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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Veterans Affairs Dept - INFORMATION OFFICER 3

Job Description:

This position is responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of a comprehensive communications and public relations program that will enhance the image and position of the MN Department of Veterans Affairs within the state.

Job Duties:
  • Research and create content for all public education and informational materials for the Department.

  • Assists with special events and communication events as assigned.

  • Prepares and edits news releases which may be of vital public concern.

  • Memorializes Department activities and events with photography.

  • Assists webmaster with web page design.

  • Collaborates with Communications Director in creating, developing and implementing public relations strategy.

  • Writes speeches for Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for public speaking engagements.

  • Develops and implements media internship program.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

    Bachelor's degree in mass communications, journalism, English, or public relations.

    Three years professional experience in writing and editing materials, such as news releases, articles, and marketing materials.

    Experience in Web development and the production of Web content, marketing materials, and collateral material that demonstrates strong writing and editing skills.

    Knowledge of Associated Press journalistic techniques for presenting information to broad audiences.

    Experience with photographic manipulation and the creation of images designed to compliment written communications.

    Experience with design and layout of publications using Desktop publishing software.

    Advanced oral and written communication skills.

    Computer graphics skills and experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software.

    Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

    Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Considerable knowledge of journalistic principles and practices; writing requirements for the press, radio and television or for curriculum and educational materials.

    Time management skills.

    Knowledge of Veterans Programs and veteran's issues.

    Selection Process:

    The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Your resume will be entered into a database. The software program matches your skills with the skills needed to perform the duties of the position. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

    If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.

    How to Apply:

    You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through the online Resume Builder at . You may copy and paste in your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also collects your work preference information so we can match you with future job openings that meet your interests.

    If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Department of Employee Relations (DOER), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and DOER web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-296-2616 or, in greater Minnesota, 1-800-657-3974.

    Contact for More Information:

    Roxie Kronick, 612/721-0672; roxie.kronick@state.mn.us.

    Tuesday, July 29, 2008

    Haberman & Associates - Public Relations Intern

    Position: Public Relations Intern

    Focus:
    This position will primarily focus on projects for consumer clients and/or business-to-business clients. It will also include some administrative duties, such as filing, mailings, answering the phone, etc.

    Responsibilities:
    Your internship will likely involve the following responsibilities:
  • Provide administrative and public relations support to HAI account managers and clients
  • Help manage and support local, regional and national media relations campaigns
  • As appropriate, develop and write media materials, including news releases, case studies,
    calendar alerts, fact sheets, etc.
  • Research, develop and manage media lists, editorial calendar opportunities grids and
    awards databases for clients
  • Help coordinate special events
  • Support Haberman & Associates account executives and office management with
    administrative tasks such as media kit compilation and distribution; media list
    organization; retrieving articles for clients; preparing packages for mailing; research; etc.

  • Experience/Skills Required:
  • 1-2 years of public relations experience, with an emphasis on media relations
  • Consumer and/or business-to-business media relations experience a plus
  • Familiarity with Twin Cities media market a plus
  • Ability to support national public relations campaigns
  • Excellent rapport-building skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, knowledge of current events
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles
  • Healthy sense of humor and out-of-bounds creativity
  • Outstanding writing skills
  • Close attention to detail
  • Ability to generate media relations results on a local scale
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Tremendously organized with outstanding time management skills
  • Deadline: Friday, August 15th
    Hours: 40 hours if available OR 20+ hours, minimum three days per week
    Contact: Amanda Arens, Haberman & Associates, 612-372-6453, amanda@habermaninc.com

    Weber Shandwick looking for entry level candidates

    Weber Shandwick, recognized as 2006 Large PR Firm of the Year by PR News and as “the gold standard” by the Holmes Group in its 2006 Agency Report Card, is a leader in global marketing public relations and corporate communications counseling. Our mission is tied to one goal – winning for our clients. With unparalleled depth and breadth of expertise, the finest talent in the industry and a commitment to delivering measurable results, Weber Shandwick creates what clients need to grow: a legion of believers, supporters, allies and fans. We develop programs designed to move people faster to the highest form of loyalty – advocacy – by mobilizing advocates for our clients early on in the communications process.


    The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for entry-level candidates.

