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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cargill - Communications Specialist

Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of

ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With nearly 150 years of experience

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 143,000 employees

in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at www.cargill.com

.Description

This role works with the leadership team of Cargill’s Law Department to develop and implement a communications strategy for the legal job family that will help the function deliver on its objectives and advance the company’s overall goals. The intranet is a critical tool in the Law Department’s communication strategy. As such, the communication specialist must be a strong writer, strategist, collaborator and project manager who knows how to use communications to drive business outcomes, They must also have strong emphasis on developing and maintaining intranet sites in support of Law’s communication strategy. The position is part of Cargill’s Corporate Affairs team but is embedded within the Law function to ensure proximity to leaders and content that is essential to being successful in this role.

Responsibilities:
25% Collaborate with Law Leadership to create and implement comprehensive and integrated communication tools and messages which support the organization's strategy, business and employee engagement goals. Provide support in preparing and executing internal communications such as the development of presentations, talking points and Q&As.

30% Site strategy & management. Work with Law, Corporate Affairs and IT colleagues to implement Law’s strategies through its intranet sites. Develop new sites, sections and pages. Create page designs and sitemaps/wireframes. Direct the work of technical teams for more complex site enhancements, new functionality, and platform decisions. Ensure appropriate security is in place and sites are actively managed by content owners.

40% Content creation and site maintenance: Responsible for routine postings and content updates to the Law Department’s HTML and Sharepoint intranet sites. Write content and assist with locating, creating and deploying graphic and multimedia content for use on the intranet and other channels. Ensure consistency in style, tone, relevance and quality.

5% Measure communications plan effectiveness, develop action plans from measurements, partner with stakeholders to determine actions based on measurements. Liaise with Global IT and Corporate Affairs

Qualifications


Required:
Bachelor's degree in relevant field (e.g. Communications, Marketing, Journalism)

3+ years’ experience in internal communications, developing plans, channels, tools and messaging

3+ years’ experience with web maintenance, production, and/or content strategy

Working knowledge of HTML/CSS

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong consulting skills to effectively work with stakeholders to develop creative, innovate solutions

Demonstrated ability to effectively manage project and possess project management skills

Demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage expectations of stakeholders at all levels in the organization

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills combined with good written and verbal communications skills

Demonstrated ability to stay organized and meet deadlines in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment

Motivated, self-starter who thrives working with a high-performing team and has the ability to manage changing priorities

Demonstrated personal leadership abilities to work effectively as a team member, as well as independently

Ability to appropriately handle confidential, sensitive information

Preferred:
Experience leading change efforts characterized by effective communications, strong partnership with leadership and strong engagement with other employees and technology end users

Experience managing intranets

Experience working with a global audience

Experience using Dreamweaver

Experience using image editing software, such as Adobe CS, Photoshop Elements

Advanced HTML and Javascript programming

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fairview Health Services - Director Communications

Join our team in providing and supporting exceptional care.

Fairview Health Services is an award-winning nonprofit health care system with more than 21,000 employees and 2,300 aligned physicians. Based in Minneapolis, we provide exceptional, coordinated health care-from preventing illness and injury to caring for the most complex medical conditions.

Passionate, innovative, talented employees are essential to our future as we seek to improve the health of the communities we serve.

The Director of Communications provides strategic leadership in the creation and implementation of integrated communication programs that advance the Fairview brand and achieve defined organizational business objectives. This position directs both internal and external communication efforts and leads an interdisciplinary team to ensure strategic messaging effectiveness and efficiency of communication channels. Content strategy is focused on helping all internal (employees, physicians, board, etc) and external (general public, civic/religious organizations, legislators, donors, etc) stakeholders understand the value of the Fairview brand and business strategy. Internally, by creating alignment and building pride, ownership and trust in the organization, this position contributes to our business objectives of improving employee, physician and ultimately customer satisfaction and engagement. Externally, through third party recognition (generated through earned media, executive visibility, issue management) this position contributes to our ability to strategically grow by elevating community awareness and preference of Fairview. The Director works at the direction of the Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs and in partnership with Fairview senior leadership to develop insights, strategies, communications plans and evaluation measurements for all work, managing strategic vision and tactical excellence.

