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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

University of Minnesota - Communications/PR Intern

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The ideal candidate would be outgoing, self-motivated and able to work with diverse groups of people including volunteers. The candidate should also be proficient in desktop publishing, graphic design, Microsoft Work, Microsoft Excel and internet search protocols. Excellent interpersonal, written, and phone skills are also needed. Ideal candidates will be currently pursuing a BA in journalism, communications, public relations, graphic design or other related fields. College credit may be available depending on the requirements.  

-Writing and/or updating copy for selected NYFS brochures, flyers, news releases, and informational articles.
-Designing new brochures, flyers and ad-hoc promotional pieces that complement NYFS logo and look.
-Meeting with appropriate program staff to ensure all information is updated and correct.
-Must be proficient in Quark, XPress, Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is helpful
-Graphic Design experience is preferred  

Northwest Youth and Family Services
3490 Lexington Ave North
Shoreview MN 55126  

Interested applicants should sent a cover letter and resume via email to

Chris@nyfs.org  

No Response  

employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84906  

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Schermer Kuehl seeks a Creative Director.

Schermer Kuehl seeks a Creative Director. But not a CD for yesterday's agency. You know, the one that did print ads and collateral? We are seeking the CD of tomorrow. One that understands we don't control the conversation or channels anymore. But one that can envision the integral part we can still play: as creative, content and connection consultants that define and deliver brand experiences.

So who are you? You're a person turned on by technology. You read Wired, watch videos on TED, and are excited by the continual evolution of the Internet and digital marketing. You're even more excited about how the walls between marketing and technology, experience and utility, content and connection are being blurred. That's what you get to figure out for our customers, their customers - and even our agency.

Your ideas are inspirational and their outcomes are transformational. You can visually and verbally architect information and interactions that connect an organization's value proposition to its customers' values. And you know how to engineer experiences that connect customers and companies through print and online ads, search, social media, and digital destinations with interactive technologies such as motion graphics, flash and video. Tall order, we know. So please - don't send a resume' if you're not up to the challenge.

At the interpersonal level, you are an energizing person, not only with your work but with your work ethic. You have the ability to draw people into ideas so that they feel they own it together. You are proud of your work, but realize it really belongs to the client and their customer. You are not cynical, you are not inflexible, you are not about the portfolio. You are about being part of something as great as you are.

Responsibilities:
The creative director is a senior leader at SK, responsible for the creative direction, staffing and capabilities of the agency. You'll direct the ideation, presentation and execution of formative client branding and marketing communications strategies and campaigns; overseeing the creative team and creative processes, ensuring the profitability and quality of projects and the building the capabilities of the creative team.

Creative Director will oversee client programs in the following areas:
  • Brand Building (Messaging, Identity) 
  • Customer Connection (Advertising, lead generation, direct, Web 2.0, Web dev, working knowledge of search, social media, web dev, mobile)
  • Sales Support (collateral design, digital demos, interactive sales tools) 
  • Employee Engagement (employee branding & communications campaigns)
Requirements Experience requirements:
  • 10+ years experience in agency (preferred) or corporate marketing group
  • ACD, CD or Senior creative position with people management experience
  • BA or higher

Capability
requirements: Increasingly, we are incorporating or creating new digital technologies within our programs, so demonstrable knowledge of the latest innovations in marketing is a plus. Expertise in digital marketing, interactive, web and application design/dev, and emerging marketing technologies in the areas of search, social media, and mobile. 

Competitive compensation, benefits, 401k, and parking.
For more information, or to submit a resume, samples and salary requirements, visit

http://www.skmarketing.com/employment.cfm

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kocina Marketing Companies - Internship

DESCRIPTION: 
Media Relations, Inc. offers an internship program designed to provide opportunities for students interested in public relations to learn more about the industry, and about how businesses work. Internships are offered on an unpaid basis, and must be taken for school credit.

RESPONSIBILITES: 
  1. Conducting project research •Researching media outlets 
  2. Creating reports for clients and for internal use 
  3. Contacting the media on behalf of clients 
  4. Writing memos and other correspondence to clients or the media •Assist in coordination of company sponsored seminars and events 
  5. Perform Lexis Nexis searches 
  6. Obtain and duplicate audio and video copies, and clippings of placements 
  7. Seek out new programs and publications, and gather information about them for the database 
  8. Participate in team meetings and brainstorming sessions 
  9. General administrative tasks 

EXPECTATIONS: 
  • Well-organized with the ability to work on several projects at the same time 
  • Good writing and editing skills a plus 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint helpful 
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities 
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately with great attention to detail and an eye for consistency 
  • Sense of humor •Demonstrate a desire to learn about business and public relations 
  • Willing to abide by the policies and procedures of Media Relations 
TO APPLY: 
If you have drive, ambition and talent, we hope you will allow us to further explain this opportunity by calling Cynde at 612-798-7218. Please e-mail your resume to Cynde at cbock@mediarelations.com

Click here for more information. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

University of Minnesota - Events Assistant

Experience working with events and the public. Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform physical labor. Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work evenings and weekends.

** MUST HAVE WORKSTUDY FUNDS **  
95% - Assist with museum events, including room setup and take down and working with the museum patrons and visitors in a positive way.
5% - Miscellaneous Events and public relations duties as assigned.  
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum's collection features early 20th century American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of [programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions. There's always something interesting to see and do at the Weisman.  
Please submit student application via the online employment system.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Energy Placement - Sr. Public Relations Operations Manager

The Sr. Public Relations Operations Manager develops and implements strategic communications
plans for company's interests.

The candidate will work on the day-to-day operations, strategies and objectives of the department, and report to the Corporate Vice-President of Business Operations.
Additionally, the candidate will work very closely with the (COO) Chief Operating Officer .
35-50% travel is required. Candidate is avaliable to work  weekends and in attendance at some of
the corporate events.

Areas of Responsibility:

· Serve as Corporate day to day public relations contact for the media and the primary PR contact for the Corporate operations staff.
· Oversee publicity efforts for community relations' events and all local marketing & PR efforts.
· Work with Marketing Manager to develop branding campaigns.
· Develop strategic plans for the Public Relations Department, which further the business goals of the organization and enhance the organization's profile.
· Pitches corporate features & stories proactively, while developing mini PR campaigns surrounding select corporate events.
· Attend regular corporate weekend events and assist media with interview requests.
· Travel with the Company in a PR capacity during certain seasons of the year and as directed.
· Work to increase and strengthen relationships with local, regional and national business, society and community related media.
· Oversee ethnic media outreach and community news efforts.
· Serve as the Executive Editor
· Responsible for generating content on company website
· Develop press releases, media advisories, promotional materials and on-line press announcements highlighting aspects of all business sides of the organization for organized promotional activities and/or transactions.
· Create promotional and media opportunities in conjunction with corporate to further the sales efforts of the organization.
· Oversee the annual PR budget.
· Support and coordinate all publicity efforts for the organization and serve as the
  initial internal contact for local/national media
· Handle crisis communications for situations that arise.
· Coordinate event publicity; set up interviews, escort spokespersons to TV/radio appearances.
· Coordinate media relations including follow up phone calls, credentialing and media drops.
· Track media coverage, maintain press matrix and prepare media summaries.
· Maintain and update media contacts database.
· Work closely with all other internal departments to generate, develop and execute business-oriented public relations opportunities.
· Research and champion new public relations technologies and trends in order to gain every opportunity to reach all appropriate business audiences.
· Manage staff of seasonal/ temporary interns.
· Other duties as assigned by Vice-President of Business Operations.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position has no direct reports.


Qualifications: Minimum Requirements

- B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in
public relations, communications or journalism is highly desired (or equivalent
combination of education and experience).
- Previous Public Relations experience required
- Must possess strong writing and oral communications skills, both in person
  and over the phone.
- Must have a friendly and outgoing personality to engage the media and
  public.
- Significant depth of understanding of the business elements associated
  with a professional sports team is strongly preferred.
- Must be skilled at developing presentations and written communications
  tools.
- Sound Computer skills required; familiarity with Word, Power Point, Excel,
  and web publishing software preferred.
- Demonstrated organizational skills.
  CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES OR REGISTRATIONS
  As needed to meet education and/or experience requirements.
-Required to travel 35-50% of the year,  mostly over weekends



To apply visit Energy Placement's Web site.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Personix - Marketing Communications Manager

Position Purpose:
Manage the creation of electronic and print communications for a business unit.

Dimensions
Employees Supervised: 0
Annual Center (FOS) Revenue and Operating Budget: $1.3MM Marketing Budget

Reporting Relationships:
Reports To: Marketing Communications Group Manager
Peers: Marketing Communications Managers, Sales and Marketing Support Managers
Primary Working Relationships: Sales VPs, General Managers, Marketing Communications Group Manager, Marketing Communications Managers, Sales and Marketing Support

Responsibilities:
  1. Works with SalesVP, Product Manager and General Manager to create a Marketing Communications plan aligned with the overall business and product development organizational goals and objectives.
  2. Manage the creation and execution of strategic electronic and print communications that enhance the company’s profile with the external community.
  3. Manage the creation and execution of strategic electronic and print communications that drive leads and interest in products and services.
  4. Develop and implement a communication vision and standards that are used throughout the business unit for all communications.
  5. Manage the daily advertising, media relations, creative editorial, and design services.
  6. Ensure the publication and distribution of all print and electronic communications is consistent, effective, and reaches the target audience.
  7. Create and execute the public relations, media, analyst, and industry relations programs.
  8. Prepare and approve all press materials such as fact sheets, press kits, press releases, etc.
  9. Manage relationships with industry analysts, vendors, and partners
  10. Monitor performance of all initiatives and adjust plans accordingly
  11. May design the content of business unit’s website.
  12. Performs other duties as required.* Essential Functions

The above statements are intended only to describe the general nature of the job, and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of position responsibilities.

Position Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or related field.

Job Related Experience: Eight to ten years of marketing, communications, public relations, or related experience.

Functional Area Skills/Knowledge

• Has an advanced knowledge of the organization, industry, and discipline.
• Work is non-standard, varied, and requires strong analytical ability.
• Knowledge of the Fiserv organization and its products and services.
• Ability to work effectively with all levels of the Fiserv organization.
• Attention to detail and accuracy.
• Strong project management ability.
• Coordinate, prioritize and complete multiple projects.
• Leadership skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently to accomplish objectives.

