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Communications Coordinator with XFL in Houston · TX

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About the XFL
The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off in early 2020. Delivering authentic, high-energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams in markets across the country, 45-man active rosters and a 10-week regular season schedule with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL is a single entity that owns the league and all teams, employing professionals at the Stamford, CT headquarters as well as in each of the markets that the teams call home.

About the Position
The Houston Roughnecks are seeking a seasonal PR & Communications Coordinator responsible for supporting strategic communications planning for the Houston Roughnecks Brand. This person will contribute ideas to the overall organizational and on-the-field narrative, help facilitate coach and player media requests and develop quality notes utilizing statistical information to highlight the game on the field.

The PR & Communications Coordinator will report to the Director, PR & Communications and will support efforts to research football information - including game notes, statistics, milestones and records. He or she will support media relations at select practices, media days, all Houston Roughnecks home games and player/coach appearances in the community.

 What you will do
  • Coordinate media requests with players and coaches under the guidance of the Director of Communications.
  • Work with the Director, PR & Communications to formulate stories and pitches to further tell the stories of players, coaches and personnel on and off the field.
  • Maintain weekly press clippings and assist with inventory and organization of Houston Roughnecks collateral needed to promote the team.
  • Assist with production of football-related content, primarily in the form of written press releases, player and personnel bios, team publications, franchise fact sheets, media advisories, team publications and content for social media/digital channels.
  • Assist with the management of gameday public relations and stats crew, including scheduling of staff and necessary administrative responsibilities for both home and away games.
  • Create informational graphics to promote key football related content and themes.
  • Be prepared to work remotely for away games to handle all pregame and postgame football communications-related requests. 
  • Assist with gameday player relations and media relations operations, including pregame and postgame press conferences, team interviews, credential set-up, press box set-up, in-game media servicing and post-game quotes.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key external parties such as media, influencers, VIPs and dignitaries. 
  • Work with internal partners in Ticket Sales, Partnership, Marketing, Content, Community Relations and Game Presentation to provide access to players and coaches as needed. 
  • Maintain team communications calendar.
  • Ensure maximum exposure for the team’s involvement in grassroots marketing efforts, fan/community relations events and social responsibility efforts.
  • Assist in monitoring Houston Roughnecks media coverage and relevant chatter on social media and help track and log.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you will bring
  • Between 1-2 years of public relations experience with an emphasis on communication skills and knowledge of consumer-facing sports (including football, media or entertainment industries).
  • In-depth knowledge of football.
  • Strong organizational, writing and editing skills.
  • A self-starter with a proven track record to work independently and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to generate new and creative ideas, especially as it relates to statistics.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to multitask projects and work under pressure.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability to use cautionary judgment when handling discretionary information.
  • A self-starter, energetic and resilient, with the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that deliverables, timelines and objectives are achieved.
  • Media relations experience onsite at press conferences, media junkets and sporting events.
  • Research skills and ability to fact check.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Position requires attendance at evening and weekend events/games.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • BS/BA required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The XFL maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits and terminations.

** Only applicants who are legally authorized to work for The XFL will be considered. The XFL does not provide any work authorization sponsorship, or any assistance in securing, maintaining or extending work authorization. **

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