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Seasonal Notes Writer & Communications Assistant At Arlington International Race Course LLC

Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois

Job Description

To develop relationships with racing owners, trainers, jockeys, jockey agents and others around the track in order to gather material to be written and distributed to racing and general media.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct interviews, during training hours and racing, to generate content for release to media
  • Assist Communications manager in any duties related to management of the press box and media member
  • Assist in writing race recaps of Arlington’s major races
  • Assist in management of media members during coverage of Arlington’s major race days and/or visits; such as directing them to areas in which they are allowed; staying with television crews as they perform live reports from the Arlington property, etc. Hours could include TV morning shows
  • Keep track of major accomplishments and records that any trainers, jockeys, owners or horses may be near in order to garner media coverage
  • Generate ideas for interesting and compelling stories for around the track that may be of interest to industry and general media.
  • Order and manage inventory of office supplies, food and beverages
  • Assist with coordination of program scratches and changes with Racing Officials and Media outlets
  • Process and send entries, results, charts and news releases to Media outlets after each race day
  • Update Arlington racing results phone line after each race
  • Other duties as assigned

Personal Qualifications:

  • Excellent human relations and communications skills
  • Exceptional creative writing skills
  • Professionalism in personal presence and appearance especially in relation to external contacts that are critical to this position

Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelors degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or other related field. Experience in the communications and/or media with background in horse racing with proven record of taking on varied responsibilities.

Extensive knowledge of Thoroughbred horse racing, it’s history, history of Arlington and experience in dealing with the many people that are involved in a race meet and the ability to tell their stories in well written fashion is the key element of this position.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger reach, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.

Experience

Required
  • Communications
  • Extensive knowledge of Thoroughbred horse racing

Education

Preferred
  • Bachelors or better in Communication or related field

Behaviors

Required
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Preferred
  • Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking