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Communications Director-LA Sparks

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by gravehunter, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    Job Function: Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    * Develop and execute strategies for year round positive media coverage for team, management, and overall business initiatives
    * Facilitate and manage all media relations and communications needs of all Sparks personnel
    * Manage preparation and oversight for Sparks press conferences including messaging, scripts for spokespersons, on-site logistics, and post-conference coverage
    * Prepare all communications documents related to announcement and/or breaking news, including press releases, talking points, fan and partner communications
    * Provide daily support for Sparks coaches and players including attending all team games and practices
    * Manage game day PR including player and coach access, injury reports, media seating chart, media meals, credentials
    * Manage media access to all team personnel
    * Work closely with Community Relations Manager and support team and WNBA initiatives.
    * Prepare spokespersons as needed on a wide range of issues; serve as organization spokesperson as designated
    * Develop a crisis communications plan and manage execution of communications strategies in response to potential crises
    * Work closely with broadcast partners to drive positive coverage and to increase exposure
    * Maintain daily and weekly communication with WNBA communications department and support League media and community programs
    * Develop and strengthen relationships with sports and non-sports reporters and editors
    * Develop and manage execution of department business plan and operating budget
    * Recruit, hire and supervise PR support staff which may include full-time staff, part-time staff, game night staff and interns
    * Manage production of all Sparks publications including media guide, annual Yearbook and game day roster
    * To provide website game information as well as work with Marketing and Community Relations Staff to provide other content as needed.
    * Travel with team as required to away games including pre-season, regular season and playoffs

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    * 5+ years of public relations and/or communications experience
    * NBA/WNBA/Collegiate experience preferred. Community Relations experience a plus.
    * Solid record of developing and managing strategic communications strategies and garnering media coverage
    * Proven relationship building skills; positive and outgoing personality
    * Strong and diverse writing skills (AP writing style and feature writing)
    * Experience managing staff
    * Available to work evenings and weekends, occasionally on short notice
    * Bachelor's degree required.
    * This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the President. Full LA Sparks employee benefits package.

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