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Friday, June 28, 2013

South Dakota State University - Research Writer

The research writer is responsible for media communications and public relations that showcase SDSU's research enterprise; internal/external communications activities that enhance awareness of SDSU and strengthen its position in the market; and that build upon an established brand and cultivate the University culture. The position is a 12-month appointment and reports to the University's Director of Marketing and Communications.

Responsible for managing communications and media relations associated with the University's research enterprise and working as the primary author to effectively describe and promote the organization and its products to a range of regional and national audiences. The successful candidate will also be responsible for increasing South Dakota State's presence in national newspapers, magazines, online news, national TV and radio, and other media.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Write and pitch research news releases, programs and feature stories to national news outlets
  • Write and pitch expert alerts to regional and national media to comment on stories or regional, national and international interest
  • Respond to requests from national print and broadcast media
  • Work with other members of University Relations to develop a strategic plan that will maximize the use of the University's social media platforms
  • Identify key University initiatives and programs that have regional and national news interest
  • Increase the visibility of key University administrators in regional and national media
  • Create an editorial calendar for use in the strategic timing of certain pitches
  • Create a process that increases the number of op-ed placements by faculty, staff and students
  • Manage media research database and national media lists
  • Coordinate news release distribution through University's contracted media services
  • Create and maintain an experts list and develop means for making them easily accessible for interviews via existing and emerging technologies
  • Provide guidance, reporter background and/or media training for faculty to enhance media interview preparedness
  • Reports monthly media relations metrics and measures on earned media efforts
  • Assist with the development of video and other content for
  • Bachelor's degree required in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, English, Marketing, Business or related field.
  • 3-5 years' experience required in university communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy for work
  • Ability to summarize and interpret facts and trends as it pertains to complicated and technical materials
  • Ability to present the results of research, type, content and form of articles required for publication by newspapers, magazines and trade journals
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including proof reading, grammar, and spelling
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and within established budgets
  • Confidence to take a project from concept through final application and execution
  • Five or more years' experience in public relations, journalism, communications, or related field preferred

Other Skills
  • Analytical skills and ability to organize complex information into internal documents
  • Proven ability to think strategically and execute
  • Ability to work independently or as a team player
  • Outgoing and charismatic, yet maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Creative and innovative, yet detailed-oriented

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with presentation software, word processing software, and basic knowledge of spreadsheet software plus experience researching issues and accessing information on the internet.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

South Dakota State University is a land grant university founded in 1881 and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of 12,816 students with over 200 majors and minors, and 12 PhD programs. SDSU is located in Brookings, S.D., a community of approximately 20,000 near the east central border of South Dakota and Minnesota. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major services, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous recreational activities within driving distance. Brookings is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a metro area approaching 200,000. SD State has a very strong commitment to building a better South Dakota through excellence in teaching, research, service and economic development.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:
and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, and reference page. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
For questions on the position, contact Mark Luebker, Search Chair or 517-410-8580.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is hiring a Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will be hiring a Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. 

Gopher Athletics offers 25 NCAA sponsored Division I sports and participates in the Big Ten and WCHA conferences. The Department's mission reads: To serve as a window to the University in an environment of integrity and equity that enables student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits. Gopher Athletics' vision is to be the model Division I program in the country and has adopted core values that guide decisions and behaviors in ongoing efforts to fulfill the mission and vision: (1) demonstrate a daily commitment to a culture of compliance, diversity, equity, and fiscal responsibility and (2) respect, value and recognize our people.   The Intercollegiate Athletics Department is committed to hiring a diverse staff and actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.  The assistant director of athletic communications will serve as a member of the athletics communications team and work to advance the reputation and positioning of the University Of Minnesota Department Of Athletics. This position reports directly to the Associate Athletic Director of Athletic for Strategic Communications and is responsible for coordinating marketing communications activities for Golden Gopher athletic department and sports programs. 

