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Friday, May 31, 2013

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare has an opening for a full time Website Specialist



This position is responsible for updating, maintaining, monitoring and measuring Gillette’s external-facing web site, and providing technical assistance with other external sites and Gillette’s intranet.  The Website Specialist works closely with the Digital Content Developer and other members of the public relations, marketing and communications teams to ensure that the our websites are effective for our key target audiences.

Specific Duties Include:
  1. Develops and implements strategies to ensure Gillette’s main website and ancillary websites are operating smoothly and links are correct and updated as needed. 
  2. Measures and analyzes traffic to all Gillette websites, identifies trends and communicates these statistics to the team and management.  Makes recommendations based on this information that will improve the overall usability of the sites.
  3. Works with digital content developer, updates Gillette’s main website content, photos and links as necessary using the existing content management system.
  4. Provides technical support as needed to support Gillette’s intranet.
  5. Provides technical support for event websites, email tools (i.e. Constant Contact) and social media.
  6. Solves problems independently in order to maintain the website.
  7. Researches and provides updates to the public relations, marketing and communications teams regarding the latest in website technology, strategy, search engine optimization, health care apps, and other web-related trends and approaches.
  8. Develops and maintains close collaborative relationships with internal staff of all levels to field request for additions/changes to the main website and other ancillary websites.
  9. Works with external vendors as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, analyzing, maintaining, updating a website for a corporation or not-for-profit
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in website development and maintenance
  • Expertise with content management systems, various web platforms, HTML and email marketing tools
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • Strong communications skills
  • Must be able to work full-time (1.0 FTE)

For additional details and to apply, visit: www.gillettechildrens.org.

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).

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Photographer

Overview: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Communications and Marketing Department is seeking a creative, skilled and organized photographer who will capture a variety of indoor and outdoor images. Photos will be used for MPRB social media sites, website, publications, presentations, media relations and other marketing materials to increase public awareness, appreciation and use of park activities, facilities and services.

Responsibilities:
  • Take captivating digital photographs of MPRB parks, activities, classes and events that reflect the beauty, diversity and fun aspects of the park system. Images should be vibrant, full of rich colors, minimally processed, skillfully executed, compositionally balanced and of contemporary style.
  • Prepare for photo shoots (e.g. schedule with staff, scout locations, coordinate photo release forms).
  • Provide color correction and standard sharpening for digital images, label all images per department naming protocol, and archive all images.
  • Coordinate with cross-departmental staff to understand needs, produce quality work and ensure project requirements are met.
  • Provide administrative photo services, including tagging existing library images with key words to improve searchability.
  • Keep Communications and Marketing Manager promptly informed of significant issues or matters of concern.
  • Monitor and track time and submit weekly time logs.

Requirements:
  • Expert photography skills with strong knowledge of digital camera equipment and software, preferably Nikon.
  • Experience shooting on-location using available light.
  • Understanding of the way photos are used for print and online design, communications and marketing.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (particularly PhotoShop) and Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Exceptional time management, organizational and customer service skills.
  • Enthusiastic, creative, confident, 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 and the public.
  • Work independently and as a team member in a small marketing communications group.
  • Successful completion of advanced coursework or degree focusing on photography or photojournalism.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and provide your own transportation (with necessary vehicle insurance).

Compensation: $10/hour, non-benefitted position.
Equipment: Photographer will use MPRB photo equipment and PC Desktop. Cameras: Nikon D600 and Nikon D70. Lenses: Sigma 70-200mm, Nikkor 18-70mm and Nikkor 24-85mm
Hours and Length of Position: Approximately 30hrs/week June-August and 10hrs/week September-May. Weekly hours vary and include weekdays, evenings and weekends. Position is up to 12 months, with a minimum three month commitment by applicants preferred. Specific hours will be determined by hiring manager. NOTE: Position is ideal for college student. Position may also be used for an academic internship if college and MPRB internship requirements are met. Applicants interested in discussing internship should indicate interest in cover letter.

