This is the view from the Wrigley Field press box. It is, and I’m speaking from experience here as this picture comes from my personal archives, one of the best views in all of professional sports.
It can also be your office if you’re lucky.
The Cubs are hiring a Social Media and Public Relations Assistant to help craft a favorable image of the team with the general public as well as the media. The team already has one of the more social media-savvy staffs in place tweeting from @cubs, so you’d be joining an established department staffed by people who know what they’re doing.
So what exactly is it going to take for you to be on the same payroll as Theo Epstein?
From the team’s official site:
• Undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism, marketing or communications-related field, or equivalent-related work experience.
• Superb writing and editing skills are required, including proficient knowledge of AP Style. Candidates should have experience messaging for social media content, writing press releases, media alerts and web copy.
• Must show solid judgment and have proficient professional experience with social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, blogs and mobile applications.
• Prior full-time experience or multiple internships working in social media, public relations or marketing. Sports-related experience is preferred.
• Must show an understanding of the organization’s history, current roster and initiatives, baseball history and statistics.
• Possess an understanding of media’s daily responsibilities and show an ability to work productively with media, fans and internal departments.
• Possess excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Show keen attention to detail.
• Display ability to operate effectively in a self-motivated environment.
• This position will require non-standard business hours.
Non-standard business hours are no exaggeration, by the way. For as anyone who has ever spent a day working in professional sports can tell you, say goodbye to your nights and weekends during the season.
That being said, if you’ve got the chops, by all means go for it. And make sure you thank us in your acceptance speech. The view from the press box alone that you’ll be enjoying day in and day out is well worth it.