ESPN, Inc. ACC Network – Manager, Communications in Bristol, Connecticut

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

Responsibilities :

  • Serve as key communications contact for the ACC Network

  • Position is based in Bristol, CT

  • Support all press activities related to ACC Network, as well as PR team initiatives including college football, bowl games, NCAA Championships, Olympic sports, ratings and all relevant studio programming;

  • Daily duties to include pitching and promoting ACC Network’s programming, on-air talent and execs, select NCAA Championships and regular-season college sports programming, and crafting all ESPN college sports communications tools including press kits, bios, weekly newsletter and images;

  • Help create, develop and execute publicity strategies for those units to help drive their respective business goals;

  • Embrace new tools and approaches to serve as a 360 communicator, serving both internal and external audiences. Creatively engage a variety of audiences online by generating story ideas and multimedia assets. This includes creating regular new material for ESPN’s internal employee website and ESPN Front Row, the company’s outward-facing corporate blog;

  • Maintain relationships with key media members in various beats, including television, business, sports, trades, and non-traditional media (Blogs, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and influencers);

  • Interact with executives in assigned departments to keep abreast of program strategies and plans, and to deal with communications issues that arise;

  • Maximize social media/digital tools to more effectively communicate messaging;

  • Understand the demands of working for a 24/7 media company and be willing and available to work evenings and weekends when necessary;

  • Develop internal and external messaging on key issues;

  • Advise company spokespersons regarding their communication on key issues to media and others;

  • When appropriate, act as company liaison and spokesperson with media;

  • Monitor industry news in print, online and on social media platforms and advise appropriate executives of important developments;

  • Maintain and improve executive visibility by identifying speaking and industry recognition opportunities;

  • Build strong internal relationships to collaboratively work across teams and departments;

  • Collaborate with designated PR reps from key clients and business partners to drive shared goals;

  • Develop press materials, including press kits, press releases, fact sheets, bios, press events, etc.;

  • Maintain press lists and create results reports related to specific initiatives.

Basic Qualifications :

  • A minimum of 5 years public relations/media relations experience

  • Excellent PR, communications and writing skills

  • Results-oriented and experienced in media pitching across spectrum of media (TV, print, online, radio, magazines, trades)

  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding of sports, media and news value

  • College degree (related to communications or journalism preferred)

  • National media contacts across TV (morning/late night), print, online, magazines, radio, trades

  • Strategic and creative thinker

  • Self-starter and positive personality

  • Experience in public speaking

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks on deadline in fast-paced environment

  • Proficiency in social media: Twitter, Vine, Facebook

  • Knowledge of TV ratings and sports cable TV landscape preferred

Job ID: 604440BR

Location: Bristol,Connecticut

Job Posting Company: Media Networks