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Friday, August 31, 2012

Habitat for Humanity - Public Relations intern

Habitat for Humanity at the U of M needs a public relations intern! The PR intern will partner with the chapter’s executive board and create all press releases for our chapter events, as well as various PR needs. This unpaid volunteer position will work closely with our two Marketing Coordinators, though they will be in touch with the other 12 board members as well.

We need someone who is professional and able to stay in close communication with our chapter, as our exec board works very quickly through email, phone, and individual meetings if necessary. The time commitment varies and is dependent on our upcoming events. If you want to learn more about working with non-profits, add to your portfolio, and work with a great team of people, we’d love to have you come work with us -- or if you know someone else who would fit this internship, please let us know too! If interested in applying, please email Kathy Su at kathy.su@uofmhabitat.org for an application by Sept. 15.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Minnesota Opera - Social Media Intern

Minnesota Opera’s Social Media Intern, under supervision of the Communications Manager, will assist in monitoring and constructing the social media presence of one of America’s leading opera companies. The intern will learn about using social media, marketing and public relations to promote the work of the Opera.

The Social Media Internship will run from September 10, 2012 – May 17, 2013. The schedule is approximately 15-20 hours per week, including nights and weekends, with exact schedule to be determined. Internship is available immediately and negotiable in length, but a full season internship is preferable (September – May). Please only apply if you are available 15-20 hours per week.
All interns can expect to interact with staff in various departments throughout the company, providing a better understanding of the role of multimedia content within the organization.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

ACTIVITIES:
Collaborate with Communications Manager to create and monitor Minnesota Opera’s social media presence, including our various Facebook pages, Twitter account and Company Blog. Research and brainstorm content ideas that fit within the social media plan. Develop other social media presences (Google+, LinkedIn, etc.). Collaborate with Communications Manager, Multimedia Communications Intern and Photography Intern to develop content for the Opera’s social media initiatives (in addition to the above-mentioned outlets, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest and Picasa), website and e-communications. Organize Minnesota Opera’s “Social Media Night at the Opera” (social event and final dress rehearsal attended by bloggers, graphic novelists/comic book artists, live-tweeters, etc., one for each of our five productions).

QUALIFICATIONS:

Interest in social media strategy.
Experience with current social media platforms required (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress, etc. preferred). Detail-oriented with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines required. Familiarity with social media dashboards such as Hootsuite preferred. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong interest in pursuing a career in not-for-profit/performing arts publicity. Professional demeanor. Previous public relations/publicity experience strongly preferred. Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates (all majors are welcomed, though arts administration, public relations, journalism, communications, digital media and other related majors are preferred).

FOR CONSIDERATION:

Please submit cover letter, resume and a link to your personal blog OR twitter handle OR a public Facebook page you administrate to dzillmann@mnopera.org.

Minnesota Opera - Photography Intern

Minnesota Opera’s Photography Intern, under supervision of the Communications Manager, will learn about all aspects of photography for one of America’s leading opera companies by photographing special events, publicity runouts and aspects of the rehearsal process; organizing and assisting our publicity photographer Aleutian Calabay at publicity photo shoots; shadowing our production photographer Michal Daniel at final dress rehearsals; editing photos for our social media outlets, e-communications and company website; and organizing and archiving all photography during our 50th anniversary season.

The Photography Internship will run from September 10, 2012 – May 17, 2013. The schedule is approximately 10-15 hours per week, including nights and weekends, with exact schedule to be determined. Internship is available immediately and negotiable in length, but a full season internship is preferable (September – May). Please only apply if you are available 10-15 hours per week.
All interns can expect to interact with staff in various departments throughout the company, providing a better understanding of the role of multimedia content within the organization.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

ACTIVITIES:
Capture, edit, distribute and archive photos of special events, various publicity runouts (artist appearances and interviews for newsprint/magazines, radio and television) and the rehearsal process at the Minnesota Opera Center in Minneapolis and the Ordway in St. Paul. Collaborate with Communications Manager, Multimedia Communications Intern and Social Media Intern to develop content for the Opera’s social media initiatives (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, YouTube), website and e-communications. Organize, attend and assist with publicity photo shoots (one for each of our five productions). Shadow our production photographer at final dress rehearsals (however not responsible for mainstage production photography). Manage Minnesota Opera’s photos via Flickr, Pinterest and Picasa.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Interest in performing arts, event or journalistic photography. Previous photography experience required, preferably for a print or online publication. Detail-oriented with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines required. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong interest in pursuing a career in not-for-profit/performing arts photography. Professional demeanor. Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with a strong portfolio of work (all majors are welcomed, though Photography, Art, Digital Media and other related majors are preferred). Access to photography equipment, including digital camera, required.

