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Communications: Communications Department Management
Director of Broadcast & Communications - Atlanta Dream (Atlanta, GA)

ATLANTA DREAM DIRECTOR OF BROADCAST & COMMUNICATIONS

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title:                        Atlanta Dream Director of Broadcast & Communications

Department:           Atlanta Dream Broadcast & Communications

Reports to:             President and General Manager

Type:                       Exempt, Full-Time

SUMMARY

The Atlanta Dream Director of Broadcast & Communications is responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This includes increasing the visibility and enhancing the image of the Atlanta Dream organization locally, nationally, and internationally through valuable, effective and strategic communication efforts, pro-actively securing publicity, using digital media platforms to enhance owned media opportunities, developing, planning, and conducting corporate communications programs to improve and support team business objectives with the media and consumers. Position will disseminate information utilizing team controlled communication outlets as well as traditional print, broadcast, internet and social media channels and will be an integral part of team strategy to grow team communication channels into legitimate advertising mediums.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Create the strategic vision for the department by designing and executing a strategic year-round broadcast & communications plan that provides media coverage for the company (owners, coaches, players, management and all business initiatives) and helps to grow all team communication channels by utilizing team business and basketball related information

·       Develop and implement integrated marketing communications and digital strategies to effectively communicate the brand, build awareness for the enterprise, elevate the top-of-mind perception of the Dream throughout the region and increase the traffic and commercial value of the Dream’s digital properties

·       Identify challenges and emerging areas of concern facing the organization. Work with the leadership team and department members to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them

·       Secure strategic news coverage about the organization’s business relations with corporate partners, philanthropy in the community, high-profile promotions and off-field stories about players in entertainment and lifestyle mediums

·       Integrate social responsibility, ticket sales, sponsorship and marketing initiatives into overall public relations plan

·       Utilize social media as part of overall communication platform while focusing on aiding in the growth of the platform

·       Oversee production of press releases, media materials, speeches, scripts, articles and business presentations

·       Assist with writing and editing various email newsletters and web material as needed

·       Influence public opinion through strategic communication activities

·       Act as company’s spokesperson and represent company at press conferences, briefings and presentations as directed

·       Support advertising campaigns and/or edit material for organization publications through broadcast & communication programming

·       Establish and maintain effective relationships with key media members, influencers, WNBA/NBA beat reporters, local and regional assignment editors and producers, media company management, trade industry media representatives, and non-sports media (business, entertainment, lifestyle, human interest, etc.)

·       Pitch unique stories to non-traditional sports media outlets to widen the Dream’s regional awareness

·       Serve as primary contact for corporate communications, trade, business and consumer media queries

·       Manage press conferences for major announcements, pre/post season sessions, etc.

·       Oversee all communications to employees – corporate and basketball

·       Coordinate basketball operations communications, including, but not limited to game press releases, game notes, and story pitches with Manager of Media Relations

·       Manage PR messaging strategy, interviews  & speaking opportunities for the coaches, players and management and provide them with media training and talking points as appropriate

·       Work with league office as necessary in regards to storylines, statistics, national media requests, etc.

·       Manage the broadcast/communications/public Broadcast & Communicates staff, seasonal staff, outside consultants, and interns

·       Oversee the writing and distribution of press releases & media advisories, the scheduling of interviews with management and executives, and provide interview prep as needed

·       Collaborate with digital marketing staff to develop and manage social media communication initiatives, including interaction with the public via Facebook, Twitter, blogs and online chats

·       Monitor quality control in all internal & external constituent communications by working with all departments to ensure consistency and quality throughout the organization’s communications efforts

·       Track department expenditures and manage Communications budget with Finance Department

·       Maintain accurate database of media contacts and track earned media coverage

·       Direct the day-to-day strategy and execution of organization’s corporate and internal communications for all non-player related platforms

·       Oversee the research and implementation of scoreboard technical advancements

·       Direct the team’s television production unit

·       Create new and compelling year-round programming for DreamTV and direct the overall development of written and video content on the team’s Web site

·       Work with the team’s cable and radio partners to improve or create additional programming

·       Work with Senior Staff to create new programming for the purpose of adding value to current or future sponsorship deals

