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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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.

SKILLS/REQUIREMENTS/EXPERIENCE

  • 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.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • 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.

Note: 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?

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Internships: Any Internship
Fundraising Internship - Spring Semester 2015 - USA Rugby (Boulder, CO)

Term: This internship is expected to start in January 2015 and continue through May 2015. Interns must be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement, in order to be considered. This is a part-time internship at 20 hours per week, unless your school authorizes you to complete a full-time internship program during the Fall semester.

Overview: The primary focus of this internship is to support and assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of fundraising programs, appeals, and events directly benefitting USA Rugby Trust. The Fundraising Intern will assist with executing fundraising appeals and events, working with our donor database, developing social media and website marketing strategies, and responding to general donor inquiries and requests.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support Executive Director and Fundraising Manager in planning, executing, and monitoring fundraising events and appeals
  • Assist in the creation of fundraising literature
  • Assist in the creation of acknowledgement letters
  • Assist in the planning and implementing of board meetings and subsequent material preparation 
  • Assist in the creation of engagement tools
  • Assist in producing a monthly newsletter
  • Assist in creation of grant proposals
  • Assist in the development of a USA Rugby Trust presence through social networking (i.e. Facebook, Plus 3 Network, Twitter)
  • Execute office administrative tasks such as mailing, data entry, etc.
  • Respond to foundation and giving inquiries and provide information and resources as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Percentage of duties:

50% - Website, marketing and mass communication development

25%- Customer service by, email, phone and in person contact 50%- Website, marketing and mass communication development

15%- Event and initiative support

10%- All other duties assigned

Interns should possess a passion for philanthropy, strong computer skills, and be comfortable interacting with high level professionals.

Questions about this internship can be directed to Nikki Wiederaenders, Executive Director, at nwieder@usarugby.org or by phone at 720-508-8025.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to get school credit for this internship?

2. Are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense?

3. Do you have prior fundraising/event planning/donor database experience?

4. How did you hear about this internship?

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Membership: Fundraising/Major Gifts
Fundraising Manager - USA Rugby Trust (Boulder, CO)

USA Rugby is seeking a dynamic fundraising professional to create, design and implement a successful fundraising program. The Fundraising Manager is responsible for effectively communicating USA Rugby’s mission through various efforts such as: developing a strong individual donor base, leading, and executing fundraising events, planning and coordinating efforts with USA Rugby’s Charitable Foundation, USA Rugby Board of Directors and staff.

The primary focus of this position is to support and assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of fundraising programs, appeals, and events directly benefitting the USA Rugby Trust. The Fundraising Manager will assist with executing fundraising appeals and events, researching major donors and grants, working with our donor database, and responding to general donor inquiries and requests.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Support Executive Director in planning, executing, and monitoring fundraising events and appeals
•Manage donor management system and gift entry
•Create fundraising literature
•Draft acknowledgement letters
•Organize and plan board meetings and subsequent material preparation
•Assist in producing monthly newsletter
•Research potential major donors
•Research grant opportunities
•Assist in creation of grant proposals
•Maintain and monitor giving programs
•Calls to thank donors for recent gifts
•Assist in the development of a USA Rugby Trust presence through social networking (i.e. Facebook, Plus 3 Network, Twitter)
•Execute office administrative tasks such as mailing, data entry, etc.
•Respond to Trust and giving inquiries and provide information and resources as requested
•Other duties as assigned

Percentage of duties:
25%- Customer service by, email, phone and in person contact
30%- Website, marketing and mass communication development
25%- Event and initiative support
20%- All other duties assigned

Applicants should possess a passion for philanthropy, strong computer skills, and be comfortable interacting with high level professionals.

Applications are being accepted until September 29th.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. What is your annual compensation requirement? Please do not answer "negotiable".

2. From the date of an offer, how long would it be before you could start work?

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Internships: Marketing
Marketing Internship – Fall Semester - USA Rugby (Boulder, CO)

Term:
This internship is expected to start in October and continue through December 2014. Interns must be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement, in order to be considered. This is a full-time internship at 40 hours per week. This internship is also open to graduate school candidates.

Overview:
The primary focus of this internship is to support and assist in the commercial/sponsorship operations of our organization. The Sports Marketing Intern will assist with sponsorship fulfillment, commercial development, commercial research and analysis and developing commercial proposals, as well as any other tasks that contribute to the efficiencies of the Commercial & Marketing Departments.

Responsibilities include:
• Assist with delivery of sponsorship requirements for current USA Rugby sponsors
• Assist at events with sponsorship fulfillment for current USA Rugby sponsors
• Assist with research and analysis of sponsorship and commercial opportunities
• Assist with creation of graphics for commercial presentations
• Assist with creation of various commercial proposals
• Assist departments and vendors with marketing and sponsorship requests, if needed
• Other duties as assigned

Benefit to Intern:
• Exposure to and working with Major Global Sponsors
• Opportunity to work International Rugby events
• Experience with commercial research and analysis
• Understanding of business processes and commercial requirements in major sports organizations
• Experience working with an National Governing Body (NGB)
• Experience working for a international sports organization

Percentage of duties:
50% - Sponsorship fulfillment and sponsor interactions
35% - Commercial research and analysis/presentation
15% - All other duties assigned

Interns should possess a passion for excellence in sports business, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail and willingness to learn.

Questions about this internship can be directed to Justine Bauder, at jbauder@usarugby.org.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to get school credit for this internship?

2. Are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense?

3. Do you have prior marketing/business/sponsorship experience/knowledge?

4. How did you hear about this internship?

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Internships: Marketing
Marketing Internship – Spring Semester - USA Rugby (Boulder, CO)

Term:
This internship is expected to start in January 2015 and continue through March/April 2015. Interns must be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement, in order to be considered. This is a full-time internship at 40 hours per week. This internship is also open to graduate school candidates.

