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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brand-Architects Director of Public Relations

Description:
Brand-Architects is looking for a Director of Public Relations to oversee a team of
Account Managers, ensure company’s brand message is consistent, maintain our
standard of excellence and generate new business. The ideal candidate will have 10+
years experience preferably working with lifestyle and consumer accounts. In addition to
working with the Account Managers on strategies and ideas, this position would oversee
the launch of each new client accounts and work alongside the President on generating
new business by completing proposals/RFPs. The candidate must possess a solid
understanding of new business and public relations process, communications and
strategy, multi-channels of communications (including social media), the ability to
develop new business, inspire and train the Account Management team and support
existing business efforts when necessary.

The Director of Public Relations is a leadership position whose primary role is to
oversee strategy, provide counsel for PR team, network and bring in new business. The
Account Manager’s role is to execute the public relations campaign efforts. Total work
hours would range from 20-30 each week depending on client load.

Traits that the candidate would have:
Entrepreneurial spirit
Connected
Innovative
Strategic
Exceptional presentation skills
Knowledge of industry trends

Education & Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor degree, preferably in advertising, PR, journalism or communications

Agency experience preferred
10 or more years of related industry experience
Experience managing a team
Strong relationships with local and national media
Job Perks:
Flexible work hours
Creative, uplifting office environment
Ability to work from home part-time

Compensation:
Paid a percentage of each PR retainer client.
Questions or to apply contact: Christina Sandok at
christina@thebrand-architects.com
www.thebrand-architects.com

Friday, July 26, 2013

Olson - Assistant Account Executive, 1:1

Description

Reports to:  Account Director

Position Summary:
The Assistant Account Executive’s focus should be on learning and understanding the client and agency business, managing day-to-day account business, and supporting the team in any way possible.


Mission:
Connection Is All That Counts.

Essential Functions:
• Internal project management.
• Record keeping: conference reports, status reports, timelines, billing, etc.
• Research: competitive information, trends, case studies, etc.
• Production and execution: making sure things get done on time, on budget with no errors.
• Office support: copying, binding, filing, shipping, meeting prep and clean-up.


Knowledge and Skills:
• Basic understanding of marketing communications principles and practices.
• A sincere interest, if not passion for ideas and marketing communications.
• Inquisitive, hunger to learn and willingness to work hard.
• Career-minded, professional demeanor and poise.
• Strong attention to detail/follow-through.
• Self starter/self motivated.
• Works well with others and alone.
• Can-do attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.
• Reliable.
• Resourceful, demonstrated problem solving skills and creativity.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
• Strong personal communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Asks for/accepts performance feedback.
• Ability to work confidently and accurately with numbers
• Technology literacy – Internet proficiency, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.


Education & Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in advertising, public relations or communications.  Ideal candidates would have completed a previous agency internship.  And have an interest in loyalty marketing.


Apply online now.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance - Public Relations and Communication Intern




Mission and Purpose
Contribute and further MOCA’s mission:
§  To create an awareness regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer.
§  To create and promote resources for support, networking, and education for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families.
§  To unite and educate individuals, the medical community, and organizations to achieve earlier diagnosis, better treatment and a cure for ovarian cancer.
§  To advance ovarian cancer research toward earlier diagnosis, better treatment and a cure. 

Key Responsibilities

The Public Relations and Communications Intern will support the Communications and Public Education Manager in creating and maintaining communications and media contacts for annual MOCA events and meetings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: researching and writing press releases and social media/blog updates; developing awareness campaign materials; developing and updating media contacts and editorial calendars; composing e-newsletter stories; helping to develop, maintain, and updates the MOCA website; outreach and assistance to partner organizations in MOCA’s Tie it Teal campaign. This person will also assist in the development, promotion and planning for MOCA’s public education meetings. The work environment is a dynamic, fast paced non-profit organization.