FOR CONSIDERATION:

Please submit cover letter and a link to your online portfolio to dzillmann@mnopera.org. (You may also arrange for DropBox transfer of work samples via the same email address).

Minnesota Opera - Multimedia Communications Intern

Minnesota Opera’s Multimedia Communications Intern, under supervision of the Communications Manager, will assist in the development and production of engaging multimedia content for a variety of platforms to support the publicity and communications strategies of the company. The intern will learn about using video, audio recording and photography to promote the productions and initiatives of one of America’s leading opera companies. By filming special events and portions of the rehearsal process, editing in-house video clips for social media and website content, organizing video shoots and assisting our videographers from Comcast and QuarterTon Productions, the intern will develop editing and evaluation skills as well as a critical eye for compelling content for viewers and listeners.
The Multimedia Communications Internship will run from September 10, 2012 – May 17, 2013. The schedule is approximately 15-20 hours per week, including nights and weekends, with exact schedule to be determined. Internship is available immediately and negotiable in length, but a full season internship is preferable (September – May). Please only apply if you are available 15-20 hours per week.

All interns can expect to interact with staff in various departments throughout the company, providing a better understanding of the role of multimedia content within the organization.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

ACTIVITIES:
Brainstorm content ideas for video clips and audio podcasts. Develop storyboards and scripts. Record, edit, distribute and archive video of a limited amount of special events and various publicity runouts (artist appearances and interviews for newsprint/magazines, radio and television) and the rehearsal process at the Minnesota Opera Center in Minneapolis and the Ordway in St. Paul. Collaborate with Communications Manager, Online Content Specialist, Photography Intern and Social Media Intern to develop content for the Opera’s social media initiatives (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, YouTube) and website. Coordinate video shoots and production schedules for Comcast “A Backstage Look” features (one for each of our five productions).
Coordinate and assist with artist interviews for in-house created audio podcasts. Organize video interviews and assist in the editing process for QuarterTon Production’s shoots on our final dress rehearsal nights (resulting in interview clips, production b-roll and publicity VNR). Manage Minnesota Opera’s video content via YouTube.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Interest in multimedia conceptualization and production. Previous experience required in video production/editing (Adobe Premiere), podcasting (Audacity, Garage Band) and/or graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite). Detail-oriented with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines required. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong interest in pursuing a career in not-for-profit/performing arts publicity. Professional demeanor. Undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates with a strong portfolio of work (all majors are welcomed, though Art, Design, Cinema, Communications and other related majors are preferred).

FOR CONSIDERATION:
Please submit cover letter and a link to your personal website/online portfolio of video work, or video projects posted on YouTube to dzillmann@mnopera.org.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Jewfolk Media - Editor/Community Manager


Jewfolk Media, Inc. is seeking a highly-motivated individual with experience and passion for blogging, micro-blogging (think Facebook and Twitter) and community participation leadership to be the Editor and Community Manager for TC Jewfolk. This role is a part-time paid position, with great flexibility. This is a job for someone who resides in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  The Editor reports to the Jewfolk Media Board of Directors, and will work closely with the President of the Board, Leora Maccabee Itman.

TC Jewfolk is a multi-author daily online magazine and virtual communal space primarily aimed at young Jewish adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.  TC Jewfolk publishes news, commentary and creative expression and strives to create conversations and connections within the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish community and beyond.  Jewfolk Media, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit whose sole current project is TC Jewfolk.

This position is made possible through the generosity of Kathrine E. and Louis F. Hill, a sustaining gift from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, a grant from the George Kaplan Memorial Fund, and contributions from our community of donors.

