Benefits Communication & Wellness Specialist at AutoZone

Title: Benefits Communication & Wellness Specialist

Location: Memphis

Website: http://www.autozone.com

Description: The Benefits Communication & Wellness Specialist will develop and implement various forms of benefits communications; manage and administer several different Wellness plans.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement various forms of benefits communications including the following: Consumer driven health plans, Summary Plan Descriptions (SPD), IRS letters, communications to Field, ALLDATA, Eligibility notifications, etc.
  • Represent the Benefits functions in other documents related to the subject such as Tune-In articles, Annual enrollment presentations, Board Book communication, etc.
  • Management and Administration of the Adoption Assistance Program
  • Management and Administration of the Tuition Assistance Program
  • Management and Administration of the Weight Watchers Program
  • Benefit Plans Policy Development

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communication or Journalism preferred
  • Three (3) years of Benefits knowledge
  • Information Mapping experience preferred
  • Bilingual preferred

To apply: Apply online.

Senior Account Executive, Account Executive and Intern positions at Kathy Schaeffer & Associates

Title: Senior Account Executive

Location: Chicago

Website: http://www.ksapr.com/

Description: Kathy Schaeffer and Associates, Inc. (KSA) (www.ksapr.com), an award-winning Chicago public relations firm specializing in public affairs-oriented public relations, is growing. We’re looking for a strategic, talented and enthusiastic Senior Account Executive to work with our association, nonprofit and corporate clients.

The Senior Account Executive is a key regular contact for KSA’s clients, providing ongoing strategic counsel and high-level writing and project management skills. At KSA, we offer a fast-paced environment with a front-row seat for the some of the most vital public policy issues of the day. The Senior Account Executive is a member of the KSA account team and reports to the Account Supervisor.

KSA specializes in issues-oriented communications for associations, nonprofits and corporations that communicate about policy and advocacy in the public arena. Founded in 1994, our award-winning firm is privileged to represent clients who meet the gold standard in their industries. Our team has earned a reputation for first-rate strategic thinking, excellent client service, exceptional writing and generating results through effective communications and media outreach campaigns.

KSA won the Publicity Club of Chicago’s annual Platinum Award in 2010 for excellence in communications. The firm’s culture is entrepreneurial, and each team member works to live up to the firm’s tagline: Smart … Passionate … Ingenious.

Responsibilities:

  • Playing a key role in strategizing and implementing multi-faceted public relations campaigns;
  • Taking ownership of and managing multiple simultaneous projects and account details, ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget;
  • Continuously pursuing and consistently demonstrating excellence in grammar, spelling and fine writing;
  • Regularly writing original documents whose purposes are to persuade the reader, such as: memos or pitch letters to creatively convey the client’s position; memos or e-mails to introduce a novel concept or communications idea to a client; and scripts, talking points or news media materials that demonstrate the originality and/or news value of a topic.
  • Helping to plan and lead team efforts at events such as news conferences, focus groups and media training.
  • Building relationships with journalists and bloggers on the client’s behalf, and constantly searching for new ways to communicate the client’s messages through traditional and new media.
  • Supporting the firm’s new business development efforts through networking, and assisting in writing proposals and presentations.

Qualifications: The KSA Senior Account Executive must be a strong writer, a consistent idea generator and a keen strategist. The person must be able to understand the communications needs for a variety of clients and excel in a team atmosphere. At KSA, the Senior Account Executive has daily contact with clients, and has to meet and anticipate the client’s needs. At KSA, our team members do more than act as order-takers for clients. We understand what’s important to our clients and exceed their expectations on a daily basis.

At KSA, we’re “news junkies” who think it’s fun to follow current events and are cognizant of the major players in the political world and business community. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the Chicago media market and be able to recommend how KSA can best use communications to position its clients. And, the person must possess a strong understanding of social media and its growing importance in every communications campaign.

The ideal candidate will have experience in media, social media, issues-oriented public relations and event planning, and will have at least 3-5 years of public relations/public affairs experience, preferably in an agency.

To apply: We offer an extraordinary opportunity to the right person to develop skills and grow professionally. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Anyone interested in applying for this job should forward a cover letter and resume to hr@ksapr.com.


Title: Account Executive

Location: Chicago

Website: http://www.ksapr.com/

Description: Kathy Schaeffer and Associates, Inc. (KSA) (www.ksapr.com), an award-winning Chicago public relations firm specializing in public affairs-oriented public relations, is growing. We’re looking for a strategic, talented and enthusiastic Account Executive to work with our association, nonprofit and corporate clients.

