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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Southwest News Media, an affiliate of Big Fish Works located in Savage, MN, is looking to hire a new Graphic Design team member.

RESPONSIBILITIES/OVERVIEW

  • Work with newspaper editors and other staff members to produce innovative, great print products
  • Collaborate with editorial team members on design and final layout
  • Design informational graphics to accompany content
  • Process digital photographs for use in our print editions
  • Finalize proof pages and prepare PDFs for printing
  • High attention to detail and good problem-solving skills
  • Help all department members to ensure deadlines are met
  • Develop new client proposals related to our sales product mix
  • Create marketing materials related to special projects and sales initiatives

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Previous experience in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Design experience with print page layout
  • Creativity that will draw readers into our story content
  • Attention to detail and ability to take direction from team members
  • Working in a deadline-driven environment that requires significant multi-tasking
  • Teamwork! Teamwork! Teamwork!

This is a full-time position (32 hours or more per week), Monday through Friday, hours vary between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., depending upon workload and deadline schedule of newspapers and special products. Great benefits package includes contribution toward health/life/dental/disability insurance options, PTO, paid holidays, 401k match program and comprehensive training.

Office location: 12925 Eagle Creek Parkway, Savage, MN

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

Our organization’s core values include Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance. If you share those values, we invite you to learn more about our company at www.bigfishworks.com. Our organization publishes 11 weekly and bi-weekly newspapers, owns two commercial printing plants and operates a full-service digital agency, all within the great state of Minnesota.

SPORTS WRITER

Crow River Media seeks a talented, energetic sports writer, with the skills and passion to go beyond traditional sports reporting. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and cover sports and news across the region for the Hutchinson Leader and Litchfield Independent Review. This is a full-time position.

The successful candidate will cover games, but be able to elevate the coverage beyond play-by-play and statistics. Features, analysis and columns should be key focus for Crow River Media’s print and digital products. The ability to capture strong photos and video are a must.

Join a national awarding-winning newspaper that is dedicated to being the strongest source of news and advertising in the communities we serve.

Qualifications include:

– A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

– Excellent writing skills. Must be creative and organized, with a love for the written word and a broad range of interests.

– Excellent editing skills. Must possess a nuts-and-bolts appreciation of how prose should fit together to provide the greatest possible clarity.

– Good verbal and interviewing skills. Should be able to express ideas clearly and communicate with others in a sensitive and encouraging way.

– Solid knowledge of print and digital journalism.

– Fundamental knowledge of photography, videography and design.

Crow River Media offers a competitive salary; contributions toward health, life, dental & disability insurance; 401(k); profit sharing and more; PTO; paid holidays.

Please send resume and other information that demonstrates previous work experience.

Learn more about our great company by going to our website, www.bigfishworks.com

Crow River is an affiliate of Big Fish Works, publisher of 11 weekly and bi-weekly newspapers in Minnesota, including the Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review, Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer, Shakopee Valley News and International Falls Journal. The organization also owns two commercial printing plant and a full-service digital agency, all in the great state of Minnesota!

CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

Southwest News Media, an affiliate of Big Fish Works and located in Savage, MN, is looking to hire a new member for our Fusion Team, which is committed to providing exceptional customer service to our clients and sales associates.

RESPONSIBILITIES/SKILLS REQUIRED/OVERVIEW

  • Working knowledge of Windows operating /Google docs systems
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, data entry
  • Good written/oral communication skills&excellent phone etiquette
  • Ability to learn new systems and techniques
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Handle customer communication, service-related calls
  • Lead generation for sales calls, proposal preparation
  • Ability to work independently to accomplish goals
  • Manage multiple projects and time effectively to meet deadlines
  • Have a positive attitude that thrives in a team environment
  • Other support duties as assigned or requested

This is a full-time position, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great benefits package includes contribution toward health/life/dental/disability insurance options, PTO, paid holidays, 401k match program and comprehensive training.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

Our organization’s core values include Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance. If you share those values, we invite you to learn more about our company at www.bigfishworks.com. Our organization publishes 11 weekly and bi-weekly newspapers, and owns two commercial printing plants and operates a full-service digital agency, all within the great state of Minnesota.