Hiring Timeline: Application posted May 21, 2013. Open until filled. Position begins immediately.
How to Apply: Email application, cover letter and link to your portfolio (or mail CD of images) to Dawn Sommers, Communications and Marketing Manager, dsommers@minneapolisparks.org, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis MN 55411. Complete all fields of application. Cover letter needs to clearly state interest in position and availability (both hours and number of months).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The FlintGroup - Social Media Strategist



The FlintGroup of agencies, with locations in Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Duluth and St. Cloud, Minnesota, seeks a Social Media Strategist.

What we're looking for:
The Social Media Strategist will be responsible for creating, presenting, and overseeing execution of social media strategies for clients across all Flint Group locations. This position will work alongside social media and public relations team members, as well as the agency’s account teams and other disciplines to produce collaborative, integrated work. They will recommend and implement innovative techniques and measure the impact of their strategic recommendations.

The Social Media Strategist must maintain up-to-date knowledge of social media and online communication, and understand how social media integrates with public relations, CRM, and paid media. This person will proactively bring new ideas to account managers and clients to help grow the social media and public relations discipline for our clients and for our agency.

The Responsibilities:
• Create results-driven social media strategies for clients in various industries
• Work seamlessly with account teams across all Flint Group offices
• Effectively collaborate within the public relations and social media team, and with other agency disciplines
• Assist in the creation of estimates and RFPs
• Represent Flint Group at speaking events and other thought leadership opportunities
• Proactively bring new ideas to account teams and to clients
• Oversee and participate in execution of strategies, including measurement and content management
• Identify, evaluate and recommend new tools and processes for internal use and for client projects
• Be a resource for social media best practices, trends, and insights throughout the Flint Group and for our clients

The Requirements:
• Proven track record of creating and measuring social media strategies
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Lightning fast learner
• Data, analytics, and metrics oriented
• Excitement and passion for the industry and the Flint Group
• Understanding of how a full-service agency works
• Positive person. Be happy, smile, and bring a can-do attitude to the office.
• 10-20% travel requirement

Education/Experience Requirements:
• Bachelors degree marketing, communications or related field
• 3+ years experience creating and presenting social media strategies
• Experience in content strategy or public relations is a huge plus, but not required
• Experience in any of the following industries is also beneficial: manufacturing, higher education, health care, financial, travel/tourism, or retail

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@flint-group.com.

Position Status: Exempt-FT

The Flint Group is an EOE organization

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thrive Concepts - Public Relations Coordinator

We are the leading Event Promotions Firm in Minneapolis. Our focus on customer service is unparalleled!

Our goals are simple; every consumer must benefit from our promotions, every client must benefit from our services and every representative must benefit from our training and team spirit!
Our challenge: We are continuously expanding our client base as well as the number of territories that we are responsible for nationally. Our current client base is extremely diverse, and our territories now stack up to 5 across the nation. We are in need of customer service professionals that can work on site at our promotional events providing direct customer and client support through promotional techniques.

*Please note: The PR positions that we currently have open are Entry Level positions, with no ceiling on the opportunity for growth. If you are looking to step directly into a management position, this is NOT the position for you. We require all managers, regardless of past experience, to train at an Entry Level prior to taking on management responsibilities.

Apply online now.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ecumen - Communications Specialist


Ecumen, the most innovative leader of senior housing and services, seeks a Communications Specialist at our Shoreview home office.  Ecumen is a nonprofit that envisions a world in which aging is viewed and understood in radically different ways.  We are a multiple year winner of the “Best Place to Work” award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. 

The Communications Specialist is responsible for writing, editing and proofreading content; managing traditional and new media projects; and supporting efforts to promote the Ecumen brand at the corporate and community levels. The person in this position will help Ecumen communities enhance and achieve optimal messaging and brand awareness in the marketplace. This position will also work with corporate staff to create messaging that is consistent with the Ecumen Brand. 

