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Communications: Communications Department Management
Production Artist - Colorado Rapids (Commerce City, CO)

JOB OVERVIEW

Seeking a talented Production Artist to join our team and help create graphics for online campaigns, web banners, social media and more.

 

MINIMUM RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Executes layout of graphic design projects consistent with Rapids Marketing and Media Group themes

  • Performs design and layout of projects

  • Produce marketing materials that maintain brand consistency, represent campaign ethos and follow creative guidelines, while being inventive and artistically interesting.

  • Work with marketing and creative department to maintain consistent company look and feel

  • Create and edit graphics and HTML for web pages, banner campaigns, email newsletters, promotional materials, social media and marketing landing pages

  • Work to support various departments including but not limited to Ticket Sales, Corporate Partnerships, and Team PR to create requested  graphics and marketing deliverables and creative

  • Possess creative problem-solving skills for visual design and proficiency in typography

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graphic design degree and/or a combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent design, typography, color and infographic skills to illustrate brand experiences

  • Ability to create and execute consistent, high quality work within brand guidelines

  • Ability to take ideas or concepts and bring them to life with graphic design and illustrations

  • Background / classroom experience in foundational design principles

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines with great attention to detail

  • Proficiency in , Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator

  • Experience in web design

  • Experience designing content for social media outlets

  • Knowledge of HTML outside of a WYSIWYG editor

  • Knowledge of CSS

  • Basic knowledge of pre-press and print processes.
  • Motion Graphic experience
  • Knowledge of MLS, the sport of soccer, professional sports marketing/social media landscape
  • Some experience with, and/or understanding of, front-end technology (JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX)
  • Some experience with responsive design

  • Excellent communication skills including writing, speaking, thumbnail sketches, etc.
  • Previous work experience in graphic design field.

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Communications: Communications Department Management
Sr. Manager, Digital Strategy - Houston Dynamo (Houston, TX)

The Houston Dynamo is currently seeking an individual for the position of Sr. Manager of Digital Strategy in Houston, TX. The Sr. Manager of Digital Strategy will report directly to the Sr. Director of Communications. Specific areas of focus include streamlining the club’s digital communications strategy; developing consistent and unique voices for the Dynamo and the Dash for each social media platform; planning and assigning the club’s digital content with a specific focus on driving fan engagement; growing the club’s fan base through the various digital platforms by delivering engaging and compelling content; balancing the club’s organic content with sales-related content; and driving revenue through digital ticket sales campaigns and sponsorable digital assets. The Sr. Manager of Digital Strategy will lead the club’s digital team, including the Social Media Coordinator and Digital Development Coordinator.

Job Functions:

  • Leads the planning and execution of all of the club’s digital communications platforms, including the Dynamo and Dash websites and all social media platforms for both clubs, as well as Houston Sports Park, BBVA Compass Stadium and the Dynamo Academy and Dynamo/Dash Youth Programs.

  • Leads weekly content development meeting and based on that meeting, assigns and schedules content throughout the following week across all platforms. This includes repurposing content pieces across platforms as well as unique content pieces native to each.

  • Using digital analytics and industry best practices, develops schedule for recurring digital content pieces and works with Digital Development Coordinator to determine the ideal timing for posts and types of content that drive the most engagement.

  • Manages the relationship with club’s digital marketing agency to obtain digital analytics and provide strategies for improving online and social presence for the Dynamo, Dash, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston Sports Park and Youth Programs.

  • Responsible for the maintenance of HoustonDynamo.com and HoustonDashSoccer.com, including content pieces, advertisements and all permanent or semi-permanent pages (i.e. staff listing, sponsor pages, schedule pages, etc.).

  • Works with Sr. Director of Brand Engagement to manage the digital media advertising budgets.

  • Executes all promotional and advertising elements of revenue generating marketing ticket programs via email, web, social and electronic media.

  • Maximizes marketing presence online including HoustonDynamo.com and all club social media channels.

  • Leads the planning for how to increase engagement on each of the Dynamo, Dash and Stadium’s respective social media platforms (primarily Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat).

  • Stays abreast of best practices within the league, sports industry and overall business community regarding use of digital and social media to drive revenue and brand engagement, and provide recommendations to the Marketing Department.

  • Works with sponsorship team to develop and execute social activations for existing and potential partners.