Administrative responsibilities (10%):
  • Respond as needed to telephone calls and general emails from the public
  • Update media contact lists and conduct media monitoring
  • Photocopying, filing, and other administrative tasks as needed

Communications responsibilities (80%):

  • Develop and draft articles, blog posts and MOCA E-news (per schedule)
  • Write press releases and pitches as required for special and annual events, community education meetings and other awareness opportunities
  • Develop a social media editorial calendar and enhance overall technological involvement of MOCA, including but not limited to social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. to promote upcoming events and meetings
  • Assist in creating and maintaining accurate communications on the MOCA website – online registration, overall content management of MOCA website, blog updates and streaming video and other website updates as needed
  • Per the MOCA 2013 Marketing and Communications plan, this person will assist in the outreach and coordination of public relations and marketing initiatives such as the Tie it Teal public awareness campaign.
  • Other PR/communications responsibilities as assigned, such as interviewing and updating survivor stories, etc.

Other responsibilities (10%):

  • Contact local media outlets & utilize community calendars and websites for posting and advertising upcoming events & meetings
  • Work with MOCA staff on communications & media outreach opportunities as required

Qualifications
§  One to two years work or school experience in communications, marketing, public relations or comparable work, educational or volunteer experience
§  Interest and/or experience in health care communications
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work autonomously
  • Previous communications & marketing experience desired
§  Experience with Word, PowerPoint and Excel required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and other Adobe Photoshop and CS2 programs a plus but not required
§  Accurate, detail oriented and responsible 


Additional position information:
§  Position reports directly to the Communications and Public Education Manager
§  This position is part-time and unpaid at approximately 10-15 hours per week.  There is some flexibility with regard to hours worked but a schedule of set hours is requested, likely 2 days per week
§  Some evening and weekend hours are required for meetings and events, and some travel within the Twin Cities (minimal)
§  Would need a commitment through the fall/early winter.

Application Information:

The position is open until filled and available as early as August 2013 through the end of 2013. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Rebecca Lechner, Communications and Public Education Manager at rlechner@mnovarian.org. NO PHONE CALLS.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aeon - Communications Intern

Organization Background

Aeon is an award-winning nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high-quality affordable apartment homes in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Aeon has built or renovated 2,000 apartments and townhomes, which provide stability to more than 3,500 people each year – including individuals and families with low to moderate incomes and formerly homeless individuals. Established in 1986, Aeon has built quality affordable homes, connected residents to stabilizing resources and managed its properties as long-term assets. Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. To learn more about Aeon, please visit www.aeonmn.org

Aeon is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer
Employees and residents are encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities:

We are seeking a part-time Communications Intern to provide assistance in the area of newsletter writing, special events management, website and social media coordination, print collateral development, and more. This position is located in Minneapolis and will report to Aeon’s Communications Manager. Responsibilities include:

• Assist with special events including Annual Celebration Event, grand openings and other events as needed.
• Plan and facilitate Resident Art Show portion of the Annual Celebration Event.
• Assist with writing as needed for organization’s website, social media sites, newsletters, blog, brochures and fundraising collateral as needed.
• Assist with tracking and measurement of website and social media engagement.
• Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor.

Skills and Qualifications:

Strong writing skills and attention to detail. Basic knowledge of social media outlets, Wordpress, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe CS experience desired. Proven ability to organize and prioritize work projects, as well as remain reliable and flexible. Proven ability to work independently with little supervision. Candidates must also follow and adhere to organizational policies and procedures. A commitment to Aeon’s mission and interest in poverty and housing issues a plus. Writing samples or portfolio of work will be required at interview.

Work Hours:

Part-time, approximately 15 hours per week; 3-4 month commitment (September – December 2013) or 8-9 month commitment (September – May 2014).

Position is open until filled.

Apply online now.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Basilica of Saint Mary - Marketing & Communications Intern, Fall 2013



Purpose of the Position: To assist The Basilica of Saint Mary Marketing & Communications Department with various projects.