Resources Managed


• Has a strong influence to delegate activities and resources within approved budget/policy.
• Manages annual marketing communications budget.
• Has responsibility for making resource decisions that affect a department and location.
• Participates in annual strategic planning.

Decision Making/Problem Solving


• Uses strong analytic skills to solve problems and make decisions based on limited precedents or guidelines.
• Solves diverse problems using solid analytical skills where limited precedents or guidelines exist.
• Uses independent judgment to identify problems and solutions.
Fiserv, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Marketing Assistant Production Artist / Assistant Writer

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF JOB:

There are two primary functions of this position. First, the Production Artist function is to support the Graphic Designer in producing in-house communications tools – primarily promotional and technical literature, occasionally designing logos, direct mail, and trade show signage. The Production Artist applies text and images to existing templates while adhering to corporate design guidelines. This includes production, layout, and print preparation. The Production Artist reports to the Graphic Designer for project quality, prioritization and workflow. Close interaction with other members of the Communications team and product/vertical market managers is required.

Secondly, the Assistant Writer supports the Writer in writing and editing all communications, including promotional and technical literature, internal and external communications, eNewsletters, and web site content. In addition, the assistant writer is involved in the implementation and tracking of the public relations campaign for SICK North America. This position handles much of the administrative duties related to the public relations efforts for the company.

JOB REQUIREMENTS/SPECIFICATIONS:

- Requires an A.A.S. in desktop publishing or graphic design, or other related training.
- Demonstrated skills in creative and promotional writing
- Demonstrated skills in organizing, tracking and public relations planning
- Must be computer literate on Mac and PC platforms – Flash, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, QuarkXPress and Microsoft Office.

SICK, Inc. offers competitive wages, an excellent benefits package, matching 401k plan & tuition reimbursement! Qualified candidates should click Apply now to send cover letter & resume w/ salary history/requirements or fax 952-829-4830. Visit www.sickusa.com.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Leum PR Group - Account Executive

Leum PR Group, a boutique public relations firm with clients in the food & beverage, fashion, novelty and hospitality industries, seeks a dynamic PR pro to handle day-to-day account management for a diverse line-up of clients. 

Candidate must be a media relations whiz with established media relationships, a proven track record of placements across mixed media and familiarity with social media including Twitter, Facebook, blogs, online video and more.

Ideal candidate will also be a high-energy and highly organized team player who has 3-5 years experience that includes staff management and excellent writing and client relations skills. Agency experience is required. Competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance, 401K and more, are offered.

Please send résumé and cover letter to: smccarthy@leumpr.com.
 

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Land O'Lakes - Sr. Communications Editorial Manager

Land O'Lakes

Sr. Communications Editorial Manager

Business Unit Description:
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. We offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. We also are a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, foodservice professionals and food manufacturers.

Since 1921, we have been member-owned and directed. Today, we are the third-largest cooperative in the nation, a Fortune 250 company, with approximately 9,000 employees, 3,200 direct producer-members and 1,000 member-cooperatives serving more than 300,000 agricultural producers. We handle 12 billion pounds of milk annually, produce a plethora of dairy foods products, are home to our respective industries' top value-added brands and are a trusted partner to many of the nation's top food companies and manufacturers. We do business in all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

Position Purpose:
Serve as a direct manager of five Corporate Communications staff members, providing guidance and ensuring continuous improvement and development. Work in close coordination and serve as a backup for the Director. Serve as a primary, hands-on editor and provide direct oversight for the development of communication strategies and messages, and the production of communications vehicles and products (i.e. news releases, brochures, magazine, web, intranet, etc.). When necessary, take a lead role in managing special projects. Take a leadership role in media relations (serving as a backup company spokesperson) and in crisis communication. Ensure communications products are fully leveraged. Bring forward new ideas for continuously improving communications, including utilization of vehicles such as social media.

Required (Basic) Experience & Education:
Communications-related college degree (Communications, Journalism, etc.) along with a minimum of 8 years relevant work experience.

Must demonstrate strong writing/editing ability along with effective verbal communications and interpersonal skills.

Possess a strong understanding of effective design (both print and web); demonstrate an understanding of social media strategies and options; and possess Communications research skills.

Proven ability to influence and work directly with senior leaders.

Must demonstrate a willingness to make decisions and accept accountability.

Previous supervisory experience required.

Required Competencies & Other Skills:
Must be proficient in Microsoft applications to include Word and PowerPoint.

Communications planning and execution experience.

Extensive experience conceptualizing, writing and editing communications along with demonstrated experience in media relations.

Ability to understand communications issues, strategies, tactics and products for a wide range of audiences (members, employees, public, etc.) on a wide variety of topics.

Complete an extremely diverse range of assignments (new releases, magazine, web, intranet, member communications, newsletters, etc.).

Build trust and respect for the Communications function across the organization through development of effective relationships (internal and external).

Ability to prioritize tasks and understand and respond to corporate priorities.

Effectively manage workloads and shifting priorities while meeting demanding deadlines and retaining creativity and attention to detail and accuracy.

Develop communications (creative) staff.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Previous knowledge of agriculture, agribusiness, food industry and cooperatives strongly desired.