·       Oversee the creation of in-house television and radio commercial production

·       Oversee the production of video content for team marketing brand campaigns

·       Oversee the research and implementation of technological advancements on the Web

·       Assist in the development and review of creative treatments, helping to ensure that brand standards are upheld

·       Work closely with broadcast media partners, TV and radio producers/directors and on-air talent to produce exemplary regional television and radio broadcasts

·       Hire and work with seasonal on-air talent & production staff to drive compelling content for the broadcasts and other internal and external digital media outlets

·       Oversee the development & maintenance of company intranet site

·       Assist in developing corporate communications policy as it relates to style guide development

·       Oversee event and team photography

·       Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis

·       Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals

·       Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will have managerial responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

·       Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Marketing, PR, Journalism or related field

·       Masters degree in sports management or business preferred

·       Minimum of 7-10 years PR experience with previous management experience

·       Experience integrating public relations, community relations and marketing into overall communications strategy

·       Extensive experience utilizing and developing strategy for social media programs

·       Experience dealing with professional sports team business and basketball personnel (Knowledge of and interest in Dream/WNBA is preferred)

·       Excellent communications skills including oral, written and presentation; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely

·       Excellent leadership skills combined with outstanding management skills

·       Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment.

·       Sharp attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects within deadlines and budget

·       Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented environment is a must

·       Ability to work irregular hours, including nights, weekends, holidays

·       Ability to travel as needed, which may include away games, training camp, league events, etc.

·       Ability to maintain confidential and/or proprietary information

·       Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software suite of products

·       Talented self-starter with an extremely creative mind, strategic ideas, and a focus on achieving excellence

·       Ability to think strategically and innovatively in formulating and executing ongoing marketing and advertising plans in highly competitive environment

Certifications, Licenses or Registrations

As needed to meet education and/or experience


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Communications: Broadcast Production
Chicago Sky Creative Services - Video Editing / Production Intern - Chicago Sky (Skokie, IL)

The Chicago Sky Creative Services - Video Production Intern will work within the creative services team to implement the vision of the Sky through video content. This individual will provide a full-range of video, audio & editing support from concept to post-production
 

The Video Intern will have the following responsibilities:
Film, process, cut & edit digital video from raw files to finished work using computer software
Capture digital video utilizing video cameras, lighting sets, green screens and audio equipment
Create and implement motion graphics using computer software
Produce video content in support of branding, sales & marketing & promotions
Distribute video via Internet through Sky website, YouTube, Vimeo & other outlets
Assist with design & production of LED graphics & video features for in-game use
Organize and archive video assets
Perform routine CD/DVD assembly, duplication and distribution
Assist with broadcast team preproduction
 

Requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of video software required ( i.e. Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Studio Suite/After Effects – MAC OS)
Knowledge of post-production editing software (Ex. Adobe premiere, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Compressor)
Demonstrated experience with digital video cameras and hardware is required
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and organizational skills
Organizational skills
Basic knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator & In Design


Candidates should be able to work efficiently in a fast paced environment with high attention to detail and quality. Experience and interest in sports a plus. Candidates should have high energy, a positive attitude and be committed to teamwork as well as self-motivated, with the ability to multi-task. This is a part-time (15-20hrs/week) and students should ideally be able to gain academic credit for their participation. Applicants must provide resume and link/samples of your portfolio.
 


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Communications: Broadcasting
Senior Technical Operations Manager, Warriors Studio - Golden State Warriors (Oakland, CA)

Position Overview

The Warriors Studio is a newly created department in the Golden State Warriors Digital Marketing department.  It is staffed with nationally recognized award-winning professionals who are committed to excellence and being best in class. 

We are seeking an innovative and creative “genius” that possesses exceptional operational skills.  This person will be responsible for setting and executing our Technical and Media Management strategy for Warriors Studio.   This includes overseeing and collaborating with other teams and stakeholders in the creation and distribution of high-quality content. 

