Thursday, May 20, 2010

Job Opptys - Spelman College, BET Networks , Aeropostale, The Food Network

Director of Student Life and Engagement, Spelman College

Admissions Counselor, Spelman College

Director of Housing and Residential Life, Spelman College

Senior Manager of Corporate Market Research, BET Networks

Senior Account Executive-Fashion, Factory PR

Event Coordinator, Anchor Blue Retail Group, Inc.

Manager of Incentive Events and Meetings, Aeropostale, Inc.

Director of Marketing, Intermix

National PBS Unit Publicist, KCET-TV

Vice President of Public Relations, The Food Network

Senior Publicist, J Public Relations

Communications Coordinator, University Of California, Office of the President

Editor, Communications & Brand Management, New York Road Runners


Director of Student Life and Engagement, Spelman College
Office of Student Engagement
Full-Time, Exempt (12 Months)
Job Code: FP-0259

The Director is responsible for developing a comprehensive student activities program that enhances the intellectual development of students; fosters student leadership development and engagement in campus life; leadership; promotes an appreciation for diversity; and reflects the broad range of students’ interests and needs. Of central importance is a student centered approach that ensures exemplary customer service and focus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

v Reviews best practices regarding campus activities, college unions, multicultural programs, Greek life and student leadership programs. Makes recommendations to the Dean of Students and Vice President concerning the scope of programs and activities sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
v Develops, coordinates and actively implements student life programs, ensuring that they promote the educational mission of the College and reflect institutional goals and priorities.
v Maximizes the impact of the student life program by addressing community, national and global needs.
v Initiates conversations with faculty members to assess opportunities for curricular and co-curricular collaboration.
v Serves as advisor to the Spelman Student Government Association and student programming board, ensuring that student initiatives incorporate educational programming and diversity, equity and social justice approaches.
v Implements leadership development program for student leaders and organizations. Assists students in gaining varied leadership experience by emphasizing and supporting a broad range of leadership styles (e.g., governance, activism, service, organizational), techniques and models.
v Recruits, trains and supports all advisors to student organizations.
v Serves as advisor to student yearbook and newspaper.
v Oversees the College’s Greek life program and intake process.
v Serves as a resource to individual students and student organizations by providing guidance, support, problem solving and mediation for issues pertaining to student activities.
v Develops an ongoing strategy for assessing students’ needs, evaluating programs and monitoring student satisfaction.
v Approves monitors and ensures fiscal accountability for the student activities and student organizations’ budgets.
v Reviews all contracts for services and programs prior to signature.
v Maintains the student activities monthly calendar and website.
v Serves on appropriate campus and College committees.

Our ideal candidate profile will include:+

Master’s degree with a concentration in student affairs, higher education, student development, counseling and development, or similar field required. Five years of work experience in higher education, student affairs, student activities, event planning and advising student groups in required.

Responsibilities of the Director include providing leadership for the department; reviewing and implementing policies and procedures; administering the budget and supervising the Program Coordinator and Senior Administrative Assistant. The Director is responsible for developing programs that complement the academic curriculum, respond to the needs of students and are consistent with the mission of the College.

This position requires demonstrated knowledge, experience and abilities in the following areas: supervision of staff, student development, policy formation, academically related program development, strategic and operational planning, crisis management, diversity issues, student conduct, motivation training, staff selection, and budget management. The incumbent must also have excellent oral and written communication skills which are necessary when presenting information and responding to questions from students, parents, employees, and the general public in one-on-one or group situations. This position also requires an ability to effectively manage conflict and address student and parent concerns.


Admissions Counselor, Spelman College
Admissions Office
Full-Time, Exempt (12 Months)
Job Code: FP-1067 & FP-1068- (2 Vacancies)

The Admissions Counselor serves as college ambassador for prospective students, applicants, and newly admitted students. Admission Counselors are responsible for identifying prospective students who meet or exceed the College’s admission requirements. Each counselor is responsible for managing their respective recruitment territory which includes extensive fall and spring travel. This will include approximately 6 to 8 weeks each recruitment season. The counselor guides prospective students and their parents through the application process. The counselor develops new relationships, while maintaining others with key constituencies in their territory. In addition, the counselor is responsible for assisting with all areas of admission including operational assignments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

· Assist with the planning and implementation of the admissions recruitment, application and yield activities. This includes marketing strategies, recruitment publications, recruitment travel, and analyzing and collecting data on territories.
· Conduct campus tours, formal presentations, and information sessions on and off campus.
· Conduct interviews of admission candidates as well as evaluate applicant credentials in recruitment territory. Assist in evaluating major (feeder) recruitment territories.
· Coordinate and/or assist as well as participate in a variety of campus programs and special events for prospective students and their families.
· Assist the Associate Director and/or Assistant Director with all related activities such as first time, international and transfer student application evaluation.
· Work collaboratively with the Financial Aid Office as the point of contact.