TC Jewfolk’s Editor/Community Manager will be responsible for:

1. Content Creation & Curation
Overseeing content for TCJewfolk.com by:
·         Developing and managing an editorial calendar
·         Overseeing and mentoring a team of volunteer bloggers (reviewing/editing submissions, communicating with writers to suggest and solicit articles, set up regular one-on-one meetings and/or phone calls with writers to develop their writing and/or marketing efforts)
·         Growing the content team by recruiting new writers (both ongoing and guest writers)
·         Developing and strengthening relationships with local and national Jewish organizations to recruit guest posts and writers from those organizations on issues, opportunities, and events of interest to the organizations
·         Maintaining the TC Jewfolk online Jewish events calendar and forums (currently Job and Housing/Bulletin boards)

2. Social media outreach
Managing and growing TC Jewfolk’s presence through Twitter, Facebook, and other strategically relevant online properties (such as guest posting on sister sites, etc).

3. Events and Community Relations
·         Maintaining established relationships with Jewish communal organizations and cultivating new opportunities for partnerships
·         Regularly attending key Jewish community events on behalf of the organization to cultivate new writers, readers, advertisers, and donors.  Estimated attendance should be 4-8 events per month.
·         Working with local Jewish organizations to co-sponsor key Jewish community events
·         Engaging in outreach to the affiliated and unaffiliated including through synagogue 20s and 30s groups (such as those at Adath, Beth El, Temple of Aaron, Mount Zion, etc), and innovative relationship-building opportunities.
·         Planning approximately four yearly get-togethers for all of TC Jewfolk’s writers
·         Organizing an annual event to showcase Twin Cities Jewish organizations and expose Twin Cities young Jews to their programming, events, and opportunities.

4. Analytics
Using Google Analytics and other measurement tools to provide reports on metrics, and continually find ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives

5. Advertising, Fundraising and Marketing
·         Soliciting and managing onsite sponsorship ads (small commission available per ad secured)
·         Participating in local fundraising drives and other donor and foundation solicitation
·         Assisting in the development of creative and effective ways to market TC Jewfolk to young Twin Cities Jews, including through social media, and the sale on the website, at local businesses, and at Jewish events of TC Jewfolk merchandise.

Other duties as assigned. This position is part time, with the expected time commitment of 15-20 hours per week.  There is no Jewfolk Media or TC Jewfolk office, so the person in this position will be expected to work remotely.

Qualifications and Experience

The ability to think strategically, and cultivate trusting relationships with team and community partners, and an awareness of community organizing and social media as strategies to create Jewish moments and connections; plus experience of and passion for the Twin Cities Jewish community.

      Strong writing and editorial skills
      Effective communication and interpersonal skills
      Creativity and interest in seeking new professional challenges
      Strong management and leadership skills
      Demonstrated ability to manage details, solve problems, and follow through on assignments with a minimum of direct supervision.
      Models a personal commitment to the Jewish community and Jewish values
      Flexibility for evening events and other professional commitments
      Demonstrated immersion in social media
      Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines
      Self-starter and independent worker
      Wordpress/blogging experience and knowledge/experience with HTML/CSS, a plus
      Knowledge of social media analytics and Google Analytics, a plus
      Journalism, event planning, marketing, and/or communications experience, a plus.
      Bachelor’s Degree required

How to apply:

By September 20th, please submit cover letter, resume, and two recent relevant writing samples under 1000 words (writing samples can be personal or professional but should reflect a conversational writing style) to Leora Maccabee Itman, President of Jewfolk Media, Inc. Send via e-mail to editor@tcjewfolk.com. 

If further samples of your writing are available online, please provide us with a link to those articles and/or your portfolio.

For more information on this position, see http://www.tcjewfolk.com.  AA/EEO

Friday, August 24, 2012

Minnesota Wild - Digital Media Coordinator

This position will be responsible for providing website and social media support for the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of the digital space and how the various platforms can work together to optimize fan participation and new sales. Candidate will be asked to contribute in the areas of writing, editing, conceptualizing and producing videos as well other duties as assigned. This is a seasonal position.

