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Monday, November 30, 2015

Tunheim - Winter/Spring 2016 Internship Opportunities

Tunheim is a strategic consulting firm that works with clients navigating complex change. We tackle our clients’ toughest challenges with a collective approach – a belief that no one individual is as good as the company’s “collective best.” And that collective best includes the interns invited to join our team.

Located in Minneapolis, Tunheim offers six-month internship opportunities to individuals with a wide variety of interests, skills and experience. That may include:
  • Critical thinking and strategic planning
  • Writing (creative, copywriting, technical, etc.)
  • Public affairs
  • Design
  • Digital content and social media
  • Research and data analytics
Tunheim interns have the opportunity to experience work at a consulting firm, try new and different kinds of projects and emerge from the internship with a demonstrable work product for their portfolio. They assist our client service teams by doing some or all of the following:
  • Help to brainstorm our recommended approach to meet client objectives
  • Draft and design materials for various audiences – media, clients, blog readers, consumers, influencers, key opinion leaders, etc.
  • Research and analyze trends and industry background
  • Mine data to uncover trends and insights
  • Outreach to members of the media to generate interest in covering client topics
  • Track and analyze conversations via social media
We are actively seeking candidates for the Winter/Spring 2016 internship. A six-month commitment is required; beginning January 2016. These paid positions can be full-time, or they can accommodate a flexible schedule with a minimum of 20 hours per week. For consideration, please send your cover letter and resume to employment@tunheim.com.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

University of Minnesota - Social Media Intern

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Must be currently enrolled as a student at the University.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Extremely detail-oriented
Excellent interpersonal skills
Able to juggle multiple tasks
Advanced experience using Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and YouTube channels for personal and professional use.
Knowledge of Foursquare and emerging social media
Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel especially) and Adobe InDesign, Photoshop

About the Job

The University of Minnesota is seeking a social media intern to help strengthen the University’s social media presence. This person will provide support for all social media campaigns, execute social communications, collect analytics and report on progress and work with other University departments to strengthen the connection between departmental social media accounts and the U’s main account. The position will be part of University Relations, the primary communications office for the office of the President and the Twin Cities campus.
Hours to be arranged 15 hours per week. Hourly pay rate $10.00 per hour.

DUTIES:
Execute social media strategies
Respond to social media questions, concerns, and complaints on University of Minnesota social media accounts
Post to social media accounts as part of campaigns and track all dialogue that follow
Assist the social media coordinator by researching and seeking out current conversations about the U of M and proposing opportunities to capitalize on those conversations

Create social media reports:
Track all social media activities from U of M accounts
Create reports for the social media team
Provide weekly email updates on most popular content

Coordinate Meetings:
Schedule meetings and arrange for meeting space
Set up audio/visual equipment as needed
Ensure copies of materials such as handouts are made and distributed
Clearly communicate details with meeting attendees
Coordinate meetings
Additional project support and other duties as assigned.

About the Department

General information about the unit University Relations is the central government and public relations office of the University of Minnesota. University Relations builds awareness of and support for the University through high quality communications to internal and external audiences, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, the news media, opinion leaders, elected officials and other community members.

How To Apply

Student positions are a form of financial support while pursuing an education at the University of Minnesota.
Application Process
Applications will be reviewed and accepted until the position is filled. Application must be made electronically through the University of Minnesota’s Online Employment System at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ . Please submit the following documents online:
1). A current resume
2). A list identifying three references who can speak to your experience and skills as they relate to this position with the following information about each: their contact information, their title and position, how long they have known you and in what capacity
3) A cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and your qualifications for this position.
If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Human Resources at 612-624-8647

Diversity


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

About the U of M


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kohnstamm - Account Supervisor

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Enjoy working directly with clients to drive PR strategy? Consider yourself a borderline over-achiever? Then join us! Kohnstamm Communications is looking for an Account Supervisor (AS) craving an opportunity to work closely with corporate technology, healthcare and other innovation clients to fully utilize your PR experience and positively impact programs for the agency’s business and professional services accounts.

Kohnstamm is a 25-year, 15 person agency known for its deep experience in B2B and strategic PR with clients nationwide.

