The Director, Communications manages and drives public relations activities for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing. The Director leads all aspects of communications on MLS Competition, MLS Player Engagement, and MLS Safety and Operations matters. The individual in this role also creates and drives strategic communications plans, supports functional areas of MLS and SUM, and works closely with MLS clubs on communications strategy.
Strategic writer and editor who shapes public perception of the organization while upholding its values and integrity
Generate earned media coverage through the use of:
Creative feature ideas
Engagement with media outlets and editorial decision makers
Writing and editing duties to include, but not limited to: feature idea pitches, press releases, reference materials, executive speeches, quote drafts, select internal and external written communications, presentation decks, and multimedia projects.
Serve as a Communications liaison to the following groups: MLS Competition, MLS Player Engagement, MLS Security, and MLS Operations.
Serve as MLS Communications liaison to the Eastern Conference MLS clubs
Respond to media inquiries in a timely manner, providing background information, facilitating interviews and serving as a company spokesperson on select topics as necessary
Live monitoring of MLS games and related internal and external communications
Support League executives with interview preparation, message points, and strategic messaging
Manage editorial relationships with select national media partners
Work closely with MLS clubs to support their communications strategies
Manage Communications relationship with pertinent media associations
Accomplish team results by communicating job expectations and managing the Performance Management process:
Plan, monitor, and review performance;
Coach and counsel employees;
Develop and implement department procedures and productivity standards and reinforce Company policies
Serve as the supervisor and mentor for the Sr. Coordinator, Communications
Developing personal growth opportunities for employees
Build and foster collaborative relationships within MLS Communications and other departments within the organization to stay informed and informed of new initiatives, program and other organization wide events
Attend industry events and trade conferences to remain current with industry changes
Additional responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in public relations, marketing, sports administration or related field
8+ years of proven experience in public relations\communications, or marketing
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing
High-level of commitment to a quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity and compliance
Ability to manage people/projects, delegate responsibility and provide follow-through on multiple projects
Ability to think strategically and creatively to effectively manage projects
Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
Detail-oriented with the ability to deliver professional work.
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills using sound judgment
Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Proficiency in social media platforms
Ability to travel and to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays
Knowledge of the sport of soccer
Starting Base Salary: $110,000 – $130,000. MLS/SUM base salaries are contingent upon several factors including individual qualifications, market financials, and operational business needs.
We are committed to providing a Total Rewards package that attracts, supports, engages, and retains talent through the following:
Benefits – comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a suite of programs to promote well-being including a $500 Wellness Reimbursement. A generous PTO offering, and hybrid Office/Remote Work Schedule are also offered to promote Work-Life balance.
Career & Professional Development – on the job training, feedback, and on-going educational opportunities to continue your personal and professional development.
Employee Engagement – office perks, discounts and employee events that go “beyond the traditional paycheck” to make you feel a part of our team and inspire you to elevate the Game.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.