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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Xcel Energy - Intern - Employee Communications

Description

Xcel Energy has two internship opportunities available in the Communications department in Minneapolis, MN. The positions provide web content support for the Intranet and Internet websites meeting customer service requests and expectations.

Summary

Purpose is to provide the student with a broad look at the communications needs of a major corporation and opportunities to support staff with writing for publications, coordinating projects and assisting in the planning and implementation of special events.
The intern will assist on several tactical communications projects, including the web content management system and company video monitors. The position also provides valuable administrative and communications support to all areas of Communications: writing articles on a variety of topics, including HR topics; writing classifieds for the company employee magazine; updating the company websites; writing award entries; and supporting special events; as well as delivering mail and other minor administrative duties.

Full-time summer and potential part-time academic internship (2-3 days or 16-24 hours per week). Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide writing samples. This internship may extend through the academic school year, based on performance and business need.

Xcel Energy

Qualifications

Requirements

- Current student, Sophomore status (entering second year) or higher majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related degree.
- Only current students will be considered (please, no recent graduates).
- Minimum 3.2 GPA required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work on a project team.
- Must have good skills in MS Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide writing samples.

Primary Location:MN-Minneapolis
Schedule:Full-time
Union Position:Non-Bargaining


Apply online now.

Monday, April 29, 2013

City of Saint Paul - Community and Digital Services Manager

The City of Saint Paul has an opportunity available for a Community and Digital Services Manager at the Saint Paul Public Library.

This position is part of the senior leadership team and reports to the Director of the Saint Paul Public Library system.
 
Some of the primary duties include:
 
  • Developing and executing strategic plans related to building public awareness of major projects, programs or initiatives
  • Effectively leveraging integrated digital communications and engagement tools
  • Performing highly-responsible supervisory, administrative and professional work to plan, organize and direct communications, external relations and electronic services.
  • Creating and implementing strategic plans pertaining to public relations and communications efforts, community digital initiatives and digital library services offered by the Library.
  • Directing department wide project efforts and coordinates projects with other departments, divisions or agencies. Represents the Saint Paul Public Library’s interests to a wide variety of public and private agencies.
  • Acts as a primary contact to partner organizations.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field and six years of progressively responsible professional experience in public relations, communications, or digital services. Experience shall include two years of supervisory, budget planning and development, and project management work.
 
SALARY RANGE
$61,014.98 - $84,135.48 Annually
 
SELECTION PROCESS INFORMATION
To apply, please visit www.stpaul.gov/jobs  to read the job announcement and complete an employment application.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Haberman - Writer, Strategic Marketing

Overview: Haberman is a full-service marketing agency with a clearly defined mission — to tell the stories of pioneers who are making a difference in the world. As modern storytellers, we create powerful movements that inspire engagement and drive positive social change. Our team is made up of bright, passionate advocates, many of whom left big agencies for more meaningful work.
We seek a Strategic Marketing Writer to join our team. This individual should be a proven and skilled writer who can swiftly boil down complex and myriad business challenges and write succinct, persuasive copy showcasing our agency offerings as solutions to potential client needs. This Writer will work on frequent deadlines to create copy for proposals and presentations, including complex government RFPs as well as more creative follow-up notes or potential client “love letters.”
Haberman boasts a rapidly growing team and client roster, and this position will serve a key role as the agency continues to expand. This individual will work directly with Director of Business Development and team on building base of clients that speak to our team and benefit our world.

