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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Communications Assistant

Overview: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Communications and Marketing Department is seeking a creative, skilled and strategic individual who will write and edit a variety of print and web-based materials and provide administrative support services for the department. Well-written materials will be used to increase public awareness, appreciation and use of park activities, facilities and services.

  • Research and write news releases and feature articles for distribution to the media and general public via the MPRB website and email lists
  • Assist in development of, and routine postings on, Facebook, Twitter and e-communications
  • Compile, write and edit content for Park Board newsletters and publications
  • Assist with development of marketing communications plans, researching project topics and compiling stakeholder and media lists
  • Coordinate with cross-departmental staff to produce quality work and ensure project requirements are met
  • Provide a variety of office support services, including maintenance of media and community lists, distribution of electronic and print materials, and general assistance with meetings
  • Keep Communications and Marketing Manager promptly informed of significant issues or matters of concern
  • Assist with various communications and marketing initiatives and projects, as apparent or assigned
  • Monitor and track time and submit weekly time logs
  • Demonstrated ability to edit/write compelling copy for feature stories, news releases and publications
  • Demonstrated ability to write for the web and use social networking to advance communications strategies
  • Excellent communications, editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, email
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize
  • Motivated, flexible and able to work concurrently on several projects
  • Ability to work efficiently in fast-paced environment to meet deadlines
  • Strong oral and interpersonal skills to work directly and effectively with all MPRB work groups
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and confidence to provide original ideas, solutions, and implementation plans
  • Work independently and as a team member in a small marketing communications group
  • Successful completion of advanced coursework or degree focusing on communications or marketing preferred
Compensation: $10/hour, non-benefitted position
Hours and Length of Position: 40hrs/week, 8:30 am-5 pm Mon-Fri, with occasional weekend or evening hours to assist with meetings or events. Position is up to 12 months, with a minimum six month commitment by applicants preferred.

Hiring Timeline: Application posted May 20, 2013. Open until filled. Position begins immediately.
How to Apply: Email application, cover letter, resume and at least one writing sample to Dawn Sommers, Communications and Marketing Manager, Complete all fields of application. Cover letter needs to clearly state interest in position and availability (both hours and number of months).