The Account Supervisor is accountable for leading teams and managing communication strategies across 3 to 5 key accounts to generate transformational outcomes for our clients. The incumbent will provide day-to-day support for his/her direct reports, program momentum, anticipate client requests, ensure effective PR program delivery and be seen as a “trusted advisor” to Kohnstamm clients.

The incumbent will work closely with the Kohnstamm management team to strategize, facilitate, manage and exceed goals and high client expectations. External relations activities will include reputation and issues management efforts, the execution of signature business media features, creation of media tours, media training, executive messaging, Key Opinion Leader outreach, partnership development, B2B social media implementation, executive commentaries, development of marketing plans and other high-level campaigns and programs.

This AS also plays a vital role in supporting the Senior Management Team's goals and objectives, by helping drive the Kohnstamm workplace culture forward. This is a very flat organization, and everyone is expected to be involved in the growth of the agency. The AS supports the agency’s career development process, performance reviews and other management tools in efforts to ensure overall productivity and sustain high engagement.

Honored at the Sabre Awards as “Boutique Agency of the Year,” downtown St. Paul-based Kohnstamm Communications has accrued a dynamic portfolio of national clients and attracted a committed team of PR pros with deep agency experience from across the country. Kohnstamm is currently ranked #2 nationally in Corporate Social Responsibility PR by topPRagencies.com. As an agency, we work to bring out the best in each other in a professional environment focused on client and team excellence. The marketing industry is taking notice of Kohnstamm, and we’re looking for intensely focused, smart, independent-minded, PR-savvy individuals – with a sense of humor and appetite for adventure – to help continue extending the agency’s reputation and growth.

For more information or to apply, please reach out to us directly:
contact@kohnstamm.com.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare -Media Relations Specialist

Job Description:


Media Relations Specialist

Location:
St. Paul - 183 University

Job Code: 6336
Hours:      1.0 FTE. The Media Relations Specialist works with a dynamic communications team to develop and execute strategies for proactive and reactive media relations. Strong relationships with local and national media required, as well as strong writing skills. Pager duty is required.


Job Objective/Purpose:
Develops and executes media relations strategies that will position Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare as a local, national and worldwide leader in delivering health care to patients with the most complex medical needs. This position also provides media relations support to the Children’s Miracle Network and Gillette’s fundraising initiatives.


Qualifications
Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or marketing or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of five years of experience in public relations
  • Good presentation (both verbal and written) and public speaking skills
  • Strong developed media relationships
  • Advanced writing, proofing and editing ability (appropriate tone/style, clear and concise, well organized, complete and accurate)
  • Demonstrate effective management of projects from concept to production
  • Provide leadership in process and procedure development and implementation
  • Advanced computer skills and demonstrated strong ability to use a variety of publications-related software programs
  • Independent problem solving/decision making
  • Experience in developing strong working relationships with a wide range of staff within an organization
  • Intuitive organizational skills
  • Must be able to work full time (1.0 FTE)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield - Digital Media Producer

Summary:

This position is responsible for the development, project management and implementation of digital communications strategies and tactics that advance Blue Cross’ statewide community-based prevention initiatives. The Digital Communications Principal is primarily responsible for supporting web development and online engagement, graphic design, photography and video production. This position also requires strong writing and advocacy skills in order to advance the Center’s mission of making healthy choices available for all Minnesotans.

The Digital Communications Principal may also assist in providing communications technical assistance and training to organizations that receive funding through the Center for Prevention.

Accountabilities:

1. Website development and maintenance

a. Act as a liaison between Center for Prevention communications and advocacy staff, external agencies (web developers, hosting companies, communications agencies, etc) and Blue Cross IT.

b. Lead the technical development of new digital platforms, ensuring that statements of work include detailed functional specifications and requirements. Oversee work performed by external agencies from concept through implementation.

c. In collaboration with senior communications and advocacy consultant, provides management and oversight of online community forums hosted by the Center.

d. Ensures websites and other online channels remain secure and that the end-user experience is optimized. Provide recommendations on enhancements to Center staff and leadership.

2. Graphic design

a. Conceptualizes and designs a variety of external and internal communications materials, including printed collateral, presentations, web platforms and e-newsletters.

b. Selects and directs external vendors such as illustrators, photographers and designers, managing all components of the vendor relationship. Gather all documentation for photography and illustration files.