Scope of the Position: Support the mission, vision and values of The Basilica of Saint Mary while performing job duties. Reports to the Director of Marketing & Communications and is responsible for the following duties:

·         Maintain/update The Basilica’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs
·         Format and write copy for eblasts to Basilica parishioners
·         Layout of our Weekly Newsletter in Microsoft Publisher
·         Writing projects in Microsoft Word, including writing for print and the web, namely press releases and media alerts
·         Distributing press releases to local media and conducting follow-up
·         Supporting the Director of Marketing & Communications on-site at large events where media is present
·         Miscellaneous administrative tasks, as needed

Qualifications: As a “Traditional Church with a Modern Message,” a high level of comfort with the mission of The Basilica is vital. Must have a demonstrated commitment to working in a collaborative environment.

Required:

·         Current college student with relevant coursework in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism or English
·         Strong written and oral communication skills
·         Experience using social media
·         Ability to meet deadlines and work independently when necessary
·         Reliability and adherence to a routine work schedule to be mutually agreed upon
·         Able to work approximately 10-12 hours per week
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Publisher (training can be provided in Publisher)
·         Possess the ability to recognize and maintain confidentiality
·         Start date week of Tuesday, September 3

Preferred:

·         College juniors and seniors
·         Ability to attend Communication Team meetings on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am
·         Able to attend occasional events on evenings or weekends

Benefits:

·         Experience working in fast-paced nonprofit setting with a dynamic team
·         Understanding of event planning and execution
·         One-on-one hands-on training regarding writing and media relations
·         Materials for your resume/portfolio including writing samples and design work
                                                                                                                                                           
Please send resume with cover letter by Wednesday, August 7 to comintern@mary.org. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ameriprise - Consumer Public Relations Manager

About Ameriprise

Focused on people, not just our bottom line.

Here, you'll be part of an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards you for your contributions. You'll work with other talented people who share your passion for doing great work that's in the best interest of our clients. And you'll have plenty of opportunities to make your mark at the office
- and a difference in your community. So if you're talented, driven and want to work for a company that cares, put a rewarding career more within reach at Ameriprise Financial.

Responsibilities

The Ameriprise Financial Consumer Public Relations Manager will play a key role in managing components of the firm’s public relations program, working collaboratively with the rest of the consumer PR team to strengthen the company’s reputation as a financial services leader.

Reporting to the Director – Advice & Wealth Management Public Communications, this position is responsible for helping execute a robust PR strategy at the local and national levels. Primary areas of focus include day-to-day management of a nationwide media relations program for the company’s 10,000 financial advisors, administering and helping shape the corporate digital strategy as it relates to PR, increasing the visibility of the company’s community relations initiatives, and driving targeted publicity for company spokespeople in national media.

Specific duties include:


* Daily management of the company’s advisor media relations program. Key components of the program include: vetting media opportunities in conjunction with financial advisors; providing advice and media training to advisors with varying degrees of familiarity and expertise in dealing with the media; message development; and collateral and template development. This position is charged with delivering a consistent and excellent experience and positioning the program as an asset to the company’s field of advisors. May also include presence at company conferences.

* Contributing to the company’s digital public relations strategy with a focus on promoting and protecting the Ameriprise brand and extending thought leadership across multiple channels. Seek ways to leverage existing content across digital platforms and continually pursue creative ideas to enhance the company’s social media presence in coordination with other administrators.

* Taking a leading role in national PR efforts positioning Ameriprise as a trusted source of information on the markets and economy. Seek opportunities to promote the company’s chief market strategist and senior economist as expert sources in targeted print, TV, radio and online publications, including CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Develop timely and strategic editorial content and identify ways to leverage across digital and internal platforms.

* Developing and implementing creative tactics to promote the firm’s Community Relations efforts including grant-making and volunteer events.

* Preparing external/internal communications including press releases, talking points, and backgrounders.

* Providing public relations consultation and guidance to corporate staff in various lines of business as needed.

* Being prepared to assist with crisis communications and reputation management work to safeguard the company’s brand and reputation, and to mitigate risk.

Required Qualifications


* 4-6 years of public relations experience, preferably with financial or other professional services background

* Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public relations, English or a related field

* A track record of dealing with the media on local and national levels including proactive pitching and reactive inquiry management

* Excellent writing, editing, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

* Experience with media training, message development and creating presentation materials

* Experience representing a financial services brand or other professional services brand on a national stage, preferred

* Some travel may be required

Disclosure

Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Apply online now.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mint Press News is seeking an experienced part-time copy editor

Mint Press News is seeking an experienced part-time copy editor for immediate hire to join our Minneapolis news team, which focuses on investigative journalism and in-depth analysis of national politics and foreign affairs.