Our ideal candidate profile will include:

Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university is required. Advanced degree and experience in an admission office are preferred.

Incumbent must have demonstrated experience in implementing programs, workshops, and strong organizational skills (with strong emphasis on detail and follow up on assignments). Must be assertive and able to work independently while meeting the goals of the office. Must be high energy and enthusiastic, extremely flexible, and willing to work long hours and weekends. Heavy travel.

Incumbent must have ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from prospective students and parents, high school counselors, the Spelman community, and the general public which may include public/group speaking engagements.


Director of Housing and Residential Life, Spelman College
Office of Housing and Residential Life
Full-Time, Exempt (12 Months)
Job Code: AD-0306

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

Spelman College seeks an experienced Residence Life professional with a proven track record.
This is an exciting opportunity to build and create new paradigms in living and learning communities. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge, experience and abilities in the following areas: building management, supervision of professional staff, educational programming, student development, policy formation, academically related program development, strategic and operational planning, crisis management, diversity issues, student conduct, motivation training, staff selection, budget management, online housing applications and database student information systems. The successful candidate will also have excellent written and oral skills and an ability to effectively manage conflict and address student and parent concerns.

Must have advanced computer software skills using the Microsoft Office suite including, Word, Excel and PowerPoint; ability to create and manipulate such things as general correspondence, flyers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations. Prepare monthly, semester, and annual reports
Banner and Lotus Notes experience is a plus.

This position reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs with direct operations, supervisory and defined resident life experience comparable to serving in residence hall and or related college setting. This position is responsible for facility management of eleven (11) resident facilities and serves as Chief Judiciary Officer for Housing violations.

Work with Enrollment Management Team to ensure adequate housing for first year and upper class students for room selection and on campus housing placement. Work closely with Counseling, Facilities Management and Services, and Public Safety to ensure clean and safe residence halls.

Our ideal candidate profile will include:
A Bachelor’s degree in Student Services or related field and six years of progressive job related experience, preferably in higher education, are required. Master’s degree in a field closely related to the area of assigned responsibility plus a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in housing and residence life and a responsible administrative experience in residence halls or related college settings are preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

The position of Director of Housing requires demonstrated knowledge, experience and abilities in the following areas: building management, supervision of professional staff, educational programming, student development, policy formation, academically related program development, strategic and operational planning, crisis management, diversity issues, student conduct, motivation training, staff selection, budget management, online housing applications, and database student information systems. The incumbent must also have excellent written and oral skills and an ability to effectively manage conflict and address student and parent concerns.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to visit our website and apply via our online application: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package and a campus environment filled with unique opportunities and experiences.



Senior Manager of Corporate Market Research, BET Networks

(April 28, 2010) BET Networks has an immediate opening for a Senior Manager of Corporate Market Research to be based in Washington, DC or New York City at BET Networks. Those interested and qualified for the position should direct inquiries to:

Michelle Bailey
Vice-President, Corporate Market Research
BET Networks
235 W Street NE
Washington, DC 20018
T. 202-608-2367 / F. 202-608-2449

Position Summary:

The Market Research Sr. Director will provide analytical and managerial support to BET Networks (BETN) Corporate Market Research staff in Washington, DC & New York City. The Manager will be responsible for analyzing Nielsen Media Research data to further understand BETN audiences and competitive influences that impact BET programming (including development, scheduling and acquisitions) and marketing. The Senior Manager will report to the Vice President Corporate Market Research and will be responsible for the following:

- Partnering with internal clients, utilizing audience data and trend analyses to inform, support and further enhance the Marketing, Programming and Development efforts of BET Networks.

- Developing unique and thorough analyses to positively position BET Networks in the context of the competitive media landscape utilizing ratings research.

- Providing leadership and direction on various Custom Research projects using Nielsen Media Research data.

- Supporting ongoing Ratings Estimates Modeling initiatives.

- Managing daily ratings report responsibilities.