This position will report directly to the Senior Executive Producer of Warriors Studios. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the Avid ISIS server integration and interplay database, both at Oracle Arena and Front Office HQ
  • Provide process for media and metadata and police media clips within server
  • Troubleshoot with producers, writers and editors on editing projects, an provide a “first-line of defense” support for Avid
  • Manage various vendor relationships and the technical operations of all edit and ingest stations within Warriors Studios
  • Oversee Production Assistants and the process of cataloging and inputting metadata
  • Identify and evaluate new and emerging video delivery technologies
  • Manage and direct the resources dedicated to media management
  • Support, maintain and oversee live video production
  • Handle all video and/or audio editing and encoding
  • Manage video assets and archives as well as other post-production tasks
  • Ensure that deadlines are met and that videos meet the required standard from inception to delivery
  • Provide overall support for the Video Division of the Production Department
  • Participate as a team member of the Production Department in specific areas of strength and skill (e.g. live audio production, equipment maintenance, etc.)
  • Manage the infrastructure of video files and related assets

Required Skills

  • Ability to perform generic and specific, historic and investigative video research; ability to identify, verify, and differentiate a variety of visual information and details within video content
  • Proficiency in managing files and file transfers across local and remote servers and storage networks, including naming conventions and version control
  • Experience in file-based digital repositories
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with video file formats and properties, in addition to video transcoding principles. Familiarity with media asset life cycles in a production environment
  • Ability to understand the components and stages of news production
  • Experience or familiarity with Production/Media Asset Management systems
  • Proficiency in cataloging time-based material
  • Attention to detail, and ability to maintain accuracy and precision across multiple records
  • Prior experience in cataloging media assets in one or more large scale databases
  • Knowledge and understanding of various recognized standards for describing media assets
  • Familiarity and understanding of Knowledge Management principles for organizing large information sets across enterprise systems, and experience using or creating controlled vocabularies or taxonomies in one or more subject-specific areas
  • Proficiency and adaptability in extracting, mapping, normalizing, and migrating data across various programs, applications, and/or platforms. Understanding of information arrangement for, or experience in, building relational databases
  • Ability to assess and adjust attention to assigned workflows, and to suggest and provide alternatives to workflows when needed
  • Exceptional communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work individually and in a group setting on multiple timetables while maintaining focus and professionalism, and negotiate needs and personalities in a deadline driven environment
  • Ability to respond to the needs of the business on a 24/7 availability work environment, including possible weekend or overnight shifts as needed

Required Experience

  • Three to five years of broadcasting experience
  • Use and familiarity with the Avid Suite (Interplay, Access, Central, Media Composer) 
  • Project management
  • Leading and directing a team of creative professionals
  • Familiarity with operating equipment in a live production environment
  • Providing career development opportunities for members of the team
  • Familiarity with audio for video, lighting for video, and color correction
  • A passion for new technology tools, strategies and processes

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or extensive broadcasting experience

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Communications: Media/Public Relations Servicing
COMMUNITY RELATIONS INTERNSHIP - Los Angeles Sparks (Los Angeles, Ca)

LOS ANGELES SPARKS COMMUNITY RELATIONS INTERNSHIP

This position will serve as support and administrator for the development and execution of day-to-day and long-term community relations initiatives. This internship will provide valuable experience planning and executing major fundraisers and events, working with our non-profit charitable foundation, developing and maintaining community partnerships, fulfilling community donation requests and coordinating player appearances and fan experiences.

Title: Community Relations Intern

Based At: 5120 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 130
Los Angeles, CA 90056

Reporting To:  Community Relations Liaison
Hours: 15-20 hour per week
January 2015 – May 2015 (Possible extension)

Salary: This is a non-paid internship; college credit offered where applicable

Job Purpose:
• 50%: To assist with the design and execution of the Sparks community initiatives throughout the off-season
• 50%: To assist with community donation requests, player appearances, scheduling and planning of community events

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist in the planning, promotion and execution of all community relations programs and events
• Assist with processing donation and appearance requests 
• Assist in the coordination and maintenance of the LA Sparks Foundation
• Maintain various databases and spreadsheets
• Maintain inventory for all memorabilia and promotional items
• Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong creative-thinking skills
• Passion to work in the sports industry and with non-profits
• Ability to successfully multi-task and maintain organization 
• Ability to work efficiently under pressure
• Ability to work well with others

Special Requirements:
Will need to have reliable transportation; some use of personal vehicle
Includes some night and weekend hours for events
  


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