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Sunday, March 28, 2010

CB Richard Ellis - Communication Specialist

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2008 revenue). The Company has approximately 30,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. CB Richard Ellis has been named a BusinessWeek 50 “best in class� company for three years in a row. Please visit our Web site at www.cbre.com.

Our Asset Services group transforms assets into opportunities by providing measurable results in property management, leasing, tenant relations, project and construction management, technical services, risk management, purchasing, energy management and financial reporting.

CBRE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for supporting marketing related communications needs of designated business groups and departments. Engages in the development and execution of communications programs. May include product or service advertising and writing, editing, web publishing, public relations for advertising projects. Coordinates a variety of specialized marketing and communication responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
  • Coordinates the development and production of marketing proposals and collateral materials.
  • Creates press releases for manager review and web postings.
  • Writes and edits internal and external communications, for a specified area or region, such as newsletters, mailers, and invitations.
  • Works with web-based marketing specialist(s) on the effective writing of sales presentations, marketing collaterals, and other marketing items.
  • Coordinates advertising projects and material postings with outside vendors.
  • Assists in creating business-planning templates for sales professionals or management.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university in Marketing, preferably with focus on Communications, and a minimum of two to four years of related experience and/or training.

CERTIFICATES and/or LICENSES

None.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret various types of business documents. Possess excellent writing skills for reports, manuals, speeches, and articles in a pre-designed style and format. Aptitude to effectively respond to complex inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, supervisor, and/or management. May be required to present information to an internal department as well as groups of employees.

FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE

Requires intermediate knowledge of financial terms and principles.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires intermediate analytical and quantitative skills.

OTHER SKILLS and/or ABILITIES

Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and PhotoShop.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Decisions made with general understanding of procedures and company policies to achieve set results and deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to co-workers and supervisor.

DISCLAIMER:

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Minnesota Lynx - Public Relations Intern

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Exciting opportunity to work in the NBA & WNBA! The Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx seek energetic, can-do interns to aid members of the public relations department with implementing the department’s strategies and objectives for the NBA/WNBA team.

Responsibilities in the fast-paced environment to include, but not limited to, the following: monitoring media coverage, filing and recording press clippings, working Timberwolves home games, assisting with team's community news program and other public relations department projects as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Monitor and record local media coverage.
• Search all print media for Timberwolves/Lynx content, distributing to staff and updating player/personnel files.
• Participate in Timberwolves/Lynx game-day in-arena media setup and take down.
• Assist with game-night media hospitality.
• Write periodic feature articles for Timberwolves/Lynx publications.
• Provide media and teams with statistical and press content.
• Produce and deliver visiting team media packets.
• Deliver content for team's community newspaper program.
• Assist with writing press releases and newsletters.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Must be at least a junior or senior in college.
• Must be able to receive college credit for professional experience gained.
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Able to multi-task under time constraints
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
• Ability to work with a wide variety of people
• Strong writing & communications skills necessary
• Communications major (public relations, journalism, etc.) preferred

TO APPLY:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: hr@timberwolves.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Snap Fitness - Marketing & Communications Intern

Snap Fitness, leading franchisor of state-of-the-art fitness centers and No. 16 on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing private companies in America, seeks an organized, highly-motivated intern to be involved with a variety of marketing-focused projects that are a part of the daily operations of the department. This is an unpaid position but may be used to fulfill academic credit requirements if applicable.


Daily Activities:
  • Creating copy for consumer and internal-facing communications, including member newsletters, consumer emails, corporate mailings and more
  • Managing social media channels on behalf of the company as well as key executives
  • Working cross-collaboratively with other departments to create clear, concise messaging for a variety of internal systems
  • Assistance in tracking, coding and posting marketing-services invoices

Time Commitment:
20 hours weekly, beginning in May through the end of summer (or sooner). Hours and dates of internship are flexible (within a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday) and may be set according to intern’s schedule.


Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must
  • Enrolled in a degree program in marketing, communications or public relations. Junior, Senior or Graduate level preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to work on multiple projects simultaneously
 Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Patrick Strait at pstrait@snapfitness.com

Best Buy - Director Community Relations

Description:
The Director of Community Relations for Best Buy is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs and activities that maintain public interest in, understanding of and good will towards Best Buy. This position directs all charitable contributions, community involvement of Best Buy and the active engagement and participation of all employees. This position serves as a representative of the Company with community organizations and media. The candidate must demonstrate the capability to manage a team and partner with other divisions of the company. This position also develops strategy, directs the team to implement community relation programs and identifies and recommends opportunities to enhance the program.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Supervises and manages the Community Relations Team and has budget responsibilities
  • Develops strategy related to corporate charitable giving, volunteerism, Foundation giving, community leadership and retail-based community relations programs
  • Identifies areas for improvement, program enhancements, and ways to achieve employee engagement
  • Conducts research of best practices for Community Relations industry to keep program current with trends
  • Directs the Best Buy Children's Foundation & Committies
  • Participates in enterprise - wide cross functional steering committees; drives work of the department within the corporation
  • Represents Company within communities and nationally
  • Supports VP of Public Affairs as required

