FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati

Community Relations Associate


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Posting Date

Oct 17, 2022

Role description

Job Title: Community Relations AssociateDepartment: Community Relations and FC Cincinnati FoundationReports to: Manager of Community Relations About FC Cincinnati:FC Cincinnati is a Major League Soccer team playing at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. Originally founded in 2015 by Lindner III and current president Jeff Berding, FCC began play in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016. The club won the 2018 USL Regular-Season Championship in record-setting fashion and earned postseason berths in all three of its USL seasons. In 2017, FC Cincinnati also advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a run that included victories over two MLS squads. FCC entered MLS as the 24th team in 2019. FC Cincinnati opened the clubs privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati in 2021 About TQL Stadium:TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America, but the world. Critically acclaimed firm Populous designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that is one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer. The closest seats are within 15 feet of the pitch at the $250 million, privately funded stadium. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. FC Cincinnati’s supporters’ section, The Bailey, has grown to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in TQL Stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field. The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coach’s office, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. TQL Stadium meets all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, and within the first year of the stadium’s completion has featured both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, including the USMNT’s FIFA World Cup Qualification match vs. Mexico. Position Summary:The Community Relations Associate will understand the importance of strong communication skills and adhering to tight deadlines. Creativity, hard work, positive attitude, strong attention to detail, dedication, and passion for the Cincinnati community are musts. This is a part-time (30 hours per week on average) position with roughly 50% of the time spent on FC Cincinnati Foundation (FCCF) programming and event implementation and roughly 50% coordinating in-bound community relations requests and FC Cincinnati appearances. The Community Relations Associate will work roughly 30 hours per week on a semi-regular schedule and should expect regular non-traditional hours on weeknights and weekends. Staff are expected to work FC Cincinnati home games. Primary Responsibilities:Coordinate and fulfill in-bound requests for donationsWork player and mascot staff appearances at events in the Greater Cincinnati areaParticipate, and in some cases, run FCCF soccer programming during gym classes and after school programsParticipate in Community Outreach opportunities creating more awareness for the FC Cincinnati brandIn partnership with staff, plan, execute, and follow up for all FC Cincinnati Foundation eventsAssist in implementation of FCC community relations and FCCF initiativesOther duties as assigned Skills, Education, Qualifications:Ability to develop and maintain relationships with key business partners, program participants, and donors by building personal credibility and solid trustGood knowledge of soccer and ability to instruct children participating in FCCF programmingExcellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills with adults and childrenAbility to self-motivate and self-direct; possess strong time management and organizational skillsCommunity-minded both internally, working well with a team, and externally in community programmingBachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or related field1+ year of experience in community relations, including internships, for a non-profit, professional, or collegiate team, or community/social responsibility role with a businessMust be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide verification of vaccination prior to start dateAbility to work outside of regular business hours including but not limited to weekends and holidays as required by the FCC game schedule, special events, and projectsFC Cincinnati is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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