Communications & PR
ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Philadelphia was awarded the 16th Major League Soccer franchise in February, 2008 and the team was officially announced as the Philadelphia Union in May, 2009. Owned and operated by Union Sports and Entertainment (USE), the group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season in 2010 and opened what is now Subaru Park in June, 2010. Subaru Park is an 18,500 seat, world-class soccer specific stadium that sits beautifully along the Delaware River at the base of the Commodore Barry Bridge and is only 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia.
The club has reached the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2018, and has appeared in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2011, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2020, the Union were awarded the club’s first Supporters’ Shield after finishing with the best regular season record in MLS.
The Philadelphia Union is part of parent company Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC, which also operates Philadelphia Union II, the Philadelphia Union Academy, Philadelphia Union Foundation, and Philadelphia Union Youth Programs. With a commitment to developing talent from the Delaware Valley, the Union has signed nine local players from their academy to a first team contract.
ABOUT THIS ROLE
The Communications Coordinator is a member of the public relations and communications department, with primary responsibilities focused on game-day press operations, media relations and pitching, drafting press materials, and administrative duties supporting the communications/public relations department. The position will report to Senior Manager, PR/Communications under supervision of VP, Marketing and Communications.
First Team Game Day responsibilities:
Oversee production and upkeep of press box on game days, club Media Guide, match-day Media Game Notes, post-game recaps, broadcast notes, and internal database.
Assist with game day player, coach, and media relations operations including postgame press conferences and player interviews, credential set-up and post-game quotes.
Track and update website pages with player and team bios, statistics, milestones, etc.
First Team Non-game day responsibilities:
Create daily press clippings reports.
Responsible for media outreach and pitching on a regular basis. Cultivate relationships with mainstream media in the Philadelphia market.
Assist in coordination of player/coach interviews under guidance of Senior Manager, PR/Communications.
Produce and disseminate club press releases.
Work in concert with club management to coordinate and support all appearances by technical staff and players in the community and sponsor-related fulfillment.
*Must be able to staff player appearances and organization events which may fall on nights or weekends*
Other Areas of Support within the Organization
Organization and Community Events
Union II & Union Academy
Social Media and Digital
1-3 years public relations and/or communications experience. Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or related field.
Skillful writer who can work under deadline pressure in a fast-paced environment with proficient knowledge of AP Style.
Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of MLS and soccer.
Self-starter with the ability to work independently
High-energy, aggressive, competitive, and confident individual with an outgoing personality.
Ability to work full time during the week and all match-days.
*Potential for occasional travel with team to away matches*
This position requires the following background clearances:
PA Child Abuse History clearance
PA State Police Criminal Records Check
An FBI Criminal Background Check if you have not been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for 10 years.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision, Rx and dental coverage, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, Life Insurance, Disability, merchandise discount, 24/7 Fitness Center, on-site café, and much more!
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.