Responsibilities:  1. Public Relations: A) Develop, coordinate and implement comprehensive public relations and marketing communications strategy and plans for assigned sports, including a focused social media plan. B) Oversee and manage communications for assigned sports, including press conferences, post-practice and post-game availabilities, social media channels and community engagement. C) Coordinate publicity efforts for assigned head coaches, coaching staffs and athletic department personnel. D) Coordinate television coverage for assigned sports, including Big Ten Network, Fox Sports North, and national broadcast relations. E) Assist colleagues with development and implementation of crisis and strategic communications strategies as necessary. F) Develop, coordinate and implement award for assigned sports. G) Travel to specific road competitions with assigned sports as the University's official communications lead.  
2. Communications:  A) Write and edit news releases, game notes, feature stories and social media content for assigned sports. B) Maintain, coordinate and produce original content for all aspects of and for assigned sports. C) Serve as managing editor of game-day material for assigned sports, responsible for content strategy, management of production schedule, assignment of feature stories and interviews, and production of original content as necessary. D) Collaborate and coordinate with other athletics units to gather, develop and disseminate information to key stakeholders. E) Manage, maintain and archival records, statistics and personnel files for historical purposes. 
3. Game Day/Event Management: A) Develop, implement and oversee game-day media management responsibilities for assigned sports. Develop and manage duties for staff, interns and student workers to insure smooth media coverage of events for assigned sports. B) Oversee statistical crews for assigned sports and insure the production of accurate statistics for all assigned sports. C) Review, approve and distribute media credential requests for assigned sports. D) Produce and submit necessary personnel and statistical reports as required by and in compliance with established Big Ten Conference and NCAA guidelines. 
This position works in a creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged.   Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and four (4) years full-time experience in collegiate or professional sports communications, media relations, athletic communications or public relations.  Preferred Qualifications: 4-6 years’ experience as a full-time communications professional in the consumer or sports marketing category.  This is a 100 percent, 12-month professional and annual renewable appointment. 
Apply for the position of Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications online via the Employment System at http://  Requisition Number is 185175.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin Friday, June 28, 2013. To apply attach a letter of application, current resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.  For additional information on Gopher Athletics, go to  The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Clarity Coverdale Fury - Account Manager

Clarity Coverdale Fury is seeking an Account Manager to function as a liaison between assigned clients and internal agency departments. The Account Manager will be a day-to-day client contact, ensuring that the agency is delivering on client expectations.


·      Manage projects from start to finish, which may include: helping to assess client needs, developing creative requests, working with traffic to create estimates and timelines, managing hours, budgets and deadlines, obtaining client feedback or approvals, coordinating revisions and completing invoicing.
·      Coordinate with media, creative, interactive and production departments to achieve client objectives.
·      Track and report account activity for internal and client teams using tools like status reports, conference recaps, memos and budget spreadsheets. Become the “go to” person for questions about account activity.
·      Work with the traffic manager to maintain project files.
·      Proactively think about the scope of projects to identify questions, needed resources, issues with timing or budget, etc.
·      Tackle day-to-day tasks that keep accounts running smoothly and escalate issues as appropriate.
·      Anticipate needs of the internal team – provide backup information for creative, help prepare for presentations or meetings, answer questions before they are asked.
·      Champion existing processes to help work run smoothly and efficiently, and identify opportunities for improvement.
·      Participate in annual strategic planning for assigned clients.
·      Participate on RFP response teams as requested.
·      Stay up to speed on client businesses and categories and share information with the team and clients.

Desired Skills and Experience

·      Bachelor’s degree preferred (but relevant work experience will be considered)
·      3-4 years of agency or equivalent experience with direct client contact
·      Experience working on diverse projects including digital initiatives, broadcast production and print production
·      Experience managing timelines and budgets
·      Professional demeanor and strong personal presence are required
·      Outstanding interpersonal skills as well an articulate, friendly, “whatever it takes” attitude, along with a strong work ethic
·      Proactive, resourceful and enthusiastic
·      Excels at follow-up and follow-through
·      Deadline-driven
·      High energy and a solid confidence level, including an ability to initiate internal problem-solving communication
·      Ability to establish and build productive relationships with diverse personalities
·      Demonstrates a passion for learning and marketing communications

Application Instructions
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield - Communications & Advocacy Principle


This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic communications campaigns and programs that advance Blue Cross’ statewide community-based prevention initiatives. This position ensures that campaigns are integrated across multiple communications channels and will be responsible for leading the Center for Prevention’s ongoing work in one or more of the following communications disciplines: public relations, social marketing, content management and digital/interactive communications. This role may also provide technical assistance and training – focused on using communications to support policy, systems and environmental changes – to organizations that receive funding through the Center for Prevention.