- Collaborating in the creation of market positioning, presentations and other materials that showcase the value of the BET Networks brand.

- Partnering on the development and communication of internal market research intelligence reports as the expert on the African-American Television viewing audience.

- Cultivating general knowledge of BET Networks Television brands: BET, CENTRIC & BET International.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:
- 3-5 years experience in Programming Research/ Market Research and strong Ratings Analysis experience is essential.

- Strong analytical and numerical skills are required, with a proven ability to interpret analysis.

- Background in financial analysis and modeling is a plus.

- Proficiency in Nielsen Media Research databases (StarTrak, Galaxy Explorer, MarketBreaks, NPower, etc.)

- Must have a solid working knowledge of television and a strong interest in television research.

- Experience in and understanding consumer behavior; strong interest in pop-culture, and African-American trends is ideal.

- Detail-oriented w/ the ability to work under pressure, handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.

- Excellent communication skills both written and oral.

- Possess initiative, professionalism, enthusiasm, and the ability to work both autonomously and as team player.

- Operate with a bias toward action and a sense of urgency.
- Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

∙ BS/BA in Business Administration or liberal arts, MBA or MA in a related field is a plus.

Company Background:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global.

BET Networks is an EOE- Equal Opportunity Employer


Senior Account Executive - Fashion, Factory PR
New York, NY*


• Minimum 2 years experience at a Fashion PR Agency

• An exemplary understanding of the American Fashion Media and
key international men's focused lifestyle books

• Strong relationships with fashion women's and / or men's
editors, feature editors, stylists and celebrity stylists

• Have proven results in pitching and securing features

• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

• Posses superior written and verbal communication skills

• Solid understanding of online and social media

• Be a team player, as well as being self motivated

• To have the drive to go beyond the expected

Competitive Salary (commensurate with experience)

Good benefits package (health coverage and 401K)

Opportunity for growth




Event Coordinator, Anchor Blue Retail Group, Inc.
Corona, CA*


Anchor Blue is a west-coast specialty retailer offering
California casual inspired clothing and accessories to teens
and young adults. We consider ourselves THE Denim destination!
We have over 100 stores located in the southwestern U.S.

Our new corporate office located in Corona, CA has an immediate
opening for an Event Coordinator specifically for Anchor Blue
college sales events (ABU). The ABU Event Coordinator will
report to the VP of Marketing and will be the company
representative on campus and other promotional events.

The idea candidate will have experience in establishing
partnerships with colleges to create events that support the
campus and promote brand awareness for Anchor Blue. This
includes sponsoring sporting events and other school activities
as well as pop up stores on campus.

o Manage execution start to finish of all Anchor Blue pop up
and related events (schedule, negotiate agreements,
determine pricing, oversee staff, partner with various in
house cross functional teams).

o Manage expenses within the ABU P&L

o Determine the ABU assortment by working with both merchants
and allocation to ensure correct inventory levels for each
pop up sales event

o Develop other marketing relationships to expand the ABU brand
i.e. Big West Conference, etc.

o Supervise Street Team activities


Must have:

o Minimum 2 years marketing event planning experience; college
campus event planning a plus

o One to two years retail store management/supervisory

o Proven project management skills

o Strong negotiation skills

o Organized, detail oriented

o Customer focus

o Proficient in Microsoft Office

o Understanding of assortment planning

o Bachelor’s degree

Qualified and enthusiastic candidates only – please send your

Manager of Incentive Events and Meetings, Aeropostale, Inc


The Manager of Incentive Events and Meetings is responsible for
the coordination and execution of events at Aeropostale's field
and corporate offices. This position will work with multiple
levels of the organization to motivate employee through
incentive based employee events and meetings.


• Assist in the effective planning, execution, and on-site
management of all incentive events and meetings (includes

• Travel to meetings and events on a regular basis to provide
any and all support needed

• Organize, produce, and pack all supplies and copies of on-
site materials for meetings

• Research and source hotels and vendors to develop and create
database of contacts, resources, hotels, etc.

• Establish rapport and maintain communications with key
individuals and external organizations

• Responsible for utilizing and organizing standard operating
procedures and templates for all events including agendas,
timetables, logistics, etc.

• Work closely with management teams to coordinate ground and
travel logistical arrangements, preparation and shipping of
marketing and other communication materials necessary for on-
site meeting execution

• Maintain a database for budgeting to control the per person
cost for events each year (existing and new events)

• Support the Aero Recognizes site to encompass all meeting

• Maintain efficient record keeping systems, including

• Plan, implement, and attend events

• Update event calendar, including communication to corporate
and store line.