The ideal candidates will have an extensive and solid new media journalism background of at least three years and have worked in a leadership role as a copy editor, lead copy editor, managing editor or editor with experience in advocacy journalism and social justice issues nationally and internationally. 

A robust understanding of national politics and foreign affairs is a must.
Must Have Qualities:
  • AP style knowledge and expertise
  • Copy editing experience
  • Newsroom leadership experience
  •   Social justice & advocacy journalism background on at least a national level
This position would require copy editors to work in our Minneapolis newsroom.
Please send cover letter, resume and examples of work to jobs@mintpressnews.com
Mint Press News is an equal opportunity employer located in Minneapolis, MN.

Exponent PR - Associate

Role::
As an Exponent PR Associate you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, problem solving and directing effective public relations campaigns for agency clients.

Responsibilities::
Understand clients’ businesses and strategic direction

Collaborate with others to prepare original strategies and actions for clients

Develop and execute original, creative tactics, including but not limited to media relations programs, social media tactics and content creation

Work with internal teams to implement successful media relations programs

Participate in client meetings as appropriate

Implement the FounderyTM listening process to identify media relations opportunities, track media relations impacts and succinctly report findings and analysis

Maintain positive relationships between agency and clients

Follow all work in progress to ensure deadlines are met

Qualifications/Traits::
Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, English or related field required

Related work experience and/or training

Ability to write clear and concise communications including insights, plans and presentations

Demonstrated experience and success in media relations, experience or familiarity with agriculture communications a plus

Ability to effectively present information and ideas to senior executives and groups

Ability to develop creative ideas and out-of-the-box solutions to address specific business challenges

Ability to interpret a range of instructions in various forms and with multiple variables

Familiarity with agribusiness is required. 


Apply online now.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Spotlight Media Relations - Media Relations Account Coordinator

Spotlight Media Relations is a public relations agency with offices in New York and Minnesota. Our specialty is generating high-impact media placements for our clients in consumer media with an emphasis on broadcast media. Current clients include nationally-recognized lifestyle, health and wellness, beauty, fashion experts and brands.

The Minnesota office, based in Eagan, has an immediate need for a part-time Account Coordinator. Day-to-day duties of an Account Coordinator include research, compiling media lists, developing pitch angles, media relations, participation in creative sessions and media monitoring.

QUALIFICATIONS:

- BA or BS in Mass Communications/PR, Journalism, Marketing or a related field
- Willingness to learn and take direction
- Strong writing skills
- Team player
- Interest in lifestyle topics including fashion, beauty and wellness

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send resumes to Mandee Hayes at mandee@spotlightmediarelations.com.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Snap Agency - SEO Copywriter Job in Minneapolis – Now Hiring

Employer

Snap Agency is a division of Probus OneTouch, an Inc 500/5000 eCommerce company that is recognized as one of the most successful Internet companies in the United States. Snap specializes in eCommerce and digital marketing services for small and mid-sized companies.

Part Time SEO Copywriter Position

This is a part time position. Responsibilities include assisting with marketing efforts for Snap Agency clients, including copywriting, email marketing, and search engine optimization. This position requires experience in online copywriting, search engine optimization, email marketing, and basic html. Must be detail oriented and able to work independently. Experience with Google Analytics a plus.

