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Communications: Community Relations
Assistant Director, Community Affairs and Cubs Charities - Chicago Cubs (Chicago, IL)

ROLE

This position is responsible for implementation of programs and initiatives for Cubs community outreach and Cubs Charities, including development initiatives.   The Assistant Director, Community Affairs and Cubs Charities, will: oversee and be accountable for the operation of Cubs strategic community outreach;  use his or her existing relationships with community organizations and develop new contacts to further effective community programming;  implement and actively manage new Community Affairs initiatives and programs to help grow the department’s reach and to create and measure impactful outcomes; research, develop, operate and coordinate Cubs Charities programs and Cubs community outreach initiatives to align with strategic goals and plans; and, help build and grow a development plan and programs for sustained support of Cubs Charities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee a team of two – four Associates
  • Work with Cubs Charities and Community Affairs leadership to grow Cubs Charities programs and develop new initiatives and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the programs and the overall objectives of the organization.
  • Implement and actively manage new Community Affairs initiatives and programs which will help grow the department’s reach and to create and measure impactful outcomes.
  • Oversee and be accountable for the operation of Cubs strategic community outreach, helping define clear strategy and objectives and measuring outcomes to see those goals are met each year.
  • Build internal and community support for signature programs, including working with corporate partners to develop funding and branding opportunities.
  • Help develop, coordinate and grow non-event based fundraising opportunities.
  • Supervise and coordinate Cubs Charities program staff, external agencies and volunteers.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • An undergraduate four-year degree in business, non-profit management, communications/public relations, education or related field from an accredited university.
  • Four or more years of experience and demonstrated success in related field such as program management and/or development.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a program management or development capacity
  • Two or more years of experience managing a staff
  • Demonstrated experience in managing youth sports events and/or tournaments.
  • Demonstrated strong communications and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and business acumen.
  • Ability to work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends and game days.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to foster and champion inclusion and teamwork.
  • Strategic thinking skills.

The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Communications: Community Relations
Coordinator, Team Family Relations - Chicago Cubs (Chicago, IL)

ROLE

This position will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of relations with players’ and coaches’ families with the primary goal of providing seamless support for all family needs. The role manages the Cubs Wives and Family program which includes community and charitable outreach programming, oversight of all aspects of the Family Room, and serves as the primary point of contact for all other aspects of family services both in Chicago and Mesa (as needed). The position will also assist as needed in Community Affairs and Cubs Charities activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as primary point person for players’ and coaches’ families and centralize all services including family room care and management, family room programming, sitting services and catering, community programming and outreach, and any other needs that arise for families.
  • Develop and catalog all resources available to families and provide comprehensive on-boarding program for families throughout the season
  • Consistently benchmark and develop best practices in order to be best-in-class for family management and programming
  • Develop and manage a season-long fundraising and community outreach program for the players’ and coaches’ wives
  • Maintain consistent communication with others in player relations to coordinate Club programming and goals for players and families
  • Work with staff cross-functionally
  • Effectively manage program budget
  • Assist in the operation of Community Affairs charitable events and fundraising activities as needed
  • Assist Community Affairs staff on club-related activities as requested
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Bilingual (Fluency in both English and Spanish)
  • Minimum of two years experience with event planning and process management or other experience relevant to the job requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an organized manner and manage time efficiently and effectively
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and to take ownership and administer projects with little guidance
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships at all organizational levels
  • Flexibility in schedule; ability to consistently work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends and game days
  • Experience with MS Office products

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced Degree
  • Prior expertise working for a professional sports team
  • Sound judgment and common sense; tireless work ethic
  • Demonstrated expertise in problem solving
  • Poise and a professional presence

The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Communications: Communications Department Management
Organizational Communications Coordinator - Chicago Cubs (Chicago, IL)

ROLE

The Chicago Cubs are seeking an Organizational Communications Coordinator who will assist in developing and implementing communications activities to support key stakeholder initiatives and programs. This position will also assist with generating and reviewing editorial content for key stakeholder communications. As a member of the Communications Department, the position will provide high level support to the Assistant Director of Organizational Communications.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with writing, reviewing, editing and distributing key stakeholder communications for business operations including internal and external newsletters, website copy, email copy, brochure content, presentations
  • Assist with the development of  key messages, talking points and Q&A for stakeholder communications and key initiatives and programs
  • Provide strategic and creative input to support stakeholder initiatives and programs
  • Assist with researching and identifying strategic communication opportunities, best-practice approaches and new communication trends and tools
  • Help develop content for social media and other digital assets that supports stakeholder initiatives  for Cubs-owned assets
  • Compile and archive local and national baseball business print and broadcast clips, distribute internally throughout the front office
  • Work with team photographer and other graphic sources to identify and provide photographs and images for stakeholder communications and communication platforms
  • Assist with the planning of organization events and activities
  • Perform additional projects as needed by the Assistant Director of Organizational Communications and Vice President of Communications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four year undergraduate degree in journalism, public relations, or communications-related field from an accredited university or college
  • 2-4 years of related communications work experience
  • Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including proficient knowledge of AP Style
  • Demonstrated experience with writing key messages, talking points, newsletter content, press releases, digital/web and social media content
  • Demonstrated experience using social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google Plus and Vine
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office basic applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to sometimes work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of baseball and sports industry
  • Knowledge of basic video and photography techniques
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a time sensitive environment
  • Ability to work effectively on an individual basis and within a team framework
  • Strong skills in cultivating and growing relationships
  • Strong listening skills with proven ability to follow instructions, respond to coaching and feedback, as well as solicit feedback to improve performance
  • Demonstrated good judgment and decision making

