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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Community Relations Manager with Minnesota United FC

About Us
Professional soccer has been a part of Minnesota for over four decades and Minnesota United is at the forefront of growing the game at all levels. From the first team to the front office to the Development Academy to our work throughout the Twin Cities, the club’s goal remains the same: to inspire and unite our community through the world’s game. We’ll accomplish this through a culture built on accountability, respect, excellence and honesty and by creating a fan experience and connection to the community second to none. In addition to a fast-paced environment with hard-working, collegial, engaged coworkers, we offer generous benefits, a forward-thinking culture, and the opportunity for career growth. When it comes to our employees, we value passion, dedication, diversity, resilience and teamwork.
Job Description
The Community Relations (CR) Manager will - through soccer - successfully develop and implement fully integrated Community Relations programs designed to provide the finest community leadership and better the lives of people in Minnesota and the surrounding communities.
• Understand organizational and departmental goals in an effort to successfully identify appropriate CR plans for cross-platform campaigns that incorporate multiple business units. Platforms and programs can include staff volunteerism activities, players/coach appearances, equipment drives and support for other cause-based organizations and platforms (Special Olympics, Pride Night, Salute to Service, Kick Childhood Cancer)
• Serve as the face of MNUFC Community Relations internally and externally
• Manage donation requests and fulfill, as needed
• Build relationships with community leaders, community relations peers at other local teams and corporate partners
• Ideate, budget and execute community platforms and programs that drive brand awareness and garner local and national media coverage
• Develop organizational strategies to grow community relations efforts in Minnesota and amplify league-wide campaigns through the local fanbase
• Collaborate with SVP of Marketing & Communications and Public Relations department to develop a strategy and business plan for the Community Relations department that aligns with Minnesota United’s mission statement
• Oversee and schedule player and staff appearance calendars and schedules
• Coordinate all player activities with marketing and community partners, including sponsor appearances, community events and postgame opportunities with fans.
• Create talking points, scripts and run-of-shows for events held with players, coaches, alumni and executives
• Work directly with players to build their personal brand in the community and target initiatives for causes most important to them
• Collaborate with Corporate Partnerships department to enhance partner relationships and revenue
• Work cross-functionally throughout the organization to provide community assets and talent.
• Conduct player autograph sessions throughout the season, as needed
• Build and maintain relationships within the Minnesotan community using various contacts
• Interface with the supporter group’s charitable arms
• Provide schedule and updates of daily, weekly and monthly activities and initiatives to Marketing, Digital, Public Relations and Production to maximize coverage
• Assist in other duties as assigned
• 3 – 5 years of experience working in Community Relations
• Experience coordinating special events
• Ability to organize large amounts of information and present top-level summaries
• Excellent leadership and organizational skills
• Ability to motivate and inspire others
• Balanced analytical and creative thinking
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Able to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and holidays
• Ability to thrive as part of a team
• Computer skills required: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook)
• Previous experience in professional sports
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus, but not required

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Job Questions:
  1. How did you hear about this job?
  2. Do you have 3-5 years of experience working in Community Relations?
  3. Do you have experience coordinating special events?
  4. Are you able to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings, and potential holiday