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Monday, November 27, 2006

Public Relations Coordinator -- Marvin Windows and Doors

Title: Public Relations Coordinator -- Marvin Windows and Doors, Integrity Windows and Doors, and Infinity Replacement Windows

Department: Marketing

Reports To: John Kirchner, Public Relations Manager

Position Overview: The Public Relations Coordinator will assist the Public Relations Manager in positioning Marvin Windows and Doors, Integrity Windows and Doors and Infinity Replacement Windows as the premier editorial resource for the trade and consumer media. Key responsibilities involve supporting the Public Relations Manager in managing, protecting and promoting the reputation of the Marvin Companies with external and internal audiences.

Contact Information:
Marvin Windows and Doors
2020 Silver Bell Drive, Ste. #15
Eagan, MN 55122

Contact: Kellie -- HR
Fax: 218-386-4204
Co. Career Webpage:

Job Description:
  • Build/Maintain relationships with trade and consumer media
  • Field incoming media inquiries and fulfill requests for company or product information, images, interviews, etc.
  • Craft and pitch creative, innovative story angles to generate editorial exposure
  • Research, write and edit public relations communication tools, including: press releases, fact sheets, case studies, product descriptions, and bios
  • Coordinate press release distribution
  • Maintain online media database
  • Track media coverage
  • Manage trade and consumer editorial calendars
  • Identify and leverage promotional home opportunities
  • Evaluate and recommend promotional home opportunities
  • Coordinate marketing efforts to ensure brand visibility/ROI
  • Oversee accurate, on-time product ordering and delivery
  • Generate media interest to drive traffic and visibility to projects
  • Assist in planning and implementation of special corporate events/IBS
  • Provide writing support for pre-and post-event communications
  • Attend trade shows and other marketing events to assist with media interviews, product demonstrations, etc.
  • Coordinate event logistics, including: catering, audio/visual, transportation, equipment rental, set-up and take-down.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and implementing the Marvin Companies’ Internal communications programs.
  • Edit Cross Grain
  • Issue Internal Media Alerts
  • Support quarterly meeting event logistics and programming if needed
  • Distribute company-wide communications such as memos or emails
  • Assist PR Manager in corporate and executive communication tasks, including:
  • Executive presentation support
  • Letter writing
  • Copy writing and editing support
  • Crisis Communications
  • Writing talking points or key messages
  • Support product launches to gain significant media exposure
  • Develop comprehensive PR plan
  • Write press materials
  • Pitch product to trade and consumer media
  • Track media coverage during and after the launch period
  • Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Weber Shandwick - Account Supervisor, Healthcare

    Weber Shandwick is seeking a Account Supervisor for its Healthcare division. Account Supervisor candidates should have a minimum of 6 years of experience and possess excellent writing skills. Prior Healthcare experience in an agency or in-house communications department is desirable. Candidates should have experience working with both national and trade media. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with everything from writing high-profile news releases and pitching/placing stories to strategic media planning, product launches, events, satellite media tours, etc. Must be a motivated team player with a strong client focus, and ability to supervise and mentor junior team members.

  • Account Supervisors manage multiple accounts while building their proficiency and the necessary skills needed to lead and manage teams. Account Supervisors provide tactical counsel to clients, and manage the appropriate implementation on a variety of projects in a timely, deadline-focused basis. The Account Supervisor is the first level of management within the agency. AS will serve as daily client contact, helping client to develop strategies and key messaging
  • AS will supervise media and analyst relations
  • Requirements:
  • 5 -7 years related professional PR experience, preferably in Healthcare industry
  • Prior supervisory experience required
  • Bachelor's degree
  • For immediate consideration, apply online at Please attach your resume on the last page of the online application. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    Kohnstamm Communications - Seeks highly motivated team player

    Kohnstamm Communications is an aggressive, award-winning public relations firm that has been recognized within the industry for developing and implementing strategic public relations programs that positively affect our clients’ bottom-line. Our programs focus heavily on local and national media relations and other communications strategies that drive brand awareness for both business and consumer clients.