Desktop publishing.

Proficient with AP style.

Apply for the postion online here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Internship - Marketing and Public Information

January – October, 2010
Time:     10 hours per week
Compensation Base: $10 per hour
Venue: Public Art Saint Paul (PASP) office/gallery is located at 253 East 4th Street, #201
Equipment: PASP will provide a work station, equipped with a Mac laptop computer
Hours: Standard office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pmWe prefer that the intern be on the job 5 hours per day for 2 days split between Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Public Art Saint Paul information:  Public Art Saint Paul is a 22-year old arts organization with an excellent local and national reputation.  We are supported by major foundations and with strong partnerships with public agencies.  Successful intern will be able to name PASP as a reference for future educational and employment opportunities.  Information on the history and programs of Public Art Saint Paul can be found on our website: www.publicartstpaul.org
Program Focus of Marketing Efforts: The University Avenue Project
Presented by Public Art Saint Paul (PASP), artist Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project will transform a major urban thoroughfare in St. Paul , Minnesota , into a six-mile public gallery of 500 photographs from May 1 – October 31, 2010.  The photographs, taken over the past three years, reveal the dizzying socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic realities of the citizens that work, live, and go to school along this corridor.
Fast Horse marketing agency has generously volunteered its services to help Public Art Saint Paul plan and implement a public information plan and strategy for the project that will unfold throughout 2010.  In addition, the City of Saint Paul ’s public relations staff will provide assistance and connections to media resources.  Our goal is to reach audiences for this important project locally, nationally and world wide.
Scope of Work
The marketing intern will work with Public Art Saint Paul, the artist Wing Young Huie and the artistic team, Fast Horse, and the City of Saint Paul PR to implement the plan, including:
Ø      updating the web site and face book page
Ø      following project blogs and twitter networks
Ø      distributing press releases
Ø      assisting in response to media inquiries
Ø      assisting in planning and production of project related media events
Qualifications
  • A degree or current college/graduate study in marketing and public relations.
  • Proficiency in Mac computers and the following programs: Word, Xcel, Adobe Photoshop, and Entourage and facility in web based communications tools.
  • Demonstrated interest and engagement in programs that relate to art and the urban environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Outcome oriented
  • Congenial presence in the community and among our many partners.
  • Note: Public Art Saint Paul is a small, entrepreneurial non-profit organization.  We have a spare and open office set up that requires an ability to tune out the surrounding noise and activity to focus on work. All of these conditions require flexibility, patience and good humor.
Please submit resume and statement of interest to
Nic Hager, Office Manager
Public Art Saint Paul
253 East 4th Street, #201
St. Paul, MN   55101

Deadline: December 31, 2009
Intern will be selected by January 8, 2010

Sabare International Ltd.​ - Account Manager

About the Job

Sabare International Ltd, India,is a manufacturer and exporter of Home Textiles to Wal-Mart, Target, Home
Depot, IKEA to name a few.​ At present we are seeking a candidate, who is a seasoned professional in Marketing and Business Development aspects of the trade.​ Candidate shall be handling the Target Inc.​ account independently and exclusively the categories, viz.​,Table & kitchen linen and Windows
curtains.​ This position is located at our Minneapolis office.​


The ideal candidate will be responsible for all the aspects of Business Development, Public Relation, marketing and account maintenance.​ This role will also manage, execute, coordinate, facilitate and control all the marketing, Business Development programs and execution co-ordination.​ It may also include Public Relations initiatives, to participate in the promotional campaigns, meetings, textile fair, exhibitions, store visits etc.​, In addition the candidate shall closely work with the suppliers, buyers, representative, and other manufacturing facilities for timely delivery, quality and cost.​ The position will also work closely with the Business Development Team in India.​

The ideal candidates should possess a unique blend of Business Development, Marketing and Account management skills.​ The candidate should possess drive, business competency, computer skills, and marketing initiatives.​


Responsibilities:


  1. The primary responsibility will be to grow the account by bringing in new business while simultaneously sustaining the existing business.​
  2. Conduct periodic and comprehensive market research and maintain a deep understanding of the merchandise across the different stores and offer innovative and best-in-class merchandising solutions to our clients, supported by strategic thinking and analysis to maximize revenue and profit.​
  3. Analyze and research new merchandising ideas and marketplace trends to maintain leadership position over the competition.​
  4. Excellent Communication - articulate and persuasive in positive or negative situations.​
  5. Should be able to adapt quickly to handle successfully, any unfavorable situation that may arise.​
  6. Develop a good rapport with client’s representatives
  7. A key aspect of the position will be to respond to customer initiated incremental opportunities and convert these into business.​
  8. Meet with Customers regularly to make presentations on products/​services to customers
  9. Work hand-in-hand with overseas product development team.​ 

Monday, December 07, 2009

LaBreche - Public Relations Sr Acct Executive/PR Supervisor

Public Relations Sr Acct Executive/PR Supervisor
Full-Time Job
LaBreche is an independently-owned brand communications company with brand development, public relations, interactive and design services.
http://www.labreche.com

Location: Minneapolis (Downtown), MN
Position Detail:

LaBreche is currently seeking an experienced, highly motivated and talented individual to join our team at the Senior Account Executive to PR Supervisor level. Senior Account Executives/PR Supervisors manage teams of LaBreche professionals to plan and implement public relations programs for a variety of existing clients in many industries. This individual will be responsible for managing accounts in all aspects and providing strategic/solid thinking to clients.

