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The Black Sheep Position Information

So, you’re interested in working for The Black Sheep? Is it the fact that we’re a student driven-media company that drew you to us, or did you like how we’re a fast-growing company with products at over 50 campuses? Do you like the challenge of working for a growing start-up, one that understands a college student’s life is busy, and works to accommodate their schedules? Well, then you should read the job descriptions below and then apply to the job that best suits your unique set of skills. While you do that we’ll go uncork a bottle of fine wine. Well, we’ll take the cardboard off the front of the box.

Chief Campus Editor

Position Description:
As Chief Campus Editor, you will oversee all aspects of content creation—idea generation, article construction, editing, and article marketing—of The Black Sheep on your campus. Ultimately, you are responsible for making sure you have the best staff in place to create and promote the best local, timely, relevant, funny content possible. In turn you will receive training and support from your corporate-level National Campus Editor. Must be an undergrad student.

• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets
• Be a part of the core team responsible for launching, developing, and growingThe Black Sheep on your campus, an experience that cannot be matched through any other internship
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
• Be considered for a full time position immediately after graduation
• This is a paid position

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct regular meetings with the staff to brainstorm content ideas—print, visual, audio, or video-- pertaining to upcoming, relevant on-campus events
• Establish clear deadlines for when content needs to be submitted and when content will be posted
• Edit and post content in a timely manner to the best of your ability
• Establish means by which you and your staff can market finished articles though various social media outlets
• Oversee the creation of 3 to 4 print issues each semester
• Overseeing a local Social Media Manager tasked with the online dissemination of content pieces in a timely manner to relevant parties
• Moderate and actively participate in a private, business-oriented staff-only Facebook group
• Conduct local job interviews

Time Commitment:
5-7 hours a week.

Advertising Manager
Position Description:
This paid internship (commission-based) provides motivated, hard-working and socially active individuals the opportunity to learn core communication, marketing and sales strategies on an individual level while simultaneously working closely with the local The Black Sheep team to promote our print, mobile and online platforms.We also offer internship credit and the opportunity to grow within the company.

Please note that we require 15-20 hours/ week commitment for a Part Time summer internship and 40 hours/ week for Full Time.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Continually seek out and approach new potential advertisers around the campus area to help them to determine how to improve their brand awareness to the students
• Suggest advertising options based on the businesses’ needs and how they’re looking to advertise to the students
• Maintain existing business relationships to ensure that clients are overly satisfied with The Black Sheep -- answer any questions, address any concerns
• Help negotiate contracts and coordinate media placements
• Work with current clients on their marketing plans to ensure their message is correctly targeting the college market
• Help delegate and communicate ad designs, proofs and changes for each client to our internal creative team
• Work with our corporate management team for professional mentoring

What we're looking for:
• Currently enrolled as an undergraduate
• Excellent presentation, communication, and problem solving skills
• Ability to WORK HARD and be persistent
• Self-motivated and organized individuals
• Actively involved in campus organizations; socially active in general
• A good sense of humor and MUST love college
• Sales or marketing experience preferred
• Transportation preferred

Guerrilla Marketing Manager
Position Description:
As the Guerrilla Marketing Manager for The Black Sheep, you will oversee marketing and distribution efforts for both The Black Sheep and our partner clients. Ultimately you will build brand awareness for The Black Sheep and our clients through paid strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus. These activities will include organized street team sessions, targeted distribution throughout the campus community, promotional events on campus, and other activities focused on dorms and Greek life.  

Primary Responsibilities: 
• Hire and manage a marketing team of 3-5 students under you to help ensure successful execution of all marketing activities for both The Black Sheep and our clients
• Organize and execute street teams, dorm storms, classroom/Greek announcements and other strategic marketing efforts for The Black Sheep and our clients
• Build and manage an efficient distribution plan to distribute 3-4 print issues ofThe Black Sheep per semester on and around your campus
• Attend staff meetings with your local team
• Provide weekly reports and feedback on each week’s marketing activities to the National Marketing Manager
• Continually seek out new distribution locations while also meeting with necessary people for access within academic buildings, dorms, etc.

• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed
• Work with national and local brands on strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets
• Be a part of the core team responsible for developing, and growing The Black Sheep on your campus, and experience that cannot be matched through any other internship
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
• Further develop needed skills through a custom focused internship during the school year or next summer
• Be considered for a full time position after graduation

Human Resources Manager
Position Description:
The Human Resources Manager works to increase the number of applicants—and in turn, hires—The Black Sheep receives at your school.

Primary Responsibilities:
● Build working relationships with university Career Services employees, as well as leaders of university-sponsored groups and Greek communities
● Attend one campus group or Greek chapter meeting every week, during which you will give a brief presentation about current The Black Sheep job openings and the benefits of working for The Black Sheep
● Use both personal and company social media outlets to interact with potential online application sources
● Attend career fairs to pitch The Black Sheep internship opportunities to interested students
● Attend weekly The Black Sheep meetings
● Report regularly to both the corporate Human Resources employee and local Campus Manager
● Update staffing document as needed

Time Commitment:
3-5 hours a week.