  • Collaborates with the Director of Strategic Marketing to create comprehensive digital marketing plans that maximize revenue for new and existing ticketing initiatives as well as sponsor-driven initiatives.

  • Plans digital marketing and promotional activity for MLS and other team matches.

  • Develops and manages schedule and deadlines for advertising and media production.

  • Develops digital marketing partnerships and trade agreements.

  • Assists with event planning and execution .

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum of 3 years of digital marketing experience (experience in the sports industry a plus)

  • Strong leadership and management abilities in the area of digital sales and marketing

  • Strong working experience with all social media platforms

  • Extensive knowledge of marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, Hispanic marketing, sales, creative process, web marketing/social networking

  • Very experienced working with HTML and building, updating and managing websites

  • Fluent in marketing metrics especially in regards to social media

  • Ability to strive in high-pressure environment

  • Proven experience managing multiple projects and timelines

  • Availability to work nights, weekends and odd hours as required by team and event schedules

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not a requirement

  • On-camera experience is a plus, but not a requirement

Key Characteristics:

  • Passionate - Loves the job and the organization; has a contagious effect; puts the organization first and is willing to make sacrifices

  • Motivated - Self-driven and inspired; takes initiative and delivers results

  • Service Oriented – Understands that the digital team is accountable to multiple areas within the club and strives to deliver high-quality service to all internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner

  • Leadership - Visibly demonstrates character, work ethic and vision; has ability to positively influence others; is infectious

  • Communicator - Delivers written and verbal messages in a clear and concise fashion; knows what needs to be said, when to say it and how to say it

  • Creative Problem Solver - Recognizes issues and takes the responsibility to proactively resolve them

  • Experienced - Leverages knowledge and insights to achieve higher levels of performance and productivity

  • Plan/Prioritize - Understands core objectives of the organization; is structured and organized; utilizes time effectively; makes decisions in the context of the big picture

  • Accountable - Takes ownership for areas of responsibility and associated business results; addresses issues so that they do not reoccur

  • Competitive - Wants to win and be the best in everything; achieves maximum success – individually and for the whole team

  • Confident - Demonstrates belief in self and the organization and conveys that self-assurance to others internally and externally

  • Team player - Works well with all departments and is open to creative suggestions


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Communications: Internet Communications
Manager, Social Media - Major League Soccer (New York, NY)

Overview:

As the Social Media Manager at Major League Soccer with a focus on match day coverage, you’ll help position the League as the most engaging and innovative sports brand in social media. Your role will be focused on managing programs, platforms, services and relationships to highlight the game-day experience across our rapidly growing social communities.

If you have a commanding knowledge of MLS and North American soccer, love to ideate and create content (especially videos!), enjoy engaging on social media platforms, have a proven track record of successful project management, and are interested in analyzing and acting on social data and trends, this is the job for you.

Please note that this position will require travel and non-traditional work hours, including evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, create and post content for MLS social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Periscope and Snapchat.
  • Manage game-day coverage and highlights distribution across league social channels.
  • Build and manage a network of on-site content creators to bring the game to life across social platforms in new, unique and innovative ways.
  • Manage implementation of the league’s enhanced access opportunities for creating content on social platforms.
  • Execute innovative big event plans like MLS All-Star, Decision Day and MLS Cup, while working cross-departmentally to ensure successful activation.
  • Work with Marketing and Digital teams to ensure promotion of key league business objectives like MLS Live promotion, MLS App downloads and Broadcast support.  
  • Coordinate the distribution and publication of content with MLSsoccer.com editors, writers and creators.
  • Assist in the development of social media strategy, policies, and guidelines while analyzing and evaluating recommendations to improve the experience for fans.
  • Manage, monitor and engage in conversations with Clubs, fans, players, broadcast partners and media across all social platforms.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to travel and work non-traditional work hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in social media, communications or marketing.
  • B.A./B.S. or higher degree is required and bilingual Spanish/English a plus.
  • Deep knowledge and interest in Major League Soccer, our teams and players, including an understanding of the American soccer landscape from the U.S. Men’s National Team to CONCACAF tournaments and competitions.
  • Experience managing social media platforms in a company, brand, sports, or corporate setting including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite or other video and photo editing platforms.
  • Resourceful with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and a versatile self-starter who excels in a team environment.
  • A collaborative, consensus-building approach.
  • Great attention to detail.