Basic Qualifications:
B.A. Degree or equivalent course of study in communications of other business related fields
10 or more years of experience in a community relations position
3 or more years in a management or supervisory role

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in business community relations or related field
5 or more years active participation in community organizations
7 or more years community relations, charitable giving, and/or promotional program experience
5 or more years supervising and managing employees

Saturday, March 20, 2010

University of Minnesota - Communications Associate

Academic Health Center Public Relations 

Required Qualifications: Must be documented
--Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, technical writing or a related field
--Experience writing and editing content for the Web and other multimedia formats
--Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop
--Demonstrated/documented strong storytelling skills i.e.ability to translate complex topics into easy-to-understand formats.
--Experience writing in a variety of styles including promotional, news, social media, and optimized Web copy

Preferred Qualifications - Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
--Knowledge of content management systems
--Must be able to prioritize, multi-task, and help manage multiple projects, with a strong attention to detail and deadlines
--Knowledge of information architecture - understands Web content from a usability perspective, including navigation, labeling and action-oriented copy
--Experience writing for and working with the media
--Strong organizational and time management skills
--Ability to work as a team member in a fast-paced environment

Job Description:

Web content planning & development (40%)
--Determines and develops story ideas, writes articles
--Helps develop and maintain the content plan and editorial calendar for online and offline communications initiatives
--Develops creative ways to communicate AHC strategies, key ideas, information, achievements, and positions
--Works with team members on developing multimedia content to support online storytelling
--Manages all content on various sections of the AHC Web site
--Copy edits and proofreads online content. Proofreads a variety of other communications materials, including press releases.
--Writes copy for search engine optimization (including page titles, key words, meta tags and other content) that drives site traffic

Project Traffic Coordination (35%)
--Facilitates, streamlines and tracks communications projects through every step from inception to completion
--Develops project schedules, maintaining and meeting all deadlines
--Effectively monitors each project, keeping the team on track to meet multiple pressing and often simultaneous deadlines
--Schedules and participates in the weekly status meetings to review status of assigned projects, obtain missing information, update schedules and discuss upcoming projects
--Organize and maintain job files and project management system, producing accurate reports

Media Relations & Social media (25%)
--In conjunction with the media relations intern, distributes the daily media update each day to AHC faculty & staff
--When necessary, assists media relations team with media initiatives and requests
--Assists Media Relations & Social Media Associate with social media monitoring and execution
--Helps ensure that AHC stories are amplified through various internal and external outlets, including blogs, online magazines and news outlets, advocacy group Web sites, among others 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Public Relations Manager - Lifetime Fitness

Description

Oversee the planning, design, implementation and measurement of public/media relations initiatives that support Life Time Fitness, its businesses, products, services and events. Establish brand familiarity and motivate Life Time Fitness center, program, service and product selection among targeted audiences. Through effective strategy definition, planning and tactical execution, ensure that public/media relations initiatives yield measurable results and maximum return on investment.

Examples of Work Performed
1. Coordinates the planning and implementation of public/media relations strategies, policies, and procedures for all Life Time Fitness businesses, products, services and events
2. Prepares, approves and executes annual public/media relations plan based upon corporate and business unit objectives, strategies and business goals
3. Increases the impact and leverage of public/media relations within the Life Time Fitness marketing mix
4. Seeks opportunities to promote Life Time Fitness, its businesses, products, services and events to targeted audiences
5. Develops ideas and opportunities for feature articles, interviews, presentations, and other public relations activities that promote awareness of Life Time Fitness, its businesses, products, services and events
6. Prepares, gains approval and distributes news releases, fact sheets, scripts, etc. to targeted media
7. Coordinates and schedules press briefings, interviews and conferences as required
8. Develops internal communications messaging that ensures Life Time Fitness team members remain informed and empowered
9. Coordinates internal communications to staff as required
10. Provides rigorous, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative public/media relations effectiveness and business impact measurement in accordance with established metrics
11. Delivers evaluation, statistical analysis and recommendations
12. Establishes and maintains favorable public image for Life Time Fitness, Inc., its businesses, products, services and events
13. Maintains a reporting, problem solving, concept approval and working relationship with the Corporate Communications Director, management team and other staff
14. Collaborates with Life Time Fitness businesses in the implementation of activities that further the Company's external public/media relations and marketing efforts
15. Develops contacts and relationships with the media and other targeted audiences in order to create opportunities for promoting Life Time Fitness, its businesses, products, services and events to targeted audiences
16. Represents Life Time Fitness to the press and public by acting as spokesperson
17. Maintains database of public relations contacts
18. Plans and orchestrates the most effective vehicles/channels for communicating internal messages
19. Manages the Life Time Fitness website press room
20. Organizes and maintains Life Time Fitness press clippings
21. Oversees the Public Relations Intern
22. Manages relationships with hired agencies as required
23. Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Education/Experience:
·  Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing or other related field
·  A minimum of eight years of public/media relations work experience
·  Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills (examples required)
·  Ability to multi-task within tight deadlines
·  Demonstrated success in developing relationships with media members and implementing media campaigns and securing media coverage in a variety of media outlet types
·  Strong attention to detail, organized and efficient
·  Proven ability to develop strong relationships and communicate with all levels of management, including team members and leaders across Life Time Fitness markets
·  Ability to effectively present to management, media, the general public and/or other audiences as required
·  Ability to define problems, collect data, draw valid conclusions and implement media relations tactics that address these factors
·  Ability to define and deliver comprehensive qualitative and quantitative public/media relations effectiveness and measurement analyses
·  Proven conflict resolution and incident management communications expertise
·  Knowledge of the health, fitness and nutrition fields a plus
 
