Thursday, July 29, 2010

Temp PR job

From city of Glendale:

Public Relations Specialist - Temporary - Marketing Department

SALARY: $26.44 - $27.88 per hour DOQ
Open Competitive
OPENING DATE: July 26, 2010
August 6, 2010 at 5 p.m.

NOTE: This position is temporary, full-time at 40 hours per-week and does not include benefits.


  • Works with and advises the city’s executive team – Mayor/Council, City Manager and Deputy City Managers regarding strategies related to the dissemination of official city information (particularly on sensitive matters) to various publics: news media, citizens, employees, businesses and other customers.
  • Participates in the development of comprehensive strategies and approaches for marketing Glendale locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Assesses multiple city departmental marketing needs and conceptualizes, develops, implements and manages strategic communications campaigns and projects that reach, inform and involve citizens at large and/or targeted audiences.
  • Plans, develops, writes and manages production of multiple city departmental newsletters, brochures, flyers and other materials prepared for both internal and external audiences.
  • Develops, implements and manages citywide special events and tourism programs, including supervision of staff and budgets.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and analysis of market research related to the value and effectiveness of city services and programs.
  • Writes and produces cable television programs and training and promotional videos for target markets.
  • Researches and writes news releases, regional and national awards applications and articles for professional journals and publications on behalf of the Mayor/Council and city management.
  • Participates in establishing public relations goals and objectives for client departments, including the production of posters, brochures, flyers and other materials prepared for both internal and external audiences.
  • Serves as liaison to the media in handling inquiries, writing news releases and pro-actively “pitching” stories.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with the news media
  • Writes monthly citizen and employee newsletter.
  • Assists the Marketing/Communications Manager in crisis communications and issues management.
  • Assists the Marketing/Communications Manager is developing and implementing marketing campaigns for city services and programs (writing brochures, etc),
  • Assists the Marketing/Communications Manager in developing and implementing large projects and campaigns, and in providing communications services to city departments, the City Manager’s Office and the Mayor and Council.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, public relations or a related field and four years experience in marketing or public relations. Preference will be given to candidates with previous government experience. Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, is qualifying.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires a valid Arizona driver’s license upon hire.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be screened for the minimum qualifications and special requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and special requirements will be placed on an eligibility list. Eligibility lists are active for up to six months. Human Resources reserves the right to terminate or extend the life of an eligibility list at any time. The hiring department will contact those candidates they wish to test and/or interview. DURING THE SELECTION PROCESS, ANY APPLICANT REQUIRING ACCOMMODATION FOR A DISABILITY SHOULD ADVISE THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT.

All candidates are subject to an extensive background check, including but not limited to, Department of Public Safety and FBI background investigations. Applicants must be truthful and accurate and avoid providing inconsistent information, incorrect dates, partial or incomplete information when completing the application and any supplemental forms. Falsifying or omitting information during any stage of the selection process, may make you ineligible for consideration or continued City employment.

PREFERENCE POINTS: If you are eligible for Employment Preference Points under Arizona Revised Statute 38-492, please complete an Employment Preference Point Form, available in Human Resources, and submit with your application.


Employment Documents

Monday, July 26, 2010

3 job openings at The Arizona Republic

I don't know if all of these are open to outside candidates, but it certainly can't hurt to try if you're interested. They look like meaty beats for dedicated news hounds.

Remember, e-mails are

Lily Leung is leaving The Republic after three years in the Arrowhead newsroom to work on the newly formed watchdog team at the San Diego Union Tribune. Lily covered Surprise public safety and most recently,Surprise City Hall, making watchdog coverage her hallmark for the Surprise Republic, The Arizona Republic and An inaugural member of the watchdog committee, Lily also tweets and blogs daily for SurpriseInsider, a must-read for breaking news about the city and politics. Please wish Lily well in her new endeavors. Her last day with us is Aug. 4.

If you’re interested in the Surprise City Hall opening, we’re looking for a reporter with strong watchdog, enterprise and storytelling skills. Surprise has grown from 10,000 to more than 100,000 residents in little more than a decade. That rapid growth has led to issues tantalizing to journalists: a fired city manager, a police chief on leave, and two major financial missteps. The City Hall reporter must show initiative in building sources and aggressively pursue public records to get beneath the surface of meeting coverage and official public statements. The ability to report and write breaking news and enterprise for the Surprise Republic, azcentral, Valley & State and Page One is critical. You must be willing to blog daily and tweet regularly. Multimedia training will be provided. This position reports to West Valley Community Editor Venita James.

We also are adding another reporter to our Maricopa County team. We’re looking for an aggressive reporter with demonstrated ability to quickly turn sophisticated enterprise and explanatory pieces. This journalist will help cover the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the dozens of departments within the county. The reporter will work closely with county investigative reporter Yvonne Wingett to develop this beat. This reporter will be responsible for coverage areas important to the county, which may include the budget, health, environmental services, homeless issues, parks, animal control, property taxes and elections. This reporter must be able to multitask. He or she will have to juggle long-range stories with breaking news, and write for multiple platforms – Page One and Valley & State,, our political blog and Twitter and Facebook. The reporter must be a team player, willing to work closely with other reporters who cover Maricopa County, the Sheriff's Office and the County Attorney's Office. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who has a proven track record of excellent beat management and source development, demonstrated a devotion to watchdog journalism and displayed strong writing skills. Previous experience covering state or local government is a plus. Maricopa County, the fourth-largest county in the United States based on population, has about 13,000 employees. This position reports to State and County Editor Christina Leonard.