Responsibilities/Essential Duties

Assisting Manager, Wild.com with written coverage for team website, including game nights for both home and away games

Frequent posting and strategizing for the Wild’s overall social media plan, as well as monitoring new developments on social media platforms

Administration and assistance with social media related contests and promotions

Assisting with production of Minnesota Wild game program

Working closely with other departments ensuring consistency in brand execution

Assisting with web site content needs across all MSE properties including placement of press releases, photos and other unique content

Measuring web metrics to help determine strategy based on popularity of specific content

Assisting with creation and placement of online polls, forms, surveys and register-to-wins

Supporting the overall editorial plan and creatively thinking of unique content

Assisting in video elements and interviewing team personnel

Other projects and duties as assigned

Qualifications Required:
Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications or a related field

Experience in writing, website development and social media

Experience using Adobe Creative Suite

Ability to write several pieces on deadline

Knowledge of professional and Minnesota Hockey is a must

Ability to successfully manage and prioritize multiple duties, responsibilities and assignments

Ability to express creativity and creative ideas to others

Self starter who works well independently within team environments

Fast learner with the ability to learn new ideas & concepts quickly

Professional demeanor demonstrating responsibility, initiative and dependability

Detail oriented with good communication and organizational skills

Additional computer skills necessary

Must be willing to work many nights and weekends during home and road games as well as team-related events

Work Conditions

Work is primarily sedentary in nature. Physical requirements include sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, lifting, grasping, etc. 


Apply online now.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weber Shandwick - Account Director/Vice President

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for a motivated Account Director/Vice President with 8 – 15 years of experience to join our fast growing food/farm/agribusiness team.  In this role, you’ll assume a significant leadership position within an important and growing sector of our Minneapolis office.  You’ll help develop the strategic direction of the group, support existing business growth, lead client and account teams and be part of our new business initiatives.
Essential Leadership Competencies and Attributes:
-Demonstrated ability to quickly win client confidence and assume leadership of significant ongoing projects/work streams.
-Ability to confidently engage with clients.  Demonstrate industry/category knowledge melded with communications know-how to solve marketing and communications challenges.
-Maintain very high level of client confidence, backfill highly regarded senior practitioners (be a strong #2 and evolve toward that “client’s first call for help” role quickly.)
-Proven ability to build and develop strong and trusting relationships with clients and with middle/junior staff.
-A proven track record of leveraging experience and knowledge to develop and lead strategic and tactical plans primarily in a business-to-business context
-An in-depth understanding of agribusiness/agri-marketing/food processing/food manufacturing
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Building strong peer-to-peer relationship with senior clients
-Developing long term strategic plans and program recommendations for clients
-Leading new business initiatives
-Providing leadership to staff members
-Balancing workload between accounts and account staff
-Preparing for and leading client meetings and presentations
-Developing and implementing issues response and management recommendations
-Developing creative, high quality content to support client business objectives
-Providing on-site leadership at client and agency events and conferences
 
Qualifications:  
-BA or BS in Business, Marketing, Communications or related degree
-Proven success in solving marketing and communications problems for companies in the food or agribusiness categories primarily in a business-to-business context
-Proven track record in new business development
-Proficiency in client strategy and team leadership
-Expertise in not only traditional media strategies but new media strategy and campaigns as well
-Strong leadership, supervisory and management skills
-Agency experience a big plus

What’s in it For You?
-You’ll have substantial client contact; project management; team management; plan and strategy development. 
-Our office has earned local recognition for our ‘great place to work’ environment.  We operate under a collegial model where all voices are appreciated.
-Help develop and grow a farm and food practice area identified as strategically important to the Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick and to the agency overall.
- Work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields.  And you’ll have the opportunity to be coach, mentor, role model for our highly talented cohort of junior-level employees.

Weber Shandwick - Group Manager

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for an account leader with 6 – 8 years of experience to join our food/farm/agribusiness team.  You’ll assume leadership for accounts within an important and growing sector of our Minneapolis office. 
Essential Leadership Competencies and Attributes:
-Demonstrated ability to quickly win client confidence and assume leadership of ongoing projects/work streams.
-Ability to confidently engage with clients.  Demonstrate industry/category knowledge melded with communications know-how to solve marketing and communications challenges.
-Maintain high level of client confidence.
-Proven ability to build and develop strong and trusting relationships with the client and with junior staff working on this business.
-A proven track record of leveraging experience and knowledge to develop and lead strategic and tactical plans.
-An understanding of agribusiness/agri-marketing/food processing/food manufacturing
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Building strong relationship with clients
-Balancing workload between accounts and account staff
-Preparing for and leading client meetings and presentations
-Developing and implementing issues response and management recommendations
-Providing on-site leadership at client and agency events
-Participating in and helping with new business activities
 