Computer Skills:
·  Windows, Microsoft Office Applications, Media database management
 
Other:
·  Ability to travel and support night and weekend commitments as required
 

Marketing Specialist - Christopher & Banks Co

Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based specialty retailer of women's apparel. As a women's apparel retailer, we operate more than 800 specialty stores in 46 states under the Christopher & Banks and C.J. Banks names.
The philosophy at Christopher & Banks is to create a great team atmosphere and promote qualified employees from within the company whenever possible. Whether you are employed in the stores or at our headquarters, we offer a variety of positions with flexible hours. In addition to career advancement opportunities, we offer:
  • Flexible schedules including days, evenings and weekends in our Field/Store positions
  • A generous merchandise discount
  • Medical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Short term and long term disability
  • Cafeteria 125 (flex) plan which includes daycare
  • 401 (K) retirement savings program
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • A great team atmosphere
Marketing Specialist:
Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based specialty retailer of women's apparel. As a women's apparel retailer, we operate more than 800 specialty stores in 46 states under the Christopher & Banks and C.J. Banks names.

The philosophy at Christopher & Banks is to create a great team atmosphere and promote qualified employees from within the company whenever possible. Whether you are employed in the stores or at our headquarters, we offer a variety of positions with flexible hours. In addition to career advancement opportunities, we offer:

* A generous merchandise discount Medical Insurance
* Life Insurance
* Dental Insurance
* Short term and long term disability
* Cafeteria 125 (flex) plan which includes daycare
* 401(K) retirement savings program
* Paid vacation and holidays
* A great team atmosphere

Relocation Assistance will be provided if necessary. Check out the CNNMoney.com list of the top 10 places to live and see why Plymouth, MN, where our corporate headquarters is located, is No. 1 on the list!!
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/index.html

Description

Join an innovative company with a seasoned executive team. Christopher & Banks is a financially stable, nationwide specialty retailer; we’ve been dressing women for over 50 years. We’re unlike any other retailer, we ‘Celebrate women of all sizes’ with our two unique brands CJ Banks and Christopher & Banks.


If you work best in an environment of teamwork and genuine collaboration, are an optimist by nature, organized, motivated, dedicated, and ready to help build a best in class consumer brand, this could be the job for you. Please read more about us at Christopherandbanks.com.

Position Description:

We are interested in someone who can help us reinvent the way media and PR works in an integrated marketing environment. If you are experienced in retail marketing, like to work at a grassroots level, enjoy the challenge of generating PR and understand that the changing consumer and digital environment creates more word of mouth opportunities than ever before then we’d like to hear from you.

We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated individual. This position would support the planning and activation of a full media plan on a local and national level spanning grassroots efforts, third party brand partnerships, public relations (in business and fashion media) and non traditional advertising opportunities. Working with the VP Marketing this individual will contribute to driving the business, increasing brand awareness and strengthening our community connections.


This job description does not list all job responsibilities.  You may be asked to perform other duties.  Christopher & Banks has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not an employment contract and in no way alters associates’ at-will employment relationship with the Company.



Required Skills

Success developing and executing integrated marketing/grassroots and/or PR campaigns for a retail or consumer brand
Strong creative and strategic thinking skills combined with a history of flawless execution
Ability to work well within cross-functional teams
Excellent verbal & written communication skills
Time management skills
1-2 years of professional public relations experience preferred
Knowledge and experience in grassroots program development
Experience working within traditional and social media
BA in Business, marketing or related field BS/BA degree in a relevant field
Previous experience in fashion public relations and media strongly preferred
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
Adept at working in a fast-moving and responsive business environment


Required Experience

Assist in developing marketing plan to include grassroots campaigns, third party partnerships, non-traditional advertising and public relations efforts
Manage marketing budget for PR, co-branded advertising, grassroots and media relations
Working with the Vice President of Marketing integrate the media plan into the annual marketing strategy and plans.

Co-branded Advertising:
Working with marketing team research and define appropriate brands and develop full recommendations for partnership and cross-marketing opportunities. Execute co-branding iniatives flawlessly.

