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

ROLE

The Public Relations Coordinator will assist in developing and implementing communications strategies that will increase awareness and coverage of the Chicago Cubs with business and non-baseball media outlets. As a member of the Communications Department, the individual will provide high level support to the Manager of Public Relations and serve as a secondary media liaison in coordinating media interviews and appearances with Cubs representatives. 

Additional responsibilities will include writing and editing, developing digital and social media content for Cubs-owned assets, nontraditional media outreach, social media and online media monitoring and compiling media print and broadcast results and coverage.

RESPONSIBILITIES

•Assist with writing and distributing pitch notes and news releases for business operations initiatives, including marketing, ticket and premium sales, corporate partners and community affairs
•Pitch story ideas to business and non-baseball media outlets and place quality stories related to Cubs business operations
•Assist with the development of talking points, narratives and Q&A for club PR programs and initiatives
•Assist with researching and identifying PR opportunities via local and national editorial calendars
•Create targeted media lists and press materials to support Cubs business initiatives
•Assist with reactive media inquiries by logging incoming and reactive media requests and following up with information as assigned
•Compile and archive local and national baseball business print and broadcast clips, distribute internally throughout the front office
•Coordinate with broadcast and print clipping services to track, analyze and measure coverage and develop reports
•Research past/historic news articles to identify risk and opportunities for future PR programs and initiatives
•Work with team photographer and other graphic sources to identify and provide photographs to media outlets for coverage
•Develop content for social media that supports PR programs and initiatives
•Provide strategic and creative input to support public relations initiatives and programs
•Assist with the planning of in-season media/team events
•Perform additional projects as needed by the Manager of Communications and Vice President of Communications.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•Undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism, or marketing and at least 2 years of related work experience
•Demonstrated writing skills, including proficient knowledge of AP Style
•Experience writing press releases, media alerts, digital/web and social media content
•Experience using social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google Plus and Vine
•Experience using media contact databases and electronic and media research tools
•Proficient with Microsoft Office basic applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and publishing software
•Knowledge of basic video and photography techniques a plus
•Ability to work a non-standard schedule, to include nights and weekends
•Demonstrated listening skills and proven ability to follow instructions, respond to coaching and feedback, as well as solicit feedback to improve performance
•Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and prioritize activities, while completing assignments in a timely manner

 DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•Advanced degree
•Sports-related experience and knowledge of baseball
•Demonstrated good judgment and decision making
•Strong skills in cultivating and growing relationships

 

The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer


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

ROLE:
The Manager of Organizational Communications will develop and edit content, proofread editorial and assist in the development of internal and external communications for key stakeholders, as well as manage or assist with Chicago Cubs communications assets– including, but not limited to, the club’s Internet (microsites) and Intranet platforms, mass email communications, team magazine, internal and external newsletters and annual community and neighborhood reports. 
The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop compelling and cohesive narratives for executive communications and speaker support, including drafting scripts, remarks and written content for PowerPoint presentations and visual narratives.    The individual will also work to improve the organization’s communications processes and sharing of information through managing the club’s content calendar, coordinating the sequencing of content between departments, and developing or enhancing communications vehicles.


RESPONSIBILITIES:


• Research and develop compelling story ideas and narratives for club’s communications assets
• Interpret, simplify, and write about diverse subject matter for key stakeholders including fans, season ticket holders, premium/suite clients, corporate partners, Cubs Charities donors/supporters, and neighbors.
• Provide writing support for quarterly external newsletters, including Community Connection Newsletter, Cubs Alumni Newsletter and Cubs Charities newsletter
• Draft and manage production of annual Cubs Community and Neighborhood report
• Draft and edit copy for internal communications, including: Intranet, newsletter, All-Associate emails, posters/message boards, and personnel announcements
• Support HR with developing content and messaging for All-Associate communications, gatherings and quarterly meetings
• Lead the continuous improvement of the club’s communication tools and actively pursue new ideas to drive awareness and interaction of specific company strategies with associates
• Develop executive scripts and remarks for events and programs
• Own company tone and voice by editing for grammar, usage, consistency, accuracy and style
• Work with all departments to collaborate on communications activities that support goals and objectives
• Work with Information Technology to drive the effectiveness of our digital tools and execute quarterly deployments/enhancements
• Participate in weekly editorial meetings to determine primary news of the day and week
• Manage organization’s master communications/content calendar
• Provide writing and editing support for other projects as assigned


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:


• A 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in Communications or Journalism
• At least 4 years experience as a journalist or a staff writer/content manager in a corporate or public affairs function
• Demonstrated writing skills, including experience in creating, writing, editing and proofreading clear and compelling content
• Demonstrated verbal communication skills with an ability to present ideas clearly and concisely
• Demonstrated news gathering skills and ability to research and develop creative, compelling stories
• Demonstrated ability to ensure accuracy by checking reference materials such as books, periodicals, Lexus-Nexus, or public records to obtain relevant facts
• Demonstrated knowledge of AP Style and various news writing styles
• Demonstrated ability to develop and execute stakeholder communications plans
• Strong speech writing
• Demonstrated experience in providing communications counsel
• Prior use of social media to drive communications efforts
• Demonstrated expertise with intranets and/or web sites required, with demonstrable knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint and HTML
• Demonstrated experience in Microsoft Powerpoint required, with basic design tool familiarity, such as Adobe Photoshop
• This position requires non-standard hours – including nights and weekends throughout the season


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Advanced degree
• Strong conceptual thinker with ability to understand the “big picture” of the project and how it fits with core business objectives or the organization’s strategic plan
• Ability to work under pressure and prioritize activities, while completing assignments in a timely manner
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects and competing demands simultaneously and produce content for multiple media platforms
• 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
• Strong skills in cultivating and growing relationships
 
The Chicago Cubs are an Equal Opportunity Employer








 


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