• Post event evaluation, including communication of event
feedback to all stakeholders.


• Bachelor's degree and job related experience required

• Must be able to travel

• Strong project management experience working in a team

• Strong interpersonal skills (verbal and written)

• Must present a high level of energy

• Experience in positions of increasing responsibility in multi-
unit store operations with a specialty retailer

• Computer proficient: MS Office skills with emphasis on Excel

• Ability to handle shifting priorities while responding to
storeline requests

• Ability to translate multiple tasks into
understandable/actionable steps

Director of Marketing, Intermix
New York, NY*


Intermix, the leading multi-brand retailer, is infamous in the
boutique fashion world for selling the best mix of well
assorted emerging designers and established designers. The
Intermix clients are styled with an individualized approach
that celebrates every woman’s unique sense of style and love
for fashion. Since its inception in 1993 the company has grown
into 23 locations across the US, and the name Intermix has
become synonymous with innovative dressing, and an evolved
personal style.


• Initiate and develop a long-term plan for targeted, revenue
enhancing strategies

• Ensure the timely development and execution of all marketing
plans and projects to assure growth and profit goals are

• Work with web team to execute and analyze promotional
marketing calendar

• Partner with web and 3rd party provider for development,
analysis and management of CRM program; create ideas to
target new and existing customers based on analysis

• Drive all direct consumer related projects such as mailers

• Forecast seasonal marketing budgets and oversee costs
associated with each element

• Work directly with vendors and partners to facilitate the
execution of the agreed upon marketing initiatives to
maximize exposure, brand awareness, and enhance new product
launches & coop ads

• Define and align media strategies through marketing programs-
advertising, promotions and events

• Monitor and assess the marketplace and competition to further
differentiate the Intermix brand, stores and services. Lead
team to provide demographic analysis on existing markets and
new markets

• Plan and develop store events, store openings, partnerships
and co-branded alliances

• Participate in new business development efforts to create
unique ways for partners to support Intermix through their
sales and marketing channels, and provide ideas for
exclusive consumer offerings/discounts to enhance value

• Re-position and create longstanding global luxury brand image

• Identify new and innovative opportunities to better leverage
existing and potential customers

• Work with 3rd party public relations agency on development of
branding opportunities and events


• 10+ years of experience in Marketing

• Bachelors degree required – MBA preferred

• Highly analytical and creative with ability to apply analysis
to influence business decisions to drive retail performance

• Owns and drives the P&L from top-to-bottom

• Ability to flex between micro and macro level thinking and
work with all levels of management

• Strong communication skills with the ability to present and
discuss both analysis and strategy

• Track record of achieving results; solutions-oriented

• Understanding of ecommerce, CRM and social media solutions a

• Excellent leadership and management skills – can manage up
and down effectively

• Excellent communication skills and collaborative personality


• Creative, dynamic, strategic, results oriented

• Customer focused , passion for serving the consumer

• Strategic yet hands on; involved in the day-to-day

• Diplomatic, tactful and patient leader, who can provide
leadership, set high standards, foster creativity and
flexibility, motivate and bring innovation to the business.

• High energy level; must motivate and be capable of getting
teams to work together with a single vision

• Ability to work with a lot of autonomy

• Proactive versus reactive




National PBS Unit Publicist, KCET-TV

A national daily PBS TV talk show with multiplatform distribution is
looking for a unit publicist. The unit publicist will need to promote
the show to diverse audiences via traditional and new media outlets.
The position also requires skills in producing digital assets for
media distribution. Also as part of the position, the unit publicist
will handle a series of four one-hour quarterly primetime specials,
and any other specials or productions for this host.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

A day-to-day Unit Publicist who can cover every show taping to flag
newsworthy content, procure still images and create promotional video
clips – and distribute information internally.
Work closely with the external PR agency to ensure that press releases
or media alerts are written, approved and serviced; and that media
interest is followed up with promptly to maximize placement
opportunities, including placement of photos and clips.
Work closely with show producers, including attending all weekly
program-related meeting(s), to plan for upcoming bookings, coordinate
guest cross-promotional opportunities, identify newsworthy content and
sound bites from guests, to ensure placement of log lines with major
national and regional outlets, explore and secure other traditional
and new media press opportunities and other unit PR related duties.
Work with Executive Producer and New Media to pull relevant and
compelling clips for, other Web sites and blogs as well as
traditional outlets such as ET, Daily Show, etc. This includes
coordinating and supervising the clip editing, overseeing dubbing,
uploading and distribution.
Travel with the show when necessary to handle and coordinate all press
opportunities, including local TV, print and radio.
Produce weekly video blog; cultivate and maintain blog outreach.
Qualifications & Experience