The Account Executive is KSA’s front-line contact person with clients. This is a position tailor-made for a creative public relations professional who wants to make a difference and develop client service and leadership skills. At KSA, we offer a fast-paced environment with a front-row seat for the some of the most vital public policy issues of the day. The Account Executive is a member of the KSA account team and reports to the Account Supervisor.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic communications counsel for clients.
  • Writing news releases, key message documents, speeches and other pieces, with a high level of skill and creativity.
  • Creating timelines and task lists for client work.
  • Developing media outreach strategy.
  • Creating media lists.
  • Pitching stories to editors and reporters.
  • Monitoring media.
  • Advising clients on social media.
  • Conducting creative and well-researched social media campaigns.
  • Creating and delivering presentations to clients, and on their behalf.
  • Supporting team efforts at events such as news conferences, focus groups and media training.
  • Building relationships with journalists and bloggers on the client’s behalf, and constantly searching for new ways to communicate the client’s messages through traditional and new media.
  • Supporting the firm’s new business development efforts through networking, and assistance in writing proposals and presentations.

Qualifications: The KSA Account Executive must be a strong writer, a consistent idea generator and a keen strategist. The person must be able to understand the communications needs for a variety of clients and excel in a team atmosphere. At KSA, the Account Executive has daily contact with clients, and has to meet and anticipate the client’s needs. At KSA, our team members do more than act as order-takers for clients. We understand what’s important to our clients and exceed their expectations on a daily basis.

At KSA, we’re “news junkies” who think it’s fun to follow current events and are cognizant of the major players in the political world and business community. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the Chicago media market and be able to recommend how KSA can best use communications to position its clients. And, the person must possess a strong understanding of social media and its growing importance in every communications campaign.

The ideal candidate will have experience in media, social media, issues-oriented public relations and event planning, and will have at least 2 years of public relations/public affairs experience, preferably in an agency.

To apply: We offer an extraordinary opportunity to the right person to develop skills and grow professionally. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Anyone interested in applying for this job should forward a cover letter and resume to hr@ksapr.com.


Title: Intern (PAID)

Location: Chicago

Website: http://www.ksapr.com/

Description: Kathy Schaeffer and Associates, Inc. (www.ksapr.com), a growing Loop PR firm that specializes in public affairs-oriented public relations, seeks an intern. The temporary position offers a chance for hands-on experience with writing, strategy, media outreach and social media. Length of internship is 16 weeks, and hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M – F. Intern will receive $10/hour.

Responsibilities:

  • Help produce materials for clients, including:
    • media alerts/news releases
    • newsletter materials
    • media lists
  • Conduct media outreach
  • Participate in social media work for clients
  • Contribute to brainstorming and strategy sessions
  • Experience agency life

Qualifications: Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail. Desire and ability to work independently. Ability to meet deadlines. Knowledge of and experience with social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. All candidates must have completed at least three years of a four-year bachelor’s degree program in communications, journalism or a related field.

To apply: E-mail your cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Kim Pool at kpool@ksapr.com.

Internship with Geoff Calkins/WKNO

From Geoff Calkins:


NEEDED: INTERN FOR TV SHOW.

So here’s the thing. I need help with the TV show I do every week on WKNO. And I have no money to pay for the help. Neither does WKNO. So the only compensation is the experience, and the rare pleasure (har!) of working with me.

In a perfect world, it would be someone who could do it for a while. Like, well into next year, barring death, the end of the show or a massive meteor strike.

It shouldn’t take more than 8-10 hours or so a week, if that. The duties would depend on the person’s abilities and interests, but they absolutely willl include helping to line up guests for the show. Indeed, that will be the central responsibility.

In addition, however, the intern might 1) learn to shoot and edit the “one question” segment of the show, 2) learn to shoot and edit pieces that could run during the show, 3) help publicize the show and 4) fetch me coffee.

OK, I just made up the coffee part. I’d feel ridiculous. But the rest is true, depending. It would be nice if this person were smart, literate, and creative. It would be nice if he or she were plugged into the Memphis sports world. It would be nice if he or she read the paper, listened to local sports talk radio and maybe even followed sports on twitter. In a perfect world, I’d find someone who could say, “Hey, Geoff, I just saw a story about _____ in the paper. Wouldn’t _____ be a cool get?”

Feel free to tell your friends. Or, maybe, your enemies?