1. Provides strategic communications counsel; develops and implements communications plans for defined Center for Prevention focus areas, initiatives and projects. Responsible for ensuring communications plans have clear goals, objectives and measurable outcomes, are fully integrated and adhere to budget guidelines.
2. Leads the Center’s ongoing work in one or more of the following communications disciplines: public/media relations, social marketing, content management and digital/interactive communications. While working in this capacity, the Communications Principal may direct and provide feedback on the work of other staff and outside consultants, at the discretion and under the general supervision of the Communications Manager.
3. Directs the work of external agencies and vendors. Participates in selection process, provides regular feedback and manages associated budgets.
4. Writes and edits a variety materials including: press releases, promotional copy, commentaries, speeches, online content and internal communications. May also review, provide feedback and approve communications materials created by others when appropriate.
5. Researches prevention communications and policy approaches being pursued in other cities and states; employs strategies that have been proven effective in other campaigns.
6. Actively identifies and implements communications strategies and tactics that raise awareness of the organization’s prevention initiatives externally and internally; uses these opportunities to educate stakeholders on public health trends and appropriate actions.
7. Builds and maintains strong relationships with Blue Cross staff, community partners, statewide media and other key stakeholders. May represent the Center for Prevention in coalitions that support its policy goals, and serve as a spokesperson to media and the community-at-large.
8. Serves as a liaison between the Center for Prevention, corporate Blue Cross and the Blue Cross Foundation to ensure communications adhere to corporate brand standards and are well-aligned, while also meeting the Center’s communications needs and objectives.
9. As assigned, provides technical assistance, training and consulting to funded communities. Provides guidance on how to use strategic communications to further agreed upon policy, systems and environmental changes. Sources and/or develops appropriate training materials, templates and other resources to support communications technical assistance.
10. Serving as a member of the Center for Prevention’s communications leadership team; represents communications as primary member of cross-functional teams; acts as a counselor and mentor to other professionals.


Required Qualifications:

- Bachelors degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, Public Affairs, Business or related degree and 7 years of related work experience; or 11 years of related work experience in lieu of a degree.
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing integrated communications programs that include earned, paid, owned and social media elements.
- Direct experience working on both public/media relations and advertising campaigns desirable.
- Excellent writing, editing, and publication skills with demonstrated ability to develop accurate and appropriate communications in a variety of forms.
- Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills; ability to work and negotiate with key contacts, both internally and externally.
- Demonstrated project management skills for coordinating the planning and implementation of major campaigns.
- Excellent research, problem-solving and analytical skills with the ability to work under tight time frames; adapts easily to change and shifting priorities.
- Financial management and budgeting skills.
- Exceptional judgment, integrity and poise under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Advanced degree in business, public affairs, public relations, or communications is desirable.
- Demonstrated leadership experience; formal or informal leadership of people and projects.
- Experience or demonstrated interest in public policy; health-related is desirable.
- Experience working across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is a drug free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a background check and drug test before beginning employment.

Apply online now.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Weber Shandwick - Senior Account Executive

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for a media relations-focused PR professional with 5+ years of experience to join our Financial Services team.  We’re looking for a Senior Account Executive with experience working with clients in technology or financial services sectors. The ideal candidate is a “news hound” with a passion for following the news, building media relationships, and developing strong storylines that generate media interest.

Essential Competencies and Attributes:
• Strong B2B media relations skills with proven experience pitching and securing stories
• Solid B2B technical writing skills, including experience writing  press releases or bylined articles for publication
• Strong command of social media in B2B environment, including experience managing corporate social media presence on Twitter, LinkedIn or corporate blogs.
• Ability to creatively leverage content across channels to engage media and client audiences
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize engagement activities across a variety of client accounts
• Some experience working directly with clients

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Conduct business, technology, trade media and other influencer outreach
• Work collaboratively with the client and senior leaders on accounts
• Occasional event public relations work and travel

• BA or BS in Journalism, Business, Communications or related degree
• PR agency experience desired
• Knowledge of technical subject matter a must

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 – PR Week’s Innovation of the Year and Best Use of Social Awards for 2011 both came out of Weber Shandwick Minneapolis work.
• You’ll work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields and have the opportunity to work on local and global accounts.