3. Video production

a. Partners with other team members to support, design and finalize video content, and video distribution plan.

b. Selects and directs external vendors, including videographers and creative agencies.

4. Writes and edits copy for use on digital platforms, including the Center for Prevention website, social media channels and online community forums; enters content into content management platforms.

5. Builds and maintains strong relationships with Blue Cross staff, community partners, vendors and other key stakeholders. May participate in meetings with coalitions and external agencies in order to support our policy and advocacy goals.

6. Provides technical assistance, training and consulting to funded communities. Provides guidance on how to use digital communications to further agreed upon policy, systems and environmental changes. Sources and develops training materials, templates and other resources to support communications technical assistance.

7. Demonstrates leadership by serving as a member of cross-functional teams and providing informal mentoring to team members when appropriate.

8. Accurately tracks and manages budgets for all assigned projects and vendors.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Graphic and/or Digital Design, or related major and 5 years of related work experience; or 9 years of related work experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience in web and print graphics development, including knowledge of effective graphics optimization and digital design techniques.
  • Expert knowledge of design software including Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign; strong experience with Microsoft Office programs. HTML coding proficiency.
  • Thorough knowledge of web content management systems and content development processes, best practices and emerging trends and technologies. Direct experience with Sitecore and Zimbra platforms is highly desirable.
  • Excellent writing and editing 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:

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in public policy and/or health-related issues is desirable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of public, private and nonprofit sectors; direct work experience across two or more is desirable.
  • Masters degree in business, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field is desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience; formal or informal leadership of people and projects.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WindLogics Inc - Marketing and Communications Specialist

Description

 WindLogics provides innovative forecasting and optimization solutions that enable low cost, reliable and sustainable power systems. 
 
Position is responsible for defining, developing, implementing, measuring, and improving business-to-business marketing communication initiatives. Position is also responsible for graphic design, coordination of events or tradeshows, blog postings, product collateral and various other marketing initiatives. Develops, writes and implements campaign communication plans, manages agencies and vendors. Develops and leads special projects to improve marketing processes and capabilities. Serve as marketing consultant and service provider for internal organizations. Leads collaboration with Management team, product and software teams in compiling technical marketing information on solutions. Works cross functionally with corporate Marketing and Communications teams regarding leading practices in marketing communications and implementation of marketing communication strategies and tactics.

Plans meetings and trade shows by identifying, assembling, and coordinating requirements; establishing contacts; developing schedules and assignments; coordinating mailing list
 
  • Arrange, design and coordinate all aspects of large Trade Shows including booth design and corresponding marketing materials
  • Compiling, writing and organizing company overviews, product brochures, and project summaries for broad communication
  • Present communication and marketing plans and deliverables to senior leadership
  • Experience in graphic design and illustration
  • Knowledge of a variety of design products (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign)
  • Knowledge of style sheets
  • Experience in Marketing Communications
  • Experience in PR, specifically compiling and sending marketing emails
  • Work with Corporate marketing and communications for other messaging campaigns.
  • Website content management systems – CMS
  • Knowledge and background with utilizing Social Media as a marketing tool (Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, etc)
Required Qualifications High School Grad / GED:Required;Bachelor's Degree:Required;Experience:2+ years;  

Preferred Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, or related field with 2-5 years of experience. Experience in graphic design is strongly preferred. Experience in energy or utility fields is strongly preferred.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Koch companies - Communications Specialist

Position Overview

The communications specialist will work directly with Flint Hills Resources, LP and Koch Pipeline Company, L.P., spending about 65% of his/her time on internal and business communication projects and 35% on community relations for regional sites. This position will be based out of the Twin Cities.

Roles / Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute internal and external communication and community relations programs to support company initiatives.
  • Develop and disseminate news, internal and external newsletters, web content and advertising.
  • Establish relationships with reporters and editors.
  • Establish and maintain the means to evaluate opportunities and challenges for regional sites.
  • Establish strong relationships with community members, philanthropic organizations, and elected officials.
  • Coordinate issues and activities with legal, government affairs and corporate communications.
  • Maintain and help manage social media presence by keeping current with new social media trends and incorporating them into the ongoing program as appropriate
  • Manage external vendors as needed
A successful will have the following characteristics:
  • Excellent writing, editing and general communication skills
  • Self-motivator
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Ability to multi-task
Required Qualifications
  • 2+ years of public relations experience
  • Knowledge and experience with communication strategies and programs
  • Previous experience utilizing social media platforms for a company or organization which includes Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Experience with community organizations
  • Experience with news media
  • Bachelors degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree with journalism, communication or public relations concentration
  • Experience with utilities, pipelines, or the manufacturing industry
  • Experience working in public relations, community relations or with a public affairs firm
  • Experience working with public officials

Other Considerations

  • This role is not eligible for visa sponsorship

Why work for Koch Companies?

