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  • Communications Manager - USA Cycling
    Post date: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 06:33
    Body:

    Job Purpose
    Manages initiatives in support of developing and implementing USA Cycling’s overall communications and media relations strategy.

    Essential Duties
    - Creates, writes and distribute press releases to cycling, Olympic beat and mainstream sports media.
    - Develops original content, researches and writes feature stories and athlete profiles. Creates and updates athlete biographies.
    - Maintains USA Cycling media distribution lists.
    - Provides media needs on-site at major national cycling events.
    - Directs media outreach surrounding USA Cycling national championship, national calendar and development program events, working closely with local promoters and USAC staff.
    - Independent contractor staff management at national championship events, including identifying and hiring appropriately skilled workers.
    - Edits and oversees the production of USA Cycling media guide and press kits. Maintains USA Cycling online photo gallery and databases.
    - Fulfills media requests for interviews, photos, statistics and additional USA Cycling-related information.
    - Participates in promoting and distributing USA Cycling membership-related news, special offers and benefits.
    - Arranges local media placement for hometown athletes and maintain database of related media outlets.
    - Responsible for the placement of USA Cycling-related features in mainstream media outlets, lifestyle and sports publications and maintains archives of press clippings, photos and videos; tracks article placement.
    - Contributes to and updates news articles on USA Cycling website. Provides strategic enhancements to social media outlets.
    - Other duties as assigned.

    Extensive travel, including weekends, required. This position will be based at the USA Cycling corporate office located in Colorado Springs, Colo. Incumbents are held accountable for all duties of this job. This position reports to the communications director.

    Job Specifications

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Knowledgeable in current media industry standards
    Proficient with content management systems (CMS)
    Demonstrated effective marketing ability
    Superior ability to maintain confidentiality
    Superior ability to communicate verbally and in writing
    Demonstrated knowledge of cycling; ability to understand the USA Cycling organization
    Education
    Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communication, marketing or a related field required

    Experience
    Three to five (3-5) years experience in sports journalism or equivalent required; prior public relations experience a plus

    Equipment Utilized
    Word processing equipment, personal computer, scanners, and digital equipment

    Software Utilized
    Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, ORCA

    Scope of Authority, Financial Authority and Communication
    Responsible for program management functions in department

    Supervisory Responsibility
    Works under broad, minimal supervision. Carries out management responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

    Physical Demands and Working Conditions
    Generally, works in the office; therefore, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    To apply please send cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to Debbie Hendrix, HR Director, at dhendrix@usacycling.org

    Position will remain open until filled.

    NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

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