Key Objectives:

  •  Advocate for the client, their business and their goals through account team leadership and collaboration
  •  Develop and execute account strategies and activities
  • Manage workflow to ensure the LaBreche standard of work is met and the client's expectations are met and exceeded
  • Think strategically and creatively
  • Participate in new business efforts
  • Mentor and coach junior staff
Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years PR experience, agency experience preferred
  • Extensive experience developing client plans and budgets
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Experience leading teams of 2-5
  • Ability to take direction from clients and department heads
  • Social media, healthcare, and crisis communications experience preferred
  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate the potential 24-hour nature of clients needs
Application Deadline: Friday, 12/25/2009
Inquiries and applications:
To be considered for this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to Andrea Buzzell - abuzzell@labreche.com
Andrea Buzzell
E-mail: abuzzell@labreche.com

Sunday, December 06, 2009

AmeriPride Services - Director of Communications

JOB SUMMARY
Develop and manage enterprise-wide communication plans to foster organizational change and alignment. Direct the overall design, development, and delivery of functional and operating group internal communication strategies, including the creative development of print, electronic and other communication vehicles and products. Consult with executives, directors, managers, and employees in best practice and cost-effective communication techniques and processes. Exhibit strategic creativity in the timely implementation of products and projects. Serve as a trusted advisor to leadership.

ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS AND ACTIVITIES
Typical task and activities for this job include, but are not limited to the items listed below. Additional duties may be assigned from time to time as needed by management.
Communication Strategy
  • Leverages knowledge of communication process and techniques and with the working knowledge of typical employee mindset advise and assist leadership on media, messages and structure of communications.
  • Based on the communication agenda established by leadership, direct and participate with organizational and external resources to collaboratively develop strategic messages and campaign(s) to drive the business agenda throughout the organization (or parts of the organization).
  • With senior leadership input, identify crisis and change communication strategy needs. Design and execute plan(s) to support needs.
  • Proactively lead annual communication strategy planning process for the organization and within particular functional areas, including the development of key messages for leadership.
  • Develop and execute an annual internal communication plan that supports the AmeriPride and Canadian Linen business plan goals to ensure employees at all levels can:
    • articulate key priorities of the company as they relate to their own work,
    • access corporate tools, templates and information for effective communications within the organization;
    • receive timely and accurate information on corporate policies, practices and procedures
Communication Infrastructure
  • Responsible for overall effectiveness of communication related to specific functional areas and initiatives within AmeriPride Service and Canadian Linen.
  • Directs the creation and utilization of an internal web presence for employees within both AmeriPride and Canadian Line to access and remain up-to-date on organizational activities and efforts. Ensures standards are set and that the materials are reviewed and managed in a timely and effective manner.
  • Develops and monitors mechanisms to continually gather feedback from employees on their perceptions related to the strategic agenda, understanding of strategic direction, and how they contribute to its success.
  • Schedules and ensures successful execution of communication campaign events, including facilitation of the message(s) in support of the campaign.
  • Leads the development of communication standards in policies, processes, and tools for the organization. Ensures that all elements are technically sound, agreed to by key users and reviewed on a set schedule for relevance.
Communication Development and Delivery
  • Directs (and for select efforts; completes) the design and development of content to achieve specific corporate communication objectives.
  • Directs the development of specific employee-centric messaging that supports corporate objectives, goals, values and brand.
  • Oversees and manages approval process of communications projects from appropriate levels.
  • Ensures the timely and successful delivery and implementation of communications.
  • Gathers feedback and prepares summary documentation following key communication events in particular functional areas. Collects and directs feedback to senior management of the group.
Coaching/Counseling Relationship Management
  • Actively builds and manages relationships with staff across the company to promote key initiatives, identify communication opportunities, and foster collaboration and mutual support.
  • Closely works with the IT group to ensure web site is set and managed in a safe and architecturally secure manner that will not lead to excessive strain on the internal network capabilities of technical systems.
  • Supports project teams by reviewing and recommending refinements to direct communication work products.
  • Coaches and counsels individuals on development of key messages and offers subject matter advice and expertise on effective media selection and message delivery.
  • Provides one-on-one, post-event feedback and coaching to individuals delivering communication in particular functional areas around areas of strength and opportunity (ies).
  • Work closely with line and staff functions to effectively execute internal communication plans.
Corporate Support
  • Create and support a culture of adherence to corporate standardization in support of the stated values, service, financial and safety goals.
  • Proactively assist organization with commutation activities geared toward achieving financial objectives.
  • Assist, as needed in providing expertise and support of Company brand management, media & social relations, community relations projects and initiatives.
  • Develop and implement crisis communication plan(s).
Event Management
  • Craft and manage message sets and communication plans for leadership team meetings.
  • Oversee event planning and travel management function.
The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability(ies) required by all to perform this job to established standards.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Social Media / Online PR Associate

Duties include:
-- Working with our organic SEO expert and project managers to formulate measurable social media campaigns
-- Copywriting and copy editing, including business blogging, article writing, and tweeting
-- Obtaining links through outreach, developing relationships, and community building
-- Educating clients and internal staff on social media and online PR best practices
-- Staying current on industry trends and best practices

For this position we are seeking a combination of copywriting and promotional skills to help build our clients' brands and acquire links to our clients' websites. The successful candidate will have the ability to gather information directly from clients and through independent research and translate that information into content that compels people to comment and share. We're looking for someone with the skills to continually write great content and the talent to use that content to build relationships and communities.