A min. of 4 years professional experience in public relations and
B.A. in communications or related field required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
News/pop-culture savvy
Press familiarity and contacts in broadcast, print and web.
Ability to work in fast-paced, changing environment.
Ability to work with a team and independently.
Creative, strategic thinker.
Familiarity with television industry
Familiar with new media tools and trends
Submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing samples
to Soraya Gheissari at No phone calls please.
Equal Opportunity Employer ~ "Women, minorities, persons with
disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply."


Vice President of Public Relations, The Food Network

To include: TV, digital, new business and talent relations from strategy to execution.
The right candidate will have 10+ years experience in PR with a strong background in entertainment and culinary PR.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Directs and controls activities of the public relations function for the network
• Accountable for conceiving and planning high profile publicity campaigns and media opportunities for the network and its content.
• Determines public relations campaign positioning and press strategies
• Leads public affairs program and associated press activities to create and sustain a positive company image
• Works closely with senior executives to prepare them for media events and interviews
• Establishes and maintains relationships with high-profile and influential members of the press, and industry (food, TV, entertainment) tastemakers
• Directs subordinate staff who oversee the implementation of assigned public relations activities
• Negotiates complex deals, often at top management level, that affect major aspects of company performance (ex. Crisis management PR, talent relations, integrating media partners into priority programs)
• Focuses on driving brand extensions via PR efforts for brand as needed
• Focuses on driving digital growth across food category digital properties
Education: Undergraduate degree required, in a related field preferred

Senior Publicist, J Public Relations
San Diego, CA

IMPORTANT: Please send resume with cover letter to Jamie Sigler at . At this time, we are NOT seeking junior level publicists or consultants. Resumes will only be accepted via email. ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

JPR's ideal Senior Publicist candidate will:

Have a minimum of 4-6 years experience in the hospitality, travel, tourism, fashion, restaurant and consumer lifestyle arenas, either having worked in an agency or in-house position.

Must have stellar hotel, restaurant and media references.

Must have experience managing accounts and working closely with clients.

Must have strong relationships with local, regional and national media contacts. Candidate will also be expected to demonstrate secured placements and have a strong understanding of the evolving social media landscape and its impact on PR in addition to familiarity working with online media outlets and blogs.

Must have extensive experience managing public relations campaigns, including management of junior level team members. Excellent verbal and written skills a must. Experience pitching new business a plus.

Possess strong creative writing skills
About Our Company J Public Relations, one of the top hospitality and luxury lifestyle public relations firms in the country, is accepting applications for a Senior Publicist position in our San Diego office. Our firm is rapidly growing and were looking for the right candidate to become an integral part of our established team. Candidates must possess a strong work ethic, ability to handle top hospitality, nightlife, restaurant and consumer goods accounts. The ideal candidate should be an enthusiastic PR professional with a proven track record handling high-end travel and lifestyle accounts and for providing clients with top-tier media results. Considered candidates must be extremely connected with hospitality, travel, consumer and lifestyle media (on a local, regional and national level) and be very savvy with social media. Candidates must currently be living in or around San Diego.

Savvy, smart, connected and proven all define award-winning J Public Relations. For more information on JPR please visit

Communications Coordinator, University Of California, Office Of The President

Job Summary:
Under the direction of unit leadership, this position acts as chief writer/editor and resource for all enterprise-wide internal communications delivered to UC Office of the President staff, such as employee newsletters (print and electronic) and websites; communiqu├ęs, speeches and presentations by UCOP leadership, change-related communications, news updates, and other communications that help keep UCOP staff informed of important local and university-wide matters, foster a strong relationship between UCOP leadership and staff, and help build a sense of community among UCOP staff. This position serves as the primary communications resource for staff breakfasts, brown bags, town halls and other face-to-face meetings between staff and UCOP leadership. This position also serves as advisor and principal liaison to UCOP media staff and other communications colleagues on UCOP communications-related issues, and as an internal consultant to UCOP functional area managers regarding departmental communications needs and issues. This position works closely with the unit's web editor to develop and maintain online information that provides timely employment-related news and information to staff.