Media relations:
Develop and maintain relationships both with reps and editorial staff at fashion magazines
Solicit product knowledge from Merchant and Design teams that support product placement strategy
Be main point of contact for all product placement requests with magazine and TV editorial staff.
Monitor fashion, lifestyle and boomer blogs for new promotional opportunities/ideas
Assist in the development and execution of a new PR plan at a local and national level

Grass roots marketing:
Initiate, coordinate and manage all grassroots projects and develop a grassroots marketing calendar
Provide quarterly reporting including ROI analysis in partnership with marketing analyst
Be the primary interface with store operations for all grassroots marketing efforts
Plan and implement viral campaigns working with ecommerce teams when appropriate
Aid in developing and administering multi channel promotions and revenue-generating events

Partner with creative team to translate communication plan into marketing tactics and deliverables. Write creative briefs to include requirements as well as desired consumer impact
Lead plans and briefing, participate in creative reviews, effectively partner at all levels and across all functions to deliver and execute on all marketing projects


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Athletic Communications Internship

Job Description:


Duties/Responsibilities
  • Direct involvement with all 25 University sports, while serving as the primary media contact for three assigned sports (soccer, wrestling, softball)
  • Write press releases, competition previews, game/meet notes and feature stories
  • Manage media operations at home events for assigned sports
  • Assist with the production of media guides and game programs
  • Record in-game statistics and compile season statistics
  • Submit required weekly reports to the Big Ten Conference
  • Maintain and provide content for our University's .com
  • Other tasks as assigned

Interns will be invited to participate in an on-going ICA intern development program.

The Communications Internship will begin on Monday, June 7, 2010, and continue through June 5. 2011, with a stipend of $1000.00 per month.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in sports information or athletic public relations
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience with statistical and layout/design software (StatCrew, QuarkXPress)
Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three references. Review of applications will begin Monday, March 29, 2010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Apply for this job now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

University of Minnesota - Public Relations Support

Required qualifications:
  • U of M undergraduate student in relevant field such as journalism, marketing, or communications 
  • some experience with communications or public relations work
  • some experience with campus organizations
  • proven excellent English skills, both oral and written; must be able to
  • show samples of written work
  • strong interest in interacting with others, such as University Relations, social media, OVPR Communications, and news outlets, to disseminate information about MSI and to increase its visibility and attractiveness for potential users and collaborators
  • proactive and aggressive approach to job duties
  • successful experience working with a team and coordinating efforts with larger goals
Desired qualifications:
  • extensive experience with communications or public relations
  • extensive experience working in some capacity with one or more campus student or other organizations
Work with Supercomputing Institute (MSI) Public Relations committee to enhance and develop effective communications with U of M Relations, the Office of the Vice President for Research communications team, social media, and news outlets, with the purpose of disseminating news items and other information in order to increase MSI's visibility and to attract new potential users of MSI services and potential collaborators for joint efforts with MSI.

Also, help to implement plan for increasing awareness of MSI's services among departments and colleges across the University and strengthening MSI's relationships with those units.

Hourly Rate: $13/hour - 20 hours per week to be arranged with supervisor


Visit the University's Web site for more info and to apply.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Prime Therapeutics LLC - Communications Specialist

Job Description:
Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) is an innovative and emerging leader in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care and service for our members and empower clients to make informed decisions in health care management. Our strategy is to integrate pharmacy and health management for clinical, financial and ultimately member gain. We proudly serve over 14.6 million members across the United States.

If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of others, along with opportunities to develop and advance your career, come join our rapidly growing and dynamic company. We are headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota with major locations in Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for supporting public relations and marketing communications activities, primarily focused on external audiences. The position collaborates with sales and marketing, clinical, account management and other departments to support a variety of communications activities including press releases, newsletter articles, case studies, member letters and various company communications. In addition, the position provides general marketing communications assistance for company and department projects as needed.

Responsibilities:

•At the direction of the Director of Public Relations, support the company’s public relations and marketing communications program. Write and edit Prime press releases, talking points and newsletter articles, working with key contacts from all Prime departments to ensure accuracy and critical content.

•Provide event management support for Prime’s client meetings and events, including overall communication and coordination, venue and entertainment selection and presentation development, as well as proactively gather post-event feedback from participants on effectiveness. Responsible for ensuring presentations are cohesive, on message and brand-compliant. Manage outsourced meeting planner where appropriate.

•Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop member-level communications that convey drug discontinuations or shortages, changes in benefit coverage or formulary changes. Responsible for managing all aspects of review and approval process to guarantee messaging that meets all regulatory requirements and meet brand standards.

•Provide oversight for management and coordination of prime’s promotional store, including vendor management, product selection and promotion. Provide direction to Communications Planner to ensure adherence to corporate brand, style and key messages.

•Support the public relations function through the ongoing monitoring of editorial calendars and other strategic opportunities. Track and report news coverage.

•Assist with supporting other client marketing communication needs and other marketing projects as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field.
•Minimum of 2 to 3 years experience in marketing or communications role.
•Health care industry experience preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Ability to meet tight deadlines and balance multiple projects.
•Proficient in Microsoft Office software.
•Ambitious self-starter who is eager to grow with the job and take on additional responsibilities.