WEB PRESS ASSISTANT

Big Fish Print Solutions is seeking an Offset Web Press Assistant.

Big Fish Print Solutions has an immediate opening for an Offset Web Press Assistant to work during our third shift at its Crow River Press plant located in Hutchinson and 50 miles west of the Twin Cities metro area. Crow River Press serves hundreds of clients with varying commercial print needs and is dedicated to producing quality products for every client served.

Jobs requirements are:

  • Press make-ready, ink-setting, reviewing registration, jogging papers, assisting head pressman with necessary duties throughout the press cycle.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to maintaining a safe work environment for all.
  • Previous experience working on a Goss Community Press (we have a 12-unit press) is desired, but we are willing to train qualified candidate.
  • Ability to see the full spectrum of color
  • Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork!
  • Embracing our company’s core values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance

Other information:

  • This is a full-time position. Typical hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday; hours worked may vary at times in order to best serve our clients located throughout Minnesota.
  • Good wages and benefits (401k match; health, life, dental, disability contributions; PTO; paid holidays).
  • Starting pay commensurate with print-related experience.
  • Crow River Press is located at 170 Shady Ridge Rd. NW, Hutchinson, MN.
  • Great benefits package that includes contribution toward insurance offerings (health, life, dental, disability), PTO, 401k match program and comprehensive training. 

Join our team! We invite you to learn more about our great organization by visiting our website, www.bigfishworks.com. Newspapers affiliated with our organization include: Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer, Shakopee Valley News, Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review and International Falls Journal. We also own and operate two commercial printing plants in addition to the full-service digital agency.

PRINT SALES SPECIALIST

PRINT SALES SPECIALIST

Big Fish Print Solutions

Full-time, Base Salary plus Commission

www.bigfishprintsolutions.com

Big Fish Print Solutions, an affiliate of Big Fish Works, has an immediate opening for a Print Sales Specialist who can connect with clients throughout the Midwest to serve their commercial printing needs.

The Print Sales Specialist will identify and prequalify potential clients through research, networking, trade shows and observation. Collaborating with the marketing sales support, estimating, customer care and production teams will be essential in order to meet clients’ needs. This position is expected to have a good understanding of the printing industry and special knowledge related to the specific services offered by Big Fish Print Solutions.

We have two plants located in Minnesota which offer a full line of printing, bindery and laminating services. Our organization is highly customer-centric, and we offer a network of solutions to meet the needs of most clients. The successful candidate will establish and maintain long-term relationships with key decision-makers, and use a proactive approach in providing cost-effective options. This the position has no territory restrictions. Qualified applicants must be comfortable working with business owners, managing partners and C-level executives. Frequent travel will be required. Extensive time will be spent in the field growing your own book of business to ensure personal financial success in your new career!

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS / OVERVIEW

  • Core competencies would include: sales drive, client management, communication proficiency, organization skills, time management
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of our printing, bindery and laminating capabilities
  • Develop and maintain a prospect pipeline with pre-qualified candidates
  • Establish a large network of business connections and potential clients
  • Prepare tailored presentations for customers that outline our suite of commercial printing options and related product lines
  • Prepare price quotations and have the ability to collect accurate print job information
  • Exceptional negotiation and closing proficiency
  • Excellent organizational, leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Heavy prospecting and developing relationships with new and existing clients
  • Routinely prepare timely reports, sales forecasts, account and competitive information
  • Work to transition maintenance responsibilities of accounts to a customer care team
  • Exhibit energetic, inspiring qualities that instills confidence with our clients that they have partnered with the best in the industry
  • You are viewed as a problem-solver who is trustworthy and acts with integrity
  • Create and participate in opportunities to be a public representative and image builder for our organization
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and personal vehicle insurance required
  • All employees of Big Fish Works embrace our organization’s core values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Compensation includes base salary plus commission, with incentives that reward top sales performance.
  • Great benefits package that includes contribution toward insurance offerings (health, life, dental, disability), PTO, 401k match program, comprehensive training, reimbursements toward mileage.