Job Qualifications:
Qualifications

Master's degree in communications or related field

10 years experience in strategic/corporate communications, public affairs, media relations or a related field

Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment is critical to success in this role

Preferred

Experience working in health care and a large, 10,000+ employee organization

Previous experience counseling executive leaders and managing staff

Are you ready to transform healthcare with us?

For more than 100 years, Fairview has been meeting community needs and achieving breakthrough medical advances in care. We are committed to delivering great value for our patients-higher quality, better experience and lower cost. Fairview has seven hospitals and medical centers and more than 90 primary and specialty care clinics throughout the state.

In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview is an academic health system committed to nation-leading research and educating tomorrow's physicians and health care professionals. We serve patients from across the state of Minnesota, the upper Midwest and beyond.

True to our values of dignity, integrity, service and compassion, our employees provide exceptional care to each patient, every day. Consider being part of our team today. 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Metropolitan Council - Manager of Public Relations


The Manager of Public Relations is responsible for maintaining, protecting and enhancing Metro Transit’s reputation among customers, stakeholders, opinion leaders and the public by providing strategic planning surrounding the release of information primarily to the news media. The position serves as the principal voice of Metro Transit in delivering public statements that are accurate, fully researched, balanced, forthright and placed in a context that provides the public, stakeholders and the media with the information they need to properly and positively assess the agency’s performance, services and programs. The position also supports employee communications efforts that build morale, esprit de corps and portray Metro Transit as great place to work.

Metro Transit is the largest provider of transit service in the seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's fastest growing transit systems We operate bus and rail service essential to the region's mobility, and provide resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting. Metro Transit helps people get to where they're going, makes a dent in the region's ever-growing congestion, and promotes a cleaner environment.

Examples of Duties:

  • Act as Metro Transit’s primary spokesperson with the news media by responding to media inquiries with accuracy and candor to create trust and ensure balanced, fair reporting.
  • Create positive relationships with key journalists, stakeholders and decision makers through professional contacts so that they know Metro Transit’s mission and can comment on the agency accurately and favorably.
  • Work proactively with the media by proposing stories that advance a positive understanding of Metro Transit.
  • Align Metro Transit’s communications agenda and messages with those of the Metropolitan Council by interacting effectively with the Council’s public affairs/media staff to ensure consistency and coordination.
  • Coach and counsel Metro Transit’s senior leaders on their messages and communications style in dealing with the media and other opinion leaders by developing talking points, rehearsing responses and anticipating questions so that Metro Transit’s reputation is enhanced by each interaction.
  • Draft the General Manager’s weekly column and other articles for the employee newsletter in a way that effectively captures the General Manager’s perceptions and comments on key topics so that all employees can benefit
  • Prepare weekly Talking Points for managers and supervisors so they deliver to their workers consistent messages and information during staff meetings, operator room visits and toolbox talks.
  • Develop Powerpoint presentations as needed for tours, meetings, and senior staff.
  • Act as the official Data Practices Request agent for Metro Transit.
  • Ensure employee communications align with Metro Transit's mission, guiding principles, brand promise and key brand messages so employee are properly grounded and enthusiastic about their roles in the organization
  • Write and edit executive correspondence, reports and speeches using consistent and common language to ensure Metro Transit is viewed as friendly, approachable and professional.
  • Monitor coverage of Metro Transit in the news media and other public communications channels (blogs, Twitter, Facebook) so that senior leaders are alert to community perceptions of the agency; develop responses and reactions, as needed, to ensure Metro Transit is treated accurately and fairly.
  • Represent Metro Transit at a variety of meetings such as regional chambers of commerce, Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District so that Metro Transit’s views are expressed effectively to key community leaders.
  • In concert with the director of customer services and marketing, develop proactive strategies to present the benefits that transit brings to the region in terms of mobility, congestion mitigation, development/redevelopment and economic health.
  • Support and develop initiatives that use technology (website, mobile website, blog, , Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to improve communications with transit customers and other stakeholders. Working closely with others in the Customer Services and Marketing Division, ensure the quality, tone and accuracy of customer communications remain high. Review communications channels for effectiveness by analyzing statistics and survey data and proactively identify new opportunities and strategies. Maintain an active role contributing to Metro Transit’s web core team.
  • Supervises the Public Relations Specialist position.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Journalism or related field.