Overview:
The primary focus of this internship is to support and assist in the commercial/sponsorship operations of our organization. The Sports Marketing Intern will assist with sponsorship fulfillment, commercial development, commercial research and analysis and developing commercial proposals, as well as any other tasks that contribute to the efficiencies of the Commercial & Marketing Departments.

Responsibilities include:
• Assist with delivery of sponsorship requirements for current USA Rugby sponsors
• Assist at events with sponsorship fulfillment for current USA Rugby sponsors
• Assist with research and analysis of sponsorship and commercial opportunities
• Assist with creation of graphics for commercial presentations
• Assist with creation of various commercial proposals
• Assist departments and vendors with marketing and sponsorship requests, if needed
• Other duties as assigned

Benefit to Intern:
• Exposure to and working with Major Global Sponsors
• Opportunity to work International Rugby events
• Experience with commercial research and analysis
• Understanding of business processes and commercial requirements in major sports organizations
• Experience working with an National Governing Body (NGB)
• Experience working for a international sports organization

Percentage of duties:
50% - Sponsorship fulfillment and sponsor interactions
35% - Commercial research and analysis/presentation
15% - All other duties assigned

Interns should possess a passion for excellence in sports business, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail and willingness to learn.

Questions about this internship can be directed to Justine Bauder, at jbauder@usarugby.org.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to get school credit for this internship?

2. Are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense?

3. Do you have prior marketing/business/sponsorship experience/knowledge?

4. How did you hear about this internship?

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Internships: Any Internship
Rugby Development Internship - Spring Semester 2015 - USA Rugby (Boulder, CO)

USA Rugby Development Internship

This internship is expected to start in August 2014 and continue through December 2014. Interns must be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement, in order to be considered. This is a part-time internship at 20 hours per week, unless your school authorizes you to complete a full-time internship program during the semester.

Overview: 
The primary focus of this internship is to support and assist in the management of programs related to increasing the participation in rugby on all levels in the USA. The Development Intern will assist with research and development of events, work with existing programs, research and development of new initiatives, provide customer service to the community, and other tasks that contribute to the growth of rugby in the United States.

Responsibilities include:
• Support Development Department staff in the development and management of events such as tournaments, camps, clinics, and educator workshops. 
• Assist in the creation of marketing materials
• Assist in the creation of promotional materials for coach, referee, and youth outreach
• Assist in the creation of college materials for the youth and high school community
• Assist in the creation of other game development materials used by coaches, players and volunteers to start new programs and improve those already in existence
• Assist in the planning and implementing of meetings and conferences dedicated to development (Ex. National Development Summit)
• Assist in the development of a rugby presence through social networking (i.e. Facebook, Twitter)
• Office administrative tasks such as mailing, inventory, data entry, etc. 
• Respond to rugby development inquiries and provide information and resources as requested
• Other duties as assigned

Percentage of duties:
15%- Customer service by, email, phone and in person contact
50%- Website, marketing and mass communication development
10%- Event and initiative support
25%- All other duties assigned

Interns should possess a passion for sport development, strong customer service and interpersonal skills.

 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to get school credit for this internship?

2. Are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense?

3. Do you have prior rugby experience/knowledge?

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Internships: Athlete Management/Coaching
Strength & Conditioning Internship – Spring Semester 2015 - USA Rugby (Chula Vista, CO)

Term:
This internship is expected to start in February 2015 and continue through June 2015. Interns must be eligible to receive college credit, or be satisfying an academic requirement, in order to be considered. This is a full-time internship at 40 hours per week. This internship is also open to graduate school candidates.

Overview:
The primary focus of this internship is to effectively assist the Head of Strength and Conditioning to manage and co-ordinate all aspects of Strength and Conditioning support to National 7’s Squad players for the duration of the 2014/2015 International season.

Responsibilities include:

  •  Assist Strength and Conditioning Advisor to maintain all records of information relating to testing of National 7’s Squad Players.
  • Assist the Strength and Conditioning Advisor in providing meals and supplementation needs to all National 7’s Squad Players.
  • Once educated and given clearance from the Strength and Conditioning Advisor, provide specified recovery protocol to all squad members.
  • Once educated and given clearance from the Head of Strength and Conditioning, effectively Coach National 7’s Squad players in all areas of Strength and Conditioning at National Squad sessions & external.
  • Assist the Strength and Conditioning Advisor in managing an integrated monitoring program for the National 7’s Squad to track player readiness, individual training volumes, and enhance player development.
  • Willingness to assist Performance Analyst in videoing sessions when required.
  • Assist the Head of Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analyst or Physio in collating all aspects of National 7’s Squad individual player data with reference to physical performance.
  • Assist the Strength and Conditioning Advisor in managing and processing all data to give outcomes and recommendations for further progress of the National 7’s Squad.
  • Assist the Head of Strength and Conditioning in keeping on-going records of all National 7’s Squad individual player data using the USA Data Management System.
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours of Work/Availability:

  • Standard working hours will normally be Monday to Friday 0700 -1600. This role may require the candidate to work extended hours, evenings and weekends as required.

  • When the Head of Strength and Conditioning is traveling with the Tour squad or is unable to attend specific sessions, be available to supervise, provide and monitor all Strength and Conditioning requirements of the remaining Squad members/ complete squad that have been communicated to you by the Head of Strength and Conditioning.

Interns should possess qualifications in sport science and/or sports coaching. Post Graduate qualifications in sport science and/ or sport coaching/ Teaching or communication desirable.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you able to get school credit for this internship?

2. Are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense?

3. Do you have experience in sport science and/or sports coaching?

4. How did you hear about this internship?

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