Communications: Communications Department Management
Manager, Basketball Communications - Los Angeles Clippers (Los Angeles, CA)

JOB SUMMARY 

We are seeking a Manager, Basketball Communications to facilitate the overall narrative of the LA Clippers across traditional and new distribution channels. You will be primarily responsible for creating the Clippers’ basketball storylines, with a goal of creating unique, shareable content that drives the business. In addition, you will assist in developing the distribution channels, both owned and earned, to amplify messaging on a local, regional and national level. You will lead media relations duties including credentialing and media seating, with support and execution from communications staff. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work within the integrated marketing and communications teams to develop daily basketball storylines that drive our narrative;

• Curate a unique perspective on the Clippers as a team and an organization from the view of front office, coaches, players, staff and community;

• Strong writing skills needed to generate written, basketball editorial content and organizational messaging.

• Evolve and drive editorial calendar and voice for the LA Clippers, with a focus on building rare, sharable content across multiple platforms;

• Drive storylines that provide meaningful content for partner distribution for outlets including media, digital partners, broadcast partners;

• Running a game-night intern crew of five to seven members to successfully assist in obtaining quotes, passing out stats and preparing the arena for game night.

• Secondary communications contact for the team, that includes traveling to the majority of road games;

• Assist in the coordination of interview requests for players, coaches, and front office staff;

• Increase the direct relationships with members of the local and national basketball media to generate new business opportunities;

• Primary contact for media credential requests and seating.

CHARACTERISTICS / QUALIFICATIONS

• BA/BS or equivalent is required; preferably in Marketing, Events, Public Relations or Communications;

• 5-8 years of strong communications experience, preferably in professional sports, events and entertainment;

• Strong working relationships with LA-based media outlets across multiple platforms;

• Ability to develop storylines and execute across multiple platforms;

• Knowledge of the content production process, and delivering on deadlines and within a budget;

• A consistent track record as an implementer who flourishes with handling a variety of key initiatives concurrently;

• Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence";

• High energy, maturity, and leadership who can be a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels;

• Sincere dedication to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters;

• Must be a reliable and flexible team player with a friendly and professional attitude;

• Must have the ability to expertly and professionally handle all media types and independently troubleshoot on the fly.

• Demonstrated dedication with the ability to oversee projects from origin through execution.

• Willingness to learn and should be able to flourish in a high growth, dynamic environment.

• Effective communication skills, both oral and written.

• Self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit with hands-on approach towards business.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

The LA Clippers are an equal opportunity employer. It is the Clipper’s desire and intent that all employees enjoy a professional business working environment that is free from discrimination.

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