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Marketing Coordinator / Go-Getter

Energetic, passionate and dedicated. Organized, detail-oriented and full of ideas. At the Observer Media Group, we want all of our employees to have these traits, but they’re especially important for this position.

We are seeking a dynamic individual who can provide excellent customer service internally and externally in our efforts to communicate our company’s story.

This means keeping track of our Observer advertising campaigns so the messaging and images are in line with our brand. It means working with our sponsorship partners to execute the details of our agreements to everyone’s satisfaction. It means coming up with great ideas on how we can leverage our sponsorships to give us the greatest exposure — and then doing the leg work to make them a reality. It also means setting up our displays at events to ensure attendees can’t miss our presence.

Your typical day could range from dressing up statues in St. Armands Circle to brainstorming new ad campaign ideas with our editors and advertising executives.

An essential skill is the ability to spin a lot of plates at once and do it with a smile. So is communicating — effectively relaying information to staffers in multiple departments to make sure they all have their to-dos and are making progress. Add in a zest for having fun and a creative flair for marketing, and we have our ideal candidate.

At the Observer Media Group, we are passionate about creating extraordinary local content and helping our partners prosper. Just as no news is too small for us, no idea is too big. We get jazzed about making things better, and we love working with others who feel the same way.

Duties of the job include, but are not limited to:

  •  Manage and support the sales team with marketing activities
  •  Assist with the development of marketing materials, sales collateral and in-house promotions
  •  Coordinate and manage all sponsorships/partnerships and any sponsor-related event
  •  Set up and coordinate events and exhibitions as required
  •  Prepare marketing materials for all print, digital, email and social channels
  •  Update and maintain the marketing department's documentation and databases
  •  Research market and sales trends and demographics
  •  Manage company events

Preferred qualifications include

  •  A degree in marketing (preferred but not essential)
  •  Sales experience (not essential but an advantage)
  •  Effective project management skills
  •  Sound understanding of marketing principles
  •  Strong copywriting skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas
  •  Computer proficient with Excel, email service providers. (Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus)
  •  Strong administration and organizational skills.
  •  Ability to work some nights and weekends when needed.

This job, based in our Sarasota, Fla., headquarters, is full-time with pay commensurate with experience. Full benefits included.

Observer Media Group (OMG) is a family-owned, Florida-based, media company that publishes nine newspapers, seven websites, two lifestyle magazines, multiple social media and video channels and mobile applications. For two years running, in 2012 and 2013, OMG was recognized by the Local Media Association for publishing the two best weekly newspapers in North America — the Longboat Observer and Sarasota Observer. And the Local Media Association in 2011 and 2012 recognized YourObserver.com for best design and best local news site, respectively. The company constantly strives for excellence.

The company is growing on all fronts and offers competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, full benefits and a dynamic work environment.

If this sounds like a perfect fit for your talents and ambitions, send your resume and a brief cover letter to Kathleen O’Hara at [email protected].


Page/graphic designer

The Observer is looking for a talented, enthusiastic full-time page designer to join our editorial department. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the print and newspaper industry and be knowledgeable in Adobe Creative Suite. Must be a self-starter who can work independently, but also enjoys being part of a young, energetic team and collaborating with reporters. The candidate should also have strong organizational skills, be able to work quickly and accurately under daily deadline pressure and be able to juggle multiple projects at once, all while injecting creativity into your designs.

Responsibilities
• Design all components of weekly newspapers, including Page A1, features, opinion and sports pages; designer is also responsible for numerous special sections a year
• Format and scan photos, including color corrections, resizing and touch-ups
• Assist editor in proofing and making corrections to pages
• Make/upload PDFs to the printer as needed; make sure daily deadlines for producing pages are met

Requirements
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
• Proficiency with Mac OS X operating systems
• A strong understanding of typography, photography and layout is imperative
• Experience with informational graphics and Illustrator a plus.
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Ability to meet deadlines; must work well and maintain composure under pressure

Interested? Email a resume, cover letter and 3-5 clips to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected]. No phone calls please. Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits are included.


Graphic Designer

Creative Services is currently seeking a graphic designer to work in its Sarasota location.

Designer will be responsible for creating ads for a variety of publications including print and online and support materials.

Ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, be able to meet deadlines and work well in a team environment. Experience in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat a must.

Please send cover letter, resume and five samples of recent work to Brooke Schultheis at [email protected].
 


Multimedia Advertising Sales

The #1 Weekly Newspaper in North America* is looking for a dynamic multimedia sales professional with the drive to succeed. The Observer Media Group (OMG) is a highly regarded, family-owned and operated multimedia publisher serving a premier target audience in Sarasota & Manatee County.

We are growing on all fronts and are looking for a self-starter with strong sales skills who is persuasive, energetic, focused and a relationship builder.

The ideal candidate will be:
· comfortable cold calling
· have good communication skills
· possess the ability to understand the marketing and advertising needs of a diverse range of businesses

You will sell our complete media offerings including print, digital and niche publications. Top candidates will have a proven track record of overcoming obstacles, achieving goals and engaging a diverse range of personalities.

We offer an excellent compensation plan ... The sky’s the limit ... the more successful you are, the more you’ll earn.

Benefits package include:
· 401K
· medical
· dental insurance
· life insurance

Send resume and cover letter to Jill Raleigh, Advertising Director, Observer Media Group, 1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236 or [email protected]


Advertising Sales Specialist

The Observer Media Group is seeking a Sales Specialist for our magazine division. In addition to required skills above, magazine experience is a plus. Responsibilities include overseeing all revenue, prospecting and selling new advertisers and creating new ideas and opportunities to grow the magazines.

Send resume and cover letter to Jill Raleigh, Advertising Director, Observer Media Group, 1970 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34326 or [email protected].


Front-End Developer

Observer Media Group is a digital marketing agency comprised of people who harness the power of digital to elevate businesses and help brands grow. Observer Media Group, a division of Observer Media Group, is focused on creating and executing digital marketing campaigns, designing and building websites, managing social-media platforms and running online promotions, sweepstakes and contests for its customers.

Observer Media Group is seeking a skilled front-end developer to join our growing team.

  •  Do you play well with others?
  •  Can you write markup in your sleep?
  •  Do you build responsive layouts?
  •  Can you mirror a design into a pixel-perfect responsive wordpress theme?
  •  Can you do the same in Drupal?
  •  Do you have JavaScript and jQuery skills?
  •  Do you know and use Sass?

The front-end developer will report to the Technology and Development Manager and work closely with the Interatctive Art Director and the Creative Services Department.

Observer Media Group (OMG) is a family-owned, Florida-based, media company that publishes nine newspapers, seven websites, two lifestyle magazines, multiple social media and video channels and mobile applications. For two years running, in 2012 and 2013, OMG was recognized by the Local Media Association for publishing the two best weekly newspapers in North America — the Longboat Observer and Sarasota Observer. And the Local Media Association in 2011 and 2012 recognized YourObserver.com for best design and best local news site, respectively. The company constantly strives for excellence.

The company is growing on all fronts and offers competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, full benefits and a dynamic work environment.

If you answered yes to all (or most) of the questions above, send cover letter, resume and links to live examples of your work online to Adam Quinlin, Technology and Development Manager, 1970 Main Street, Sarasota, Fla. or [email protected].