  • A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
  • Opportunity for career growth at one of the largest, financially stable companies in the world
  • Encouragement to challenge the status quo and share knowledge
  • Access to professional training and mentoring
  • Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions rather than seniority
  • Continued company growth due to reinvesting 90% of our earnings
Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with estimated annual revenues as high as $115 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested approximately $65 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 930 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. For more news and stories, visit www.kochnews.com.

The businesses popular consumer brands include Brawny paper towels, Quilted Northern and Angel Soft bath tissue, Dixie tabletop products, LYCRA fiber, STAINMASTER carpet and more.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf

Apply now.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Aeropostale, Inc - Social Media Specialist


PART-TIME SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES
Team:
  • Build online connections with entire store team and Aero
  • Share a post daily related to Aero with all store employees and their online circle of influence on all social media platforms
  • Encourage the rest of the store team to repost, repin, retweet with their online circle of influence
  • Ensure the store team is following the company Social Media Best Practices
  • Assist in meeting sales plans and expectations
  • Understands current Aero dress code and style guidelines
  • Communicates and generates hype around current trends
Merchandising:
  • Build the brand for the store they work in by creating and showing a positive view of AĆ©ropostale as a whole in social media
  • Clearly understands what the seasonal marketing message and floor sets are conveying
  • Reviews floorset document to understand some of the newest styling and product details
Operations:
  • Post a pic, status or thought related to Aero once a week during a scheduled shift and encourage the rest of the team to do the same when they work
  • Build online connections with local high schools, colleges, and fashion interested groups related to the city where their store is
  • Execute company direction related to social media standards
CRITICAL SKILLS
  • Tech savvy
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Organization
  • Planning
PERSONAL TRAITS
  • Team focus
  • Professionalism
  • High level of integrity
  • Flexible, open to the ideas of others
  • Positive outlook
  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and confident
  • Detail orientated
PREQUALIFIERS
  • Must be active in social media
  • Must be currently using at least two of the following: Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube, Facebook and/or Twitter (Instagram is a must)
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
  • Completion of Role Model Handbook within first 3 shifts
Apply now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

City of Minneapolis - Communications Director, Office of the Mayor

Position Description:

The Communications Director for the Office of the Mayor is a politically appointed position that is responsible for building and executing a strategy for communicating the Mayor’s policies and vision to a multitude of audiences throughout the city, state, region, and country, using a variety of tools and platforms. The director is also tasked with shaping office-wide messaging, collaborating with other City departments on internal and external messaging, and providing strategic counsel to the Mayor.

The director serves as the office’s on-the-record spokesperson and is responsible for providing representatives of news media with accurate and timely responses to inquiries. This position optimizes various communications tools to support the efforts of the Mayor and the City.
Grow your career with a growing and vibrant world-class city that prides itself on being clean, green, diverse and active. What sets Minneapolis apart?

• We have a robust and diverse economy, with industry and businesses of all kinds.
• We are in the top five creatively vital cities in the country.
• We’re a racially diverse city, home to large immigrant and native communities.
• We are an inclusive city, with a strong LGBT scene.
• We’re known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities.
• We love the arts: Minneapolis is second only to New York City in per capita attendance at theater and arts events.
• We have one of the premier park systems in the country, with 170 parks covering more than 6,700 acres of land and water.
• We have 22 lakes, giving us the nickname “The City of Lakes.”

 Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work with senior staff and Mayor to help execute her agenda for the year.
• Create and execute strategic yearly, quarterly, and weekly media plans that advance the Mayor’s vision and agenda.
• Speak on the record for the Mayor’s office, and connect the office and the new media.
• Pitch the media on the Mayor’s policy priorities and produce media events to promote the Mayor’s agenda.
• Coordinate logistics and prepare the Mayor for all interviews; staff the Mayor at all press-attended functions.
• Coordinate responses to press inquiries with City communications staff, Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officers, and other City staff.
• Support the development of mayoral speeches, including the State of the City speech and the budget address, and coordinate speech-related media and logistics.
• Advise the Mayor and the Mayor’s staff on communications strategy and tactics.
• Maintain and update content on the Mayor’s website.
• Maintain an accurate list of media contacts and build productive working relations with key members of the media, especially media organizations that report regularly on City government.
• Build productive working relationships with City Council members, City staff, and communications staff at partner organizations.
• Keep the Mayor and the Mayor’s policy team apprised of local, regional, and national media developments and coverage of issues and activities related to the Mayor’s agenda.
• Attend weekly meetings with the Mayor.

 Required Qualifications: 
At least four years’ experience in communications or public relations; government or campaign communications a plus.

This is an appointed position with competitive compensation. Salary is based on past related experience with a salary range of $73,201-$80,907 per year. The benefits package includes medical and dental coverage, a health and wellness program, health reimbursement accounts, flexible spending accounts, pension plans and deferred compensation retirement savings, vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays.
An application, resume and cover letter are required.  Application materials received by November 30, 2015, will be considered first.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills.
• On-the-record experience.
• Strong command of effective social-media communications.
• Knowledge of website operation and basic graphic design.
• Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, while seeking strategic guidance when needed.
• Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences across a range of platforms.
• Ability to craft and execute long-term strategy while responding to fast-paced, day-to-day demands in a timely fashion.

Apply now.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Target - Social Media Manager

Responsible for contributing to the strategy and implementation for the development of Target’s social marketing activities. The team member will manage pilot projects and contribute and lead the development of determining the Return on Investment of new social initiatives. The team member will partner with teams throughout the company to develop and gain alignment on the strategy and tactical plan to achieve media and financial results.

Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals. As a Manager, Channel Planning you’ll take the lead as you…

  • Leverage testing results, internal and external market research, and guest-level performance metrics to build and continuously update comprehensive and relevant Social strategies to our guests. 
  • Develop project scope and approach with manager for each project.
  • Develop understanding of all necessary tools and use them to optimize experience performance by product, page, and guest type.
  • Collaborate across relevant areas to troubleshoot any implementation hurdles and drive actionable recommendations
  • Analyze web metrics and guest level testing results to provide organization recommendation for optimizing marketing activities.
  • Ensure clear, ongoing communication of in-market tests across relevant areas of the organization as well as Executive Sponsors.
  • Drive multi-channel social marketing ensuring a consistent, fluid and "on-brand" guest experience at the macro level across channels and internal/external sites.

Requirements

  • 4 year degree
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated experience synthesizing information, thinking critically, communicating effectively and leading a team
  • Operates independently with actions guided by pyramid goals
  • Ability to collaborate and navigate the organization effectively.
  • Exceptional communication.

Benefits
Eligible team members will receive one of the best earnings packages anywhere, including competitive pay, all-around insurance coverage, 401(k), flexible scheduling, training and development and many other perks and benefits. Target is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is a drug-free workplace.

About Target ®
Expect the Best. At Target, we have a vision: to become the best – the best culture and brand, the best place for growth and the company with the best reputation. We offer an inclusive, collaborative and energetic work environment that rewards those who perform. We deliver engaging, innovative and on-trend experiences for our team members and our guests. We invest in our team members’ futures by developing leaders and providing a breadth of opportunities for professional development. It takes the best to become the best, and we are committed to building a team that does the right thing for our guests, shareholders, team members and communities.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at stores nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education®.


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Sunday, November 08, 2015

College Possible - Communications and Marketing Intern

College Possible is a growing nonprofit dedicated to coaching low-income students to and through college, breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering our workforce. Our rigorously tested model earns top-of-field results that have helped 98 percent of students served earn admission to college and supported nearly 80 percent through graduation. A 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college.
College Possible has a budget of $16.5 million, 90 full-time, regular employees and more than 200 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2015-2016 school year, we will serve 22,000 students in 64 partner high schools and nearly 300 college campuses.
Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible currently serves students in Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; newly added Chicago, Illinois; and college campuses nationwide.
To learn more, please visit www.CollegePossible.org.