Minimum requirements include: A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing-related field or equivalent work experience, and three to five years of experience in communications or marketing. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organization skills, the abilities to manage potentially conflicting priorities and to collaborate with cross-functional leaders. Written communication skills should include experience writing copy for press releases, print publications, web sites and blogs. Also required is knowledge and experience using social media and digital content as business tools.  S/he must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and project management experience is preferred.
                                                                                                     
Ecumen’s leaders are united in their efforts to innovate, empower and honor. All interactions with clients and staff are centered on these qualities. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity and believe you would fit in with our leadership style, please apply by June 7, 2013, at www.ecumen.org/jobs.

NEMER FIEGER – Social Media & Public Relations Intern

OVERVIEW
Nemer Fieger is a full-service advertising, PR and marketing agency located in St. Louis Park, MN. We are looking for a self-motivated, creative full time intern to assist on a variety of public relations and social media accounts.
PAID FULL-TIME SOCIAL MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN
Work Days: Monday-Friday, some nights and weekends
$1000.00/per month stipend

QUALIFICATIONS
Nemer Fieger is seeking a Social Media & Public Relations Intern to assist on a variety of entertainment and media relations accounts. This person will provide support for all agency and client social media campaigns, execute social communications, collect analytics and report on progress. They will also write press releases, track publicity and assist at events for a variety of PR accounts.

● Strong verbal and written communication skills
● Extremely detail-oriented
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Strong multi-tasking abilities
● Well-versed in AP Style and writing press releases
● Experience using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, YouTube, and LinkedIn for personal and professional use
● Knowledge of emerging social media platforms
● Experience using HootSuite or other programs used to schedule posts/tweets and manage multiple accounts
● Photography experience a plus

DUTIES
● Execute social media strategies
○ Assist with social media content creation
○ Attend and take/post photos from agency and client events
○ Respond to social media questions, concerns and complaints
○ Assist with building client followers
● Create social media reports
○ Track and report all agency and client social media activities
○ Provide weekly email updates on social media trends and highlights
● Execute paid social media campaigns
○ Place targeted Facebook paid ads and featured posts
○ Place targeted tweets
 ● Track publicity
○ Draft and assist in servicing press releases
○ Create media recaps for accounts
 ● Event support
○ Assist with event logistics, planning and research
○ On-site event support
Application Instructions
Please submit:
1. Current resume
2. Writing sample
4. Name and contact information of at least two references.
5. Examples of Tweets and/or Facebook posts/campaigns that explain why you are the right candidate to become the next Nemer Fieger social media intern.

Please submit all information to dsmith@nemerfieger.com. No phone calls please.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CenterPoint Energy - CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS SUMMER INTERN

Summary:
Provide support to the Corporate Communications group and gain experience working on a variety of projects, with an emphasis on writing and editing for a variety of styles, including news/editorial, promotion, advertising, employee communication, web-based and electronic communication.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
Write and edit copy that that supports Corporate Communications internal and external communication, including employee communications, marketing, advertising and media relations initiatives
Work with media relations manager on pitching story ideas
Draft stories and assist in the production of e-News, a bi-weekly company-wide electronic newsletter and CenterPoint Energy News, a quarterly company-wide printed publication
Publish and manage web content for internal and external audiences. May also work with SharePoint, a web-based collaboration tool
Provide general assistance to project managers
 
Qualifications
Education:
Currently enrolled and pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing Communications, Advertising, or another related field.
 
Experience:
No prior work experience required
Additional Knowledge, Skills, Licenses/Certifications, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:
Able to demonstrate general knowledge of best practices in writing for a variety of styles
Able to demonstrate general knowledge of the Associated Press (AP) writing style
Able to develop Web content from print copy
Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences in written and oral form
Able to work effectively in a team oriented environment
Able to work independently through the use of initiative and self-motivation
Physical Requirements:
Able to demonstrate the manual dexterity to operate a personal computer
Able to view personal computer monitor for long periods of time
Able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a minimal amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or
otherwise move objects
Able to operate a copy machine, fax machine, calculator, telephone, mobile phone and other office equipment
Working Conditions:
Able to work successfully in a fast paced office environment with a high volume workload and frequent short deadlines
Able to work indoors, in an office environment, regardless of whether cubicle, open office or private office

Apply today!

