The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is seeking candidates for a full-time, salaried exempt position as a communications manager at IMBA's headquarters in Boulder, CO.
The communications manager must possess strong abilities in writing and editing, a solid knowledge of common communications mediums (such as websites, newsletters, press releases and social media), and the ability to oversee complex projects involving contracts with freelance writers, editors, and videographers.
Professional experience—preferably three years or more—in the fields of corporate communications, nonprofit communications, or journalism would provide the right background for the position. Computer skills should include strong familiarity with current software for professional writers, editors, web/print designers and still/video photographers. Experience managing staff and/or contractors is desirable.
IMBA’s communications manager will produce communications products in multiple communications channels. Other duties include overseeing projects that involve other IMBA staff, and assigning contracts to freelancers.
An overview of duties includes:
- Write press releases and other materials to keep endemic and non-endemic media outlets informed about IMBA’s work.
- Write and edit stories for IMBA’s print materials, including the national newsletter, corporate reports and special publications.
- Write, design, and edit stories and materials for IMBA’s e-newsletters, which are published monthly in 10 regional editions.
- Create content for IMBA’s websites, blogs, social media pages, and other electronic outlets.
- Prepare presentations, web pages, and reports for IMBA gatherings such as board meetings, world summits, and trade shows.
- Solicit still photos from professional photographers, participate in photo editing, and archiving.
- Create content for various new media and interactive communication efforts, such as web-based maps, blogs, podcasts and video productions.
- Provide writing, editing and copy editing support for IMBA staff across all departments.
- Attend IMBA summits, lobby days and other public events.
- Create special publications for trade shows and industry-facing events.
- Oversee projects involving IMBA staff, as well as contracts with freelancers.
Performance Metrics and Evaluation
IMBA’s communication director will evaluate the communications manager’s job performance based on the following metrics, as well as an overall sense of performance and contributions to the organization:
- Measurable indicators, such as e-news open rates, web visitation, and circulation rates associated with IMBA’s print and electronic publications.
- Communications efforts should ultimately result in greater membership numbers, public awareness, and growth of the organization.
- Quantity and quality of the communication specialist’s writing projects, such as press releases, news items, feature stories, and special projects.
- Success in assisting other staff with writing projects.
- Success in overseeing communications projects that involve contracts with freelancers.
Three years or more of professional experience in the communications field. Related fields, such as journalism, web editing/writing or similar are also applicable.
A bachelors degree or advanced degree in a communications-related area of study.
Candidates are encouraged to provide examples of communications products they have crafted.
Compensation and Benefits
A competitive salary and excellent benefits will be supplemented by an outdoor lifestyle in Boulder, Colorado. The office staff frequently participates in outdoor activities, volunteerism, and social events.