Experience: At least five years of related public relations experience including writing for multiple audiences, news media, customers communications, social media, speeches and reports. Two (2) of 5 years of experience must include supervisory experience

Equivalency: (9) years of related education and experience may be substitute on a year to year basis, e.g. additional years of progressively responsible experience or Master’s degree (MA) degree may substitute for on a year for year basis.

Computer Skills : Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Desirable Qualification: Experience with public speaking, social media, business/community organizations and coordinating media responses with other government agencies.

Knowledge, Skill and abilities:


  • Knowledge of the Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit policies and procedures and practices
  • Knowledge of Metro Transit's mission, guiding principles, operations, customer service and fare rules, program initiatives.
  • Knowledge of Federal regulations and state laws governing the provision of transit service.
  • Through knowledge of news media practices and understanding of local media.
  • Understanding of local government, community organizations, opinion leaders and key stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of customer communications technology and practices and ongoing awareness of potential new tools, products and services to improve customer communications.
  • Writing for multiple audiences, including the news media, customers, speeches, reports, understanding that some writing is typically for others so it must reflect their communication style.
  • Public Speaking, presenting Metro Transit's policies, programs and decision actions in a manner that enhances the agency's reputation.

Supplemental Information:

Union : Non-Representative Grade I
FLSA Status : Exempt

Safety Sensitive : No

Work Environment : Position works in an office environment. Ability to work non-standard hours, be required to change scheduled days off and assignments on short notice. Some travel to other facilities is required. Up to one third of the time this position works near moving parts or equipment, exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and moderate noise.

Physical Requirements : Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, speak, hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment, must have adequate close vision for reading and computer work.

Assessment Process:
Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration based on the results of the following assessment process:
  • Training and Experience rating
  • Oral Exam/Selection Interview
Note: All employment offers are conditional upon review and verification of education and employment, as well as passing a pre-employment or transfer drug screen and/or physical.

Offers are also conditional upon passing a criminal background check. Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are: safety sensitive, supervisory/managerial, are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources, or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, or transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause you to be barred from employment or removed from employment.

To check the status of your application through the recruitment process, please visit the following website https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_login.cfm

Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

The responsibilities listed are typical of the positions included in the job classification; however, not all duties are necessarily performed by each specific position or incumbent. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position. Regular attendance is an essential responsibility.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Volunteer Director of Public Relations - HOBY



Needed: Volunteer to be the Director of Public Relations for non-profit Minnesota Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Organization

Overview:
Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership is an international youth leadership organization that works towards empowering high school sophomores.  HOBY Minnesota is the state-run entity that works towards promoting this HOBY International goal of empowering these students in their communities through volunteer service.  HOBY Minnesota is in the need for someone to build a strong public outreach base that will help build a strong relationship with Minnesota schools, potential Minnesota donors, and the Minnesota general public. 

Requirements: 
-Must be 21 years of age
-Must have some background in public relations, marketing, advertising, or other related field 
Or
-Must be studying public relations, marketing, advertising, or other related field

Dates of Position:
August 2014 through June 30th, 2015, or longer if you choose to volunteer for another year

 Position Description:
-Overseeing all forms of outreach to the public including, but not limited to, social media, monthly newsletters, TV, radio, and newspapers
-Overseeing the Social Media Coordinator and other coordinating positions that fall under the realm of public relations
-Creating a HOBY Minnesota brand that is universal across all outreach platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
-Coming up with a long-term public outreach plan for the HOBY Minnesota Organization
-Finding new ways to effectively advertise the HOBY Minnesota Brand
-Working with the HOBY Minnesota Corporate Board, Leadership Seminar Team, Director of Fundraising, Director of Recruitment, and other HOBY Minnesota teams, as a bridge between HOBY Minnesota and the public
-Keeping the www.hobyminnesota.org webpage up to date with pictures and events
-Being sufficiently versed in purpose of HOBY Minnesota
-Requires approximately 10-15 hours of work per month, and requires being available for a 1 to 2 hour meeting once per month.

For further information about this volunteer role and HOBY MN, contact HOBY Board member Steve Jewell, VP Membership Outreach: Steve.jewell52@gmail.com or cell: 612-360-7192.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VEE Corporation - Publicity Intern

VEE Corporation, one of the nation’s premier producers of family entertainment including “Sesame Street Live” touring companies, is seeking a Publicity Intern to join our talented and creative group in Minneapolis, MN.