Apply online now.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Manager - Communications- Delta Connection

Job Summary:
Responsible for managing strategic internal communications for Delta Connection, Regional Elite and Compass employees. Develop, execute and coordinate comprehensive communication plans and messages based on corporate mission, objectives and events.Assist leadership team in creating culture of open communication, feedback and engagement. Provide communications counsel to senior management regarding internal communication issues. Responsible for creating and implementing communications to ensure employee awareness of Delta brand messages- conduct focus groups and online surveys on company initiatives. Develop employee recognition program, coordinate communication steering committee, develop/maintain employee feedback programs and emails. Develop/coordinate initiatives with individual carriers and serve as a liaison to Delta Corporate Communications for coordination on any external or corporate communications issues. Develop communications vehicles for Delta subsidiary employees and contribute to and use Delta's employee communication vehicles, including DeltaNet. Develop executive audio line, online messaging, video technologies and web conferencing capabilities for Delta Connection and subsidary leaders. Develop and coordinate executive communication strategies. Practice safety conscious behaviors in all operational processes and procedures.

Job Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in communications or related field preferred. Minimum three years of media relations and corporate communications experience preferred. Communications, public relations and regional airline experience preferred. Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills. Strong analytical and negotiation skills preferred. Proven leadership and project management skills required. Should have the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and front-line emloyee groups. A working knowledge of Word and Access is required. Must have a high degree of initiative and the ability to manage multiple tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines as required. Must be flexible in dealing with changing priorities. Some travel required.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Vision-Ease Lens - Marketing Internship

Vision-Ease Lens is pleased to announce a summer internship in Marketing!

As a Vision-Ease Lens Marketing Intern, you will be involved in multiple marketing disciplines within department including but not limited to: Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Product Management and Customer Retention activities. Internship will serve as a great opportunity for candidates wanting to experience most, if not all, areas of a marketing department. This is a paid, full-time position from ~May ~ August.

The areas of responsibility are:

Public Relations - Social Media
  • Monitor consumer and trade sites searching for opportunities to respond with favorable messaging.
  • Seek out new trade/consumer locations where relevant optical conversations/blogs are taking place.
  • Post activities via Facebook account, recommend ways to further drive customer membership surrounding tradeshows, misc. events.
  • Occasional PR Agency, client-side perspective interaction


Marketing Communications
  • Work with internal and external resources in assisting with routing/ proofing marketing communications materials.
  • Recommend and source appropriate marketing giveaways and clothing as needed. Solicit bids, negotiate favorable pricing .
  • Assist with scheduling of national tradeshows, regional tradeshows and corporate events including post-show correspondence.
  • Occasional Advertising Agency, client-side perspective interaction
Customer Growth Activities
  • Evaluate customer spreadsheets segmenting customers by sales volume to help drive future marketing programs / thresholds.
  • Intimately involved in Summer Coppertone promotion in tracking coop activities, response rates and growth.
  • Perform informal customer survey calls; evaluate responses.

Product Management
Participate in research projects supporting large-scale product management activities including: price analysis, competitive features, product availability and value add services.

Support and participate in all other marketing projects as requested.

Interested candidates will possess the following characteristics:
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of accuracy and detail-orientation. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once while meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • A good understanding of database management software (excel/access) with ability to manipulate files as needed.

Sophomore / Junior / Senior -Year Level.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; hands on experience with Social media including Facebook and/or Twitter.

If you are interested and have the capabilities outlined above, please apply online!

Headquartered in Ramsey, Minn., Vision-Ease Lens is a manufacturer of quality ophthalmic lenses including LifeRx(R) light-responsive lenses, Coppertone?¢ polarized lenses, SunRx(R) polarized lenses, and Illumina(R) progressive line-free lenses. Vision-Ease Lens products are sold through independent opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, as well as many retail chains and dispensing markets across the country. For more information about Vision-Ease Lens and its products, visit www.vision-ease.com.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Morsekode - Project Manager

Morsekode is a creative agency located a hop, skip and a jump from the light rail system and Mall of America. We’re looking for a project manager with a couple years experience, someone who knows and loves project management, but is interested in working towards the next level of account management. We have a great small agency vibe and everyone here has a voice. 

As a project manager, you will:
  • Open, track and drive projects from initiation to completion
  • Generate estimates and track project hours to keep individual projects on budget
  • Write and update project briefs and timelines
  • Schedule and coordinate all internal project meetings 
  • Act as liaison between account and design teams and keep everyone on timeline
  • Route design files internally for proofing and approval; communicate changes/feedback to design team
  • Coordinate communication of client feedback to design team
  • Communicate project updates and meeting notes with clients
  • Create and update weekly project status reports
  • Maintain and archive job files (online and offline) with project documentation and internal approvals
Who we’re looking for:
  • 2+ years project management experience, everything from print to web to video
  • Agency experience preferred
  • Attention to detail x 10
  • Above average communication skills (that includes verbal, written and successful history of speaking in front of an audience)
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Ability to handle many projects on a deadline (without stressing!)
  • Someone who is interested in working towards the next level of agency account management 
Also:
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer proficient (we use Macs and Microsoft Office)
  • Quick learner
  • A snarky sense of humor
Please send resume in PDF format to projectmanager@morsekode.com. Learn more
about us at www.morsekode.com

