Director, Corporate Communications - Oklahoma City Thunder

  • National Basketball Association
  • Oklahoma City, OK, USA
  • Apr 09, 2018
Full time Executive Marketing Communications Public Relations

Job Description

Are you a community-centered public relations professional with a gift for artful and concise writing? Bring your strong writing skills, storytelling ability and management experience to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma City Blue as the Director, Corporate Communications.    Founded in 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder has established itself as an NBA franchise with strong fan, corporate and community support throughout our home state and around the globe. We are proud to be a part of a regional cultural renaissance and strive to focus on meaningful community leadership as an organization and as individual members of our community. By joining our team, you will be part of a first-class organization that values professionalism, mutual respect and kindness, as well as the talent you contribute.    As the department director, you will act as the ambassador of our brand for off-court business and community relations media and public relations efforts. You will play a key role in telling the story of the Thunder brand across local, regional and national media. One of your primary responsibilities will be to act as a gatekeeper to ensure cohesive and consistent corporate messaging that takes into account the needs of various internal stakeholders.    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Develop year-round positive media coverage strategy for management and overall business initiatives
  • Manage a team of full- and part-time employees who support communications initiatives including media outreach and monitoring, Thunder archives, game-day credentials and press release management
  • Write and disseminate media alerts and news releases to promote initiatives such as community events, business partnerships, ticketing information and other organizational messages, ensuring a cohesive voice the brand and culture
  • Understand cross-departmental needs and priorities including our over-arching commitment to guest experience and responsibilities to corporate sponsors 
  • Provide public relations assistance in crisis situations
  • Attend and cover community events at the arena and around the region
  • Work with publications director to manage and contribute to program and magazine
  • Work closely with other departments within the organization to initiate local, regional and national media coverage
  • Build strong working relationships with local media and community organizations 
  • Establish and maintain meaningful connectedness in the community, keeping a pulse on local trends, news and events of relevance 
  • Partner directly with the social media department to coordinate messaging and corporate public relations initiatives
  • Monitor social media mentions and national or international stories regarding the organization and decisively influence the organization's media presence and portrayal
  • Oversee quality control of publications and written materials across all departments of the business office
  • Interview and select department interns and influence their development during the internship experience
  • Develop and maintain the corporate speaker's bureau and respond to community requests for presenters
  • Maintain good attendance and punctuality
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required with emphasis in journalism or marketing preferred
  • Minimum five years of public relations experience
  • Deep understanding of how to tell the story of a brand across various media and social platforms
  • Knowledge of basketball required
  • Strong writing and editing skills with advanced knowledge of AP style
  • World-class interpersonal abilities including strong listening skills
  • Highly organized with strong time management and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Professional demeanor with the ability to lead by example and communicate effectively with internal and external partners
  • Self-motivated and driven, balanced with approachability as you work in a dynamic team environment
  • Ability to maintain a schedule that will include office hours as well as evenings, weekends and holiday and responding on short notice as needed
  • Primary work location will be the Chesapeake Energy Arena located in downtown Oklahoma City with some additional local and regional travel required

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Vice President, Broadcasting & Corporate Communications.    A generous benefits package will include excellent medical/dental/vision coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, employee ticket options, 401(k) with matching funds, gym membership subsidy, on-site yoga and more!     The Professional Basketball Club, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.