Manager, Communications

  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 12 Oct, 2021
Full time Communications & PR Leadership & Management

Job Description

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is an MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. LAFC is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivaled experience for fans. LAFC’s ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise, and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology and media. LAFC is invested in the world’s game and Los Angeles, constructing, and developing the 22,000 seat Banc of California Stadium and a top-flight training center on the campus of Cal-State Los Angeles.
The Manager, Communications is responsible for creating, maintaining, and executing public relations and media related activities for LAFC and our Stadium. 
  • Develop strategies that generate fan interest and engagement in LAFC and the stadium. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all media members.
  • Strategic writer and editor who can manage press releases, game notes and statistical packages.
  • Manage the development of proactive publicity via the following:
o   Create and pitch feature ideas to national and international sports media.  
o   Help in the development of consistent and successful messaging throughout all communications and digital platforms.
  • Support LAFC coaches, players and executives with interview preparation, message points, and strategic messaging. 
  • Coordinate interview requests for players, coaches, and front office staff.
  • Respond to media inquiries in a timely manner, providing background information and facilitating interviews.
  • Support in the management of editorial relationships with team broadcast partners.
  • Work closely with MLS League office on communications strategy.
  • Manage media operations for MLS games and non-MLS related events that take place at the stadium. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Management. 
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College/University in public relations, communications, marketing, or related field required
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a Coordinator or Manager of Communications or related position required, with a professional sports team and/or live entertainment preferred. 
  • Strong understanding of current patterns and trends in PR, digital and social media.
  • Outstanding communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in English – both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced media environment and make quick decisions using sound judgment.
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively, and in an effective manner while managing multiple issues and projects.
  • Excellent public speaking and polished presentation skills – including ability to be interviewed by the media successfully.
  • Proven track record to establish effective working relationships with a variety of media and community contacts (such as newspapers, TV, radio, social media, etc.).
  • Individual must be detail-oriented and a self-starter.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and identify opportunities to build\protect the LAFC brand.
  • Flexible work schedule with the ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required.
  • Must have a valid passport and be able to travel with the team as needed. 
  • Knowledge of Major League Soccer is a plus. 
LAFC participates in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. Your answers will be kept confidential and will not impact your employment opportunity. The questionnaire takes less than three minutes to complete. You will receive a code at the end and will be asked to enter your questionnaire code during the application process.
LAFC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. 
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 
LAFC recruitment policies are designed to place the most highly qualified persons available in a timely and efficient manner. LAFC may pursue all avenues available, including promotion from within, employee referrals, outside advertising, employment agencies, Internet recruiting, job fairs, college recruiting and search firms. 
Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization, which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.