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Strother Communications - Account Executive

Take it to the top. SCG is seeking a creative and experienced marketing communications pro to conceive and craft compelling messaging that helps strengthen brands and drive strategic integrated marketing campaigns for audiences around the globe. Bring your passion for writing, reading and client relationships to our 360° view atop the Campbell Mithun Tower in Minneapolis.
Skill Set Required for Success:
  • Great writer and thinker
  • Enthusiastic knowledge seeker
  • Experienced marketer (PR, advertising, web, SEO, social media, direct, sales support)
  • Confident presenter
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Collaborative team player
  • Degree in communications, journalism or marketing
  • 3-7 years of related experience
We’re seeking full-time, local candidates only. No freelancers please.
Show us how you stand out with your cover letter and resume:
Strother Communications Group
222 S. 9th Street Floor 41
Minneapolis, MN 55402
resume@scgpr.com

Weber Shandwick - Social Media Director

About the Job

As a leading global communications firm, Weber Shandwick works with clients to address a broad range of challenges across diverse geographies, product categories and audiences.​ Our ability to harness this collective experience and knowledge to apply it to each assignment is an important ingredient in our success.​ We are continuing to develop new ways of harnessing the power of advocacy for our clients.​ One way is through recognizing how advocacy - the active support of brands, causes and issues by individuals - has emerged as the most trusted source of information and communication today, as well as the most powerful force in business.​ We seek to build advocacy creation into our client work from the start.​

Our Minneapolis office has an opening for a Senior-Level Social Media Director to join our team of 20 digital specialists.​ The fundamental role of this position will be to develop and oversee the execution of strategic social media and digital initiatives for our clients.​ This person will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Digital Communications.​

The selected candidate will work with our account teams to strategize and recommend digital tactics as part of our client's integrated marketing campaigns.​ These include: social networks, Twitter, mobile integration, social media policies, Search strategies, blogger relations, social community management; all efforts to point back to client's communications strategies and are grounded in ROI, analytics and metrics.​

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Hands-on digital advisor to PR account teams
  • Key strategist and idea contributor to clients; responsible for integration of interactive elements into new and existing PR plans
  • SEO/​SEM integration
  • Proactive evangelist that promotes greater interactive education and fluency among clients and account staff
  • Presenter of interactive concepts to clients/​prospective clients
  • Writer of digital responses to RFPs
  • Accountable for high-quality, on-time, on-budget results
  • Shared responsibility with account team for client growth and profitability
  • Monitor results to improve future campaigns /​ report to client
  • Explore potential for digital opportunities with existing clients


 Qualifications:
  • Strong and current knowledge of social media, technology, interactive research and emerging standards related to digital media
  • Strategic thinker with understanding of traditional and digital marketing and media disciplines
  • Creative idea generator with ability to coalesce digital initiatives with other traditional public relations initiatives
  • Demonstrated success in teaching, coaching and counseling others
  • Knowledge of healthcare industry preferable
  • Minimum of 6 years experience in interactive public relations, marketing, advertising, account management
  • Experienced leader with ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Track record in building relationships at an executive level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required including experience writing proposals and presentations
  • Excellent online research skills
  • Demonstrated project management and organization skills
  • College degree in marketing communications or equivalent related business experience


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Weber Shandwick is an equal opportunity employer.​ EEO/​AA.​M/​F/​D/​V.​

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Padilla Speer Beardsley - Senior Account Executive, Agribusiness

Join a busy agribusiness communications team and help us grow. Padilla Speer Beardsley is searching for a public relations professional with five-to-nine years of experience in public relations and marketing communications in agribusiness.

The SAE will plan, implement and evaluate public relations programs; manage day-to-day client activities; monitor budgets; problem solve; and participate in new business, including lead generation and prospecting. Strong writing, media relations, account management and client-relations skills are critical, and experience working at a public relations agency is a plus.

Padilla is a communications and public relations firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York City. We are a multi-specialty agency, with experts in crisis/critical issues management, employee communications, investor relations, market/opinion research, marketing communications, media relations and public affairs. Our clients come from various industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, technology, consumer products, health care, retail, financial and more.

Padilla is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers excellent benefits. We strive for excellence. We’re strategic. We deliver results. We have fun. And we’re seeking entrepreneurial individuals who want to grow with us.

Please send cover letter and resume referencing this job to Stephanie Grogg, Padilla Speer Beardsley, resumes@psbpr.com or 1101 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55415. For more information about Padilla Speer Beardsley, check out our web site at www.psbpr.com.

Padilla Speer Beardsley - Assistant Account Executive, Agribusiness

Padilla Speer Beardsley is looking for an enthusiastic communications professional to join our agriculture and environmental-science practice. Candidates for the opening should have one-to-two years of post-college experience in marketing communications or public relations, preferably in agribusinesses. A degree in ag journalism, ag business or a related agriculture degree is preferred.