Responsibilities:
Strategic Marketing Writing
  • Write strategic and marketing-savvy copy to help build relationships and persuade potential clients.
  • Write and outline strategic plan elements for PR, media relations, digital, brand development and marketing programs.
  • Craft case studies to support core proposals.
  • Produce clean, error-free copy and edit the writing of others. Display a firm grasp of grammar, editing and style.
  • Proactively manage time to deliver copy in advance of all deadlines.
  • Swiftly adapt to the Haberman writing style and accept constructive criticism gracefully.
  • Provide suggestions for continual improvement of our writing and presentations.
  • Maintain an organized server reservoir of copy blocks, case studies, etc. that we may draw upon as needed.
Presentation Development
  • Work with the creative department to develop beautiful, strategic and engaging presentations.
  • Display a firm grasp of Keynote and Powerpoint; continually develop and strengthen these skills.
  • Review our presentations compared to others; offer suggestions for improvement.
Internal relations
  • Effectively interact with other agency departments to develop appropriate hours and budget estimates to match proposal language, and to manage work volume.
  • Build rapport with the broader Haberman team to effectively draw upon the broad team experience as needed for proposals.
  • Contribute, as requested, to multiple spreadsheets, databases and dashboards to track new business metrics.
  • Participate in Haberman marketing events and in creation of marketing materials.
General:
  • Understand issues and/or causes relevant to our clients and create messaging that persuasively expresses client positions.
  • Self-starter with commitment to take on new challenges and grow professionally.
  • Multi-task and quickly and appropriately set priorities.
  • Respectfully manage, teach and motivate Business Development Interns, when applicable.
Experience/Skills Required:
  • 3-7 years of writing experience, preferably as a grant writer, journalist or business writer.
  • Marketing and business expertise required; some agency experience greatly preferred.
  • Digital aptitude preferred.
  • Excellent Microsoft Word, Keynote and Powerpoint skills. (Keynote is the Mac version of Powerpoint). Ability to work in a Mac environment. Advanced formatting skills a big bonus.
  • Proven ability to produce excellent, error-free, persuasive copy, on deadline.
Modern storytellers. You might be one if…
  • Our mission speaks to you: To tell the stories of pioneers making a difference in the world.
  • “Whatever it takes” is just how you roll. That’s how Haberman gets world-changing results for our clients.
  • You’re curious. As in, late night, all day, one more page, one more link, keep asking questions curious.
  • You’re a natural born, career honed, supernaturally blessed, idea weaving communicator.
  • You’re brave. You will walk out with a rock and a sling. You will face the blank canvas. Grinning.
  • You’re OK with being vulnerable. You’re OK asking for help.
  • You’re a highly collaborative team player and can keep your ego in check.
  • You assume positive intentions. Gotta problem? No prob. Get past it. Address it in 48 hours, if not sooner.
To apply:
Please send a resume and a cover letter detailing why you’re a good fit for this position to: careers@modernstorytellers.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted. No calls, please.