    Qualifications include:
  • Ability to multitask with great attention to detail -- proofreading, grammar, concise client memos and reports
  • The ability to work well in a team environment
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • BS degree in journalism, public relations, communications
  • If interested, submit resume to: www.webershandwick.com.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Boston Scientific - Sr. Public Relations Project Manager

    Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices with revenue of $8.3 billion in 2007. For over 25 years, Boston Scientific has advanced the practice of less-invasive medicine by providing a broad and deep portfolio of innovative products, technologies and services across a wide range of medical specialties. The Company's products help physicians and other medical professionals improve their patients' quality of life by providing alternatives to surgery that minimize risk, cost, trauma, aftercare and procedure time.

    Job Description:

    Initiates, develops and executes strategic public relations plans that are aligned with Marketing, Sales, and Communications and Programs objectives.
    1. Leads the development and execution of strategic public relations plans that support product and franchise and corporate activities; recommends the use of appropriate media options and tactics. Applies product, clinical and market knowledge throughout the process.

    2. Manages media inquiries, creates media opportunities and identifies media leverage points that help build product awareness and brand while ensuring consistency within the BSC brand.

    3. Champions the development of media key messages and talking points for key tradeshows, scientific meetings, and major activities (e.g. recalls).

    4. Communicates proactively to all levels of management and stakeholders. Champions communications messages throughout the organization. Communicates and educates corporate communications about major divisional activities and messages to garner corporate support.

    5. Fosters strong relationships with key customers and partners, both internal and external. Participates in project teams outside of Communications and Programs. Serves as a liaison and resource for initiatives.

    6. Partners with and manages PR agencies to ensure that initiatives meet objectives. Directs and initiates solutions in support of continuous improvement.

    7. Defines, tracks, and maintains budgets while ensuring cost-saving measures. Participates in the development of department and franchise budgets, adhering to corporate priorities.

    8. Applies finance principles to the development of department and franchise budgets.

    9. Analyzes program impact and metrics for projects and/or launches. Provides recommendations and creates plans for continuous improvement.

    10. Maintains knowledge of public relations industry trends and best-in-class practices as related to responsibilities.
    Qualifications:
    • 5-8 years of Public Relations or Communications experience in Medical Device or Healthcare related field.
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related experience required.
    • Strong writing and editing skills.
    • Travel required.
    Please apply for this position by going to www.bostonscientific.com/careers and click on job search. Please then enter requisition number 26252.

    Tuesday, July 08, 2008

    Dow Water Solutions - Communications Assistant

    Public Affairs - Designed Polymers

    Location-Edina

    As a Communications Assistant, the desired candidate, based in Edina , Minnesota , will support the Brand & Communications Leader for the Water Solutions business portfolio. In this role, the candidate will help manage communications projects, tradeshows/customer events and other administrative details for the Brand & Communications Leader. The candidate will also coordinate team management /Human Resources activities and will help oversee all budget administration for the portfolio. As part of the specialized nature of the role, the candidate will support numerous projects related to product/marketing communications, as well as employee communications for the business portfolio.

    The Communications Assistant will provide support to the Marketing Communications Manager and the global marketing team as needed.

    Examples of the communications activity the candidate will help be involved with, include:
  • Budget/Communications Purchasing — Collect written estimates from agencies on all projects, generate purchase orders, oversee invoices, and manage year-end closing. Interact with various suppliers and agencies to ensure they follow Dow purchasing procedures.

  • General Project Management — Coordinate numerous projects related to internal and external communications across the global business portfolio, such as confidential announcements, presentations, press materials, and events.

  • Trade Shows/Customer Events — Coordination for major customer or industry events, including hotels, customer events arrangements (suites, food, entertainment, gifts, etc.), registration, collecting leads, booth supplies, etc.

  • Sales Promotional Items — Work with suppliers to get samples and estimates, provide logos, place orders, arrange shipping, etc.

  • Literature — Prepare files for the Dow Literature Archive, upload digital files and manage content on the business’ folders in Literature Archive system. Coordinate printing of literature, arrange warehousing, place literature orders and arrange/coordinate mailings.

  • Routings — Initiate and track all routings, then combine/compile edits. Coordinate routings with executives and business leaders. Collect, track and merge edits/revisions. Proofread and check for accurate trademark usage.

