The New York Racing Association, Inc.

  • Manager, Communications

    Job Locations US-NY-Ozone Park
    ID
    2018-1707
    Track
    Aqueduct Racetrack (only)
    Position Type
    Full-Time Regular
  • Job Overview

    To develop, implement and manage all racing-related communication activities; assist Director of Communications & Public Affairs in developing and managing NYRA communication plan activities to promote, enhance and protect the organization’s brand reputation, and oversee department personnel.

    Responsibilities

    • Serving as a primary NYRA spokesperson on racing themed media inquiries, and as a secondary NYRA spokesperson on all non racing themed media inquiries;
    • Serving as department point person in racing-related media initiatives and interactions, as well as arranging on and off-site press conferences and arranging television, radio and print interviews with racing stakeholders;
    • Overseeing day-to-day activities and workload of department’s Racing Communication Specialists, Media Specialist and Communications Coordinator;
    • Assigning, editing, and coordinating dissemination of racing-related press releases (advances, notes, recaps and features) related to all stakes races;
    • Managing post-race activities of department’s media specialists, including gathering and distribution of post-race quotes to on-site and off-site media and editing recaps.  When needed, writing race advances, recaps and contributing to notes packages;
    • Determining racing-themed communications staffing of major events;
    • Working with Director of Communications to develop and execute detailed communication plans for major event days;
    • Interfacing with media members, staff and racing stakeholders including racing department, owners, trainers and jockeys;
    • Working with Director of Communications and Communications Coordinator to coordinate media credentialing policy, implementation, and execution;
    • Supporting Director of Communications in developing and overseeing the department’s annual budget;
    • Ensuring that all communications are error-free, accurate, appropriately approved and consistent with NYRA’s mission statement;
    • Promoting a departmental culture of high performance, with a commitment to quality and integrity.

    Qualifications

    • Education (minimum): Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Experience: 7-10 years of experience as a journalist or as a media relations/ communications professional, preferably in thoroughbred racing.  Experience as a spokesperson required.
    • Extensive knowledge of thoroughbred horse racing.
    • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design, professional printing/publishing skills, including ability to present concepts verbally.
    • Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills.
    • Superior project management and time management skills.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign.
    • Availability to work a racing schedule, Wednesday-Sunday, which includes weekends and holidays, and to work on site at all three racetracks: Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course (travel stipend provided).

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