About Us
Weber Shandwick is a leading global PR agency. Our success is built on a deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration, and engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputations. We employ some of the best in the industry, working across sectors including consumer, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, crisis management, digital and CSR. Recently, we’ve been named The Holmes Report’s 2012 “Global Agency of the Year” and the “Most Creative PR Firm in the World,” based on the agency’s first-place finish in its “Creative Index,” as well as one of PR News’ CSR A-List agencies and its 2012 “Digital PR Firm of the Year.” We’ve also won numerous “best place to work” awards around the world.

Apply online now.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One Simple Plan - Internship

One Simple Plan is a rapidly growing Minneapolis communications and brand engagement agency that was recently recognized by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce as the "Emerging Business of the Year." Our agency has diverse clients that range from big national brands to small local businesses. Our efficient, effective approach to delighting clients sets us apart: fewer meetings, more action…less discussion, more doing. Simply put, we are fond of figuring things out and then making things happen.

We are currently accepting applications for a paid internship position. This person will support the agency's account teams and be placed in situations that foster professional development.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a college graduate with interest in pursuing a career in communications
  • Have no pretense and work well with various personality types
  • Possess strong written and verbal communications skills 
  • Excel in a fast-paced environment that requires organization and self-motivation
  • Be a forward-thinking person who is dedicated to making a difference with their ideas
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritize to meet deadlines while maintaining quality work
Prior experience in public relations is a plus, as is experience with social media platforms and Adobe design programs. 

One Simple Plan has a relaxed culture and flat hierarchy where everyone (including interns) makes an impact and learns from each other every day. We are serious about doing great work for our clients but have a lot of fun in the context of doing so.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to

Monday, June 17, 2013

Consortium Book Sales and Distribution - Marketing Manager

Job Description

§  Act as Publisher Liaison with key publishers, advising on sales and marketing and reporting back any concerns or questions
§  Participate in weekly marketing and e-merchandising meetings; monthly sales and marketing meetings; and seasonal presales meetings. Prepare  presales followup notes and guidance to publishers on tipsheets and catalog copy.
§  Lead weekly social media meetings and manage Consortium’s Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts.
§  Help support various digital initiatives as book industry evolves, including Consortium’s Bookslinger short story app.
§  Manage year-round marketing internship program.
§  Coordinate weekly Communiqué e-newsletter to accounts and weekly Library Express e-newsletter to librarians.
§  Oversee Cision media database and gathering of media lists for publishers; handle chargebacks to publishers for marketing expenses.
§  Facilitate Co-op with Independent bookstores: Handle all requests from accounts for individual co-op from publishers and create seasonal universal co-op form for sales reps and accounts.
§  Coordinate Consortium group print ads, including publisher participation and design and production.
§  Assist in the administration and monitoring of chain and wholesaler promotions and publisher participation in various Indiebound promotions.
§  Oversee warehouse mailings for publishers and seasonal Consortium galley box mailings.

As needed
  • Attend academic and library trade shows and conferences.
  • Attend sales conference.
  • Assist with shipments to tradeshows.
  • Assist with updating the Marketing Handbook
  • Participate in publisher strategy meetings. 
  • Act as back-up for the Marketing Director

Requirements of the position include:
  • Must be very detail-oriented and skilled at organizing, inputting, and tracking large amounts of information pertaining to bookseller promotions,  ad deadlines, fees/chargebacks, and publisher publicity updates.
  • Must be adept on the computer and quick at learning different programs (Filemaker, Emma, etc). Knowledge of Excel and Word required.
  • Ability to prioritize work, multi-task, and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel and work extended hours as needed.
  • Ability to work as a team player

Immediate Supervisor
            •Marketing Director

401 K Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance. Annual Salary: Commensurate with Experience.

To Submit A Resume
Please email  or fax Marketing Director at 612-746-2606.  No phone calls please.