Required skills: excellent writer; ability to understand and explain complex subjects; experience with trade-media relations; self-starter and strong work ethic. Agency experience is a plus. Some travel is required.

The assistant account executive is responsible for many day-to-day PR activities, which can include:
  • Developing media and influencer lists.
  • Writing news releases, feature articles and proposal letters.
  • Assisting with event logistics, researching venues, invites.
  • Conducting media calls.
  • Scheduling editor appointments for media tours and trade shows.
  • Research.
  • Managing mailings and press kits.

Padilla is a communications and public relations firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York City. We are a multi-specialty agency, with experts in crisis/critical issues management, employee communications, investor relations, market/opinion research, marketing communications, media relations and public affairs. Our clients come from various industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, technology, consumer products, health care, retail, financial and more.

Padilla is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers excellent benefits. We strive for excellence. We’re strategic. We deliver results. We have fun. And we’re seeking entrepreneurial individuals who want to grow with us.

Please send cover letter and resume referencing this job to Stephanie Grogg, Padilla Speer Beardsley, resumes@psbpr.com or 1101 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55415. For more information about Padilla Speer Beardsley, check out our web site at www.psbpr.com.

Tasefully Simple - Vice President, Marketing

SCOPE OF POSITION
This position reports to the CEO and Founder of the company, and is responsible for all marketing strategies, and tactical implementation. Marketing includes: marketing program development, web marketing, marketing production, design crew (internal design agency), communications (including public relations), product development and community relations. There are currently 6 direct reports and 36 indirect reports. The marketing operating budget is $4.5 million.

The sales team, consultant training team and the conference, events and travel team have a strong interface with the marketing team.

 Strategic
  • Drive sales through competitive and breakthrough strategies and tactical marketing plans
  • Serve on Vision Team, offering strategic leadership to company
  • Play a leadership role in achieving the aspirations of the company
  • Lead marketing vision
  • Oversee and evaluate market research and adjust marketing strategy to meet changing market and competitive conditions
  • Develop plan to achieve Tastefully Simple objectives through systems, tactics, processes and team
  • Develop innovative strategies
  • Drive the strategy behind product budget, market research, pricing, image and marketing campaigns, web marketing and launches
  • Develop and recommend product positioning, packaging and pricing strategy to produce long-term success
  • Gain consumer insights and trends, adapting marketing strategies accordingly
  • Create, communicate and implement competitive and breakthrough marketing strategies for HQ as well as consultants
 Leadership
  • Develop Marketing infrastructure
  • Motivate and lead a high-performance marketing team
  • Develop and share clear expectations and standards of performance
  • Oversee the development of product packaging, catalogs and other print materials
  • Create strong morale and team spirit
  • Build and lead world-class consumer packaged goods marketing team 
 Business Acumen
  • Achieve profit goals and market share in relation to industry standards and economic trends
  • Analyze and control expenditures to conform to budgetary requirements and ensure effective control of marketing results
  • Strong collaboration with Vice President, Sales and Vice President, Technology
 Analytical
  • Drive market research and methodology, quantifiable analysis and evaluation of marketing programs
  • Direct research and development, utilizing data-driven models such as accurate focus group information
  • Product line analysis that leads to higher sales and reduced expenses
  • Marketing campaign analysis
  • Competitive analysis
  • Customer satisfaction
 Other
  • Guide preparation of marketing activity reports and dashboard presentations to present to Vision Team
  • Significantly grow our brand
  • Relentlessly incorporate Tastefully Simple’s style and principles into all projects
  • Establish and maintain a consistent image across all marketing activities
  • The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive
 FIRST YEAR EXPECTATIONS
 Key Projects
  • Implement web analytics
  • Achieve successful product launch
  • Simplify consultant communications: higher impact, user friendly, fewer touch points
  • Execute additional key initiatives
Producing Results
  • Increase e-commerce sales (growth rate TBD)
  • Develop strategy to reduce cost of goods sold (rate TBD)
  • Attain a solid baseline understanding of home party business
  • Provide structure of work to marketing team: working in most efficient, effective way
Contributions to Culture
  • Create strong morale, cohesiveness and team spirit
  • Have demonstrated courage to be bold and encourage debate

Required Skills

BEHAVIORS   

  • Intellectual Functioning
  1. Strategic: anticipates and plans ahead with broad designs and ideas
  2. Critical thinker: probes beneath the surface; does not accept things at face value
  3. Tactical: plans and implements ideas with short-term benefits; practical
  • Emotional/Work Related
  1. Result oriented: concentrates energy and attention on getting things done
  2. Tolerates ambiguity: copes well with complex and vague situations
  3. Cooperative: willing and able to work constructively with others
  • Interpersonal & Social
  1. Listens: carefully attends to what others are saying and what they mean
  2. Persuasive: able to influence others
  3. Sincere: genuine and natural when dealing with people
  • Leadership & Management
  1. Visionary: can imagine and communicate what the future will be and get others to rally around the cause; realistic and altruistic
  2. High standards: demands excellence; communicates and enforces high standards
  3. Mentor: guides and directs others to appropriate course of action
Required Experience

