Community Relations Manager

  • National Basketball Association
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Aug 31, 2019
Full time Communications Public Relations Sports

Job Description

The Chicago Bulls have a strong history of giving back to the community by contributing time, materials, resources and financial donations to organizations that share the team’s commitment to youth education, youth health and wellness, violence prevention, and military and first-responder support. Our Community Relations team supports these efforts year-round, and we are currently seeking a highly motivated and collaborative person to join us as a Community Relations Manager. We are seeking an emerging leader who is passionate about service, highly-organized, and able to both plan and execute against important projects. 

In this role, you will have day-to-day responsibility for managing the team’s community partner relationships. You will help the organization build, maintain and expand long-lasting relationships with partners, identify opportunities for new partnerships, and serve as an in-house resource to colleagues about Bulls community partners. You will also be part of the CR team that collaborates with other departments across the organization to develop cross-disciplinary programs, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to the community outreach goals of the team, NBA, and corporate and civic partners. 

Key responsibilities:
  • Manage and serve as the organization’s primary contact for community partners
  • Develop a comprehensive profile of each partner, including goals, capabilities and history with Bulls
  • Streamline communications and planning with community partners
  • Collaborate with other departments across the organization to identify opportunities for key partnerships to grow and continuously improve the partners’ experience and impact
  • Work with cross-functional teams to help build and lead community program implementation
  • Track programs and develop and implement a process to measure engagement and impact associated with each partnership
Additional responsibilities:
  • Support various Chicago Bulls community outreach initiatives
  • Support player relationship management
  • Support Chicago Bulls Charities fundraising events
  • Support CR game day activations
  • Support CR department administrative activities
  • Represent organization at events
  • Manage 1-2 full time staff
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of prior full-time work experience in non-profit, business, entertainment and/or sports sectors
  • Ability to develop positive relationships internally and operate in a manner that reflects the Bulls’ collaborative-based culture
  • Strong organizational skills, creativity and a proven work ethic
  • Positive relationship building skills and ability to thrive within a rapidly changing environment
  • Experience developing and implementing community-focused initiatives
  • Experience developing and implementing processes to track and measure program impact
  • Ability to communicate articulately and confidently both verbally and in writing with individuals at every level of the organization
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles and build solutions in a timely manner
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to lead meetings and prioritize
  • Great teammate with positive energy
  • Strong and engaging written and verbal communication style with ability to present ideas clearly and concisely
  • Working knowledge of the Chicago non-profit community a plus
  • Previous management experience of full-time staff preferred
  • Must be able to work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends
We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.