For more information, contact Geoff at geocalkins@gmail.com.

The New York Intern Project

From the New York Intern Project (find out more at the program’s website):


Affect, a PR agency in New York City, is running a very unique contest for a paid internship called The New York Intern Project. We are giving participants the chance to compete for a hands-on, three month internship at Affect, a $5,000 salary and a housing stipend of up to $2,500 to live in New York City for the summer.

Here’s how it works:

  • Interns dreaming of a career in public relations and social media will submit a creative video or photo entries to the contest web site on why they would make the ideal intern. To see videos from last year, visit http://www.nyinternproject2011.com
  • The top five semi-finalists will be selected via public voting on the contest website, and a lucky sixth contestant will be chosen as a wildcard by the judges. All six semi-finalists will be interviewed via Skype for a spot in the finals
  • The top two finalists from the Skype interview round will be flown to New York to meet the Affect team and have an in-person interview with our industry-known judges
  • The lucky winner of the New York Intern Project will be announced at the beginning of May and the internship will commence in June

Affect’s winning intern will be immersed in day-to-day agency life and complete real public relations and social media projects for the agency. The intern will get an opportunity to:

  • See firsthand how to manage public relations and social media accounts  Experience running an Affect social media application and write blog posts
  • Participate in organizing an Affect event for a client or the agency
  • Attend New York public relations and social media industry events
  •  Tour a leading New York media organization
  •  Learn how to create media lists, pitches and account reports
  • Write an Affect press release and case study

The contest will end Friday, April 27th.


Interns: It is strongly advised that you enroll in the journalism’s department’s internship class. Read more here.

Technical Writer – Editor at National Center for Ethics in Health Care Veterans Health Administration

Title: Technical Writer – Editor

Location: Washington, D.C.

Website: http://www.ethics.va.gov/

Description: The incumbent serves as a Publications Assistant for the National Center for Ethics in Health Care (NCEHC). The NCEHC is VHA’s primary office for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research. Its mission is to clarify and promote ethical health care practices within VHA and beyond. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 27. Salary range: $51,630 to $81,204 per year.

Responsibilities:

  • Write articles on timely topics related to health care ethics.
  • Write and edit health care ethics policies.
  • Prepare written materials that interpret and explain policy and apply accepted principles of health care ethics.
  • Conduct research and draft reports that address issues in health care ethics and summarize/describe ethics programs and activities.
  • Edit/proofread scholarly articles to verify factual and bibliographic information and ensure consistency with organizational policy, philosophy, and technical subject matter.
  • Create and edit website content and post the updated/new pages and documents online.
  • Ensure documents are created using the appropriate style and are consistent with regulations, policies, and objectives.
  • Apply technical skills and experience with desktop publishing (e.g., Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat) to develop high-quality publications, presentations, and other communications/outreach materials.

To apply: Apply online.

Communications Assistant at The National Women’s Law Center

Title: Communications Assistant

Location: Washington, D.C.

Website: http://www.nwlc.org

Description: The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Program Assistant to contribute to the Center’s media outreach and provide administrative support to the Vice President of Communications.

For 40 years, the National Women’s Law Center has led the way in expanding the possibilities for women and girls.  The Center uses the law in all its forms to advance the rights of women: from advocating for new laws to litigating ground-breaking lawsuits to educating the public about how to make the law and public policies work forwomen and their families. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women, including education, employment, health and reproductive rights, and family economic security, with special priority given to the needs of low-income women and their families. The Center has a staff of nearly 60 and an annual budget of approximately $10 million.

Contact: Andrea Maruniak, Media Manager, National Women’s Law Center, 202-319-3054,  amaruniak@nwlc.org

Responsibilities: The Program Assistant plays an integral role in the Center’s media relations efforts and works closely with the Vice President of Communications and the media team to implement the day-to-day media relations efforts and the communications strategy. The assistant will write press materials and pitch emails, make pitch calls, track media coverage of the Center’s relevant issues, develop and maintain targeted press lists, field media calls and coordinate interviews with NWLC experts. The assistant also will conduct research, help develop story archives for each of the Center’s issue areas, and collaborate in the development of public education campaigns.

Administrative responsibilities include: develop and maintain systems to track and analyze the work of the media relations team; maintain the Vocus media database; post and update content on the Center’s website; and respond to routine departmental inquiries and requests for information. The position also assists the V-P of Communications by scheduling meetings; processing invoices and expense reports, and other duties as needed. This positionreports to the V-P of Communications.