Experience required:

1. Strong prior experience developing and implementing successfully the following marketing strategies:
  • Product development
  • Packaging strategies
  • Market research and data driven models (i.e., focus group information)
  • Brand development
  • Leading marketing campaigns and promotions
  • Communication strategies
  • Pricing and cost of goods sold (COGS) strategies
  • Collateral material development
  • Providing fresh, innovative breakthrough ideas
2. 10 years experience in a marketing leadership role
  • Supervised Direct – min 4
  • Supervised Indirect – min 30
3. Working within company with revenues of $100 million or greater
Experience preferred:
  • E-commerce strategies
  • Web marketing and knowledge
  • Party plan experience or other direct sales, distributor business or franchise model experience
  • Strong retail background and experience
  • Agency experience
  • Incentives
  • Leading in an entrepreneurial, privately held company
  • Passion for food
  • Working for company with revenues of $500 million or greater
Education:
  • BA/BS degree in related field
  • MBA preferred
  • Executive programs on value creation, brand building and innovation preferred
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary is six figures, bonus eligible, and is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.   
See attached summary of benefits.
Relocation package included.
TO APPLY, CONTACT IN CONFIDENCE:
Doug Edwards
Senior Partner
DB Edwards Group
Charlotte Office
704.588.4929
doug.edwards@dbedwardsgroup.com
www.dbedwardsgroup.com

Get more information on this job on Tastefully Simple's Web site.

Vice President of Communications - Buffalo Wild Wings


Join a team that is all about sports, great food, family and friends. Buffalo Wild Wings is a fast paced, high energy environment with amazing growth. To see for yourself, apply below.

The VP of Corporate Communications will be responsible for internal and external communication, including communication strategy and planning; team member and franchise communication; executive support; issues management; crisis communication; public relations; investor relations; and public affairs. This position will work with team members in existing positions who currently report to different departments, as well as with outside consultants. The ideal candidate will be a strategist as well as a hands-on communicator.
Local candidates are preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a communication-related field and 10 or more years of experience in the field of organizational communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of organizational communication principles, practices and techniques. This should include up-to-date knowledge of the capabilities of electronic media, including social media, web sites and video.
  • Extensive experience with internal communication is required.
  • Experience in providing confidential communication counsel to senior executives, preferably in the restaurant or retail industry.
  • Outstanding written communication skills, including a flawless command of grammar and punctuation.
  • Communications experience to support media relations, reputation/brand management, investor relations, event management and franchisor/franchisee relationships is preferred.
  • International and multi-cultural communication experience is a plus with an emphasis on international business expansion.
  • Experience with cost/benefit analysis for communication programs would be a plus as company decision-making is highly data driven.
Additional Qualifications:
  • A strong, strategic thinker and problem solver.
  • An ability to set and balance short- and long-term priorities and remain focused within a rigorous, fast-paced and quickly changing environment. Effective project management skills and proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Strong people skills and the ability to manage through people-related issues.
  • Ability to have a positive impact on a wide range of team members and audiences based on industry expertise, risk-assessment ability, experience and knowledge of how communication can affect financial results and team member engagement.
  • Good business liaison capabilities; ability to build strong partnerships; a team player.
  • Ability to mentor and develop subordinates.
  • Strong empathy and listening skills.
  • A positive, upbeat, “can-do” attitude.
  • A firm commitment to ethics, honesty, integrity and credibility.
Responsibilities Include:

The position will lead and coordinate internal and external communication with team members, franchisees, the Board, media, the investment community, community/advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders.

The key accountabilities of the position include:

  • Develop and execute an overall corporate communication strategy and annual internal and external communications plans and budgets consistent with the strategic business objectives established for Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • Contribute to the development of company strategy with the company’s Leadership Team.
  • Create and lead a communication team to develop and implement communication strategies, including both content and vehicles.
  • Partner with the senior leadership team to develop strategic internal and external communication plans to support current and future business needs, including international expansion.
  • Lead and direct team members from other departments who provide internal and external communication support. Plan, direct and coordinate the activities of assigned communication team members to ensure the effective and efficient creation and implementation of internal and external communication activities. Develop and refine communication channels and processes.
  • Write, review and edit communication plans and materials developed by others, as needed to support business objectives.
  • Develop and monitor ongoing systems for gathering information that might affect company decision-making.
  • Develop systems for tracking performance of communication programs against measurable objectives, including informal and formal research processes.
  • Monitor and manage issues and crises that might affect the company, and proactively make recommendations on response management.
  • Provide executive communication support, which may include drafting/editing speeches and letters/emails; support large-group meetings; and provide follow-up materials to help communicate leadership decisions.
  • Ensure both internal and external public relations programs adhere to corporate standards, promote the company's mission and vision, and complement and support the achievement of established objectives.
  • Provide communication training and guidance to managers and leaders.
  • Prepare and manage the Communication department budget.
  • Able to travel up to 20% to support business events