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Senior Coordinator-Communications - Major League Soccer (New York, NY)

Job Title

Senior Coordinator, Sports Communications

 

Summary

The Senior Coordinator, Sports Communications manages soccer information activities for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing.  A key member of the communications department, this position is based in New York, NY.

 

Department

Communications

 

Reports to

Director, Communications 

Additional Employees in Department(s)

Executive Vice President, Communications

Vice President, International Communications

Director, Corporate Communications

Senior Manager, Communications

 

Employees Managed Directly by the Senior Coordinator, Communications

Intern, Communications 

Intern, Communications 

 

Primary responsibilities

 

External Communications

  • Oversee soccer-related information flow for the communications group including:
    • In conjunction with Director, Communications, manage creation, editing and distribution of appropriate press releases and informational documents (assignment done in conjunction with Director of Communications & EVP of Communications)
    • Support Director, Communications and Consultant, Sports Communications with editing and proofing for MLS publications (Media Directory, Fact & Record Book, Year in Review, Special Event programs and materials)         
    • Manage MLS Newsstand daily articles compilation and distribution
  • Build relationships with and oversee sphere of soccer beat reporters and sports bloggers
  • Serve as the key stakeholder for select broadcast partners (FOX, TSN)

  • Respond to media requests for information and to facilitate media interviews
  • Manage weekly video content (securing and distribution of) by liaising with 19 MLS clubs, as well as manage relationship with video content third-party vendor
  • Develop talking points for and serve as communications liaison to the following groups: USL-PRO, youth academies and French Football Federation (FFF) initiative

  • Manage updating of MLS media website (www.pressbox.mlssoccer.com)
  • Oversee creation of MLS Media Directory with contributions from MLS Communications Department and 19 MLS clubs

 

Internal Communications

  • In conjunction with Director, Communications, serve as one of the League’s main contacts with team public relations departments.  This includes providing guidance on external communications and collaboration on media opportunities
  • Review and approve all roster & transaction releases for 19 MLS clubs and serve as the MLS Communications liaison with Player Personnel department (with support from Sr. Director, Communications)
  • Oversee blog report that is distributed each Tuesday and Friday
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships with Special Events, Operations, Player Personnel and Competition departments to stay informed and abreast of new initiatives, program and other organization wide events.

 

 

 

Event Public Relations Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day management of the public relations (including media operations and accreditation) for the following MLS Special Events
    • Player Combine
    • All-Star Game
    • MLS Cup
  • Manage All-Star voting and Year-end awards voting process
  • Oversee MLS Cup preparation document creation and execution for 19 MLS Clubs
  • Assist with preseason training camp publicity and media operations

 

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Hire, train and oversee development of 2-3 Sports Communications Interns for 12-month periods
  • In conjunction with Director, Communications, monitor 19 clubs’ adherence to MLS Media Access guidelines
    • Coordinate warnings and fines as necessary
  • Oversee monthly Media Recap (print and electronic) in all three official League languages (English, Spanish and French) and work closely with the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications to support analytics
  • Oversee upkeep of media email distribution lists
  • Oversee upkeep of Master Media List and coordinate mass mailings (March to Soccer, All-Star, MLS Cup, other)
  • Monitor assigned MLS matches on weekday and weekend nights
  • Manage relationships with outside vendors
    • USA Today Sports Images (beginning with new agreement)
    • Lyris
    • Ardian
    • SportsSystems

 

Other Roles and Functions

(a) Miscellaneous departmental duties

(b) As deemed necessary by the Director of Communications and EVP, Communications  

 

Required Skills

(a) Strong organizational and project management skills

(b) Impeccable interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

(c) Must have a positive approach and team building spirit

(d) Confident and mature attitude

(e) Ability to work under deadlines

(f) Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects

(g) Knowledge of and passion for Major League Soccer 

(h) Previous knowledge and experience in sports business preferable

(i) Minimum 4-year degree in related field

(j) Knowledge of a second language is preferred

(k) Minimum of 4-6 years of experience in public relations/sports information

(l) Excellent time management

(m) Willingness to travel and to work weekends and nights

 


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