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Manager, Communications

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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