  • Mailings — Manage internal and external mailings, including running customer and employee distribution lists, formatting/de-duping lists, selecting and ordering envelopes, making postage arrangements, sending the mailing internally or instructing Dow suppliers on how to send, collecting non-deliverables and updating lists accordingly.
  • To fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal candidate needs to be able to demonstrate initiative, interpersonal effectiveness, learning, teamwork, and mathematical, technology and e-communications skills.

    Qualifications

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:


    High School Diploma is required, prefer a 2 or 4-year degree in business, marketing or communications, and/or 3-5 years of prior experience. Experience on the following systems is helpful, but not required as they can be learned on the job and via training: MS Office & Outlook and Literature Archive (Documentum).


    COMPETENCIES:


    INITIATIVE: Candidate must possess ability to independently manage multiple, deadline-sensitive projects at a time with confidence and professionalism. Results focused, detail oriented, capable for handling complexity and multiple projects and deadlines.

    INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS: Ability to work with outside suppliers and agencies related to purchases and project management. Ability to interact professionally with senior leadership and protect confidentiality related to business and personnel matters. Negotiating skills for discussing time and dollar constraints with internal partners and external suppliers.

    LEARNING: Strong computer skills, willingness to learn new systems and processes.

    TEAMWORK: Able to deal with many kinds of people in a positive, collaborative way, including employees in Research & Development, Technical Support & Development, Marketing and Sales, Finance and Legal/Trademark, Business leadership, Admins supporting these individuals, as well as outside suppliers.

    TECHNOLOGY/E-COMMUNICATIONS: Must be comfortable with learning and using new software and working in a web environment.

    MATHEMATICS: Must be comfortable managing financial info for budgets and cost centers with significant purchasing activity.

    Click here to apply, job number - 0801811

    Monday, July 07, 2008

    BAE Systems - Communications Specialist

    BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded $31.4 billion in 2007.

    BAE Systems Armament Systems (AS) is the leading source of major caliber gun system solutions for the U.S. armed forces, and a key supplier of launching systems for the U.S. Navy. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Armament Systems supports its customers with over 2,000 employees located at production facilities in California, Colorado, Kentucky, and South Dakota, and product support and engineering facilities in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Virginia.

    General Summary

    Plans, executes and manages a variety of media relations and communications activities for BAE Systems' Armament Systems. The Communications Specialist will work as part of the Armament Systems' communications team, but will specialize in promoting programs for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    Performs some combination of the following duties:
  • Manages communications for a major DOD programs. Creates and directs nation-wide public communications program including trade press, print-media, on-line media, radio and television.

  • Manages the performance of sub-contractors performing media relations efforts on the programs behalf, including content, cost and schedule performance.

  • Prepares, conducts or coordinates press releases, interviews and the public release of information.

  • Develops and manages Army Programs communications on the web, both internet and intranet. Manages the technical and creative performance of contractor organizations developing or maintaining the www.cannonartillery.com and www.nloscannon.com.

  • Plans and coordinates execution and implementation of contractual meetings including Government and Program reviews and award fee activities.

  • Researches and produces executive summaries, white papers, PowerPoint briefings, capability statements and news releases.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key defense trade reporters and business reporters.

  • Develops and executes strategic and tactical external communication plans.

  • Plans and coordinates execution of program visits for government officials, officers and foreign national personnel.

  • Directs and develops and maintains budget for communications-related projects.

  • Works as part of a division communications team to execute a strategic communications program.

  • Coordinates activities and plans with internal communications, government relations and community relations staff.

  • Reports directly to Armament Systems' director of communications and government relations.

  • 0-25% travel required.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
    1. Work requires a level of educational development, normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor?s degree in Business Management, Communications, Political Science or a related field.

    2. Work requires a minimum of three-to-five years of related experience in media relations, communications, and project management.

    3. A high level of analytical ability is required to understand and determine internal and external customer requirements and communicate them effectively.

    4. Work requires a high level of written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

    5. A substantial level of innovation is required to identify, develop and distribute effective program communications.

    6. Possess a keen ability to communicate highly technical information and military jargon to a variety of audiences.

    7. Understanding of the U.S. military and the U.S. political process is preferred.
    People are the greatest asset in any Company ...

    BAE Systems is committed to a high performance culture and provides an environment that challenges our employees to be remarkable and obtain their full potential.

    We are an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer that understands the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture.

    Click here to apply.