage, etc., into the release or article to visually enhance the message with viewers. Consults with the pertinent program specialist to obtain the latest information for use in news releases, radio spots, print articles, meetings and electronic broadcasts. Develops semi-technical written materials to educate a specific audience on the nature and purpose of the NG's programs, policies and practices. Develops positive working relationships with state and local government personnel, community or special interest groups or individuals desiring input on state level NG policy, practices or programs. Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required
Supervisory status
No 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST

Monday, November 13, 2017

FLM - Public Relations Writer

Job Purpose:
FLM Harvest is a hybrid strategic consulting, marketing and communications company that specializes in agriculture and life and environmental sciences to improve the lives and health of plants, animals, people and communities. FLM Harvest subscribes to a client-centric, matrix structure where teamwork and collaboration is strongly emphasized. The public relations writer supports client teams in the areas of strategic public relations planning; community relations and events; media relations and events and issues management for the purpose of communicating client key messages to target audiences.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • With a passionate understanding and commitment of Wide Open Thinking, World Class Work and Far Reaching Results, The AMB supports the day-to-day planning and execution of media plans for clients.
  • Provides organizational and back-up support and materials to the media planning team to aide in an efficient and timely process for media planning:
  • Meets with assigned client teams for scheduled status meetings, input and kick off meetings
  • Communicates with media representatives to request updated media kits, audits, circulation analysis and proprietary research and to investigate opportunities
  • Writes and delivers request for proposals (RFPs), media opportunity Point of Views (POVs)
  • Compiles media information and develops media plan documentation/back-up including media cost spreadsheets, budget reports, rationale, coverage maps, media planning parameters and supporting documentation
  • Creates and maintains media calendars with all appropriate rate and placement information
  • Participates in managing media plan execution by developing approved media authorizations to provide to the client team leads to input media orders in Workamajig
  • Reviews and cross references insertion orders for accuracy
  • Monitors placements for color and placement accuracy prior to invoice payment and resolves invoice issues
  • Develops presentations and reports
  • Maintains an updated and thorough media magazine and e-newsletter library
  • Analyzes and provides measurement of media campaigns
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills/Capabilities:
The position requires the ability to demonstrate the following practices:
  • Knowledge of basic mathematical equations and skill in data analysis
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals from all areas of the industry
  • Broad knowledge of various advertising media strategies
  • Must work well under pressure and be able to manage multiple deadlines
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational, time management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to take direction well and follow established procedures
  • Self-motivated and reliable
Education and Experience
  • B.S. in Public Relations, Ag business, marketing, journalism, communications and/or related field is required
  • 3-5 years of Agricultural PR experience required
  • Prior experience in advertising, marketing or comparable industry is preferred
  • Experience with North American crop input organizations such as seed, crop protection, equipment etc. preferred
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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Thrivent Finincial - Social Media Specialist-1

Summary

 As a social media specialist, you will be part of a team that creates and executes Thrivent’s enterprise social media strategy. In this role, you will help develop social media campaigns for the enterprise. You will also partner with business units to ensure Thrivent’ social media guidelines are followed in order to enhance and protect the reputation of the organization and its affiliates. The position will report to the Director of External Relations within the Corporate Affairs function at Thrivent.
         

Job Description

          
What you get to do:
  • Develop and implement social media campaigns and advertising.
  • Write and edit social media posts for various social media channels.
  • Develop posting calendars for social media sites, sharing relevant information with Thrivent’s various business units.
  • Develop monitoring processes and tool configurations to evaluate and report the effectiveness of social media strategies.
  • Advise internal business partners on social media best practices.
  • Monitor social media platforms for mentions of Thrivent that may impact reputation, programs and activities.
  • Draft and coordinate social media responses to ensure Thrivent members and other have a positive experience with the organization through social media.
Traits we value:
  • Curiosity – You ask thoughtful questions and seek to learn.
  • Creativity – You bring energy and interest to a sometimes technical field.
  • Persuasion - You have the ability to influence others without authority.
  • Communication – You bring superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment – You are motivated and disciplined, able to meet strict deadlines.
  • Judgement – You discern potential issues and exercise good judgement to make decisions.
Requirements – must haves:
  • 2+ year of successful social media platform management experience.
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms; familiarity of business communications use of platforms.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or business.
  • Experience translating complex subjects into consumer-friendly social media posts.
  • Experience working with data sets, developing queries, configuring systems to produce insights and results.
  • Experience with advertising as it relates to social media. 
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent prioritization and multi-tasking in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
  • Creative production skills, such as Adobe CS.
Nice to have:
  • Financial services industry experience.
  • Experience working in both a corporate and agency setting.
  • Knowledge of working with digital media.
              Apply now.

Target - LEAD, CORPORATE PUBLIC RELATIONS PR Manager

Description:
JOIN US AS A LEAD, CORPORATE PUBLIC RELATIONS
Similar Industry Titles and Key Words: PR Manager, Account Manager, Account Director
About This Opportunity
Help shape one of the world’s strongest brands. Develop innovative, eye-catching campaigns that increase brand awareness, solidify guest loyalty and, ultimately, drive sales. You'll partner with internal and external teams to deliver on our Expect More. Pay Less. brand promise.
Responsible for supporting the development and implementation of comprehensive communication strategies designed to positively influence Target business outcomes and shape our corporate reputation.
Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.  As a Lead, Public Relations, you’ll …
  • Provide communications and public relations strategy, planning, execution and counsel in support of Target’s strategic store growth, including but not limited to store openings, remodels, small-format strategy, localization and investments in team
  • Manage day-to-day media contact and serve as company spokesperson on a variety of topics
  • Partner with team leadership to develop and execute communication plans
  • Support senior leadership’s communications efforts, internally and externally
  • Develop content for multiple internal and external communication vehicles
  • Measure and evaluate effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Manage the development of highly sensitive business information as necessary
  • Partner with peers/leaders to ensure consistent use of best practices
Requirements
  • Minimum 7 years practical experience in communications field
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Significant media relations experience
  • Comfort providing counsel to senior level leaders  
  • Some travel may be required
  • Ability to respond to media requests and needs after hours and on weekends as needed
  • Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills
  •