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Develop and execute strategic communications campaigns to increase the visibility of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement and the USOPC, including that of USOPC programs, athletes, stakeholders, and team members. Direct various programs and initiatives in support of executive visibility and reputation management. Oversee the development and implementation of internal and change-management communications efforts at the USOPC. Direct Olympic and Paralympic media services for the United States. Lead Team USA’s communications staff at Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Provide leadership and management to the Communications department leads, and thus oversee the functions of the Communications team, including external-facing media and public relations, internal communications for USOPC employees and Team USA athletes, marketing communications, and community relations.
- Lead USOPC’s reputation management and crisis response, to include monitoring domestic and international Olympic, Paralympic, and political media for relevant news, working closely with support staff to coordinate any necessary response and distribute content to targeted media.
- Oversee internal and change-management communications initiatives that aid the development of a world-class organization, a healthy and collaborative workplace, and empowered employees able to serve America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
- Lead the development and implementation of communications strategies for various USOPC programs, public relations campaigns, and marketing communications initiatives, aimed at increasing the value of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement in the United States.
- Develop and oversee the overall budget for the Communications function, working with department leads to ensure budget compliance and operation within approved budget guidelines.
- Manage media relations related to development, international relations, government relations, community relations, corporate governance, anti-doping, etc. Build and maintain relationships with key media officials to conduct ongoing media relations.
- Direct executive visibility, including coordination of interviews and speaking requests. Serve as the lead speechwriter for the USOPC.
- Direct National Governing Body media operations and services, including press officer education and development and the biennial Team USA Communications Workshop.
- Serve as the primary liaison with USOPP and LA28 regarding partner communications, organizational initiatives, and issues management.
- Oversee production of USOPC publications for both external and internal audiences, including USOPC Media Guide, USA Daily, Team USA Media Guides, USOPC Annual Report, Media Summit Media Guide, 1 Year Out Media Guide, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame program, Stewardship reports, Insider newsletter, etc.
- Oversee management of all on-complex media requests at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and assist with media requests for training centers in Lake Placid and Chula Vista.
- Oversee the creation of opportunities to enhance the public image of Team USA athletes as stewards and ambassadors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, connect the public with Team USA athletes and their journeys, and tell stories of the human experience that transcend sport.
- Serve as primary point contact for managing relationships with NOC and IF colleagues, IOC communications and media operations divisions, and communications staffs and press chiefs for each Olympic and/or Paralympic organizing committee.
- Develop and execute Team USA’s communications strategy for Olympic and Paralympic Games. Lead the allocation and distribution of all Olympic and Paralympic media credentials for the United States delegation.
- Direct Olympic and Paralympic media services, including Games-time press conferences and Managing Victory, and act as Team USA’s main point of contact at the Main Press Center during the Games.
- Oversee management of multi-million-dollar budget and logistics for up to 75 staff members at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including air and ground transportation, housing, meals, apparel, internet access, office space, etc.
- In collaboration with the Communications leadership team, perform personnel management responsibilities for the division, including staffing requisitions, job descriptions, and performance appraisals. Manage administrative requirements of team member matters, such as new hire selection, termination, and disciplinary actions. Analyze and recommend position changes or restructures as appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications Required
- Bachelor degree in Political Science, Journalism, English, Organizational Communications or related field
- Master’s degree preferred
- 12-15 years of full-time, professional media/public relations experience with a university, professional sports franchise, or national sports organization
- Strong understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic ideals and the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic movements
- Excellent writing, public speaking, and overall communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to earn the confidence and support of a wide range of internal and external constituents
- Proven leadership skills and ability to guide and direct the activities of large teams in dynamic environments and assure high levels of team performance
- Proven ability to oversee large operational budgets and ensure that funds are used efficiently and effectively
Tools, Equipment, & Conditions
- Office environment in a multi-level building on a multi-building site
- Significant domestic and international travel
- Standard office equipment
- Regular attendance at work is an essential job function
Colorado Springs Downtown Headquarters