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Community Relations: Community Relations
Director of Community Relations - Chicago Bears (Lake Forest, IL)

The Chicago Bears are looking for a full-time Director of Community Relations who will be responsible for the strategic direction, management, and growth of the Chicago Bears’ community outreach and philanthropic efforts, and for creating awareness and building a positive image of the Chicago Bears organization.  This position is a critical role that is charged with connecting the Chicago Bears organization to the Chicagoland community in impactful, meaningful and sustainable ways.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategy
o Develops and manages the departmental plan and direction.  This includes establishing and updating mission, vision, and focus as well as departmental goals and guidelines.
o Communication and awareness for community outreach.

Growth
o Explore and develop new programming opportunities.
o Devise ways to expand reach of current programs and achieve sustainable growth.
o Evaluate and analyze new proposals and requests for partnership/support.
o Create new partnerships with community and charitable organizations that support the Bears community mission.

Management
o Establishment and oversight of departmental budget.
o Scheduling of events and deadlines.
o Management of three full-time staff and one part-time staff.

Partnerships
o Create, build, and manage partnerships with internal and external partners including but not limited to  Business partners, Bears staff, External partners; charitable partners, youth agencies, not-for-profit organizations, city, government, NFL Offices, etc.
o Represent Bears organization at charitable events ,speaking engagements, and to the greater community.

Ownership
o Plan and execute weekly outreach visits/events with the Chairman.
o Support owner and executive charitable initiatives and requests.
• Programming
o Oversee programming development and implementation.
o Manage large departmental initiatives (Hometown Huddle; Washington, IL volunteer trip; Make-A-Wish visits; Mom’s Clinic, etc.). 

Bears Care
o Serve on the Board of Directors of Bears Care.
o Work closely with Director of Bears Care to create synergy between Community Relations and Bears Care.

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, Sports Management or other related degree.
• Minimum 5 – 7 years of relevant experience. 
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically, use good judgment and be mindful of all relevant stakeholders.
• Must be able to take initiative and leadership, and work with Directors and other staff members across all departments.
• Excellent organization, self-management and project management skills, especially when under time pressure.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication skills (verbal and written), organizational and analytical skills will enable the incumbent to foster meaningful relationships, and collaborate effectively.  This includes the ability to establish a rapport with others and build strong interpersonal relationships with a variety of personalities.
• Ability to handle multiple assignments, establish priorities and satisfy competing demands.
• Ability to work non-traditional hours in non-traditional settings including weekends and evenings.

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Internet/New Media: Graphic Design/Creative Services
Graphic Designer - Chicago Bears (Lake Forest, IL)

The Chicago Bears are looking for a full-time Graphic Designer to create visually impactful designs that maintain the integrity of the Chicago Bears brand.  The primary focus will be on promotions, web, social and email design.  In addition, the Graphic Designer will assist with all creative service elements including campaign assets, publications, logos, photography, sales collateral, marketing materials, ads, outdoor installations, and in-stadium signage.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that the standards of the Creative Services department and the continuity of the team’s brand are met.

  • Develops creative concepts and executes production on promotional and digital assets.

  • Adapts design elements to carry out the continuity of the brand throughout all collateral.

  • Photographer

  • Creates identity/logo design for internal and corporate partner’s events and programs.

  • Conceptualizes and builds custom creative concepts for sales pitches and client presentations.

  • Adheres to budget and time constraints.

  • Monitors projects through all phases of production.

  • Develops designs that are on strategy and reflect brand’s personality.

  • Serves as a production assistant during photo shoots.

  • Manages internal and external use of logos to ensure brand integrity.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years design experience with a wide range of creative projects, both print and electronic.

  • Proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Possess excellent, professional communication skills.  This includes the ability to establish a rapport with others and build relationships with a variety of personalities both inside and outside of the company.

  • Must be able to effectively work in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and projects while keeping key constituents in the loop. 
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Must be dependable, willing to take initiative and adapt to a variety of situations.

  • Ability to work non-traditional hours in non-traditional settings which may include weekends and holidays.

This list of position functions is not all-inclusive and may be supplemented or modified.

 

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Sales & Marketing: Promotions
Street Team/Monster Squad - Chicago Bears (Chicago, IL)

Position:  Chicago Bears Street Team

General Description:  This is a part-time position within the Chicago Bears Events & Entertainment department.  Members of the Street Team will serve as brand ambassadors and deliver enthusiastic, outgoing and infectious energy while representing the Chicago Bears in a positive and impactful manner.  

The ideal candidates will reside locally and can begin work in May 2015.  There are no guaranteed number of hours per week, scheduling is set on an as needed event/game basis.  The opportunity is expected to last up to one year.    

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent and promote the Chicago Bears at a variety of events annually with the goal of enhancing the fan experience through positive, energetic fan interaction.  These events include, but are not limited to: home games at Soldier Field, special events, sports tournaments, partner appearances, festivals, mobile marketing vehicle locations, etc.

  • Responsible for event load-in and load-out.

  • Responsible for all operational needs and activation of the following elements while at events representing the Chicago Bears:

    • Handout premium items

    • Facilitate on-site promotions

    • Interact with fans

    • Communicate general information

  • Responsible for fan engagement and data collection at each event.

  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by E&E Management.

Qualifications (educational criteria, experience and other basic knowledge requirements):

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.  High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs frequently; requires prolonged standing.

  • Required to travel frequently (>90%); bulk of travel is within the Chicago Metropolitan area.

  • Hard working, detail-oriented and results-driven.

  • Organized with the ability to multi-task and effectively solve problems in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to be a team player and enjoy working in a team environment.

  • Possess excellent communication and customer-service skills.

  • Must be dependable, willing to take initiative and adapt to a variety of situations.

  • Previous marketing/promotional/event/street team experience preferred.

  • Must be able to work home games, nights/weekends and holidays.

  • Must be able to work in outdoor conditions.

  • Must be passionate about the Chicago Bears and/or have a willingness to learn about the organization.

     

This list of position functions is not all-inclusive and may be supplemented or modified.

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