Job Requirements:
Graduation from college with a major in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing communications, or allied field, and professional writing ability demonstrated by at least five years of professional writing experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Specific knowledge of and demonstrated experience in subject-matter area (internal/employee communications). Demonstrated verbal, writing, and editorial skills to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies: skills include active listening to capture pertinent information; thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging, and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences, while ensuring adherence to the University messages; careful and thoughtful editorial skills. Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation; thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines. Ability to write for a web audience and knowledge of web navigation, internet prose standards, and web content placement.

Knowledge of industry editorial standards for print and web publications. Strong research and analytical skills, including ability to develop, assess and synthesize information and recommendations from a variety of sources in order to develop strategically appropriate communications. Superior interpersonal communication, teamwork, collaboration and client service skills, with demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships.

Verbal and presentation skills that demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Strong professional judgment, with proven ability to be a creative, strategic and critical thinker and problem-solver in an environment undergoing significant change. Strong organizational skills, including the ability to develop realistic writing timelines and to ensure completion of projects by established deadlines. Proven initiative to follow through and complete assignments independently, and work cooperatively and productively within a team environment. Computer literacy and demonstrated proficiency with MS Office, electronic mail, web-based applications, and in-house publishing systems.

For a complete job description or to apply for this position, please visit: 53404

To review a complete list of all of UCOP’s open positions please visit the University of California Office of the President Employment Website:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.


Editor, Communications & Brand Management, New York Road Runners
New York, NY

Job Requirements NYRR has an immediate opening for an editorial manager in our communications and brand management department. Qualifications include:

At least 5 years editorial/communications experience
Ability to write clearly and concisely
Ability to structure information strategically for different purposes (i.e., website, magazine, newsletter, mass e-mail)
Copy editing and proofreading expertise
Ability to juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Strong problem-solving skills
Energy and enthusiasm for NYRRs mission.

Applicants should be able to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment writing and editing for print and electronic communications for a variety of audiences (i.e., NYRR members, marathon entrants, media, general public), and to shift quickly among multiple tasks; collaborate in developing/upgrading departmental processes, style guidelines, schedules; and ensure that NYRR is a leader in its printed and electronic communications, including: New York Runner magazine, member newsletters, marathon and other race materials, mass e-mails, websites, media guides, advertisements, solicitations, customer service responses, and more.

About Our Company New York Road Runners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of running for health, recreation, and competition. Founded in 1958 with a membership of 47, NYRR now has a full-time staff of more than 120 employees and a growing membership base of more than 45,000 members from every U.S. state and over 100 countries. NYRR produces more than 100 events per year, including the prestigious ING New York City Marathon.

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If interested and qualified, please e-mail a cover letter, rsum, writing or editing sample, and salary requirements to: or mail to: New York Road Runners Attn: Human Resources 9 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Six Years After Spelman Students Took on Nelly

Lately my feelings have been hurt by the overly-sexual lyrics in songs and images in videos. I do my best to check in with what teens and 20-somethings are listening to every now and then, and I really dig VH1 Soul, which airs videos from artists like Jill Scott, Maxwell and Sade to old school hip hop and eighties R&B.

They also have a smattering of "urban" music, which is cool. But the other day, I was accosted by back to back, over-the top, salacious videos. There was Trey Songz with his headboard-banging sex video, Rihanna hyper-gyrating to "Rude Boy" (can you get it up!?!?!), and Usher singing "Lil Freak," where he's telling women they have to favor other women sexually if they want to get with him.

I almost had an adverse physical reaction from that much rawness. But I watched, thinking of my nearly 4-year-old daughter and wondering what kind of images she was going to face as a teen.

Unfortunately, it's already started. As we were driving last week, she saw a billboard that had a barely-clothed woman pulling up her shirt suggestively. "Ooowwee Mommy, she's showing her tummy," she screeched. "You're not supposed to show your tummy unless you are getting in the bathtub." I laughed outwardly and cried on the inside, simultaneously thankful that my baby knew what she was seeing was inappropriate and disturbed that I had to teach her that stuff as a toddler.

Of course I am not the only one who feels this way. This conversation has been reoccurring frequently since Salt-N-Pepa pop-locked to "Push It." (Funny, how tame that video seems now.) As editor of
Inside Spelman, Spelman College's on-line publication, I had the opportunity to edit a great article about a time when this issue boiled over.