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Communications: Media/Public Relations Servicing
Internship, International Communications (July-December) - Major League Soccer (New York, NY)

Overview:

This fully bilingual (English and Spanish) internship position, in sports public relations, is for an individual seeking a hands-on experience in sports public relations and communications. Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) seek strong candidates to continue to publicize the League and the sport across domestic and international media as well as executing media operations and publicity for major international soccer events.  The position is based in New York, NY and may require some travel. (July-December)

Responsibilities:

Assist with proactive pitching and generating media coverage of MLS and SUM among U.S. Hispanic and international media, including compliation of daily MLS online media coverage as well as coverage of SUM properties, such as the Mexican National Team, US Tour and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

  • Production of press releases, original content and material for MLS and SUM
  • Translation of press releases and other content
  • Assist with fielding media requests from US-based and international media outlets, as well as internal requests
  • Assist with upkeep of MLS and SUM media distribution lists
  • Research for a variety of departmental projects
  • Compile and distribute media coverage clip packets for the Board of Governors and executive staff
  • Participate in Communications department meetings and events
  • Assist with media operations at special events
  • Assist International Communications Coordinator and Vice President of Communications to support all objectives of the department

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Fully bilingual (English and Spanish - reading, writing and speaking)
  • Ability to prioritize, be proactive, manage multiple projects and ability to work under deadlines
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Knowledge of soccer is preferable
  • Student in public relations, journalism, marketing communications or related field track is preferred

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Communications: Internet Communications
Manager, Digital & New Media - New York Red Bulls (Harrison, NJ)

COMPANY INFORMATION:

The New York Red Bulls are one of 20 teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). They are one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its founding in 1996.   They currently play their home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Harrison, New Jersey. RBA, a state-of-the-art 25,000-seat stadium, is widely regarded as the top soccer-specific stadium in North America. The club is owned by the Austrian beverage company Red Bull for which the team is named. The first team features 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles, 2014 MLS Golden Boot Winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, and several players with USMNT experience.  The New York Red Bulls offer one of the nation's premier youth soccer development programs, from local soccer partnerships across New York and New Jersey to Regional Development Schools and the Red Bulls Academy teams. 

 

POSITION SUMMARY:
The New York Red Bulls are hiring for the position of Manager of Digital & New Media. The position reports directly to the Senior Director of Communications.

Oversee the overall content strategy for the New York Red Bulls, with platform specific execution plans for social, web, video and email. Will also help with the creation and management of content for social media and serve as a liaison with MLS for digital website.

Specific areas of focus include developing consistent and unique voices for the New York Red Bulls for each social media platform; planning and assigning the club’s digital content with a specific focus on driving fan engagement; growing the club’s fan base through the various digital platforms by delivering engaging and compelling content; supporting growth and understanding of the club’s brand, mission, & values; balancing the club’s organic content with sales-related content; overseeing email communications (newsletter, matchday email and promotional messages); and driving revenue through digital ticket sales campaigns and sponsorable digital assets.

The position will lead the Digital & New Media team with the New York Red Bulls, which consists of a total of three people.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Required to perform the job)

 Responsible for the planning and execution of all of the organization’s digital communications platforms, including all social media platforms for both the New York Red Bulls and New York Red Bulls II, along with Red Bull Arena.

Work closely with Senior Director of Communications and social media coordinator to plan and program key social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Video (YouTube)/Audio sites.

Work closely with Senior Director of Marketing on integrating brand messaging into content; ensuring our mission, values and key pillars are being communicated to fans to help them understand what the club represents.

Work closely with Senior Director of Marketing along with ticket sales and sponsorship to execute and monitor ticket sales and partner-related social media, email and website content, and execute paid media/promoted posts on social channels.

Monitor and aim to implement league-shared best practices across email and social channels.

Responsible for regular web site maintenance efforts including game coverage, posting of articles, press releases, stories, photo galleries and videos.

Responsible for social and digital reporting to create a monthly dashboard highlighting relevant statistics and opportunities.

Work closely with RBNA/RBMH to collaborate on getting RBNY content shared on their networks, amplifying our voice, reaching new audience, and ensuring that we are a part of their content plan.

Collaborate across all organizational departments.

Have a strong understanding of current digital strategy.