Primary Objective:
To administratively assist and support thePublicity Team in all aspects of publicity and communications of VEE Corporation.

Major Areas of Accountability:
Press release/media alert preparation
Publicity form preparation including driving directions
Publicity Summaries
Media Lists
TVEyes clips (editing/saving/tracking)
Media ticket requests
Local market research – unique events, publicity opportunities, etc
Social media research - #TuesdayTips, #ThrowbackThursday, etc

Performance Criteria:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Positive “can do” attitude -- even under pressure
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
Meticulous attention to detail and disciplined follow-through
Creative and detail oriented

Requirements:
Must be working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Public Relations or similar field.  Strong knowledge of MicrosoftOffice, Social Media outlets including Facebook and Twitter.  Experience with Cision is ideal but not required.

VEE Corporation is seeking part-time interns for the summer/fall to work 15 – 20 hours per week.  An hourly rate will be offered to an exceptional candidate.

Please send cover letter and resume to baretz@vee.com or mail to:
VEE Corporation – Human Resources
800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 1750
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Global Communications – Cargill Animal Nutrition - Internship

Internship Description
As a member of Cargill Animal Nutrition’s (CAN) global communications team, the communications intern will execute against employee engagement and brand management communications objectives. In this role, he/she will provide support and  project management for CAN’s bi-annual Leadership Summit, an event that will bring together 350 CAN employees—at different levels in the organization and from all over the globe to:
•             Build alignment and commitment to the platform’s strategy CAN2020
•             Celebrate our many successes and honor our Business of the Year finalists and winners
•             Deepen understanding about our business, the markets we operate in, and the customers we serve
•             Strengthen connections across the platform
•             Share information learned with teams at home
•             Have fun
This event will also include a virtual component for nearly 200 attendees.
He or she will also support the communications team to execute ongoing internal and external programs.
Required Qualifications:
·         A 30 hour per week commitment through Oct. 1;
·         Strong writing and verbal communications skills;
·         The ability to manage multiple projects concurrently;
·         Pursuing or has earned a degree in Communications, Journalism or Business.
·         Strong interest in enhancing proven writing and editing skills.
·         Strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills.
·         Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third–party employer.
Preferred Qualifications:
·         Overall 3.0 GPA preferred.
·          Strong curiosity and desire to learn.
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·          Familiarity with AP style.

To apply e-mail your resume to niki_larson@cargill.com.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Maple Grove Hospital - Marketing & Communications Specialist


  • Experience in communications, marketing and/or event planning; health care experience is preferred but not required.
  • Applied knowledge of social media initiatives and practices preferred.
  • Detail oriented and have effective communication, planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to express ideas and information (written and oral form).
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict in a positive manner. Has an awareness of, responds to, and considers the needs, feelings and capabilities of others.
  • Ability to be accountable for quality customer service and respond appropriately to a variety of personalities and situations.
  • Ability to take initiative, be self-motivated and an independent, accountable, dependable performer.
  • Superior problem-solving skills and experience with a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Solid PC skills including MS applications, Internet, Intranet, etc.
  • Effective planning, organizational and detail-oriented skills.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak effectively in English
Education Required:
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business or related field. Experience may be substituted for part of educational qualifications as appropriate.

Job Description:
To create and execute well organized marketing and communications programs for Maple Grove Hospital, that include (but limited to): events (internal/external), web initiatives (website/Intranet), social media, media relations and other assigned duties.

1.Organize and coordinate projects, events, meetings and other marketing/communications related initiatives.
2.Assist with organizing internal/external events, including registrations, programs/promotional items and marketing the events.
3.Provide onsite expertise and coordination at meetings and events (internal/external).
4.Actively participate in all committees and professional organizations that contribute to the role and personal/professional development.
5.Provides timely, effective and respectful exchange of information (written/verbal) and ideas. Communicates effectively as part of the hospital leadership team. Acts as the communication link between management, staff and outside agencies as needed.
6.Acts as a role model and leader in demonstrating the values of the organization.
7.Recognizes and complies with legal and procedural requirements related to areas of responsibility.
8.Protects patient/employee privacy and only accesses patient/employee related information as needed to perform job duties.
9.Reports violations or areas of concern to supervisor or other members of hospital leadership via established methods of communication.

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