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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.

Responsibilities:
  • 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
Requirements:
  • 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, dsommers@minneapolisparks.org. Complete all fields of application. Cover letter needs to clearly state interest in position and availability (both hours and number of months).