Communications Manager

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Description
Job Summary: The Communications Manager oversees the publicity, media relations, special event planning, social media content, crisis communications and community relations efforts for Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepare news releases, press kits and publicity programs and provide information in response to media inquires. Develop and maintain close contacts with representatives of the news media in two core media markets, Chicago and Milwaukee, in addition to eight outer markets.
  • Guide media photographers, video production crews and other special news/publicity staff on-site.
  • Serve as spokesperson to media and the community and direct crisis communications efforts including managing messaging and local strategy.
  • Direct and execute public relations' strategy for theme park's special events, new capital attraction openings and marketing programs including spearheading publicity stunts for these events.
  • Oversee community relations programs including organizing and executing charitable events, and establishing relationships with community, philanthropic and special interest groups.
  • Oversee the park's social media messaging and work collaboratively with the Advertising & Promotions department to develop and deliver consistent messaging across all platforms on both organic and paid content.
  • Establish and oversee annual communications strategy, plan and budget.
  • Manage all points of external communication including Web site, social media, toll-way marquee, brochures, park map and guides and some local advertising.
  • Work with Human Resources on the creation and delivery of effective internal communications efforts to all team members.
  • Travel to outer markets, corporate and other special destinations as required.
  • Assist with Park operational duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications:
  • 5+ years Public Relations/Marketing management experience. A degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or similar equivalent experience.
  • An extensive range of established media contacts in the greater Chicago area; contacts in the Milwaukee market will be a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong writing and grammar skills including knowledge of Associated Press style.
  • Must be professional, energetic, self-motivated and have a positive attitude.
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to work productively across various departments.
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to work well under pressure and multi-task.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and basic Photoshop skills.
  • Knowledge of social media networks.
  • Flexible schedule required including nights, weekends and holidays.
Park:
Six Flags Great America