    Are you a highly motivated team player with success in driving strategy and publicity outreach efforts that generate strong results for clients across a variety of industries? If you are a seasoned individual who can develop and drive regional and national media relations programs for innovative but demanding clients, we want to talk with you. We will consider candidates with a range of experience, minimum 2-4 years, dominated by media relations work in an agency or corporate environment. Those individuals with concentrated PR experience working with food/bev reporters in national consumer publications and broadcast, and/or business and trade reporters in the legal, finance or healthcare industries are of particular interest. Strong writing and and an ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines a must. We offer a competitive salary, parking, and excellent benefits in a casual downtown work environment that is a lot of fun and offers tremendous growth potential.

    Kohnstamm Communications is ranked 18th in the current Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal listing of Twin Cities-based PR firms, won Best of Show at the 2003 MN PRSA Classic Awards, and received a rare “Client Seal of Approval” rating from the Holmes Report PR Report Card, which solicits client feedback on agency performance. Go to for more information.

    Please send resume to

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    Roepke Public Relations - Account Executive

    Roepke Public Relations has an immediate opening for an account executive.

    This position requires a minimum of 4 years experience in the public relations agency business. We have an upbeat, stylish office environment and are seeking a team member who is highly polished, professional, passionate, driven and who wants to be a part of a rapidly growing company.

    Required skills and attributes:
  • BA or BS in journalism, public relations, communications or related field.
  • A minimum of 4 years PR agency experience pitching national print and broadcast media.
  • Team oriented, warm, engaging and diplomatic personality.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent client services skills.
  • Ability to multitask, anticipate needs, switch gears and react immediately.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate with energy and confidence.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Bacon’s Media Source.
  • Specific responsibilities include:
  • Craft and edit written press material; including press releases, media alerts, and requests for coverage that adheres to The Associated Press style guidelines.
  • Research and prepare strategically targeted media lists and editorial calendars using tools provided by the company.
  • Develop and maintain working relationship with various sectors of the media; meet tight media and client deadlines.
  • Secure broadcast, print and online editorial coverage for clients of the agency.
  • Prepare and assist clients for all media correspondence and interviews.
  • Handle multiple clients simultaneously, within a variety of sectors.
  • Assist senior account executives and company president.
  • This is not a sales position. Candidates must have public relations experience in an agency setting.

    (2006 grads please do not apply).

    We have a high-energy, collaborative environment with excellent benefits and provide exceptional career growth opportunities for those motivated to excel.
    We value integrity, dependability, entrepreneurial spirit, motivation, character and a positive attitude; in our clients and in our team. Our firm has been recognized and honored for our commitment to community service and a corporate vision that supports volunteer activities.

    Please forward resume and salary requirements to Roepke Public Relations,

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    Ameriprise Financial - Marketing Communications Manager

    At Ameriprise, the Communications Manager will be responsible for leading and developing innovative communications that drive sales with new and existing advisors, distributors, advisors, and clients and increase client and advisor satisfaction. This person will lead and manage key communications that are direct to the advisors, distributors and clients using a number of techniques such as newsletters, the web, banner ads, direct mail, point-of-sale tools, online tools and statements. The manager will create tools that provide a positive experience for our distributors and clients. The manager will also lead the strategy behind the Performance and Fact Sheet system, and bring these key sales tools to a new level of excellence.

    10 years of communications and marketing development experience, solid project management experience, strategic marketing expertise, demonstrated ability to effectively manage relationships with product partners, creative agencies, production and fulfillment vendors, working knowledge of field sales activities, experience conducting and measuring successful marketing campaigns. Communications, marketing and writing experience are a must.

    Preferred qualifications: communications, marketing or related undergraduate degree, familiarity and/or experience in annuities, financial planning, and insurance.

    Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience
    We offer competitive benefits to eligible employees (including medical, dental, and vision plans). We also offer tuition reimbursement, dependent care assistance, domestic partner benefits, 401K and company paid retirement, generous paid time off, legal assistance, and financial planning and more! Ameriprise Financial is an equal opportunity employer.

    Click here to apply now.

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    Zimmerman Group - Assistant Account Executive - Advertising

    The Zimmerman Group has an immediate opening for an ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE. This position reports directly to an Account Supervisor.

    From an experience point-of-view, the ideal candidate will have 1 to 3 years experience working in an advertising and/or promotion agency. Appropriate client-side experience would also be considered.