Social Media Manager
Position Description:
Through Twitter and Snapchat the Social Media Manager will be asked to grow and maintain a strong, local student following on his or her campus, then use that audience to promote The Black Sheep to readers and fans through regular, humorous, original online interaction. This is an unpaid position, but Social Media Managers can gain class or internship credit. 

Time Commitment:
Social Media Managers can expect to spend about 3-4 hours a week scheduling tweets, following and unfollowing, keeping the account active, and attending weekly meetings. Additionally, Social Media Managers will be asked to produce Bi-monthly Snapchat stories to share with our audience.

Staff Writer
Position Description:
In short, student writers write entertaining, social, and above all humorous content for The Black Sheep across all platforms. Writers will be expected to contribute one article (approximately 500 words) each week. Beyond writing, writers are to attend content meetings held every week. This is an unpaid position. but Staff Writers can gain class or internship credit.

Time Commitment:
Writers should estimate spending 2-4 hours per week writing and attending the weekly meeting.

Online Marketer
Position Description:
It is important for The Black Sheep content to reach new audiences every week outside of the writers sharing their articles to their friend groups. Therefore, Online Marketers will post content from The Black Sheep either on their personal feeds or in other relevant Facebook groups. Online Marketers will be given sharing and growth marks, and upon doing an exceptional job —getting a lot of likes on posts, posting in multiple Facebook groups, bringing more followers to Twitter, etc —they will be sent a gift card from corporate.

Time Commitment:
Online Marketers should estimate spending about 2-3 hours per week posting articles.

Music to Set the Mood: Radio K's Mixtape



Are your bi-monthly ventures to coitus village with your significant other becoming monotonous? Does the big finish make you relate to David Bowie’s “I’d Rather Be High“? Well, with the help of Radio K, we have procured a playlist for your pleasures no matter what the kink, letting you know UMN’s student radio has your back. These tunes are bound to cure your regularly scheduled appointments of dashed expectations and lack of afterglow.


“Stop Smoking” by Car Seat Headrest:



A good tune to start the lovin’, this is a classic little number for the smoking inclined. Nothing ruins special time more than an ashtray’s tongue coming in hot, so this song encourages you put out the cigarette and focus on those 15 pounds your partner’s packed on. Perfect for the too-sober sex of insecure, skinny-fat couples. A few chain-smoking Radio K enthusiasts hanging outside the Stadium Village Burger King praised this song for its “aesthetic.” Then they long-boarded down Washington Avenue, American Spirits in hand.


“The Sensual World” by Kate Bush:



If you like creepy whispering reminiscent of those scenes in American Horror Story of lovers being murdered by men in leather suits, then this is the ballad for you. To get a similarly superior vibe, put on “Interference Fits” by Perfect Pussy before doing the do. Angry sex induced by the raging vocals of Meredith Graves followed by a minute of eerie ambient harsh noise jam is a fabulous way to release the frustration after a day of trying to connect to UofM Secure WiFi. 


“I Wanna Boi” by PWR BTTM:



Along with Deradoorian’s “A Beautiful Woman,” “I Wanna Boi” is a real sexy ditty perfect for those uncomfortable strip teases your partner insists on performing. And to really amp up the embarrassment, don’t forget to play Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On” just in case you think it will be a great idea to make a sex tape despite the fact that when your douchey friend, Steve, steals it, you have to go on a wild adventure to get it back.


“By the Throat” by CHVRCHES:




“By the Throat” is the optimal choice for a dominatrix feel. Also check out “Dinner Date” by Diet Cig, and anything by Joanna Newsom. The chipmunk-like voices of the singers are truly odes to Goldy Gopher and his spinning head. The Black Sheep actually managed to overhear his rodent chatter with a rabid chipmunk about Joanna’s mad harp skills lulling men into submission.


“Holy Shit” by Father John Misty:



This quality track should be used as a complement for all the weird things bound to happen during that regrettable one-night stand. For example: how did this curly, black pube get on the pillow? Though be warned, you will probably end up picturing J. Tillman’s beard making love to you as opposed to your less than satisfactory mate. And the next morning, expect to have a sudden urge to drink water imported directly from the polar ice caps and wear self-made clothing.


“It’s Only Dancing” by Jeremy Messersmith:



To end the night, we suggest the crymax core of Radio K. The song is perfect for succumbing to the passion of the old in-n-out with your girlfriend’s brother and then crying about it. It is rumored that The Dears’ “Onward and Downward” even includes recordings of the vocalist’s screams after a tragic breakup. Doesn’t sound romantic? In the midst of your sobbing, remember: nothing is more erotic than feelings.


We also spoke to two Radio K DJs in their basement to find out what their favorite type of seduction music was, and they instead fought over the best genres. “Dude, post-biblical angst core is tight,” high kid #1 said. “Nah man, post-avant vapor chill is the dankest,” high kid #2 responded. They have a long bout of hoarse laughter until falling asleep.


Everybody has their bedroom insecurities, but music can cure any performance anxiety woe. Especially when the music has lots of omniscient echoing and choppy lyrics. We hope you now feel more secure in setting the mood and performing averagely for your companion. Whether pre-revolutionary punk jazz or pre-grunge softcore gets you going, we don’t judge; that’s Radio K listeners’ jobs.