In the piece,
Professor Tarshia Stanley reflects on how portrayals of black women have changed since Spelman students took on rapper Nelly in 2004, regarding his "Tip Drill" video. The students' protest spawned a national discussion about images of black women in the media.

There is still a lot to consider, whether you think negative images are the responsibility of the video dancers because they allow themselves to be objectified, or you feel that music companies and artists who exploit them are to blame. Maybe you believe viewers are at fault: if they didn't watch these images, they wouldn't be made.

All I can think, when I happen to see some girl bent over in a video showing everything her momma gave her, is, "Lord, that's somebody's child." And I hope and pray that everyone involved in the production of that video develops more respect for others and themselves.

So check out Prof. Stanley's article in
Inside Spelman, and let me know how far you think this conversation has come. Have images of black women in the media improved? Do we have more talking to do? More action to take?

Undaunted by the Fight: Six Years After Spelman Students Took On Nelly
by Prof. Tarshia Stanley, associate professor of English at Spelman College

I was sitting in a restaurant in Atlanta several years ago when a waiter approached me and instead of taking my order, asked me if I was the one who taught “Images of Women in the Media” at Spelman. I looked at the young man for a moment and responded, “The answer depends on what will happen to my food if I am.”

It turned out the waiter was an Atlanta University Center student and wanted to chat about my class. He’d had several friends at Spelman who’d taken my course and several others that deal with how women of color are represented by mass media. He said his Spelman friends were constantly challenging him on his music, his speech, and his overall behavior where women were concerned. I ended the conversation by asking him to challenge them right back.

I thought about the young man recently when my “Images” class had “bring-your-friends-to-class night,” when students are allowed to invite whomever they wish to have a dialogue about female representations. I was surprised that the class had nearly doubled in size for the visit. We had to find extra chairs, and everybody seemed really excited to have a mediated and safe space to continue their conversations.

I felt prepared to facilitate the discussion. After all, I have been at Spelman for a decade and there isn’t any subject that hasn’t come up in this class at some point. We were nearing the end of class, and I was feeling really pleased because of the level of intellectual discourse and engagement. I was about to chalk this class up to one of the best when a young person said something about it being “a shame the way y'all did Nelly.”

It had been six years since the moment when rapper Nelly canceled a bone marrow drive at Spelman because some students wanted to engage him in a dialogue about misogynistic rap music and videos. I should have been prepared, but the blood rushed to my head as I tried to control myself. All the panels and conferences I had attended with innumerable rappers justifying their treatment of Black women flashed before my eyes.

For the rest of the piece, please visit Undaunted by the Fight: Six Years After Spelman Students Took On Nelly

Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D., is the author of the forthcoming, “Mothering Our Daughters: Mediating the Messages," and founder of the annual Mothering Our Daughters conference held at Spelman College. The student-led conference invites mothers/mentors to bring girls ages 7 to 17 to campus to talk about the influence of the media on growth and self-esteem.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne: Thank You Momma!

Thank you Momma for taking me - at age 12 - to see Lena Horne in her one-woman show, "The Lady and Her Music." You knew, Momma, that it was important for me to see this amazing talent. I was blessed and in awe of her larger than life performance. Thank you Momma for instilling in me an appreciation of the arts nearly from birth. You are truly the best - Happy Day After Mothers Day!

Lena Horne after receiving a special Tony Award in 1981: "Sometimes you have to wait 50 years. Sometimes it comes in a year. But whenever it comes...I'm just so happy that I am getting all these flowers before I lose my teeth."

Below are some photos of Ms. Horne that struck me. I especially enjoyed the ones of her with the Tuskegee Airmen, at the March on Washington, with Stevie Wonder, and as Good Witch Glenda in The Wiz - probably my first introduction to this incomparable artist, who was so dedicated to her craft. Enjoy!

Upscale Mag Looking for ATL Women with Dreads for Photo Shoot

upscale Magazine is looking for women with dreadlocks to participate in an upcoming hair photo shoot. To be considered:

-Please email me an image of yourself and your current hairstyle. Include your name and age.
-You must be in the Atlanta metro area.
-You must be open to having your hair styled, which may include cut, color, treatments and design.

The deadline for responses is Wednesday, May 12. Only those chosen will be contacted! Thank you!

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Atlanta, Georgia 30310

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