The successful candidate will have 1-3 years of SEO, social media or public relations experience. Applicants will be expected to have a strong online presence personally or be able to point to a strong online business presence that they had a role in creating. Candidates should be motivated, self-starting and be comfortable assuming a leadership role within the company for your area of expertise.

Ultimate Prereqs:
1. Enjoys the idea of writing lots of content.
2. Knows how to ask for links and make them happen.
3. Be down with social the social part of social media. Have the confidence to engage people and respond to comments on behalf of customers. Comfortable with making clients who have way more money than time into industry authorities.
4. Have no problems having your day consist of writing for the web and sending emails + making phone calls to ask for links.

Nice to haves:
1. Strong knowledge of SEO
2. Have a background in and/or a strong interest in marketing
3. Have a background in and/or a strong interest in user experience and interactive design
4. Have a background in and/or a strong interest in conversion rate optimization

Job Details

Type
Full-Time
Location
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Category
Social Media

How to Apply

Contact Person
Jeff Hahn
Preferred Contact Method
Email
Email
jhahn@iexposure.com
Phone
612-676-1946

Friday, December 04, 2009

Public Relations & Communications Specialist /Marketing/Brand Management/


GENERAL PURPOSE
This position is responsible for managing brand PR and Communication program including planning, preparing and disseminating information concerning Sanus branded products and services through newspapers, periodicals, internet/web, and audio/visual communication media to promote publicity and good will, thereby generating earned media results that drive sales growth in support of organizational goals.  This position will also be responsible for disseminating corporate communications internally and to our sales organizations.

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
  • Develop and implement public relations and marketing strategies, plans and programs to increase brand recognition, which includes initiating proactive contacts with news media, maintaining all press clippings, photos, and video, as well as preparing editorial text for publications; obtain photographs and/or video; manage web site content; produce inter-company and external communications
  • Plan, present and manage public relations programs, ensuring tailored communications and full perspective to successfully position organization
  • Ensure message consistency and raise visibility in the target media markets
  • Work closely with senior management, customers, and partners in determining appropriate PR strategies to support the business
  • Benchmark best practices with other companies and develop policies and procedures for the PR function, as necessary
  • Manage incoming media calls related to available products and services
  • Work closely with PR agency in copy development and database administration.
  • Assist in the selection, retention and evaluation of external PR consultants
  • Actively support regional and national marketing strategies through proactive media relations
  • Accurately update and track department budgets and reconcile all line items
  • Assist with tradeshow, sales meeting, event planning as needed
  • Assist with research in the areas of tradeshows, media, point-of-purchase, etc. as needed
  • Provides internal communications support surrounding internal or external crisis situations
  • Consistently support compliance by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and the Company’s policies and procedure
  • Understand workplace hazards and take steps to proactively prevent and report hazards or injuries in the workplace. Cooperate in Safety Programs, initiatives, and investigations.
  • Demonstrate our five core values of Integrity, Customer Responsiveness, Innovation, Passionate Contribution & Empowerment and Continuous Improvement 
  • Other duties deemed necessary to support the Company’s business operations
JOB REQUIREMENTS

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers and various software packages (Content Management Systems (CMS), a Search Engine Marketing (SEO), Microsoft Office suite of software including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook (or related e-mail system))
  • Outstanding client relationship skills, expertise in writing, success in media placements, and ability to work on both trade and consumer communications
  • Expertise in all aspects of public relations, editing and writing; Current knowledge of media and communication vehicles including print, radio, and electronic (web/internet) media
  • Proven strategic thinking and project management skills
  • Strong presentation skills and presence
  • Strong work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability working with minimal supervision and exercising judgment within generally defined policies in developing and implementing strategies for results
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage to tight timelines
  • Positive, energetic attitude, initiative and professionalism
  • Outstanding vocabulary, spelling and grammar skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment, and leverage additional resources as needed
  • Ability to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and to appropriately prioritize workload based upon organization or department needs
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects through completion at one time
  • Be detail-oriented and have excellent follow-through skills
Minimum Education and Experience Required:
Bachelors degree in Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations, English, or related field and a minimum of three (3) years internal and external communications experience in a corporate or agency setting with demonstrated results in media relations strategy and planning; or combination of relevant education and experience

Special Job Requirements:
  • Must be available for long, varied work hours at times
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable using powered tools for product and display assembly and tradeshow set-up
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Audio Visual enthusiast
  • Communications and/or marketing strategy development
  • Working with a creative agency
  • Consumer electronics experience
  • Social Media experience
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required (for the majority of the working day) to sit and make coordinated movements of the fingers for data entry on a keyboard.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds for tradeshow booth set-up
  • General office environment
  • May require regular ground travel to other company facilities within local metropolitan area
  • Long-distance or (international) air travel as needed – not to exceed 25% travel
Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

United Health Group - Director of Media Relations

Design and deliver external communications strategy with a focus on media relations programs that will position the company for sustainable growth. Responsible for maintaining policies and procedures related to external communications, monitoring company media, and ensuring consistent and appropriate messaging.