Qualifications:  
-BA or BS in Business, Marketing, Communications or related degree
-Proven success in solving marketing and communications problems for companies in the food or agribusiness categories primarily in a business-to-business context
-Agency experience a big plus but not essential
-Expertise in not only traditional media strategies but new media strategies and campaigns as well
-Crisis issues response and management experience very helpful
-Strong leadership, supervisory and management skills
 
What’s in it For You?
-Have important client contact; project management; team management; plan and strategy development. 
-Our office has earned local recognition for our ‘great place to work’ environment.  We operate under a collegial model where all voices are appreciated.
-Work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields.  And you’ll have the opportunity to be coach, mentor and role model for our highly talented cohort of junior-level employees.

Weber Shandwick - Account Executive

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for a PR professional with 2-3 years of experience to join our growing food/farm/agribusiness team.
Essential Competencies and Attributes:
- Solid writing ability
- Ability to lead projects and interact with clients
- Knowledge of and familiarity with media pitching
- B2B industry experience in food and agribusiness helpful
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-B2B media relations and occasionally national media relations
-Project management, working collaboratively with the client and account team members
-Occasional event public relations work and travel
Qualifications:  
-BA or BS in Business, Communications, Journalism or related degree
-PR agency experience very helpful
What’s in it For You?
-Our office has earned local recognition for our ‘great place to work’ environment.  We operate under a collegial model where all voices are appreciated.
-You’ll have exposure to award-winning work.
-You’ll work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields. 

Get more information and apply online now.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Communications and New Media Coordinator for Minnesotans for a Fair Economy

Purpose:
Work with communications director to manage communications and new media for coalition-based campaign for good jobs and a fair economy in the Twin Cities metro area. Develop and coordinate strategy and message among coalition allies.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed.  Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.)
Campaign Communications
  • Develops message and message discipline among coalition partners
  • Manages media relations in coordination with communications director and coalition spokespeople
  • Identifies and develops spokespeople for public speaking including events and media interviews
  • Writes campaign talking points, speeches, press materials
  • Develops campaign literature including leaflets, walk pieces, petitions, postcards, brochures, briefs and backgrounders
  • Develops and executes new media plan including website content, email list development, e-mail, social media platforms and texting
  • Manages campaign event communications, i.e. strategy, message, location, signage, visuals, materials, media outreach, spokesperson prep, event flow and agenda
  • Coordinates communications with partners
  • Photographs and videotapes events for communications materials
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Requirements
Must be able to represent the campaign with local leaders, members, staff, and outside organizations utilizing independent judgment and a high level of professionalism.

Ability to interact with high level organizational and external contacts, including:
·        Elected officers and leadership, local and national partner staff, project and program managers, field, political, and organizing directors.
·        External: news media, political candidates, elected officials, government officials, partners and allies.
·        Vendors: design and production companies, consultants, pollsters, freelancers, video and multi-media producers, advertising agencies.  Ensures that sophisticated choices are made about
appropriate vendors and support services.
Must have demonstrated ability to manage own work and work of others without supervision.
·        Requires a high level of judgment and ability to take initiative and work independently.
·        Must use a high level of judgment and discretion in resolving problems.
·        Must maintain a high level of confidentiality in handling campaign affairs.
·        Must be able to work with organizational partner elected leaders and senior staff in complex and sometimes politically sensitive situations.
·        Must be able to act and organize time with extreme independence.
·        Must be able to handle multiple “priority” projects
simultaneously and set and meet deadlines, and ensure that staff team does the same.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field.  Five to eight years of related work experience or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
·        Experience developing and implementing strategy on a wide range of campaigns.  Experience in organizing, contract, political, and legislative, as well as experience working with community allies preferred.
·        Thorough knowledge of media relations strategies.
·        Thorough knowledge of electronic and print media systems.
Knowledge of advertising techniques and familiarity with aspects of print, new media and broadcast production preferred.
·        Excellent writing, verbal, and analytical skills.
·        Demonstrated capacity to continuously develop knowledge and skills related to use of rapidly changing technology.
·        Knowledge of unions or other advocacy organizations.
·        Skill in the use of a personal computer and software
applications, including Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge and experience in utilizing Adobe Creative Suite preferred. Experience using Wordpress, BSD and various social media platforms preferred.

