Professional Jobs in Baton Rouge

Communications Coordinator, Louisiana Farm to School/Institution Program 

Location

LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, Julian Miller Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Description 

The Extension Associate will report administratively to PI for the Louisiana Farm to School Program and work collaboratively with the Farm to School team. The successful candidate will coordinate and support the communications efforts of the Louisiana Farm to School/Institution Program.

Responsibilities

  • written communication
  • social media 
  • website development 
  • graphic design 
  • photography/videography 

Qualification Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field. The applicant must demonstrate effective organization, administration and interpersonal communication, as well as networking skills. The candidate must exhibit superior project management and time management skills. Ability to set priorities, and to work on multiple projects with and through others is essential as well as the ability to function with minimal supervision. Must exhibit initiative and resourcefulness, and work cooperatively in a positive team environment. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend meetings and events statewide.

Salary and Benefits 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave. 

Application Deadline

March 23, 2020 or until suitable candidate is located.

Application Procedure

Must apply online here (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Carl Motsenbocker, PhD
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences 104 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
Email: CMotsenbocker@agcenter.lsu.edu Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

Job Posted 3/10/20 

Communications Associate, Center for Planning Excellence

CPEX is a statewide non-profit planning organization located in Baton Rouge with a mission to bring people, culture, and planning together for community improvements. We champion the power of good planning to build livable, resilient communities throughout Louisiana, working as policy advocates, educators, and planning experts.

The communications associate will help create and distribute multimedia content that elevates CPEX’s brand and expertise, advances our mission, increases our media presence and produces thoughtful, engaging content for a variety of audiences and platforms. These will include educational events, staff presentations and appearances, public meetings, workshops, member and partner relations, advocacy, and on-the-ground planning and implementation projects.

Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to draft quality content in a timely manner 
  • Ability to craft messages that appeal to a variety of target audiences
  • Ability to build relationships with traditional media, pitch stories, and secure coverage
  • Prompt response to communication needs as they arise
  • Collaboration with others within and outside CPEX to create and refine content
  • Creativity and willingness to explore new approaches
  • Confidence to use, or learn to use, data and analytics to monitor and improve effectiveness
  • Flexibility, independence and ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment
  • Ability to accept feedback and integrate it into future work
  • A positive, can-do attitude and enthusiasm for continual learning about CPEX’s various lines of work and the issues that are relevant to that work
  • Genuine care for Louisiana communities and their diverse residents 

Responsibilities

  • Guided by the organization’s Strategic (Communication) Plan, the communications associate’s work includes,but is not limited to:
    • Drafting media releases, talking points, speeches, presentations, one-pagers and other external communication material
    • Development and distribution of content for social media, newsletter subscribers, and CPEX members
    • Creation and management of marketing materials and campaigns
    • Building relationships with traditional media and pitching stories
    • Working with traditional and non-traditional media to expand the reach of CPEX’s messages and expertise
    • Brainstorming with program staff to develop communications strategies and tactics that support CPEX’s projects and brand
    • Maintaining and updating the CPEX website
    • Planning and executing communications to support CPEX events -- especially the annual Smart Growth Summit.

To apply

  • CPEX offers its full-time employees a competitive benefits package. Salary is negotiable, and the position will remain open until filled.
  • Send resume or curriculum vitae along with a cover letter and a short writing sample (1-2 pages) to kkeating@cpex.org. Candidates being considered for an interview will be asked to complete a short assignment in advance of the interview. CPEX aims to hire the Communications Associate by mid-April 2020 but the position will remain open until filled.

 Job posted 3/6/20 

Director of Communications, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

The Director of Communications position within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor is located in the Capital Annex Building in Baton Rouge, LA. Some travel and flexibility in work schedule will be required, including some nights and weekends.