Must be innovative and results driven with sound analytical skills and a passion for health care issues and developing thoughtful communications strategy, messaging, and execution. Will work closely with business leaders, marketing leaders, government affairs and communications team to craft appropriate and timely business communications.

Oversee media relations for a diversified public sector health care business in a complex and competitive business landscape. Tactics will include overseeing the development of press releases and talking points, media opportunities, media briefings, an editorial calendar of story opportunities, speeches, letters/memos, Q&As, backgrounders, key messages and speaking engagements as well as information related to products.
Identify and prepare spokespeople as needed.

Create and implement external media relations strategy on product lines. Use strong written and verbal communications skills both in rapid response and in proactively presenting news and thought leadership messages to national, regional and trade media. Review communications related to products to ensure consistent messaging.

Develop plans and create opportunities to communicate with and build relationships with key reporters and editorial staff. Partner with federal and state government affairs staff to manage issues and proactively represent product lines in the public policy arena. Maintain current knowledge, industry expertise and professional network in the areas of health care, health care policy trends, health care regulations, and related fields. Understands and optimizes media relations at regional levels to ensure desired outcomes.

Direct and manage crisis communications issues to enhance brand and reputation. Proactively anticipate crisis scenarios and strategize accordingly.

Provide leadership and be accountable for the performance and results of communications team.

Qualifications
  • 8 plus years experience successfully managing communications functions.
  • Proven experience driving communication strategy and planning for senior leaders and product lines.
  • Reputation as a trusted advisor to leadership on communication issues.
  • Flexible and resilient problem solver with the ability to gain consensus and manage sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and executing successful communication strategies and programs.
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MD Biosciences - Marketing Communications/PR Specialist

MD Biosciences is global biotechnology company providing products and services to the Pharmaceutical and
Medical Device Industries.​ This position reports to the VP Marketing & Sales and is responsible for assisting in the research, development and implementation of various marketing strategies, projects and processes, planning and implementing a media strategy and media relations.​ This position will require the ability to contribute to marketing/​media programs at all stages, from research to conceptualization to implementation.​ Background knowledge in biotech/​pharma is preferred.​


Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development, writing & maintaining of marketing collateral: whitepapers, data sheets, case studies, testimonials, catalogs, website, newsletter etc
  • Assist in development & implementation of marketing campaigns including awareness, lead generation and lead nurturing campaigns and strategies
  • Select appropriate PR tools/​services and build network of relevant media contacts.​
  • Identify channels for online/​offline media placements and advertisements.​
  • Assist in the development of media relations strategy and media plan: writing, delivery, and tracking of press releases
  • Maintain knowledge of media trends, developments and best practices.​
  • Evaluate & enhance existing social media strategy to include tools such as facebook, twitter, linked in, life science forums, and videos including monitoring online blogs to track communications related to our brand
  • Provide sales support materials for sales & customer service including sales letter templates and presentations, backup phone support for sales & order processing
  • Coordinate tradeshow and conference events, Attend tradeshows and conferences
  • Database management and segmentation


Job Requirements
  • Degree in marketing, communications or public relations or Science.​
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a marketing or PR department.​
  • Ability to develop strong relationships and work in both a team setting and independently.​
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills.​
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Filemaker.​ Adobe Creative Suite and basic knowledge of WYSWIG editors a plus.​
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to travel as required



Submittal Requirements

Send resume and digital portfolio or writing sample to jobs@​mdbiosciences.​com

Director of Marketing - PLATO Learning Inc

Are you interested in an opportunity to become a part of a company that is growing, expanding, and emerging as an industry leader?​ Look no further….​


PLATO Learning, Inc.​ is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction software for kindergarten through adult learners, offering award-winning curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills.​ PLATO Learning, Inc.​ also offers innovative online assessment and
accountability solutions as well as standards-based professional development services.​


SUMMARY

The Director of Marketing is responsible for building a comprehensive marketing platform that supports and drives the strategic vision of the company in the marketplace for PLATO Learning’s products and solutions.​ He/​she will lead a team of marketing professionals who are responsible for strategic marketing, marketing communications, segment and online initiatives, creative marketing, and product marketing.​ The Director of
Marketing will develop and implement a strategic marketing plan, manage marketing and communications programs, campaigns, events, and tactics that produce a healthy return on marketing investment, conduct low-cost market research and gather market data related to market penetration and market share,
and to ensure our company brand, products, and successful implementations by customers are positively communicated.​ Marketing and communications programs will directly support the creation of sales leads, revenue growth, customer loyalty, and retention.​