We invite you to learn more about our great organization by visiting our website, www.bigfishprintsolutions.com. Newspapers affiliated with Big Fish Works include: International Falls Journal, Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review, Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer and Shakopee Valley News. We also own and operate a full-service digital agency. On a monthly basis, we partner with thousands of clients in helping them grow their business.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

DIGITAL STRATEGY/OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR

Big Fish Digital Works, the digital marketing agency of Big Fish Works, seeks a digitally-savvy, creative and analytical person to join our team as the Digital Strategy and Operations Supervisor.

Working in collaboration with affiliates of Big Fish Works, the Digital Ad Agency has two key functions:

  • Handle the digital ad operations for 11 news media sites across Minnesota, comprised of swnewsmedia.com, crowrivermedia.com and ifallsjournal.com.
  • Ensure that exceptional customer service is provided to clients purchasing services of our stand-alone Digital Advertising Agency

The Digital Strategy/Operations Supervisor will work closely with the VP of Digital Strategy and Operations to develop, prioritize and coordinate digital advertising fulfillment strategies to serve the needs of our Sales Associates across our Digital Ad Agency, three publishing partners and our clients. This person will also contribute to the process of leading our advertising product strategy, roadmap, and execution for a group of digital products and technologies that will drive growth in traffic, user engagement and revenue.

Due to the ever-changing digital landscape and our client needs, responsibilities related to this position will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure client satisfaction and business growth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise Ad Operations and Ad Agency team
  • Work with internal and external Ad Operations team to establish campaign management protocol, and ensure overall campaign delivery for clients and sales associates
  • Work with VP of Digital Strategy and Operations to initiate, direct, recommend, and manage third party vendor relationships critical to sales efforts; including contract negotiation, rate card pricing, and service offerings to facilitate sale of:
    • SEM, SEO, PPC (Google & Facebook), Programmatic Display and Retargeting, Video, Email, Custom Websites, Landing Pages, Creative production and development, and other emerging digital solutions
  • Identify opportunities to improve operations and revenue performance
  • Work with sales teams to develop ongoing product training program and sales support with goal to drive incremental client adoption of digital products and services to drive revenue growth
  • Work with individual sales teams to develop client-specific strategies
  • Will also have a key role in management of other Big Fish Works products like Web Analytics, Classifieds, Real Estate to name a few.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams with the goal of driving audience growth and revenue for Big Fish Works

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or related field
  • 3+ years experience working in a professional work environment
  • 2+ years experience in digital advertising
  • Experience with Ad Server technology (DFP or DCM/DFA preferred)
  • Experience in an agency environment OR experience with digital ad operations
  • Experience working directly with clients
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work autonomously
  • Experience and knowledge of a wide range of digital media platforms, services, and technologies
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Loves to learn, teach, and share knowledge — especially within the digital media landscape
  • Analytical skills are important — needs to comfortable with numbers and working with data
  • Ability to wear multiple hats and have to be a problem solver

PREFERRED SKILLS/PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Experience or knowledge in Web Analytics (Google Analytics)
  • Experience or knowledge with WordPress
  • General knowledge/experience with HTML and/or Javascript
  • Experience working with Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Past sales experience — especially in digital advertising
  • Experience with Tag Management Solutions
  • Experience or working knowledge of Data Management Platforms (DMPs)
  • Experience planning media outside of digital (TV, OOH, Radio, Newspaper, etc)
  • Working knowledge of data attribution modeling

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

  • Work location is 12925 Eagle Creek Parkway in Savage, Minnesota.
  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Compensation includes base salary plus commission, with incentives that reward top sales performance.
  • Great benefits package that includes contribution toward insurance offerings (health, life, dental, disability), PTO, 401k match program and comprehensive training.
  • All Big Fish Works employees must embrace our Core Values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance. Our loyal print subscribers and diverse digital audience turns to us regularly for their local news and information. Producing compelling content and serving thousands of clients on a monthly basis and in a timely manner is what we do best. Our mission statement says it all: “Great people. Growing communities through communication.”

