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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Minneapolis Park and Recreation - Communications Assistant

Overview: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Communications and Marketing Department is seeking a creative, skilled, organized and motivated individual who will write, edit and distribute a variety of communications materials and provide administrative support services for the department. Well-written and well-designed materials will be used to increase public awareness, appreciation and use of park activities, facilities and services.

  • Research, write and update news releases and announcements for media and general public
  • Distribute news releases, announcements and features articles for all departments via email subscription lists, providing cross-departmental support by designing new email templates as needed
  • Work closely with cross-departmental staff to produce quality work and ensure project requirements are met, from frequent golf promotional emails to seasonal program announcements to annual awards news releases
  • Compile, write and edit content for MPRB newsletters and publications, with particular focus on the following:
    • Produce a 12-20 page monthly employee newsletter using Publisher to format the newsletter using stories and photos submitted by MPRB employees
    • Assist Digital Communications Representative with writing and editing content for MPRB’s 4-page seasonal
      Highlight’s brochure produced to increase public awareness and use of the park system
  • Assist with updating and implementing department’s editorial calendar to ensure timely development of materials
  • Assist Web Content Producer and Web Assistant with updates to website news section and park pages as needed
  • Assist in benchmarking newsletter, emails and departmental communications against other organizations to ensure products are visually stimulating and meet the communications standards of internal and external audiences
  • Provide a variety of office support services, including researching project topics, maintenance of media and community lists, distribution of electronic and print materials, and general assistance with meetings
  • Keep Communications and Marketing Director promptly informed of significant issues or matters of concern
  • Assist with various communications and marketing initiatives and projects, as apparent or assigned

  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit compelling, accurate content for news releases and publications
  • Excellent communications, editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office Suite, including Publisher
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Motivated, flexible and able to work concurrently on several projects
  • 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
  • Experience and ability to update web content using content management software preferred
  • Successful completion of advanced coursework or degree focusing on communications or marketing preferred
Compensation: $10/hour, non-benefitted position
Hours and Length of Position: 25hrs/week, approximately 5 hours daily, with exact hours to be determined between Communications and Marketing Director and Communications Assistant.
Hiring Timeline: Application posted June 21. Open until filled. (Ideal start date July 11, if possible; later if needed.)

How to Apply: Email application, cover letter, resume and at least three writing samples to Robin Smothers at Complete all fields of application. Cover letter needs to clearly state interest in position, availability and how position fits with current schedule.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.