I.          Position Summary

In a growing nonprofit with a centralized support structure for communications, the Communication and Marketing Intern is responsible for supporting the External Relations Team at College Possible Minnesota through a period of statewide growth. The ideal candidate will be pursuing or have recently earned an undergraduate degree in Communication
s, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, English or a related field of study. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

II.        Specific Responsibilities

  • Produce marketing materials for high school and college partners, individual donors, volunteers, corporate and foundation funders, policymakers and prospective students.
  • Write and copy-edit content for marketing pieces, news releases and the website using the AP style guide
  • Manage media consent forms for students to ensure appropriate use of photos, videos and quotes
  • Manage photography database
  • Create promotional toolkits to support volunteer recruitment, student recruitment, media outreach and fundraising
  • Research and develop a greater Minnesota media list and secure story placements in media outlets across the state
  • Manage internal daily news clipping service and media archives library
  • Research media sponsorship opportunities and strategies
  • Interview greater Minnesota students and create localized student profiles for multiple audiences
  • Develop a virtual College Possible presentation to be delivered via Google Hangout to audiences in greater Minnesota and book community engagement opportunities for leadership team members with local organizations and associations
  • Other tasks as assigned

III.       Required Skills and Experiences

  • Must be available 15-20 hours per week during the spring semester.
  • Must be a current college student or recent college graduate. Exceptional  written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Excellent research, writing, proofreading and editing skills
  • Creativity, resiliency and commitment to excellence is important
  • Skilled at managing multiple deadline tasks
  • Strong interest in communications, marketing and education
  • High energy, enthusiastic, with strong commitment to public service and social justice 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop highly preferred.  
  • Photography and/or video skills a plus
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar database tool a plus
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information with tact and discretion

IV.       Compensation

A stipend of $2,000 will be awarded per semester.

Apply now.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Room & Board - Social Media Coordinator

Overview:
Room & Board has a unique opportunity for a Social Media Coordinator to join our Brand Experience team. The Social Media Coordinator is a part of our communications group and the primary focus of this role is to support the social media team by updating and maintaining multiple social media platforms.
  • Research and identify relevant content to share with our fans and followers, both nationally and locally in store markets. Find and share external links.
  • Assist in writing and editing social media content, including status updates and blog posts.
  • Apply style and format standards to ensure consistency across all platforms with special emphasis on Pinterest board descriptions and product captions.
  • Translate metrics to understand priorities and areas of focus, in partnership with social media team. Gather and pull monthly media reports ensuring we are sharing the best media hits in appropriate platforms and markets.
  • Manage dashboard for daily influx of user generated photos. Moderate, tag and share, as appropriate.
  • Assist with image requests by gathering photo assets.
  • Identify creative ways to engage both new and existing fans and followers in existing markets as well as emerging markets – with special emphasis on influencer's and advocates.
  • Incorporate targeted keywords and other SEO friendly techniques into social strategy.
  • Capture and share Room & Board Central moments, showing real people doing real work.
  • Special projects as needed.
Apply Online - Key word: Social Media Coordinator