Haberman - Account Supervisor, PR

Overview: Haberman is a full-service marketing agency with a clearly defined mission — to tell the stories of pioneers who are making a difference in the world. As modern storytellers, we create powerful movements that inspire engagement and drive positive social change. Our team is made up of bright, passionate advocates, many of whom left big agencies for more meaningful work. Because our agency has its roots in PR and believes firmly in the power of storytelling, earned media continues to be a special practice area for our agency and an ongoing need for our clients.
We seek an Account Supervisor with a Public Relations specialty and who excels at engagement with traditional and digital media. This individual must expertly be able to offer significant contributions to strategic PR planning, as well as leading execution for a range of clients including both consumer and B2B accounts. This individual should be both knowledgeable and curious about the practice of public relations, client management and the broader world of strategic communications. An expertise and passion for publicity is a must. Experience with food and/or sustainability is a plus.
This individual will work with cross-functional account teams to develop creative and effective campaigns and accompanying earned media strategies that benefit our clients and our world. A sampling of campaign themes includes: supporting organic farmers, promoting a 100 year old heritage popcorn brand and sharing the benefits of the co-op business model.
Responsibilities:
  • Serve as primary client contact on PR-oriented client accounts.
  • Serve as a PR/earned media counselor on integrated accounts, including in new business meetings.
  • Develop earned media plans for a range of client movements, marketing campaigns and events.
  • Pitch and secure stories with media contacts across all mediums (print, broadcast, online, etc.).
  • Develop robust blogger relations campaigns and programs.
  • Manage/supervise client interviews, desk-sides, events and media tour execution, including planning, logistics and recaps.
  • Write and edit an array of communications materials, including news releases, collateral materials, pitches, speeches, presentations, and blog posts.
  • Immerse self in clients’ industries, brands and past media coverage.
  • Positively coach junior-level staff members and expose them to media contact list.
  • Own relationships with key media.
  • Handle development of client/spokesperson media training; able to train independently if necessary.
Experience/Skills Required:
  • 4-6 years of heavy media relations experience, including experience working with consumer and B2B/technology brands.
  • Established relationships with key media contacts across all mediums (print, broadcast, online, etc.), including experience with blogger relations beyond just placing a story on a blog.
  • Expertise in digital media world, including earned media achieved throughout blogs, utilizing Facebook and Twitter, etc.
  • Stellar writing skills.
  • Experience with online media database, such as Vocus.
  • Successful track record of managing PR accounts and media relations campaigns.
  • Tremendously organized with outstanding time management and project management skills.
Modern storytellers. You might be one if…
  • Our mission speaks to you: To tell the stories of pioneers making a difference in the world.
  • “Whatever it takes” is just how you roll. That’s how Haberman gets world-changing results for our clients.
  • You’re curious. As in, late night, all day, one more page, one more link, keep asking questions curious.
  • You’re a natural born, career honed, supernaturally blessed, idea weaving communicator.
  • You’re brave. You will walk out with a rock and a sling. You will face the blank canvas. Grinning.
  • You’re OK with being vulnerable. You’re OK asking for help. You’re willing to trust a tribe member.
  • You either never had an ego or you had it surgically removed. Collaboration is as natural as breathing.
  • You assume positive intentions. Gotta problem? No prob. Get past it. Address it in 48 hours, if not sooner.
  • When you hear the word “creative,” your immediate response is, “Aren’t we all?” No. Boxes. Here.
To apply:
Please send a resume and a cover letter detailing why you’re a good fit for this position to: careers@modernstorytellers.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted. No calls, please.

Intern for Miss Minnesota Junior High, High School & Collegiate Pageants

 
Requirements
- Must have personal pageant experience or strong liking for pageants
- Currently seeking degree in Business, Marketing, Communications, or Public Relations (senior preferred)
- Previous experience/internship with social media or PR focus
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, usage of digital camera and being able to upload media
 
Responsibilities
 
1) Utilize social media to recruit, answer inquiries, and post on behalf of pageant.
2) Follow up with anyone who contacts program with interest in participating. Keep record of contestants, their paperwork, and fees.
3) Assist in updating state web site, write copy for site, upload photos, etc. 
4) Contact businesses, coaches, etc. for possible sponsorships
6) Research possible media use for pageant itself on August 17th, 2013 (i.e. streaming) etc.
7) Assist with creation of program book.
8) Contact media and update following pageant with new titleholders info.
9) Research appearances and volunteer opportunities for titleholders following State Pageant.
10) Strategize ways to increase visibility of Program.
 
Be able to dedicate 10 hours per week. Intern MUST be at pageant and style show the night before. This position is unpaid and will last through August 20, 2013. 

To Apply
If interested email resume and cover letter to: missmnhspageant@gmail.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wells Fargo - Mountain Midwest Regional Communications Consultant



Job Description


The Communications Consultant 4 position in the Mountain Midwest Regional Communications group supports the development and execution of internal and external communications strategies that protect and enhance the company’s reputation.