In addition, we are going to add a Phoenix public safety position. This is more than a police beat, though the primary agencies being covered are Phoenix police and fire departments. The job entails covering major crimes, fires, disasters in Phoenix for the Metro desk, but also identifying and writing about important crime and public safety trends in Phoenix, examining public policy developments that affect public safety, probing administrative and bureaucratic problems within the public-safety agencies, keeping a finger on the pulse of city residents as it relates to crime and public safety concerns, and working closely with public safety reporters in the community newsrooms on stories with Valleywide implications. A key requirement for this position is the ability to write big-picture stories quickly and succinctly and a nose for watchdog coverage. Experience doing data-driven analysis is a plus. This position reports to Metro night editor Vinton Supplee. Hours will be roughly 10 am - 6 pm M-F.

If you’re interested in any of these positions, notify Local News Center Director Cherrill Crosby by the end of day, Monday, Aug. 2, with links to no more than eight of your best stories in the past two years and a letter explaining why you should be considered and what you would bring to the job.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ASU Art Museum PR opening


Tempe, AZ


SEARCH Job ID number: 24722

Posted Rate of Pay: $32,000 - $34,000 per year; DOE

Duties and Responsibilities

The ASU Art Museum is offering an exciting and dynamic position for an innovative and highly talented individual working in marketing and publicity at the ASU Art Museum. The Specialist will work to publicize and market our exhibitions and programs to broad audiences on and off campus, and to brand the Museum's identity in the media for more effective local and national recognition. Job responsibilities will include submitting ongoing, free listings in local and national publications; writing, editing and distributing all press and marketing materials; overseeing the website and social networking sites, and pursuing new approaches in this area; cultivating strong relationships with both local and national arts writers and devising innovative story ideas to pitch to art reporters; copy editing publications and reviewing publication design. The Specialist is the only dedicated staff at the Museum for press and marketing activities, but has the opportunity to hire a work study student and mentor interns. The Specialist will also work closely with the communications staff in the Institute and University. The Specialist will be an integral part of the Museum's team to build a vital gathering place for campus and community audiences around art and ideas.

DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM, to include some weekends and evenings.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and three (3) years of related experience; OR, Seven (7) years of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in: A high level of proficiency in writing (grammar, editing and proofreading) including writing for the web, business correspondence, feature articles and news/PR writing; handling multiple tasks and meeting deadlines. Experience working in a team environment; using effective verbal and written communication skills; employing strong organizational skills; attention to detail; cold calling experience. Bilingual fluent Spanish/English.

Department Statement/Gen Info

The Arizona State University Art Museum is a unit of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts and supports the educational goals of the College and University while being a significant cultural resource for the State. The Museum is a leader in the state in presenting contemporary art exhibitions in all media by emerging and established artists from Arizona and the world. We bring outstanding contemporary exhibitions which receive national and international attention to Phoenix and present them in innovative ways for our ASU students and Museum visitors. The ASU Art Museum is a gathering place for people to interact, explore an artist's vision and process, and to discuss our contemporary world.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Standard Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 67,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Close Date

July 29, 2010

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 11:59pm Arizona time on the day indicated.

Complete the required information and attach a single document, which includes: a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. Resume should include all employment in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. If you need assistance applying for this job, please contact our customer service center at 480-965-2701.


SEARCH Job ID number: 24722

ASU does not pay candidates for travel expenses associated with interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.

Arizona State University Art Museum

Mill Avenue @ 10th Street

Tempe, AZ 85287-2911


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Please help the animals

We interrupt the normal content of this blog to bring you an important announcement from one of my - ahem - pet charities, Arizona Animal Welfare League. As some of you know, I am a steadfast supporter of this organization and like to help in any way I can. Unfortunately, my erratic travel schedule prevents me from taking in foster animals, so if any of you can please help, I would consider it a personal favor. Thank you, and read on...


As you may know, AAWL & SPCA is the only shelter in the Valley that treats cats and kittens with ringworm. We currently have almost 50 cats/kittens in private homes being cared for by foster families until they recover. Those foster homes have reached capacity ---WE ARE FULL!! It typically takes a cat only 4-6 weeks to heal from this condition in a stress-free environment, such as a private home. It takes much, much longer in a shelter environment. That's why we need your help so desperately.

How Can You Help? If you have an extra guest room, bathroom, laundry room, cooled garage you can help! We will give you everything you need: medicine, food, litter, litter pans, bowls . . . whatever you need so it will not cost you a dime. All that we need is your space and compassion for a few weeks until the cats/kittens are cured. Although unlikely, if your pet(s) come down with ringworm, we will give you medicine to treat them. Even taking one cat or a litter of kittens would be a GREAT help and would save lives.

What is Ringworm? Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round "worm like" lesion seen on human skin that is infected. It is not a worm! It is a minor fungus that can infect the skin of animals and humans. How Does it Spread? Ringworm is spread by contact with infected animals, from objects that the infected animal uses, such as bedding, brushes or grooming equipment. Not every animal or human who touches infected animals or objects will become infected. There are precautions that can be taken to avoid infection such as hand washing and cleaning protocols.

What happens if I do get Ringworm? Nothing. Ringworm can easily be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and it's really not a big deal at al

Who Do I contact if I can Help? If you can help, THANK YOU - you are directly saving a life.
Contact: Amber Durand 602-273-6852 Extension 120 or