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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Best Buy - Sr Specialist External Communications

The turnaround is over! Be a part of Best Buys transformation! Best Buy is the worlds largest consumer electronics retailer, offering advice, service and convenience œat competitive prices to the consumers who visit its websites and stores more than 1.5 billion times each year.

Best Buy is seeking an External Communications Senior Specialist to be part of its External Communications team located at the company's corporate headquarters in Richfield, MN.

The person hired for the position of Senior Specialist External Communications will focus on providing media relations support for local and regional PR activities in an assigned portion of the country, including building and maintaining relationships with reporters, editors, and producers to effectively pitch and land stories. This person will be involved in both proactive and reactive media relations. This person will work with stores and Best Buy field leadership in their portion of the country when there are external and crisis communication needs. This person will assist in creating content for external- and internal-facing vehicles. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage multiple projects, have a passion for interacting with reporters on a daily basis, be able to quickly understand topics/issues and how to translate into news for media and be able to produce quality written copy.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Media relations for local and regional outlets
Proactive and reactive support for PR activations, including general business activations
Creation of stories, blog posts, internal communication pieces, fact sheets and pitches.
Communication planning and project management for editorial planning & pitching

Basic Qualifications:
2+ years of Public Relations/Corporate communications experience or media newsroom experience
Experience producing content (written and/or video)
Experience in strategic communication planning
Experience developing/managing projects with internal and external partners

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Communication/Business and/or equivalent
PR agency and/or journalism newsroom experience
Two years of media relations experience
Two years of communications and content development experience
Copy writing and editing experience
Knowledge of AP style
Experience with meeting aggressive daily, weekly deadlines¨
Ability to work in a team environment working on assignments with overlapping priorities and schedules

Auto Req. ID405303BR
Employment CategoryCommunications
Job LevelIndividual Contributor
Location Number910010-215-Comm/PA/PR
Address7601 Penn Avenue South
CityRichfield
StateMN