Monday, May 20, 2013

ECFA - ReachNational Communications Coordinator

Click here for details on the ECFA Communications job.

Padilla Speer Beardsley is searching for a Designer in Minneapolis.

Padilla Speer Beardsley is looking for an exceptional designer to join our dynamic creative team. Padilla, a premier multi-specialty communications firm in the Twin Cities, has an immediate opening for a designer with the experience, expertise and talent to lead a variety of projects.

Our work includes corporate identity/branding, advertising, collateral, digital, environmental design and multimedia. Besides experience and proven ability in both print and digital design, qualified applicants must possess proven and strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

Candidates should have three to five years of experience within an agency or design department, including success in developing and presenting work.

A degree from an accredited design program is required, along with advanced technical skills. Those include knowledge of all Adobe Creative Suite (CS5) programs, and the capability to design around the limitations of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for client-centric projects.

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 apply through our website at www.padillaspeer.com.

Ordway - Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator



job purpose: The Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of effective communication strategies designed to build awareness and generate enthusiasm for Ordway programs and activities among the media, key stakeholders and the general public. 

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Media Relations & Media Writing
1.      Proactively cultivate a strong network of positive relationships with online, print, and broadcast media as well as key community members and arts partner organizations through their work.
2.      Research and write press releases, pitch letters, media alerts. Assist PR & Marketing Manager in follow up with local media to ensure maximum media coverage.
3.      Serve as main Ordway contact for smaller community newspapers. 
4.      Research, write, and distribute monthly Encore newsletter, utilizing PatronMail or other distribution service. Training will be provided.
5.      Create and distribute Opening Night and Season Announce media invites; track RSVPs and seat media with help from PR & Marketing Manager.
6.      Oversee distribution and posting of calendar listings.
7.      Maintain complete and accurate contact information (media list) for print and electronic media; update as needed. 
8.      Gather and maintain electronic copies of all press clips.
9.      Split coverage of Press Table on Opening Nights and attendance at PR appearances and events with PR & Marketing Manager.
10.  Field media inquiries and assist with arranging interviews and other requests for information from the media.
11.  Maintain press page and photos on Ordway website.
12.  Create packets of press clips for Board meetings.
13.  Assist in the planning of PR events.
14.  Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.
Electronic/Social Media
1.      Brainstorm and develop social media campaign ideas; working with Social Media Intern, develop fresh content (photos, videos, etc.).
2.      In collaboration with PR & Marketing Manager, periodically support marketing efforts with additional writing of letters, e-blast copy, etc.
3.      Research and write monthly social media plans.
4.      Research and write special social media initiatives (Season Announcement, Sally Awards, etc.).
5.      Work with Social Media Intern to execute monthly social media plans and live tweeting/posting at events. 
Program Development
1.      Coordinate compilation and initial editing of performance programs; work with designers to ensure materials are submitted according to timelines.
Campus Connections Program/Audience Development Program
1.      Oversee final year of campus research project, in conjunction with Education and Engagement team.
2.      Field questions and support Campus Advisors at Hamline, St. Thomas and MetroState.
3.      Facilitate design requests for e-flyers for programs such as Campus Connections and Taking our Place Centerstage (TOPC). TOPC is an ongoing partnership to build relationships in the African American community.
4.      Ensure Campus Connections Advisors have marketing materials for distribution.
5.      Help Marketing Coordinator/Interns ensure ticket office staff has register to win and marketing materials created and available to them for distribution to local businesses.
6.      Research and implement plans for outreach through participation in a community festivals.

QUALIFICATIONS:
·         4-year degree required, preferably in public relations, communications, marketing, business administration or similar. Involvement in PRSA, SPRSA or IABC is desirable. Knowledge of AP Style is desired.
·         Social Media experience with Twitter and Facebook necessary.
·         Outstanding communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
·         Outstanding organizational and planning skills with ability to multitask effectively.  Must be able to get things done and achieve results.
·         Ability to develop effective working relationships with internal departments, external partners and media/corporate community

EQUIPMENT OPERATED: PC, printer, telephone, copier, facsimile and other general office equipment.

Apply online now.