The Communications Consultant 4:
·         Demonstrates critical thinking and strategic consideration for all internal and external stakeholders.
·         Develops knowledge of the organization, business, industry and marketplace.
·         Defines and executes external communications strategies to support Wells Fargo in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
·         Serves as a trusted strategic communications advisor for the Regional Bank leaders for WI-MI-Chicago and IN-OH by taking the initiative to understand and meet their internal and external communications needs.
·         Works across all LOBs in Wells Fargo that have a presence and/or operate in WI-MI-Chicago and IN-OH to collaborate and support critical external communications.
·         Delivers media relations with a One Wells Fargo approach.
·         Builds strong relationships with the LOB communicators to improve PR effectiveness in local markets.
·         Collaborates with support groups, including Government and Community Relations, Marketing, HR and others for effective communications planning and implementation.
·         Stays abreast of issues impacting WI-MI-Chicago and IN-OH.
·         Maintains strong media relationships with local, regional and national reporters.
·         Manages social media initiatives for WI-MI-Chicago and IN-OH.
·         Pitches positive company news and secures placements.
·         Media trains and coaches select leaders to effectively deliver information.
·         Handles day-to-day media interactions and acts as a reliable company spokesperson on local, regional and, when approved, national media inquiries.
·         Assesses related risk and benefit for each media opportunity and recommends appropriate actions to manager of communications and regional leaders.
·         Keeps internal audiences informed about upcoming media events and issues that will impact their reputation management efforts.
·         Writes and produces presentations, letters and other communications for external stakeholders.
·         Writes, delivers and supports internal communications and related initiatives.

Core Skills:
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills
·         Ability to effectively work independently
·         Exceptional competency in multi-tasking, follow through and time management
·         Demonstrated leadership capability with strong inter-personal effectiveness



Minimum Qualifications

·         6+ years of recent media relations with print, broadcast (radio and television)
·         1 year of experience with social media, including use of Twitter, Facebook and blogging
·         6+ years recent experience with executive communications, including speechwriting


 

Preferred Skills

·         Financial services expertise
·         Proven ability to secure positive news coverage and mitigate negative news to minimize the impact on reputation
·         Demonstrated strategic thinking and tactical execution skills
·         Experience in crisis management and preventative planning a plus
·         Demonstrated ability to manage and conflicting priorities
·         Webwriting
·         Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, public relations or related field
·         PRSA and/or IABC accreditation



Join our team. Visit our careers site at wellsfargo.com/careers and search Requisition #3739872 to apply.

Meet Minneapolis - Summer Web Editor Intern



Job Summary: The Branding and Strategy Department of Meet Minneapolis is responsible for promoting and marketing the entire city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center, and we want you to be part of our team. 

As a Web Content Intern, you’ll learn one of the most vital and important skills in all of marketing: how to get a visitor to a website and how to keep them there.

For this job, you’ll use Google Analytics to help shape the way our site is ranked in search engines and how it is viewed by visitors. This includes: enriching our site in terms of keywords; optimizing content to what visitors are searching for; making pages optimal for social media sharing; recognizing web patterns and keeping content up-to-date.

The ideal candidate will be a college student studying in the field of marketing/public relations/advertising. Preferred candidates will already have prior knowledge with Google Analytics and website editing, but non-familiarity with these programs can be made up with quick-learning and a strong desire to learn. Candidates MUST be above-average communicators.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES     

  • Monitor and update meta descriptions and keyword maps
  • Create and update website pages
  • Pull Google Analytics numbers for reports, meetings, etc.
  • Work with social media team to promote certain pages on our site
  • Assist with blog content creation

WHAT YOU’LL WALK OUT OF HERE WITH

  • Deeper Google Analytics knowledge
  • Better familiarity with web editing
  • Understanding of how to optimize a website from an SEO perspective
  • How to create keyword clusters
  • How to write engaging web content

REQUIREMENTS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Above-average writing skills
  • Basic understanding with Google Analytics (or extreme willingness to learn)
  • Basic understanding of web editing (or willingness to learn)
  • Familiarity with web content structure
  • Very self-motivated, willing to learn quick, detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in a team environment


PAY: Unpaid
BENEFITS:
This position is not eligible for benefits.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:
·         Walk, sit, bend and squat
·         Talk and hear
·         Grab, pull or bend items
·         Lift and/or carry up to 25 lbs.
·         View items at a close and distant range
·         Sit for extended periods of time
·         Use computers for extended periods of time

WORKING CONDITIONS:
·                     General office environment.
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Note:  Job Descriptions are not exhaustive lists of all skills, responsibilities, or efforts associated with a job. They reflect principal job elements essential for performing the job and evaluating performance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

CONTACT SEAN BESTOR AT SEANB@MINNEAPOLIS.ORG TO APPLY.