Qualifications: College degree; one to two years of experience in a non-profit organization, public relations agency, media outlet, Capitol Hill office or related field; proficiency in MS Word; familiarity with MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint; excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and complete work independently. Experience with the following tools would be a plus: blogging platforms, such as TypePad and WordPress; e-CRM systems, such as Convio; content management systems, such as Drupal; and social networking platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Must be self-starter with an eye for detail, flexibility, good judgment and the ability to handle multiple, concurrent tasks and assignments in an effective manner.

To apply: Please email cover letter, resume, salary requirements, one writing sample, and three references to humanresources@nwlc.org or mail to Human Resources Department, NWLC, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. No calls please.  EOE.

University of Memphis Department of Journalism students: Please contact the placement office if you plan to apply.

On campus Career and Internship Expo on April 4

From University of Memphis Career Services:


Career and Internship Expo for Current Students and Alumni
April 4, 2012 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location:
University Center Ballroom, 255 University Center (38152)

Overview:
Network with employers seeking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. The fair is free to all students and alumni. Pre-registration is not required. Please bring your resume to the event. Professional dress is required.

Full Description:
Are you looking for a job? Are you interested in an internship? Do you want to learn more about a particular company? Do you want to network with employers for future career opportunities? If you answered yes to any of the questions, then the 2012 Spring Career and Internship Expo is the place for you to explore opportunities! To help you network, the University of Memphis Career Services Office and the Academic Internship Office will host the Spring Career and Internship Expo on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in the University Center Ballroom from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

In order to view a full listing of registered employers for the upcoming Spring Career and Internship Expo, please log into your eRecruiting account. Select the 2011 Spring Career and Internship Expo link.

Please note that professional dress is required. Typically, professional dress is a matching suit (top and bottom). For more information about professional attire, visit our website, www.memphis.edu/careerservices. Click on Students. Go to Student Guide. Click on Professional Dress and Etiquette under the Table of Contents.

Comm Specialist – Online Marketing at International Paper – One week left to apply

Title: Comm Specialist – Online Marketing

Location: Memphis

Website: http://www.internationalpaper.com/

Description: This position supports International Paper’s corporate online marketing efforts, including interantionalpaper.com, corporate intranet and social media through the creation and implementation of a host of communication and technical activities. This position can be the stepping stone to opportunities with increased responsibilities, with our goal of
developing future communications leaders that can assume roles at our
manufacturing facilities outside Memphis, TN.

Responsibilities:

  • Review, approve, and enter content for internationalpaper.com
  • Review, approve, and enter content for IPNet
  • Develop understanding of content management tool(s) and implement user training
  • Assist stakeholders with web survey tool and creation
  • Develop and distribute web metrics
  • Assist the online marketing manager with social media activities
  • Assist the online marketing manager with redesign of corporate intranet
  • Create PowerPoint decks as needed
  • Brainstorm communication strategies for online marketing initiatives
  • Create articles for IPToday
  • Give presentations to small groups on topics as assigned by manager
  • Provide tactical support for Communications departmental team(s) as assigned
  • Implement and communicate web design and usability best practices
  • Monitor external social media and distribute results
  • Develop and publish online content
  • Brainstorm, develop and implement communication strategies and tools for online marketing initiatives
  • Develop and execute internal awareness campaigns about social media efforts
  • Develop content for social media channels as appropriate
  • Support strategic projects as requested

Key Challenges

  • Flexibility and finding creative approaches to insure clear and concise communications
  • Developing business relationships with a variety of internal stakeholders
  • Developing technical proficiencies
  • Balancing multiple priorities with multiple stakeholders
  • Applying web standards to unique situations, both from a process and leadership perspective

Scope

  • Corporate-wide responsibility for executing aspects of International Paper’s internet, intranet and social media activities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in journalism, communications, public relations, English or equivalent;
  • 1-3 years online marketing, web usability, technical or corporate communications experience
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude, including strong familiarity with HTML
  • Demonstrated writing, editing and communication skills
  • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office suite), presentation design, desktop publishing; knowledge of web-based tool development a plus
  • Minimal Travel required

To apply: Apply online.

Program Coordinator at Memphis Regional Design Center – Livable Memphis

Title: Livable Memphis

Location: Memphis

Website: http://www.mrdcinfo.org/

Description: Community Development Council of Greater Memphis (CD Council) is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the development and redevelopment of safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Memphis region. CD Council is seeking a full-time program coordinator to manage and assist with a wide variety of projects and activities that are part of the organization’s Livable Memphis program.

