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Marketing and Operations Sport Internship

The Marketing & Operations Manager Intern will drive fan acquisition. They will execute our sales & marketing plan, running in-person promotions, and driving group ticket sales. They will be responsible for ensuring Chicago Union fans have memorable game day experiences along with compelling entertainment and merchandise. They will support the team on away game road trips by coordinating and managing travel logistics. To campaign for the organization and sport, this person will engage with and form relationships with the local community, sponsors, and partners. This person will report to the Chicago Union ownership.

Roles & Responsibilities
Sales & Marketing
  • Liaise with AUDL Marketing leadership & staff
  • Based on annual sales & marketing plan, attend and manage In-person Promotions (Youth Events, Stadium, Local leagues, Pickup, City Events, Sponsors, etc.) throughout the year
  • Source and contact business, organizations, and community groups for Group Ticket sales
  • Generate and execute promotional ideas to drive ticket and merchandise sales
  • Curate an exclusive experience for season ticket holders
  • Generate content in various forms: written articles and email copy, supporting images with graphics, clip and format highlights for social media, player interviews and other video content
  • During offseason, source and contact Sponsor targets, have follow up conversations, and negotiate agreements for the season
  • Ensure fulfillment of Sponsorship agreements and report to Sponsors on performance
Gameday & Ultimate Events
  • Oversee Gameday Manager and logistics on all gamedays, including setup, training, and pack out
  • Determine Gameday staffing needs, source staff and ensure coverage on Gameday including operations, ticketing, entertainment, and medical
  • Plan gameday logistics including gameday scripts, stadium setup, ticketing, merchandise, etc.
  • Oversee planning and execution of other events, including winter tournaments, tryouts, and Union training camp weekend
  • Source and manage printed materials and signage
  • Liaise with stadium partners and all vendors
Youth Camps & Clinics
  • Communicate with area park districts and schedule summer camps and clinics
  • Recruit, train, and schedule coaches for programming
Team Support
  • Coordinate player availability and plan travel logistics for away games including booking travel, hotels and transportation for players, coaches and staff
  • Support staff on away game road trips (min 6 per season), managing travel logistics, liaising with opponents, and planning meals and accommodations
  • Manage field reservations for practices
  • Evaluate and recommend annual merchandise products
  • Source design, determine quantities, and order merchandise
  • Fulfill and maintain inventory via Shopify throughout the year
  • Provide customer service, tracking and reporting
  • Coordinate with Chicago Union ownership group during weekly meetings and annual reviews
  • Source and make purchases based on agreed upon budgets and plans
  • Manage sponsor and vendor agreements
  • Liaise with League and other division teams

Flexible Work Schedule
Based on Annual Schedule:
Preseason (January - April)
Season (May - August)
Offseason (September - December)

  • Primarily Work from Home
  • Must reside in Chicago metro area
  • Greatest workload during the Preseason and Season
  • Lighter workload in the Offseason
  • Flexible weekly work schedule based on team schedule and events
  • Will include weekends and some evenings / early mornings
  • In-person presence required for all home games and local events during the Preseason and Season
  • Unlimited time off, based on team schedule and events
  • Some travel required to away games during the Season and other Preseason and Offseason events

Must pass background check and complete youth sports training

  • Degree in Marketing or Sports Management preferred

  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Management & Leadership
  • Team Sport Athlete

  • Verbal and written communications
  • Word processing, spreadsheets, and online tools
  • Copywriting
  • Email Marketing (Mailchimp, Hubspot)
  • E-commerce (Shopify)
  • Organic Social Media (Hootsuite, Buffer)
Nice to Have
  • Paid Social Media (Facebook Ad Manager)
  • Graphic Design (Canva, Photoshop)
  • Video editing (Filmora)
  • Photo editing
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Business Analytics

Personal Characteristics
  • Reliable and Accountable
  • Friendly, Energetic, and Hospitality Focused
  • Attention to Detail and Well Organized
  • Outgoing, Enthusiastic, and Engaging
  • Entrepreneurial and Ambitious