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drive the strategic and tactical marketing for the company to effectively meet the company’s strategic goals and objectives while maintaining a lean and efficient marketing department.​
  • Manage and build the hiring, training and quality performance of a centralized marketing staff.​ Foster a productive, efficient, and effective work environment while ensuring creativity, consistency, and quality of all marketing deliverables.​
  • Provide in-depth analysis on market, competition, and trends including evaluating and analyzing current marketing initiatives for efficiency, ROI, and alignment with sales channel to ensure effectiveness of campaigns and programs.​
  • Work closely with Sales Leadership to develop the campaigns, and localized solutions, including the development and oversight of segment and interactive marketing plans to ensure that the value proposition resonates within all content and solution messaging.​
  • Provide creative thought leadership while functioning as a strategic partner with sales effectiveness and product management in the use of marketing tools that distinguish and further differentiate PLATO learning’s role in the educational technology industry.​
  • Develop, produce, and maintain professional, creative, and customer-centric marketing tools for sales presentations, programs, events, promotions, campaigns, and other initiatives.​
  • Plan and coordinate all industry events and tradeshows.​
  • Oversee activities in Internet marketing; search marketing (paid and organic), email marketing, direct marketing, traditional advertising campaigns, website development, and collateral.​
  • Design and build organizational capabilities within the marketing function that are needed to support the growth plan.​

EDUCATION and/​or EXPERIENCE

  • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or related field, MBA preferred.​
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of marketing experience, with 5 of those years in senior marketing role of department leader or above.​
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to operate both strategically and tactically; ability to translate research, trends, and market insights into effective marketing and communications strategies.​
  • Strong generalist marketing skills to include brand/​strategic marketing, media buying/​advertising, Web 2.​0, marketing insights/​research, and a base level experience with CRM.​
  • Demonstrated success in building a marketing team and leadership skills that produce a healthy work environment and positive results.​
  • Ability to measure effectiveness of all marketing efforts by analyzing new and existing company marketing campaigns as well as an ability to analyze the ROI for the company’s marketing initiatives.​
  • Good organizational and planning skills that include being proactive and embracing the philosophy of continuous improvement.​
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.​ Presents an image that commands respect from subordinates, peers and outsiders.​
  • Experienced at creating and building a lasting brand image that is relevant to consumers and enhances the enterprise value of the company.​
  • Previous experience with relationship marketing utilizing partnerships, affinity relationships, public relations, and grass-roots programs.​
  • Proven concept, copywriting and overall creative management ability.​
  • Superior analytical thinking, project management, and marketing skills.​
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills.​
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and e-mail systems.​
  • Passion for our business with a strong commitment to timely execution of tasks in a fast-paced environment.​
  • Excels in working in a lean, entrepreneurial and rapidly growing work environment.​
  • A self starter that is motivated by working in a highly challenging and changing organization where decisions and actions are expected.​

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

University of Minnesota - Communications Director - Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity (OED) is seeking a highly qualified, motivated and creative leader to serve as the office's Communications Director. This professional is responsible for the direction and policy of all communications for the Office for Equity and Diversity, develops and leads the office's internal and external communication strategies, marketing, and promotion, to ensure effective communications within the office, throughout the U of M, and with OED's external constituencies. This position is critical to OED's efforts to support the implementation of the University's ambitious Equity and Diversity Vision Framework, which involves significant and ambitious cultural transformation. (The University's Equity and Diversity Vision framework is available at http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/.)

The Communications Director serves as a member of the Vice President and Vice Provost's leadership team and acts as OED's primary contact for University Relations, departmental and collegiate communications contacts, and the media. The position is a full-time position reporting to OED's Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Information Officer. The salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's education, skills, and experience.

For the past four years, the University has been engaged in the process of strategic positioning, and equity and diversity have been repeatedly recognized as critical elements of achieving the institution's strategic positioning goals. One important action evidencing this commitment was the creation of the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity. This office includes the following units housed on the University's Twin Cities campus: Disability Services; the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education; the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office; the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence; and the Women's Center.

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has five campuses - Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochester - extension offices, and research and outreach centers throughout the state.  

Required Qualifications
  • A BA/BS degree and at least three years of experience in strategic communications.
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Expertise in at least two of the following areas: publications management, web site creation and maintenance, media relations, project planning and alumni/donor relations.
  • Demonstrated experience with individuals from diverse, underrepresented and marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the demands of a changing and challenging professional environment.
  • Ability to understand and communicate the complex issues of diversity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative team-based approach.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters degree.
  • Prior work experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with communications in complex organizations. 


Major Areas of Responsibility
  • Develop and implement the internal and external communications and marketing strategy for the Office for Equity and Diversity and its six service units.
  • Serve as a critical member of OED's Leadership Team and provide policy direction, accomplish the Office's vision and mission, and support the University's achievement of its strategic positioning goals.
  • Serve as the content owner for the OED website, and be responsible for content development and technical troubleshooting. Provide expertise and support for OED unit web sites and social media sites.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and collaborations with communicators across the University as well as the external press in support of the institution's equity and diversity goals.
  • Act as media relations contact for OED. Partner with University Relations and U News Service staff on media projects and work with OED staff on media interactions.
  • Lead the development of and manage OED's portfolio of publications, including brochures, reports, articles, invitations, and other collateral, including production and distribution.
  • Provide editorial expertise and support on communications projects for the Vice President and her senior staff, including reports, presentations, policy statements, planning documents, and correspondence.
  • Participate as part of the team of professionals in OED who support the office's communication, evaluation, and development activities.  
Apply here.