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Ridgway Chamber seeks public relations contractor

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Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is hiring: Digital Content Copywriter/Editor and Event Marketing Assistant needed January 1 for long-term contract position.

This contract position is responsible for collaborating with the RACC Executive Director and a team of contractors, including graphic designers and website content specialists, to produce promotional content about local organizations and visitor educational materials about local tourism opportunities, to support economic development and sustainability. The contractor will write effective copy for a variety of communications targeting visitors, chamber members, and various local audiences, and will distribute the copy on social media, the chamber website, emails, and various documents including reports, an annual visitors guide, and advertisements. The person will also review, proofread and edit copy from the executive director, board members, and other collaborators.

Estimated time commitment:

Monthly and weekly hours will vary depending on events, campaigns and new projects. This position took approximately 320 hours in 2022. Monthly hours ranged from 12 hours up to 40 hours (so 3 to 10 hours per week).

Responsibilities include:

  • Member of the Month program (year-round, 3-4 hours/month)

  • Weekly eblast creation (year-round, 4-6 hours/month)

  • Facebook posts (year-round, 3-4 hours/month)

  • Website content (as needed, as time available)

  • Copywriting for special campaigns (10-18 hours/year): Shop Local (generally Nov. to March)

  • Special events promotional copywriting (40-45 hours/year)

  • Visitors Guide content updating and copywriting (July-Dec.,36-40 hours/year)

  • Annual Report copywriting and editing (January, 10-12 hours/year)

  • Youth Volunteer & Career Fair coordination and promotion (Jan.-April, 10-12 hours/year)

Required Qualifications

  • at least five years of experience in public relations, journalism or other communications position with extensive writing assignments

  • knowledge of publication production

  • knowledge of AP style or another editorial style like APA or Chicago

  • experience with creating and editing webpages in website content management systems

  • intermediate knowledge of and experience with MS Office applications

  • familiarity with google drive: documents, spreadsheets, folders, forms, etc.

  • experience with posting on Facebook and Instagram

  • basic experience with an email system such as mailchimp or constant contact

  • basic experience in event coordination

  • good project management skills

  • ability to follow project timelines and meet deadlines

  • ability to work independently as well as with a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, English, Public Relations or other related field

  • knowledge of Joomla content management systems

  • basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (document design, pdf creation and file editing, and photo editing)

  • relationships with local media including newspapers, radio, and TV

  • understanding of tourism trends and travel promotion

  • knowledge of the Ridgway community, government, businesses, natural assets, and nonprofits

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The Ridgway Visitor Center, located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62), The visitor center is closed as of October 1st and will reopen Memorial Day weekend.

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

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