Duties for SEO Copywriter

  • Develop and implement online content strategy for clients
  • Write creative blog posts tailored to the client’s target market and optimized for search engines
  • Manage content calendars for blogging and online content
  • Create email newsletters using MailChimp
  • Assist Lead Copywriter with content marketing campaigns
  • Perform keyword research for clients
  • Assist with on-page SEO efforts and SEO copywriting for websites
  • Assist with digital marketing efforts for the Snap Agency website
  • Be aware of industry trends for online marketing and make suggestions for Snap
  • Make marketing recommendations for clients based on budget

Qualifications for SEO Copywriter Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Marketing or related field with strong emphasis on writing
  • Excellent working knowledge of blogging, online copywriting, SEO copywriting, keyword research, search engine optimization, email marketing, basic html, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and basic search marketing principles
  • Strong creative writing skills and the ability to write in widely differing voices for B2B and B2C clients
  • Deep understanding of search engine optimization and SEO copywriting
  • Flexible writing skills. Ability to adjust style and tone to fit the target audience.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Strong aptitude for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
  • Ability to work independently and monitor the quality of your own work
This list is non exhaustive and not limited to duties and qualifications listed.
To learn more about Snap Agency, visit our about us page.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and online portfolio or writing samples to esther@snapagency.com. Writing samples must be submitted in order to be considered for the position.

Travel Leaders Group - Public Relations/Communications Specialist

 OVERVIEW

The Public Relations/Communications Specialist will need to communicate information rapidly and clearly in an ever-changing environment. This position needs to vigorously promote the family of brands in a favorable and honest light to external and internal audiences, including, but not limited to, the news media and other affiliated agencies. This position also requires the ability to strategize on means to effectively and proactively communicate with all external and internal audiences, frequently on extremely tight deadlines.

This position can be located out of offices in either Plymouth, MN or Alexandria, VA.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Public/Media Relations:

Work with national and local print, radio, TV and electronic news media, as well as with travel trade media to effectively position the company and family of brands before external audiences

Act as spokesperson for Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion

Seek out PR opportunities for Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion

Create, write and disseminate news releases for Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion

Counsel and advise executives from Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion on PR matters

Handle all media and publicity for annual meetings for Vacation.com and Nexion, including inviting and hosting news media, news media briefings, writing and dissemination of news releases, etc., also handling media and publicity for Travel Leaders Corporate participation in GBTA

Manage PR activity for Vacation.com in Canada

Communications:

When appropriate, coordinate and distribute system-wide member communications on behalf of Vacation.com and Nexion

Conduct surveys and polls, compile information for news releases and corporate rankings

Create white papers on topics that have inherent public relations value

Create, write and disseminate "talking points" on critical travel industry topics for Travel Leaders Group entities, including franchisees and members

Create and maintain all executive bios and photos for Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion

Create and maintain PR kits for Vacation.com, Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Nexion

Apply online now.

Bellmont Partners is Hiring a Senior PR Pro



Bellmont Partners Public Relations is looking for a senior PR pro with eight to 12 years of experience to join our growing team.

We’re looking for someone with significant B2B, health and wellness, medical and/or education experience who’s creative and results driven, with solid account-management, strategic-planning, media-relations, writing, event-coordination and research skills.
Our tight-knit team works hard and takes great pride in the results we’re able to generate for our consumer and business-to-business clients of all sizes, and we have a lot of fun in the process. (Our president’s latest book features Urkel, Big Mouth Billy Bass and “Saved by the Bell.”) The right person has agency experience and the ability to manage both client accounts and people, and thrives in a flexible, fast-paced environment. If we just described you, please send your resume and salary requirements to info@bellmontpartners.com.

Here’s a list of things you may find yourself doing on any given day:
• Client communication
• Media relations
• Writing (including news releases, pitches, blog posts, reports, web copy and lots of other formats)
• Strategic plan development
• Research
• Media outlet research and list development
• Media coverage monitoring and reporting
• Brainstorming
• Event planning/task management
• Administrative tasks/time tracking

EXPECTATIONS:
• Prior experience in an agency environment
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
• Comfortable leading accounts and communicating with clients, media and vendors on various platforms (phone, email, etc.)
• Self-directed and able to work independently, on multiple projects at one time
• Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
• Well organized and able to prioritize (and quickly reprioritize, as necessary!)
• Great attention to detail and an eye for consistency
• Embraces new tools and tactics in our always-changing industry
• Personally accountable
• Ability to maintain client confidentiality

We offer a competitive salary (based on experience), flexible work schedule (including the possibility of working from home multiple days per week), health insurance stipend, sick days, vacation days, and 10 paid holidays a year.