    The Zimmerman Group works with clients in a broad role, encompassing most areas of marketing: broadcast and print advertising, media planning and execution, promotion, collateral materials, new products, market research,
    packaging and strategic partnerships and licensing.

    We are purposefully a small agency with a close-knit team approach. Our account staff has substantial autonomy to work closely with clients while being supported by a senior management team that averages over 20 years of experience. There's help and support when you need it, but you're free to do as much as you can. Initiative is a necessary trait for success here.

    The Zimmerman Group has been in business for over 20 years and during that time we have worked with a significant number of Fortune 500 clients as well as an interesting mix of local, regional, and pro-bono accounts. We're proud of the fact that the vast majority of current accounts have been clients for over 8 years each. We're also proud of the fact that a number of our current clients have hired us for a second or third time as they have changed careers.

    This position is available because we have recently added two new significant clients. Our current client roster includes three Fortune 100 clients and a wide array of smaller clients. We offer a broad experience that promises to challenge and stretch you. Based upon strong performance the potential for advancement is strong.

    From a personal perspective, the ideal candidate will be someone who:
  • Loves a challenge and likes to learn and grow
  • Is good at developing close relationships and trust with clients, peers and management
  • Enjoys all aspects of marketing, not just advertising and/or promotion
  • Is looking for a long-term career, not just a job
  • Is highly motivated and takes lots of initiative
  • Loves to be part of a team and is a team player
  • Beyond very good medical, dental, 401k and profit sharing benefits, we offer some unique benefits – a view of Lake Minnetonka from your office window and a company boat that's docked in front of our office. We think you'll be able to work especially well sitting in front of the fireplace in the main conference room or sitting on one of the decks that overlook the lake. If you love downtown traffic and parking, this isn't the place for you, but if an Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka location floats your boat, this could be a great fit.

    Our goal is to fill this position as soon as possible. If you think this might be a good fit for you, please send us your resume.

    Address: 21940 Minnetonka Boulevard
    Excelsior,MN 55331
    Fax: 952-470-8807

    Senior Manager - Internal Communications


    Got some big ideas? Join the team that brings the world-famous Target brand to life.


    As a senior manager, you will be responsible for the overall communication of company strategy, with an emphasis on culture, brand and leadership messages.

    See Yourself:

    Strategy, Direction and Brand Management
  • Serving on corporate committees and task forces for new initiatives
  • Being responsible for internal brand management
  • Delivering effective, timely feedback to team, stakeholders and vendors
  • Assisting specialist in the development and implementation plans and addressing obstacles to the execution of those plans
  • Controlling progress to goals and objectives through regular status reporting
  • Seeking opportunities to improve and enhance current processes
  • Controlling expenses within budget and reporting potential variances
  • Client Support
  • Developing communication strategies to support business objectives
  • Managing senior leadership messaging strategies and speechwriting needs
  • Prioritizing client requests, issues and adjustments to appropriately reflect business needs
  • Understanding and managing client's expectations to ensure client service satisfaction by meeting needs and requests in a complete and timely manner
  • Representing business area as a business communication consultant
  • Staff Management and Development
  • Supervising team of senior specialists/specialists/coordinator/administrative assistant
  • Providing leadership, coaching, motivation and assistance to team members to ensure teamwork and high performance in the accomplishments of all responsibilities and projects
  • Developing and administering performance appraisals
  • Hiring and training new staff
  • Recommending wage and promotion actions
  • Being responsible for the performance management of senior specialists and their direct reports
  • Administering counseling and corrective action if needed
  • Participating in succession planning and follow-up activities to develop staff
  • Adhering to company diversity efforts
  • Mentoring high potential team members
  • Actively participating in the annual goal planning process for the department
  • Initiating, defining and implementing changes to standards and procedures
  • Reviewing and approving implementation of new programs to improve quality and productivity
  • Developing and recommending operating budgets for personnel, training, supplies, equipment, travel and outside services necessary for effective operation of the team
  • Job Requirements

    Minimum Requirements:
  • Four year degree in Communications, Journalism, Advertising, English or Public Relations
  • Two years supervisory experience
  • Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and strategic thinking skills to understand and anticipate the impact and opportunities across multiple teams
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Desired Requirements:
  • Target Corporation and/or retail knowledge
  • Previous management experience
  • Minimal travel required for most positions
  • Apply now, click here.

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