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USA Softball National Office seeks Communications Manager

Jan. 29, 2021, 1:31 p.m. (ET)

USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, seeks applicants for the position of Communications Manager. This is a full-time position at the National Office in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Interested applicants should submit the following by February 21, 2021 to Dre McKee, Managing Director of Marketing: amckee@usasoftball.com

  • Cover Letter, Resume and two letters of recommendation

Subject Line: APPLICATION FOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

 USA Softball Communications Manager


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

Communications

  • Manage all aspects of communications for USA Softball for optimum exposure including press releases, website postings and press conferences
  • Manage department by prioritizing tasks, creating schedules, providing guidance and assigning appropriate duties
  •  Coordinate all public relations activities and interview requests
  • Manage all Social Media accounts in conjunction with marketing as it relates to the USA Softball brands
  • Maintain, and update USASoftball.com as the webmaster 
  • Coordinate with Marketing Department for ad inclusion in publications, social media posts, press releases and email blasts
  • Act as liaison between USA Softball and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in the fulfillment of the USOPCs Digital Media Agreement covering all items related to website content, banner ad placements and live video streaming 
  • Oversee all USA Softball nominations for national athlete and coach recognition programs including Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year and USOPC Athlete of the Month
  • Maintain biographical information on current and former USA Softball national team players
  • Oversee USA Softball event media services, including press box operations, photos and publicity; assist by providing training on usage of scorekeeping and live streaming software
  • Work in conjunction with the Marketing staff on the promotion of all online auctions, contests/promotions and collectible programs conducted by USA Softball or partners
  • Work in conjunction with the Marketing staff on campaigns and other marketing initiatives as they pertain to the communication/public relation aspect of the association

National Teams/International Events

  • Act as the liaison between all USA Softball national team staff, coaches, players and the media
  • Serve as main contact for all USA Softball National Teams, events, tours and championships for communication, promotion and publicity
  • Provide guidance to local organizing committees in the areas of communication, social media, live streaming and other publicity-related tasks
  • Work with participating countries in gathering team and athlete information for use in event programs and other publicity surrounding the event 
  • Assist in other national team duties as assigned

Printing

  • Manage content and coordinate with third-party provider in printing publications including Official Rules of Softball, Scorebook, marketing pamphlets and various manuals
  • Solicit bids from printing contractors and negotiate sales terms for printed materials and publications
  • Communicate with local associations in the distribution of printed membership materials

Hall of Fame/Annual Meeting

  • Manage all aspects of the Hall of Fame Museum including exhibits, publicity and guest relations
  • Work with the national Hall of Fame Committee by gathering nominations and creating information binders for the committee members
  • Arrange, setup and host the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Annual Council Meeting
  • Assist with Annual Meeting including setup, presentations, run of show, committee meetings; provide training at select sessions

Collegiate Programs

  • Maintain existing media relationships with college SIDs, writers, ESPN and other news outlets to facilitate the promotion of softball at the collegiate level
  • Manage the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, and Player of the Year program
  • Serve as the media contact for NCAA Women’s College World Series and any NCAA Softball event at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex

*Other duties as assigned. 

Required and/or Desired Skills:

  • Ability to work at National Headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related field
  • Minimum of four years experience preferred
  •  Excellent organizational focus and attention to detail
  • Strong understanding of Communications and Public Relations
  • Photoshop, Graphic Design, ability to create graphics preferred
  • Ability to write/edit HTML codes
  • Clear, concise and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be a self-starter as well as work in team environment to assist the Communications Department in providing quality customer service.
  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work weekends and travel domestically/internationally
  • Works effectively and quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to lift heavy packages and work outside for events
  • Eager to learn in an ever-changing industry
  • A passion for sports, softball preferred