Overview

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; and The Chicago Theatre.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams –  the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.  Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

Role Summary

The Director of Communications for the New York Knicks will be responsible for day-to-day media activity for the team, its coaches and players. Works in conjunction with VP, Public Relations on all team communications. Oversees and implements communications with beat media, including press release writing and dissemination, media availabilities at practice and on-game days. Periodically travels with the team as the public relations representative, interacts with coaching staff, players and traveling print and broadcast media to ensure full compliance with media policies and requests. Directly responsible for production of team publications, including media guide, game program, training camp guide, post-season guide and game notes. Coordinates flow of information to team Web Site. Manages office staff daily and oversees the game night staff.

Specific Functions/Activities Summary

  • Lead publicity efforts for players, partners and events both on and off the court. This includes partnering with players to build professional brands
  • Create innovative content on Knicks social media platforms to gain positive publicity for organization. In partnership with digital team, oversee team web site content to ensure alignment with brand messaging
  • Establish relationships with celebrities, lifestyle media, influencers and editors to help drive team message
  • Lead communications efforts and facilitate player involvement for Garden of Dreams and community events
  • Build relationships with player agents and representatives communicates team information to beat, local and national media outlets on a daily basis, as well as various media interview requests
  • Periodically travel with team as primary public relations representatives
  • Facilitates execution of press conferences and major announcements, and produces all team news releases and media advisories, and media requests for players and coaching staff at practices, game days, on the road
  • Leads production of all team publications, including media guide, game magazine, yearbook, CD –ROM, training camp guide and post season guide
  • Oversee outreach for celebrity pickup in lifestyle magazines and on social media platforms
  • Lead all team photography and facilitate photo opportunities at press conferences and major events
  • Educate players and front office on social media and the ever-changing media landscape, prepare players, coaches and management for media at practices and games
  • Serve as liaison between players, media and management for special events and community appearances
  • Supervise Student Associate and Game Night Staff
  • Travel required to (but not limited to) the following – team home and occasional road games

Qualifications

  • 7 – 10 years working in public relations and communication efforts for a public relations agency, professional sports team and/or high-profile brands, including traditional and social media experience and crisis management
  • Experienced writer who can develop and execute PR and publicity plans
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, journalism, or a related field
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment, servicing diverse groups, shifting priorities, multi-faceted projects
  • Proven experience on balancing short-term objectives and long-term vision and can work simultaneously to deliver both
  • Experience within the professional sports industry regarding rules, requirements and policies preferred
  • Passion for professional sports and athletics, understanding of the “in season” schedule of team and time commitment of the professional sports world

Education

Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

EEO Statement

At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.

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