Application Process

To apply for this vacancy, submit your resume to Julie Chapman with the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism at jchapman@crt.la.gov. This job closes on February 28 at 5 p.m.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in communication, mass communication, marketing, journalism, public relations, public affairs or related fields. A combination of experience and education that clearly demonstrates comparable knowledge, skills and abilities may be suitable.
  • Five to ten years in a management or leadership role or capacity.
  • Seven to ten years of experience in communication, public relations, and/or in the research, written preparation and dissemination of information to the public or on behalf of an organization to its customers.
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational and management skills that apply to all levels of a public or private sector organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience managing a team or several departments within an agency or organization, particularly in the public sector or a related industry or sector.
  • Master’s degree with an emphasis in communication, marketing, journalism or a related field and four years of professional communication, marketing, journalism or related experience.
  • General enthusiasm and passion for Louisiana’s culture, economy, industry and success.

Function of Work

  • The Communications Director is responsible for the development, implementation and continued oversight of the overarching strategy for all internal and external communication on behalf of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and all its departments, as well as serving as the primary spokesperson for the agency.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in communication, public relations and crisis communication, exhibit exceptional management and leadership skills, and perform duties with a high degree of independent judgment and initiative in determining the approach and action to take regarding all aspects of communication.

Key Competencies

  • Create or oversee the development of written, verbal and digital communications on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor, as appropriate and per his direction or his designee, including presentations, speeches, talking points, media advisories and press releases.
  • Create and pursue TV, radio, media and appearance opportunities statewide on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
  • Conceptualize and drive communication strategy for the agency and departments.
  • Develop strategic messaging and crisis communication within strenuous time frames for presentation to varied groups or for individual briefings.
  • Receive, process and communicate using professional expertise and discernment to make strategic decisions that protect and positively represent the Lieutenant Governor’s best interest and agency’s reputation.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of a team of numerous communication professionals spanning multiple departments and agencies.
  • Collaborate with communication professionals from other state agencies to develop and implement communication strategies and messaging.
  • Accompany the Lieutenant Governor as a staff member and spokesperson for speaking engagements and functions throughout the state, as necessary.
  • Represent the Lieutenant Governor as his designee or spokesperson at public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic events throughout the state when he is unable to attend.
  • Articulate questions and issues and propose solutions shared by constituents and respond as directed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee all media relations and public relations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
  • Develop and refine overarching agency communication strategy as necessary, including setting strategic goals for communication and monitoring ongoing progress toward these goals.
  • Initiate and cultivate relationships with all members of the press throughout the state.
  • Draft press releases and media advisories for the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
  • Coordinate interviews and press for the Lieutenant Governor across all communication mediums.
  • Develop and implement communication strategies to maximize the impact, reach and benefit of public events and speaking engagements, including through social media and other digital platforms.
  • Create, edit and provide guidance and oversight in content and message development for groups, by purpose and function or event, that the Lieutenant Governor or his representative attends.
  • Draft speeches and talking points for media interviews.
  • Research topics and remain informed on current events to execute timely press releases, speeches and talking points.
  • Collaborate and guide use of various forms of visual and audio aid.
  • Print, publish or present information in various formats.
  • Meet and speak with persons or organizations sponsoring events, including constituents and attendees
  • Take notes on audience response and questions; analyze how messages could be more effective and implement into the Lieutenant Governor’s Office’s ongoing communication strategy.

Job posted 2/26/20

Technical Media Director, WAFB Channel 9

 WAFB is seeking a Technical Media Director.  This position combines a traditional master control operator position with a newscast director position.  The ideal candidate will have experience in either newscast directing, master control operations or studio production.

General Responsibilities

  • Flexibility in scheduling, to respond to the changing news landscape
  • Ability to successfully complete the TMP training process
  • Availability to work weekends and holidays if needed
  • Good work ethic and strong people skills
  • Ability to be a team player and must always maintain a professional attitude
  • Experience with ENPS editing software is a big plus
  • Valid Driver’s License with good driving record  
  • Employment is contingent
     

Requirements

Prior experience preferred but not required.

To apply 

Please apply online and attach resume. 

Job Posted 2/7/20    

Louisiana Weekend Producer, WAFB Channel 9

WAFB Channel 9, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is looking for a creative storyteller to help expand its rapidly growing broadcast and digital media presence.  They need to be comfortable both on-camera and behind the scenes.  The ideal candidate will be quick-thinking, creative and multi-talented with the ability to produce multiple pieces weekly; splitting their time between writing, producing, shooting, and editing content that engages and produces results across multiple platforms.

