Skillz Inc. is hiring a

Public Relations Associate

San Francisco, United States

About Skillz:

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $9 billion in annual revenue by 2017.

As the eSports provider for over 1,600 game studios, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcasted on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. Skillz accounts for more than 20% of eSports prizes, and we’ve already hosted more than 70 million tournaments for players in over 180 countries.

We’ve raised over $28 million in funding from well-known venture capital firms as well as major sports team owners from the NFL, NBA and MLB. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Starcraft to Cranium over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding, building and selling successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.

What You'll Do:

The PR Associate will receive valuable public relations experience in a fast-paced startup environment with an industry-leading company. You should be excited to work alongside our team here, helping to tell the story of the future of electronic sports. From media inquiries to our online brand presence, the role of the PR Associate combines traditional media with new forms of communication. The ideal candidate should have some public relations experience, whether in-house or in an agency setting, and be eager to learn and grow their skill set in this hands-on role that will truly impact the business. We’re looking for someone with a passion for PR and social media, excellent analytical and organizational skills, and a strong interest in communications.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Work closely with the PR Manager to coordinate on speaking engagements, media outreach, messaging, goals, timing, and targets.
  • Draft materials including pitches, media lists, and press releases.
  • Field incoming media requests, own select media contacts during outreach, and utilize pitching skills to secure coverage.
  • Identify speaking opportunities, interact with event organizers, help draft submissions and presentations, and assist in managing the PR calendar.
  • Implement innovative PR narratives through concept development, data mining, creative asset management, content creation, and reporting metrics.
  • Optimize Skillz social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog through content development, creative assets, promotions, timing, and individualized social platform initiatives.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners for any additional PR assets, including our PR agency, marketing analytics team, graphic designers, etc.
  • Analyze media coverage and PR campaign performance for company-wide reporting and increased awareness.

Your Skillz:

  • 1-2 years in the PR industry. Experience drafting strategic media lists and pitches, speaking event research and submissions, media outreach and correspondence, social media account management, and briefing documents for press interviews.
  • Knowledge, passion, and heavy usage of social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized, with experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint along with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Presentations.
  • Self starter with a proactive and analytical mindset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a knack for creative writing and storytelling.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment while maintaining a positive attitude, sense of humor, and desire to learn.
  • College graduate with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, English, or business.