Code42 - Director of Corporate Communications

Code42 is looking for a stellar corporate communications professional with a proven track record of success in enterprise SaaS. This position is responsible for the development and execution of brand, PR, analyst relations and overall corporate communications activities to increase the visibility of Code42 to key media, influencer, internal and customer audiences, and to contribute to inbound lead generation activities. Working with external agencies globally, this role is critical in accelerating Code42’s next phase of growth. The role reports to the VP of Marketing and will lead a team of communications and social media professionals, and work closely with the company’s executives, marketing and sales teams.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING
You’ll own and drive public relations, social media, analyst relations and influencer strategy to establish and maintain rewarding influencer relationships. You will promote Code42’s thought leadership in our markets and give our sales team the air cover they need to get into more deals and win them. You’ll increase brand awareness, media coverage and social engagement through creative thinking and tight, coordinated management of external PR and brand agencies. The environment is fast-paced and exciting; our tremendous growth means there is never a dull moment.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develop and implement impactful communication strategies that directly support company goals and objectives.
  • Build and lead a high-performance team of communications and social media professionals.
  • Drive corporate media/public relations and analyst/influencer relations efforts, working closely with marketing, sales and product teams to tell the Code42 story to these important audiences.
  • Select and manage PR/corporate communications/brand agencies that best fit our mission.
  • Think creatively to develop and capture thought leadership opportunities to build Code42 brand awareness.
  • Work cross-functionally with content, product and marketing programs teams to identify strong company positioning and messaging that resonates with key audiences.
  • Oversee the development and compliance of brand and style guides, then successfully disseminate guidelines to employees and partners.
  • Establish processes, track research calendars and coordinate cross-functional teams for ongoing communication and education of industry analysts.
  • Monitor analyst research and highlight relevant research to the appropriate teams with applicable positioning.
  • Own budget, analysis and recommendations for purchased analyst research services.
  • Work with digital marketing team to develop and support corporate social media strategy.
  • Build content-driven social media plan that promotes increased engagement and community growth with enterprise IT and information security audiences.
  • Align company and product messaging with relevant, compelling social media content strategy.
  • Lead social media manager in developing weekly social calendars that integrate with marketing programs and promote our best content.
  • Maintain product review and awards program to ensure Code42 is visible and recognized.
  • Bring passion, enthusiasm and creativity to each corporate communications program, always setting the right tone and telling the company’s most impactful story.
  • Flag and track competitive differentiation and share of voice in news articles and social media mentions.
  • Manage, monitor and analyze program metrics and results, including budgeting and goal-setting each quarter, and deliver high-quality, thoughtful summaries to the leadership team on a regular cadence.
SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
  • 10+ years’ experience in marketing technology, with 5+ years experience working with agencies and analyst firms.
  • Experience and a strong understanding of PR agencies, industry analyst, social media and influencer ecosystems with track record of executing PR and AR programs.
  • Knowledge of information security and enterprise technology industry.
  • Proven track record executing successful branding and communication plans.
  • Ability to work across organizational lines, command respect, and influence without authority.
  • Strong analytical and verbal communication skills; highly effective presentation skills.
  • Flawless, AP-style writing and editing skills.
  • Experience bringing new programs and ideas to life.
  • Driven, self-starter able to execute goals regardless of obstacles.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Journal or other relevant degree.
Apply Now.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Strother Communications Group - Content/PR Writer

Do you love to write? Make things happen? Are you a social media buff? This is for you. SCG is seeking a new member for our PR team with a passion for the written word. Help craft compelling messaging for weekly blogs, social posts, collateral, advertising, web copy and new releases for consumer and B2B audiences around the globe. Bring your creative spark to our 360˚ view of downtown Minneapolis.

Skill Set
  • Creative thinker, great writer
  • Able to simplify complex information
  • Enthusiastic knowledge seeker
  • Confident and collaborative
  • Degree in English, journalism or marketing communications
  • 3-5 years of related experience, preferably some in an agency or B2B setting
  • We’re seeking full-time, local candidates only. No freelancers please.
Show us how you stand out with your cover letter and resume:
Strother Communications Group
222 S 9
St, Floor 41
Minneapolis, MN 55402
resume@scgpr.com
(Member - Council of PR Firms)

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Jack Links Beef Jerky - Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager

Position Summary: Jack Links Beef Jerky is the #1 brand of meat snacks and strives to be the market leader for product quality, innovation, brand-building and thought leadership in the shelf stable meat snacks category.  
This position is responsible for cultivating and maintaining positive media coverage for our company. As part of the marketing team, the manager will work with marketing staff, executive staff, trade marketing, government affairs, legal, customer service, human resources and our agencies to define and execute our overall public relations and corporate communications strategy. 
This position will be the key information source for all media contacts requesting data and insights, and will manage the development, implementation, and coordination of internal and external public relations strategies, with the goal of gaining recognition in the market, promoting our brand and products, and enhancing our corporate reputation in the communities where we do business. 
This person may act as the corporate spokesperson to the media and general public. Some travel is required.
Basic Job Qualifications:
  • 5+ years related PR experience combining both agency and client side positions
  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Communications or Equivalent

Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • CPG experience highly valued
  • Proven successes in both traditional and interactive PR channels
  • Significant experience in media relations and issues management, spokesperson training, strategic marketing alliances, special events, etc., plus strong journalistic
    writing skills
  • A strong-sense of teamwork and ability to both manage AND execute programs
  • Acute sense of judgment, tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and conceptual problem-solving ability
  • Demonstrated knowledge of retail environment, trade issues, promotions and research
  • Sound creative judgment in evaluating promotional creative and copy
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Nielsen/IRI data
  • Able to work independently and be flexible on projects in a fast paced environment
  • Able to juggle multiple projects while meeting demanding deadlines, producing high quality work and projecting a positive attitude
  • Facilitate consumer relations, or the relationship between parts of the company such as the managers and employees, or different plant and office locations
  • Maintain company history and archives
  • Project Management - Lead and manage designated initiatives. Develop objectives,
    spearhead programs across multiple groups, develop and communicate both
    consumer and corporate materials, and manage related agency execution
  • Write interesting and effective press releases, prepare information for media kits
    and develop and maintain relevant portions of internet and intranet web pages
  • Maintain the company's corporate image and identity, including the use of logos and signage.
  • Manage communications budgets
  • Analyze and measure results
  • Manage special events such as sponsorship of races, new product introductions, or
    other activities in order to gain public attention through the media without
    advertising directly
  • Draft talking points for company executives, media training and interview management
  • Evaluate advertising, promotion and new products for compatibility with public relations efforts
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with industry and consumer media representatives
  • Direct activities of external agencies


 
EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V
VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Monday, November 02, 2015

Kids Quest and Cyber Quest - Digital Marketing Coordinator

SUMMARY

As the Digital Marketing Coordinator, you will be responsible for driving the on-line presence and exposure for Kids Quest and Cyber Quest on a National Level. This will include the creation and maintenance of social media pages, the website, and email campaigns to guests, potential new guests, and team members to ensure the company presence throughout the country is maximized. This role involves close collaboration with many groups including Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, casino / resort partners and field-based teams. The Digital Marketing Coordinator will report to the Marketing Director, and will partner with the marketing team to implement marketing strategies and creative executions that drive growth for top strategic priorities.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Digital Marketing Coordinator will execute a results-driven multi-channel digital marketing ecosystem that puts the customer at the center of the marketing strategy
  • Responsible for the continuous optimization and maintenance of the website, social media, mobile platforms and email platforms to ensure all information is up-to-date and accurate, while engaging guests for Kids Quest & Cyber Quest
  • Oversee web design, updates and implementation of dynamic content. This includes HTML coding, meta-tagging, S.E.O., S.E.M. and all specifics necessary to maintain a relevant and dynamic presence within the digital and social media space
  • Establish and manage KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators); as well as calculate and report the ROI’s on various in-bound and out-bound marketing campaigns, promotions and initiatives and sales funnel management
  • Pull all relevant reports, analyze data, help to identify trends, and create monthly reports to team and leadership in cooperation with the Marketing Director. This includes the management of all customer surveys, reporting and a wide variety of collaborative initiatives with the host casinos
  • Actively contributes to the creation, management and monitoring of all social media campaigns for Kids Quest & Cyber Quest to include Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages in tandem with the Marketing & PR Coordinator and make additional recommendations as relevant to the current social media space
  • Implements and analyzes email campaigns executed through InfusionSoft and/or similar CRM (customer relationship management). This includes working with IT on the necessary integration with the existing P.O.S. platform for customer data
  • Helps to manage all content for the intranet site for Kids Quest and Cyber Quest called the “Review”
  • Works with the marketing team on the creation and implementation of social and digital paid media advertising campaigns; Inclusion of relevant on-line job postings and digital campaigns for Human Resources to help build Kids Quest and Cyber Quest hiring initiatives throughout the year
  • Responsible for staying apprised of industry trends and new initiatives for each respective entity
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-4 years of previous experience working with websites, social media, and reporting
  • Understanding of web analytics including Google Analytics, Yelp & MOZ and the ability to pull reports and drafts reports on a regular basis
  • Working knowledge of key web platforms including Word Press, Express Engine, and more
  • High degree of professionalism with the ability to work across teams, and with our casino/resort teams throughout the country
  • Above average knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software
  • Respective web and HootSuite certifications are a plus, along with InfusionSoft
Send cover letter and resume to Samantha Graf - sgraf@kidsquest.com