 Join our team! We invite you to learn more about our great organization by visiting our website, www.bigfishworks.com. Newspapers affiliated with our organization include: Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer, Shakopee Valley News, Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review and International Falls Journal. We also own and operate two commercial printing plants in addition to the full-service digital agency.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

SPORTS REPORTER

SPORTS REPORTER

Do you enjoy high school sports and writing about sports activities and events? The International Falls Journal, northern Minnesota’s premier twice-weekly newspaper, has an opening for a Sports Reporter.

Jobs to be done include:

  • Provide comprehensive coverage of area high school sports teams and sports-related stories/events. The successful candidate will write game reports, feature stories and columns for our print editions, take photos and post stories, videos and digital content on the Journal’s website.
  • Develop strong relationships with coaches, athletes, sports fans and community supporters.
  • Must be able to works nights and weekends to accommodate game/match schedules.
  • Work collaboratively with members of creative team on layout of newspaper sports pages.

Job requirements are:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience.
  • Exceptional spelling skills and attention to detail (particularly with names, dates, scores).
  • Must be creative and organized, with a love for the written word, have a broad range of sports interests, and be a great story-teller.
  • Solid knowledge of newspapers, journalism and need for immediacy in digital postings.
  • Ability to take great action photos and shoot video in challenging weather/lighting conditions.
  • Good verbal and interviewing skills. Should be able to express ideas clearly, work with many different personality types and communicate with others in a sensitive and encouraging manner.
  • Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • Embrace our organization’s core values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion & Perseverance.

Other information:

  • This is a full-time position.
  • Benefits include: 401k match, health insurance contribution, dental and and disability insurance, life insurance, PTO, paid holidays.
  • All candidates who are being considered for hire by our organization must pass a background check.

The International Falls Journal is an affiliate of North Star Publishing and Big Fish Works.Our office is located at 1602 Highway 71, International Falls, MN.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Bachelor’s degree

Required license or certification: Driver’s License and have the ability to be insured to drive at all times.

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING SPECIALIST

Southwest News Media – Savage, MN

Full-time, Base Salary plus Commission

www.swnewsmedia.com

Southwest News Media, a division of Big Fish Works and located in Savage, MN, is looking to hire a dynamic individual to focus on the job recruitment advertising needs of businesses throughout the Twin Cities area.

Take a look around! Thousands of jobs remain open for extended periods of time and many operations are struggling to fill positions with suitable candidates. We have a host of solutions for those businesses to fill positions quickly and efficiently.

The Recruitment Advertising Specialist will connect with Human Resource decision-makers and hiring managers throughout the metro area to introduce them to our print and digital offerings that can be used advertise their job openings. This position will require you to be highly proficient and professional in developing tailored presentations that focus our products, and be able to articulate our value proposition effectively. The compensation package includes a generous base salary plus commission and incentives that increase with achieving/exceeding established sales goals.

The extended Twin Cities area is known for its tremendous business growth and highly-desirable demographics. Our customers are based primarily in the southwest metro area, where we publish eight weekly papers, numerous specialty publications, digital and social media branding products, all while we partner with some of the best job verticals in the country. Extensive time will be spent in the field growing your own book of business to ensure personal financial success in your new career!