Demonstrate empathy with our fans, making their experience a priority.

SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities

Intermediate knowledge of HTML and CSS coding.

Working knowledge of photo editing software such as Photoshop.

Deep understanding of existing and emerging social media platforms.

Experience with paid marketing strategy/tactics.

Deep understanding for the game of soccer.

Excellent written and communication skills both internal and external; ability to interface with employees at all levels within the organization; openness to collaboration.

Ability to plan and execute original, digital content concepts based on MLS and organizational calendar of events, milestones, and marketing initiatives.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment including instant decision-making.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university

 

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of three years of digital marketing experience (experience in the sports industry a plus)

Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not a requirement

On-camera experience is a plus, but not a requirement

Due to the cyclical nature of the entertainment industry, the employee may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the business needs of the company.

 Red Bull New York provides comprehensive benefits offerings to all full-time employees. Our benefits include medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, health and wellness benefits, and a paid time-off program.

Red Bull New York is an equal opportunity employer and we will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or any other classification protected by law.


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Communications: Internet Communications
Manager of Digital Content - Seattle Sounders FC (Seattle, WA)

Job Title:                    Manager of Digital Content

Department:               Digital Media

Reports To:                 Director of Digital Media

FLSA Status:               Exempt

Position Summary

The Manager of Digital Content will serve as the primary generator and editor of the day-to-day editorial and feature content for soundersfc.com. The ideal candidate will have relevant writing and/or reporting experience, the ability to generate compelling story ideas and deliver content across multiple platforms on tight deadlines.

A passion for soccer and an aptitude to creatively articulate the game and its associated elements is expected, as is basic familiarity with Major League Soccer and its historic and contemporary storylines.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • As directed by the Director of Digital Media, provide features and the majority of news-related content for soundersfc.com

  • Provide regular entries about first team practices, games, roster moves and trade possibilities, including breaking news

  • In collaboration with the entire Digital Media team, help create weekly editorial plans for print, social media and video needs, as well as Matchday obligations

  • Assist in copy editing submissions from contributing staff and freelance writers, including Matchdays and S2 Matchdays

  • Regularly create engaging social media posts highlighting soundersfc.com content as well as club initiatives such as ticket sales, community events and corporate partnership activations

  • Assist with management and execution of the club’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

  • Assist with content marketing idea generation, with focus on building the club brand and creating additional revenue opportunities for sponsors and partners

  • Provide on-camera or podcast duties, if applicable

  • Assist in conducting player and coach on-camera interviews at practices, games and special events (i.e. MLS SuperDraft)

  • Develop a strong professional relationship with players, broadcasters, media, soccer operations and front office personnel

  • Assist with the backend management of soundersfc.com including posting articles and videos, creating web pages, and more

  • Assist with organization and maintenance of digital media assets including photos and videos

  • Ensure consistency of tone, ‘voice’ and messaging throughout all content

  • Assist in tracking metrics for all content initiatives and report to the digital team to analyze and evaluate efforts

  • Other duties as assigned

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field – i.e. marketing, journalism, multimedia, communications etc.

  • 3-5 years’ experience managing, designing or developing content for high trafficked web property, plus at least 2 years of relevant writing or reporting experience required, ideally in major college or professional sports, preferably soccer

  • Strong writing background required, professional sports journalism experience preferred

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Adobe Creative Suite [Photoshop] and proven experience with a CMS and HTML 5 required

  • Proven ability to create innovative and engaging social media content

  • Proven ability to deliver fresh, creative content ideas and collaborate with an editorial team

  • Analytical, with an understanding and appetite for media analytics and placement metrics.

  • Organized with experience juggling multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet and perform under tight deadlines, and to think and communicate clearly under pressure.

  • Spirit of teamwork, collaboration, and enthusiasm

  • Desire to create inclusive and cooperative work environment

  • Self-motivated with ability to meet tight deadlines, multi-task, deliver quality results and work well in a team environment

  • Positive attitude and desire to be successful while having fun within professional and team-oriented environment

  • Willingness and flexibility to work extended/unusual hours including weekends and holidays. Past work experience in this type of environment is considered a plus

  • Available traditional business hours in addition to evenings, weekends and/or holidays for games or events

  • Some travel required with team on a percentage of road trips for games and events

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Valid Washington State driver’s license

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Seattle Sounders FC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.


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