Physical Requirements:
Work is generally performed in an office setting, but job may require work in the field or in other settings to perform the tasks required to complete assignments. Long and irregular hours.

Application Instructions: Copy your cover letter and resume into one word document, then upload it into the Upload Resume field at the following link - http://bit.ly/P4GQlm.

This is a term position and is commensurate with the length of the campaign.

Minnesotans for a Fair Economy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Monday, August 20, 2012

Padilla Speer Beardsley - Intern, Manufacturing & Technology

Intern, Manufacturing & Technology, Minneapolis
Padilla Speer Beardsley is looking for a full-time public relations intern to assist in a wide variety of communications and public relations projects. This paid, six-month internship will focus on business-to-business marketing for our manufacturing and technology clients. 

Responsibilities include:
·         Writing news, product and personnel releases.
·         Creating and editing media lists.
·         Research.
·         Media relations work, such as organizing clips and tracking incoming trade publications.

Candidates must have excellent writing skills, as well as one or two previous internships or volunteer experiences in public relations, journalism or marketing communications.

Padilla is a multispecialty firm with experts in integrated marketing communications, corporate reputation, investor relations, employee communications and crisis/critical issues management. We serve clients from a variety of industries, including agriculture, consumer products, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail and technology.

We’re strategic. We deliver results. We have fun. And we’re seeking entrepreneurial individuals who want to grow with us.

Padilla is an employee-owned firm and Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer an exceptional work environment and benefits, which contributed to our recognition as the nation’s “Top Agency to Work For” in 2010. We’re a founding partner of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, a consortium of 100 independently owned partner offices in 133 cities on six continents.

Please send cover letter and resume referencing this job to Jan Olsen, Padilla Speer Beardsley, resumes@padillaspeer.com or 1101 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55415. For more information about Padilla Speer Beardsley, check out our website at www.padillaspeer.com

Two Jobs at Fame Public Relations

ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE - FAME Public Relations 
Minneapolis-based retail brand marketing agency FAME is looking for an assistant account executive-public relations.  In addition to being able to demonstrate experience with day-to-day client communications and program execution, the candidate must be proficient in media relations, blogger outreach, and news writing. The candidate is expected to consistently approach assignments with a positive, collaborative working style, be able to meet deadlines, and embrace agency culture as part of a fast-paced, results-oriented PR team. A bachelor’s degree and two-three years of related work experience is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  

Please submit a cover letter and resume to cleum@fameretail.com.

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE - FAME Public Relations 
Minneapolis-based retail brand marketing agency FAME is looking for a senior account executive-public relations. The candidate must have demonstrated experience managing clients, internal staff, account work/events, and deadlines. The SAE must be proficient in media relations, blogger outreach, and news writing. The candidate is expected to consistently approach assignments with a positive, collaborative working style, be able to meet deadlines, and embrace agency culture as part of a fast-paced, results-oriented PR team. A bachelor’s degree and four-six years of related work experience is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to cleum@fameretail.com.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Metro Transit - Senior Graphic Designer

Metro Transit, the largest provider of transit service in the Twin Cities and one of the country's largest public transportation systems, is looking for a senior designer. We operate local and express bus service along with rail service – the Hiawatha Line, Northstar Commuter Rail and in 2014, the Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul. We also provide resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting. We have an immediate opening for a senior designer to work in Creative Services within the marketing department to continue to build our brand through clear, compelling graphics. The Senior Graphic Designer is responsible for developing customer-focused concepts in a deadline-driven environment. This person is responsible for maintaining visual brand consistency, advocating effectively for design concepts and assisting in the delivery of in-house design and production for print campaigns, internal communications and online promotions.

