Content Manager (MNT) - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)
U.S. Soccer maintains a network of original content that includes social media, video, written features, design and photography. The Content Manager is fundamentally involved in each step of the creation and distribution of content across all platforms and will work with other creators (both internal and external) to develop unique and compelling content for fans of U.S. Soccer’s teams, with a heavy concentration on the Men’s National Team. The ideal candidate has exceptional knowledge of all phases of content production and experience in managing the creation and distribution of each content type.
Develop, schedule and manage the content plan for Men’s National Team events, including but not limited to: social, written, video, audio, graphic and photography
Collaborate with members of the Content and Communications teams at U.S. Soccer to execute and deliver digital content across platforms
Produce content in the field and at live events, individually and as part of a team
Manage aspects of content budgets and oversee content creators across the organization while keeping projects on deadline
Implement standards and procedures for the creation of content, making sure all producers are educated on process and follow guidelines
Assist in all other facets of the Content and Communications departments in and out of the office and in other aspects of the organization, including Coaching, Referees, Development Academy and Hall of Fame.
· Bachelor’s degree
· 3-5 years of experience in content production, creation and management
· In addition to possessing substantial creative capital, the ideal candidate is a disciplined manager of the overall content production process from pre-production to distribution/publishing
· Understands the various approaches and techniques required for a wide-array of platforms, from social media to long-form, from short social videos to multi-episode series
· Pushes the creative capacity of the content department while fitting the established voice of U.S. Soccer
· Possesses meticulous attention to project management detail and strong organizational skills
· Able to create and oversee schedules, maintaining tight deadlines
· Oversees individual or team-based projects from development to completion
· Specific knowledge of soccer is a plus but not a requirement; more important is the knowledge and ability to adapt to the environment surrounding a high-level professional sports team
· Quick learner who can function well in the fast-paced environment mandated by professional sports
· Full-time position, minimum 40-hour week with weekend work and extensive travel required
Director of Interactive Member Experience - US Lacrosse (Baltimore, MD)
US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse, announces an opening for a Director of Interactive Member Experience working as part of our Communications and Membership team. If you’re looking for a dynamic atmosphere surrounded by supportive, fun and passionate co-workers, then US Lacrosse is the place to be.
About US Lacrosse: US Lacrosse, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit association is the national governing body of lacrosse. The organization has over 425,000 individual members within 67 regional chapters throughout the country and employs a national staff of more than 80 at its Baltimore headquarters. US Lacrosse provides a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the sport throughout the United States, and offers numerous programs and services to its national membership and more than one million lacrosse enthusiasts throughout the country.
The Director of Interactive Member Experience is a team player that can work cross-functionally with communications, membership, sports development and IT to create great member experiences. The objective of this position is to drive the US Lacrosse Organization forward to become leaders and innovators in designing desktop and mobile tools and functionality that improves member experience.
An important goal of this position is to bring US Lacrosse’s Brand Purpose (connect, inspire, influence and educate the Lacrosse Community through our digital properties). This role will be responsible for the operations and functionality of the following US Lacrosse online properties: USLacrosse.org, Laxmagazine.com, Mobile Coach, All new mobile applications, and 3rd party integrations.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Improving all functionality on USLacrosse.org including content access, e-biz and my account
Designing, testing and delivering new functions and features across desktop and mobile devices.
Partner closely with the technology teams to deliver new functionality
Maintain a current roadmap (timeline and deliverables for all US Lacrosse for all new features and functionality).
Responsible for thought to delivery of new functions and features including defining the business cases and accurately documenting business requirements.
Develop and implement new functionality
Own user acceptance testing including the documentation and process to ensure functions and features are in line with the business requirements.
Encourage implementation of a “test and learn” culture across US Lacrosse including internal education and use of A/B testing technology.
Leverage analytics to improve device functionality on an ongoing basis.
Manage the user experience of the website including site navigation, content development, checkout funnel and promotional campaigns.
Required Skills, Education and Experience:
Ten years online and digital customer experience expertise
Proven leadership of large ecommerce, website design and mobile design projects
Experience with B2C or B2B ecommerce
Extensive knowledge of e-commerce and mobile technology analytics
Provide expertise on current ecommerce industry best practices.
Experience identifying new areas of digital opportunity beyond current organizational thinking
Communications: Communications Department Management
Communications Manager - USA Rugby (Boulder, CO)
USA Rugby seeks a Communications Manager!