The CD Council team works intimately with one another in a dynamic, close-knit environment. We seek a colleague who will blend with, and bolster, our existing relationships. Building on our existing strengths, our ideal candidate would:

  • work quickly to meet immediate needs while balancing efficient use of time;
  • work independently while being responsive to the needs of CD Council staff;
  • be a creative problem-solver with a high standard of quality.

This individual will work under the day-to-day direction of the Livable Memphis program manager with administrative reporting to the CD Council executive director.

Compensation is $28,000 per year plus health and benefits allowance.

Responsibilities: Coordinate the activities of the Walk-Bike Memphis initiative, including:

  • arranging and staffing monthly member meetings.
  • engaging bicycle clubs, businesses, and related organizations in the WBM work.
  • assisting the Livable Memphis program manager on the Overton-Broad connection project, which will connect Overton Park to the Shelby Farms Greenline with an innovative on-road bike facility.
  • assisting the Livable Memphis program manager with public policy activities related to walk-bike advocacy, such as the development of a Complete Streets policy.
  • planning and implementing other projects with a variety of WBM stakeholders, such as the city’s bike-ped coordinator, Memphis Center for Independent Living, Greater Memphis Greenline, and many other citywide and neighborhood-based organizations.
  • Develop a volunteer program for Livable Memphis and coordinate outreach activities at fairs, festivals, and special events such as Bike to Work Day.
  • Manage the organization’s email marketing program, and assist with other marketing activities such as web sites, social media, and the Thrive newsletter.
  • Manage the membership program, including entering new members into a database, tracking membership renewals, handling member requests for information and assistance, etc.
  • Assist in planning and implementing Livable Memphis and other CD Council events, including Pizza with Planners, the annual Summit for Neighborhood Leaders, and monthly CD Council member meetings.
  • Assist in implementing the organization’s policy and advocacy programs (focused on transportation and land use, blight elimination, neighborhood redevelopment and other issues) by conducting research, drafting position papers, etc.
  • Assist in implementing the organization’s fundraising plan, including grant research and writing, special events, and annual appeals.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, public policy or related field preferred
  • Proficiency in typical office computer hardware and software required. Experience in Publisher, Access, and GIS a plus.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Comfortable working with a wide range of individuals – including grassroots leaders, funders, and elected officials – as well as in a variety of neighborhoods types.
  • Knowledge of urban planning/development and neighborhood revitalization issues desirable.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

To apply: Interested candidates should send their resume accompanied by a cover letter to sarah@livablememphis.org. Resumes will be accepted until April 1, 2012.

Investigative Reporter at WREG-TV in Memphis

Title: Investigative Reporter

Location: Memphis

Website: http://www.wreg.com

Description: News Channel 3, WREG-TV, Memphis (CBS affiliate) is hunting for an aggressive investigative reporter to join a team with a proven, highly recognized investigative brand. The successful applicant must be creative, tenacious, ethical, competitive and a team player. Solid researching skills are
required. Will be working with a team that is committed to balance and accuracy. We hold people accountable, push for action and search for solutions. Five years reporting experience and a college degree preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize, research, write and produce original investigative news stories, both for broadcast and for the Internet.
  • Develop human sources to generate story ideas, as well as respond to viewer-submitted tips.
  • Use public records, the Internet, and computer databases to research and analyze facts, statistics and trends.
  • Work with producer, photographers and editors to produce investigative stories both for broadcast and for the Internet.
  • Perform other duties as needed and directed by News leadership.

Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years experience as a broadcast, with serious investigative reporting experience preferred
  • Four year college degree in journalism or related communications field preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Internet and databases, along with familiarity with videography, editing and graphics.
  • Strong broadcast writing skills and command of language skills. Ability to write news content both for broadcast and the Internet.
  • Demonstrated strong news and ethical judgment, writing and organizational skills, along with an ability to work well with others in a high-pressure, team-based environment.
  • Ability to type, using a newsroom computer system.
  • Flexibility to work as needed within station hours of operation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
  • Ability to assist in transporting equipment such as cameras and tripods (possibly up to thirty pounds)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, or able to get one.
  • Professional appearance and behavior

To apply: If you are interested, apply in writing, including DVD or VHS tape to:

Bruce Moore
WREG-TV
803 Channel 3 Drive
Memphis, TN 38103

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.