Please attach a PDF file of your resume and three samples of your recent work to your application.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
•  Conceptualize and create advanced design solutions for a variety of media, including print, web, video and emerging media; translate these solutions into production-ready formats/files.
•  Art direct inhouse graphic designers and/or outside vendors including freelance designers, photographers, illustrators, etc.
•  Collaborate with Marketing staff, internal departments and Council staff to create fresh solutions to communication challenges and provide a design-focused perspective.
•  Apply standards of quality and consistency for Metro Transit's brand/identity across all platforms, including vehicle graphics, environmental graphics and signage.
•  Serve as final sign-off for visual brand elements.
•  Monitor and analyze graphics team performance; coordinate efficient workflow.
QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Experience:
•  Bachelor's degree in graphic design, visual arts or related discipline and 5-8 years of experience in creative design
• Must have at least one year of experience in leading a work team
• Must have proven experience in presenting to clients/stakeholders
•  Must have professional-level experience with Macintosh OS and peripherals, Adobe Creative Suite 5+, HTML/CSS and Microsoft Office.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•  Comprehensive knowledge of graphic design principles, wide variety of media production and color photographic and conventional and digital print processes.
•  Knowledge of current and past design styles and trends. Knowledge of paper types, weighs, sizes, finishes, grain and how these affect printing.
•  Knowledge of printing terms, techniques and processes, such as die-cutting, varnishing, ink types, scoring, folding, stitching and binding.
• Knowledge of video capture and editing.
•  Knowledge of postal regulations affecting design of mail pieces.
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical documents.
•  Skill in verbal communication and listening.
•  Skill in strong, conceptual design abilities.
•  Ability to develop strong creative concepts and translate them visually.
• Skilled in using audiovisual technologies, animation, digital photography and other multimedia techniques.
•  Foundational understanding of business practices (budgets and profit-loss concepts).
•  Outstanding communications skills. Must be able to communicate visually, verbally and writing. Must be able to present effectively and advocate clearly for design concepts to colleagues and stakeholders
•  Excellent analytical skills for visual information design.
•  Knowledge of design and presentation software packages to include Adobe Creative Suite 5+, HTML/CSS and Microsoft Office.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
Union: Non-Represented
Grade: G
FLSA Status: Non- Exempt

Selection Process: Candidates will be referred to the hiring supervisor for consideration based on the results of the following:
• Education and Experience Rating (review of application materials)
• Evaluation of sample work
• Oral Interview
• Selection Interview
The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612-349-7558.

Apply online now.

StoryTeller - Account Strategist


As an account strategist at StoryTeller, you are a Certified Inbound Marketer and public relations professional who has sound understanding of inbound marketing, media relations, social media, event PR, and how to pitch local and national media in print, radio and television. You’ve had at least 2 years of experience in public relations or marketing.  You are the eyes and ears of your client’s brand and keeper of their strategic vision as it relates to inbound marketing and public relations. You drive and enable your client’s mission and business objectives and constantly challenge and push new ideas and possibilities that benefit your clients.

You are an exceptional and versatile writer who is as comfortable writing an AP Style news release as a post in a B2B blog or on a consumer blog. Creativity and imagination paired with exceptional focus and follow through is automatic. You adapt and change to the many personalities of our clients and also have the ability to lead clients with confidence.  Attention to detail and organization are critical attributes. You must also work well independently and in a group. You have a clear working understanding of how social media integrates with inbound marketing, public relations and marketing.

As a customer-facing representative of StoryTeller, your client relations and client service must be extraordinary. You realize that there will be evenings and weekends which require you to be available for clients and client projects.

Basic Requirements and Qualifications
·         College degree
·         2 years of experience in public relations or marketing
·         Expertise in computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
·         Experience with social media platforms - ideally blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
·         Impeccable writing/proofreading skills
·         Outstanding business communication skills
·         Proficient in Search Engine Optimization
·         Lead client with creative, innovative and fresh ideas
·         Develop strategic plans for client with account manager assistance
·         Oversee social media content quality
·         Preferred experience in public relations such as pitching stories, planning events and writing news releases


If this sounds like you, please demonstrate your writing skills by sending us a letter describing your interest in our agency as well as a writing sample. Include your resume and send to the following:
StoryTeller Media & Communications
Attn:  Human Resources
5001 American Blvd. West, Suite 480
Bloomington, MN  55437