USA Rugby BACKGROUND
USA Rugby is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of Rugby in the USA. USA RUGBY oversees the development and promotion of the game of Rugby at the Youth, High School, Collegiate, Club and National Team levels. USA RUGBY has over 115,000 members nationally and organizes National Championship tournaments for all divisions. The Headquarters/National Office for USA RUGBY is in Boulder, Colorado. The organization combines the work of a professional staff at the Headquarters with that of thousands of volunteers across the country.
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The role of Communications Manager is to work closely with the CEO, as well as National Office staff, the Board of Directors, and members to develop and execute the strategic vision for the organization as it relates to all forms of communications. The Communications Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive public relations, media relations and publicity programs for USA RUGBY. Their mission will be to increase awareness of rugby, and USA RUGBY in the United States, and to enhance the image of the game, its players, and USA RUGBY as an organization.
The Communications Manager will serve as the organizational spokesperson while directing and implementing activities designed to enhance communications between USA Rugby and its members, volunteers, local organizations, partners, media outlets and the general public. This includes expanding the visibility of and participation in the sport of rugby at all levels through a proactive communications plan incorporating social media and public relations tactics, as well as internal media vehicles.
The Communications Manager reports to the CEO.
Implement a comprehensive communications plan to increase awareness and enhance the image of USA RUGBY throughout the United States.
Develop a media plan that will significantly increase media placements of Rugby stories throughout the USA.
Handle media requests, event press operations, and public inquiries including press releases, facts sheets, media kits, promotional brochures and flyers.
Oversee all publishing elements including production schedules, editorial content, photography, layout/design, advertising and distribution, event programs, rulebooks and other publications.
Manage newly launched USA Rugby website including content, organization and functionality while supervising the Digital Platform Manager, Digital Platform Administrator, Communications Coordinator and other Media Staff.
Increase network of media contacts nationwide.
Develop Public Relations materials.
Develop and coordinate publicity programs for National Teams and National Tournaments.
Oversee all social media communications.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, sports administration, sports management, marketing, business or similar field of study.
Knowledge of sports media and marketplace. Rugby experience is highly desired.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the flexibility, ability, and tact to work with a variety of situations and people (including volunteers) to accomplish tasks.
Minimum four years experience in media/public relations with proven leadership/management skills.
Experience in coordination and management of publications
Computer proficiency: Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Access, Publisher, Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop, Illustrator. Extensicve Mac and PC experience is required.
Ability to concurrently manage several high-priority programs.
A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience is required. Supervision should be relevant – overseeing staff in communications and digital media.
Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States, as no VISA sponsorship is provided.
Frequent travel may be required for this position.
Relocation, if applicable, will be at your own expense and will not be paid for by USA Rugby.
Applications will not be accepted after midnight (Mountain Time) on September 22nd.
When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:
1. Are you eligible to work in the United States?
2. What is your annual salary requirement? (Do not answer "negotiable".)
3. Explain the experience you have working in sports communication and media.
4. Provide details about your supervisory skills. Include the number of people supervised at one time and their titles.
5. Are you willing to travel on a regular basis?
6. What experience, if any, do you have with rugby?
Communications: Communications Department Management
Communications Coordinator - USA Track & Field (Indianapolis, IN)
BASIC FUNCTION: Collaboratively work with communications department and organization to maintain USATF content.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works with each USATF department/program to add new content and update all areas of web site.
Creates and coordinates pre- and post-event coverage for National Championships and Team USA events, including posting of event information, photo galleries, video clips, and results.
Coordinates with volunteer segments of the organization, as well as the public, on website-related issues.
Ensures that all content complies with relevant policies, guidelines, and best practices.
Code templates and pages that align with intended design and functionality
Work with each USATF department/program to add new content and update all areas of the website.
Administer the Content Management System (CMS) for USATF.org and all subsidiary websites.
Coordinate with volunteer segments of the organization, as well as the public, on website related issues, including content management and relevant updates.
3-5 years of HTML experience. Applicants must be technically proficient in directly editing content on HTML pages. They must also have a strong understanding of templates and be comfortable editing master templates of large web applications. HTML 5 experience is a plus.
3-5 years of CSS experience.
1-2 years of jQuery experience.
2-3 years experience with content management systems and experience editing content sections of existing pages, as well as creating new pages from existing templates.
Preference will be given to applicant with XML experience and who also demonstrate a working knowledge of Photoshop or similar photo editing. Applicant must be comfortable working on live applications and have a strong attention to detail.
Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
Strong team player and ability to work cooperatively with others.
Strong written and verbal skills, and the ability to work in a very fast-paced environment.
Occasional nights and weekends, some travel required.
Bachelor’s degree required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: None
NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Occasional nights and weekends required; some travel may be required.