General Responsibilities 

  • Louisiana Weekend producer demands direct knowledge of all aspects of video production to independently create top-quality multi-platform content.  Energetic, a strategic thinker and highly motivated self-starter that will work independently or with a team of producers to produce a variety of creative assets for our broadcast and digital assets.  The ideal candidate will also work with the sales team to develop new revenue opportunities for our expanding broadcast and digital properties.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising, Film/Video, Communication, Reporting/Journalism, or other related field preferred. 
  • Must provide creative reel demonstrating advanced knowledge of video production, especially Adobe Premiere and DSLR cinematography. 
  • Knowledge of Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat, plus audience engagement and management tools for digital publishing is required. 
  • Experience with google analytics is a plus. On-camera experience preferred. 
  • Evenings and some weekends may be required.

To apply 

Please apply online. 

Job Posted 2/5/20          

Account Executive, Nexstar Media Group

The Sales Account Executive generates advertising revenue by calling on established agencies, cold-calling new prospects and convincing potential clients of the merits of television advertising.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implements strategies to grow revenue and exceed revenue goals.
  • Establishes credible relationships with local business community.
  • Makes sales calls on existing and prospective clients.
  • Maintains assigned accounts and develops new accounts.
  • Prepares and delivers sales presentations to clients.
  • Explains to customers how specific types of advertising will help promote their products or services in the most effective way possible.
  • Provides clients with information regarding rates for advertising placement in all media.
  • Develops advertising schedules with clients and station personnel responsible for placing advertising into station media.
  • Works with clients and station personnel to develop advertisements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising or Mass Communication, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education- and work-related experience.
  • Minimum one year’s experience in sales, preferably in the media field.
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Experience achieving long-range objectives and implementing the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines and other office equipment.
  • If you like growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Apply online. 

Job Posted 1/31/20

Associate Producer, WAFB - TV

WAFB-TV is looking for an Associate Producer to join Louisiana’s number one news team. The ideal candidate shows solid news judgement and the ability to write and edit video. This exciting position is on our station’s top-rated morning newscast. This position is a great place to get the training to move into a full-time producing position at the station.

General Responsibilities

  • Ability to edit video and write scripts
  • Flexibility in scheduling to respond to the changing news landscape
  • Availability to work weekends and holidays if needed
  • Good work ethic and strong people skills
  • Ability to be a team player and must always maintain a professional attitude at all times
  • Experience with ENPS editing software is a big plus
  • Valid Driver’s License with good driving record. Employment is contingent on a pre-employment drug screen and motor vehicle background check

Qualifications

  • A degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent professional experience preferred 

To Apply

Please apply online. After applying online, email your resume to Farrah Reed at freed@wafb.com   

Job Posted 12/11/19 

Digital/Television Account Executive, WAFB - TV 

WAFB is Baton Rouge’s Leading news content provider including CBS, MyNetwork TV, Bounce TV, cable channel 9, WAFB 9News App, WAFB First Alert Weather App, Louisiana Weekend and more.  WAFB delivers news across multiple broadcasts and digital streams including desktop, mobile Roku and Amazon Fire Stick.  WAFB TV, the areas’ leading news broadcaster is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Come work for one of the best stations in the country.

General Responsibilities

  • Grow revenue and exceed revenue goals.
  • Makes sales calls on existing and prospective businesses.
  • Develops new accounts.
  • Prepares and presents sales presentations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 years digital media sales experience including audience targeting, OTT, social media, PPC, SEO
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage your time effectively
  • Ability to use creativity to problem solve
  • Ability to develop campaigns and media presentations
  • Desire to understand your clients and their businesses
  • Desire for ongoing learning, advertising, digital media, television sales, and marketing
  • Excellent knowledge of presentation software such as MS Office products and CRM software
  • Must meet the Gray Television driving requirements and have a valid driver’s license

To Apply

Please apply online.

Job Posted 12/01/2019