The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Communications: Community Relations
Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations - Chicago Cubs (Chicago, IL)

ROLE

This Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations coordinates and implements Cubs’ government and neighborhood relations, including community interactions, relationships with local elected officials, community and business leaders, involvement of residents, and community outreach. The role will inform Cubs Community Affairs and Chicago Cubs Charities on neighborhood needs and programs and serve as liaison between Cubs and neighborhood residents. Success in this position requires strong teamwork, innovation, professionalism, attention to customer service, relationship building, community service participation and public presentation skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and implement a successful strategy for resident, community, business and elected official support for Wrigley Field.
  • Develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships, including participating in and representing Cubs at community meetings and events determined by EVP.
  • Understand and communicate, internally and externally, community affairs issues and strategies.
  • Lead annual Wrigleyville Neighbors Day, coordinate Wrigleyville Neighbors community group activity and ensure monthly publication of Cubs community newsletter.
  • Work with Cubs Ballpark Operations to ensure interaction with the community around Wrigley Field to address neighborhood needs and activities.
  • Coordinate and manage events involving elected officials and neighborhood groups.
  • Coordinate with Cubs community outreach and Cubs Charities’ initiatives and advise on programs to meet community, neighborhood and departmental needs.
  • Assist EVP, Community Affairs/Chief Legal Officer on club-related activity as requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree in business, public relations, communications, marketing or relevant field.
  • Three or more years experience in professional sports or government relations position.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated communications and writing skills.
  • Organizational skills and business acumen.
  • Flexibility and ability to work non-standard hours, including evenings, weekends and game days and to attend community events multiple nights per week.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Resident of the Wrigleyville neighborhood.

The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Communications: Media/Public Relations Servicing
Communications Associate - St. Louis Cardinals (St. Louis, MO)

Summary of Responsibilities

The Communications Associate position is a seasonal, entry level professional, who will assist the St. Louis Cardinals Communications Department staff with a variety of communication department tasks during the baseball season ranging from preparing press materials; working games to assist with social media engagement; and helping staff with a variety of public relations and media relations tasks during the baseball season (March – October).

 

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Manage fan engagement promotions on  game days by being responsible for authorizing fan posts that will be displayed on the scoreboard
  • Prepare press materials in advance of series and national telecasts to assist visiting media with covering the team
  • Assist with preparing Homestand Highlights and updating communication support materials (Fact Sheets, Talking Points etc.)
  • Responsible for assisting with fan video and photo engagement campaigns undertaken by the Communications Department during the baseball season
  • Responsible for handling social media contests & promotions fulfillment during the season
  • Assist with staffing Facebook Fridays with Fredbird
  • Assist with answering fan questions posed to the club via social media
  • Assist with video production shoots as assigned
  • Available to work a flexible schedule, including all games and some special events as assigned
  • Assist with field visits of VIP guests and other communication duties as assigned

Qualifications (Education/Experience)

  • B.A. in communication, journalism, public relations, sports management or related field and some practical experience.
  • Excellent writing & communication skills a must
  • Excellent collaboration, customer service and people skills essential
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational & time management skills
  • Excellent work ethic and ability to learn quickly
  • Creative
  • Proficient in social media with good aptitude for learning new technology
  • Must possess an excellent understanding of media & baseball
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Available on nights, weekends, and holidays

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Yes or No: Do you have a Bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, sports management or a related field?
2. Yes or No: Do you have a thorugh knowledge of the game of baseball?
3. Yes or No: Do you have experience with the media and preparing press materials?


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Communications: Live Event Production: Announcers, DJs, MCs
*Emcee - Tampa Bay Rays (3St. Petersburg, FL)

The Tampa Bay Rays are currently seeking a highly energetic person to perform as in-game emcee on the scoreboard at Tropicana Field for the 2015 season.  This individual will perform live reads both pre-game and in-game, host contests/live promotions shown on the scoreboard, while being an ambassador of the Rays at all times.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Humorous; Stand-up Experience A Plus
  • Camera Ready
  • Excellent Communicator
  • Team Player
  • Some Baseball Knowledge
  • Outgoing and Spontaneous
  • Ability to Engage Contestants/Fans

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Host In-game Contests/Live Promotions and Various PA Reads
  • Work with RaysVision Team (pre-post meeting) to Develop Show Concepts
  • Work with Game Entertainment Coordinator to Execute Live Promotions
  • Represent all Corporate Entities in a Highly Professional and Positive Manner
  • Keep Fans Engaged and Entertained
  • Represent the Rays Brand in a Fun and Positive Manner at all times

*Must submit an online reel in order to be considered*

All offers contingent on a satisfactory background check.


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