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS / OVERVIEW

  • Grow recruitment advertising revenue by connecting with businesses throughout the metro area
  • Introduce Southwest’s multi-media suite of recruitment products to a minimum of 75 clients each week
  • Assess client needs and provide amazing customer service
  • Exceptional negotiation and closing proficiency
  • Excellent organizational, leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Become an expert on current recruitment trends to best advise clients on how to fill open positions
  • Heavy prospecting and developing relationships with area HR leaders
  • Provide timely reports, sales forecasts, account and competitive information
  • Achieve/exceed monthly, quarterly, annual sales goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications and familiar with PC-based software
  • Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Great spelling, numbers aptitude and attention to detail
  • Exhibit energetic, inspiring qualities that instills confidence with our clients that they have partnered with the best in the industry
  • You are viewed as a problem-solver who is trustworthy and acts with integrity
  • Create and participate in opportunities to be a public representative and image builder for our organization in the communities we serve
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and personal vehicle insurance required
  • All employees of Southwest News Media embrace our organization’s core values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Compensation includes base salary plus commission, with incentives that reward top sales performance.
  • Great benefits package that includes contribution toward insurance offerings (health, life, dental, disability), PTO, 401k match program, comprehensive training, reimbursements toward mileage, use of computer tablet and IPhone.

We invite you to learn more about our great organization by visiting our website, www.bigfishworks.com. Newspapers affiliated with Southwest News Media include: Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer and Shakopee Valley News. Other sister publications in outstate Minnesota are the Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review and International Falls Journal. We also own and operate two commercial printing plants and a full-service digital agency. On a monthly basis, we partner with thousands of clients in helping them grow their business.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE

ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE

Southwest News Media – Savage, MN

Full-time, Base Salary plus Commission

www.swnewsmedia.com

Southwest News Media, a division of Big Fish Works and located in Savage, MN, is looking to hire a career-minded individual who is passionate about building a satisfying career that rewards hard work and top sales achievement.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain long-term relationships with key decision-makers, followed by a proactive approach in anticipating client needs. The culture of our organization embraces a consultative sales style, and all advertising sales executives must have a deep understanding of their customers’ expectations so the suggested product mix will yield a strong return on their investment. This position will require you to be highly proficient and professional in presenting to large groups of people, and be able to articulate our value proposition effectively. The compensation package includes a generous base salary plus commission and incentives that increase with achieving/exceeding established sales goals.

The extended Twin Cities area is known for its tremendous business growth and highly-desirable demographics. Qualified applicants must be comfortable working with business owners, managing partners and C-level executives. Our customers are based primarily in the southwest metro area, where we publish eight weekly papers, numerous specialty publications and can fulfill virtually any commercial printing need or digital advertising service. Working closely with the digital division of our company to provide solutions that take advantage of the strength of our multi-media platform is essential. Extensive time will be spent in the field growing your own book of business to ensure personal financial success in your new career!

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS / OVERVIEW

  • Championing our entire suite of print and digital products to steadily grow revenue and client count on a monthly basis
  • Exceptional negotiation and closing proficiency
  • Excellent organizational, leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Analyzing and interpreting key sales metrics to create marketing strategies that produce the best results for our customers
  • Heavy prospecting and developing relationships with new and existing clients
  • Provide timely reports, sales forecasts, account and competitive information
  • Achieve/exceed monthly, quarterly, annual sales goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications and familiar with PC-based software
  • Monitor and measure both internal and external Key Performance Indicators
  • Exhibit energetic, inspiring qualities that instills confidence with our clients that they have partnered with the best in the industry
  • You are viewed as a problem-solver who is trustworthy and acts with integrity
  • Create and participate in opportunities to be a public representative and image builder for our organization in the communities we serve
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and personal vehicle insurance required
  • All employees of Southwest News Media embrace our organization’s core values: Collaboration, Community, Integrity, Passion and Perseverance

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Compensation includes base salary plus commission, with incentives that reward top sales performance.
  • Great benefits package that includes contribution toward insurance offerings (health, life, dental, disability), PTO, 401k match program, comprehensive training, reimbursements toward mileage, use of computer tablet and IPhone.

We invite you to learn more about our great organization by visiting our website, www.bigfishworks.com. Newspapers affiliated with Southwest News Media include: Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Lakeshore Weekly News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer and Shakopee Valley News. Other sister publications in outstate Minnesota are the Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review and International Falls Journal. We also own and operate two commercial printing plants and a full-service digital agency. On a monthly basis, we partner with thousands of clients in helping them grow their business.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations.

 

 

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