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Marketing & Community Relations Manager 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 Role:

XFL Houston is seeking a Manager, Marketing & Community Relations to help build the fan base, execute breakthrough awareness and promotional campaigns, engage fans across platforms and drive business performance that builds a foundation in the year leading up to the first game in early 2020 and beyond. 
 
The Manager, Marketing & Community Relations will report into Director, Marketing & Community Relations help to acquire and engage fans across owned marketing channels, partnering closely with communications, social/content, sales, creative, community and partnerships.

What you will do:

Marketing
  • Build marketing programs and advertising strategies to promote team initiatives, events, programs and ticket sales across multiple channels in support of the overall strategic marketing plan.
  • Lead the execution of marketing programs from start to finish, driving collaboration with key stakeholders and leveraging internal processes and relationships.
  • Traffic creative projects with the design team in a timely manner and enact processes to maintain brand integrity across all marketing materials and other internal and external communications.
  • Provide strategic media planning support and evaluate and reconcile advertising campaigns on an on-going basis to ensure all materials are placed and running as planned (including placement, copy and creative development, and distribution for:  radio & TV, promotional events, digital, print ads and outdoor media).
  • Oversee and manage the team creative pipeline and deliverables throughout the approval and production process.
  • Manage email content strategy and execution of communications to CRM database.
  • Support execution of all STM, Grassroots, Community and fan events to engage fans in interactive and innovative ways (including the gameday experience, on-site activations, digital/social activation, grassroots football, influencer and fan promotions).
  • Manage all invoice and reconciliation processes on behalf of the marketing department.
  • Work with ticket sales team on goals, revenue, ticket initiatives, promotional packages and single game ticket strategy to maximize ROI.
  • Work with partnership team to activate and increase revenue opportunities while supporting the club and brand goals and initiatives.
  • As needed, manage fully staffed street and promotional teams who will help fulfill all of the organization’s grassroots marketing efforts.   
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Community Relations
  • Build and execute strategic work plans that achieve measurable results and optimal use of resources to develop and grow community relations activations.
  • Develop and coordinate campaigns to connect with community, drive awareness and develop fan loyalty.
  • Develop and foster relationships with key community and government leaders to further support the integration of the team into the Greater Houston area.
  • Represent XFL Houston at key meetings and local events during normal business hours, as well as weekends and after hours if needed.
  • Create and manage the team’s year-round community engagement schedule.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for all front office and player community appearances, including managing all logistics.
  • Vet, process and document all donation requests received by the team.
  • Work alongside the ticket and corporate sales staffs to develop and activate programs and initiatives in the Greater Houston area. 
  • Draft speeches, talking points, presentations and other presentation materials as needed to ensure a turnkey process that allows staff members to easily and effectively present the brand in the community.
  • Develop monthly “XFL Houston in the Community” releases and detailed annual reports for internal and external purposes aimed at providing a snapshot of the team’s efforts, impact and key insights from the activation.

How you will be measured:

  • Fan engagement measures, including size and growth of fan base, ticket sales, levels of engagement across channels and devices, fan retention and fan referrals.
  • KPIs: Brand recognition and public perception measurements.
  • Contribution to key revenue lines and delivery of the overall business plan.
  • Community engagement measures including securing earned media.

What you will bring:

  • 5+ years of marketing and community relations with an emphasis on consumer-facing sports, media or entertainment industries, with experience in advertising, creative development, promotion, writing ad copy and ad campaign creation.
  • Experience with media planning, including TV, radio, billboards, digital and social media advertising.
  • Ability to create and manage marketing plans (multi-channel, segmented, campaigns) and GTM strategies utilizing owned, paid and earned media to build fan base and drive key revenue lines.
  • Candidate must exhibit a passion for sports, marketing and football.
  • Experience managing and monitoring a budget.
  • Ability to work well with multiple stakeholders across the company, agency and client organizations.
  • A self-starter, energetic and resilient, with enthusiasm and determination to ensure that deliverables, timelines and objectives are achieved.
  • Exceptional communications, sales/promotions and customer service skills, and must be adept at multitasking and extremely detail oriented.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Superior verbal/written communications skills.
  • BS 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 or identity, 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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