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HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since then, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter-jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

HITS produces three of the richest grand prix in the world with the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York, the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California and the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida -- all forming the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping.

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Copywriter/Digital Manager - HITS, Inc. - Saugerties, NY - Full-time

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since then, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. HITS is also home to the Diamond Mills Hotel, Black Barn Restaurant (NYC), HITS Endurance Races and the Saugerties Steamboat Company.

HITS produces three of the richest grand prix in the world with the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California, Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5* in Saugerties, New York – all forming the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping. The HITS Championship, held each September at HITS-on-the-Hudson, hosts the HITS $250,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix, the Stal Hendrix Pre-Green Futurity, and the crown jewels of the hunter discipline: the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the Platinum Performance $250,000 Hunter Prix Final.

Responsibilities:
- Responsible for creating look and feel while maintaining all digital properties. Collaborate with design and marketing teams
- Understand the goal, audience, and message of a campaign and create copy to suit
- Collaborate with Copy, Design and marketing teams to concept and write copy and consistent brand message in alignment with all marketing and brand strategies
- Create persuasive writing to promote events, athletes, media properties and hospitality. Content will be used in various print and broadcast materials, such as newspaper and magazine ads, digital commercials, direct mail campaigns and radio announcements, owned media properties and TV
- Develop advertising concepts mainly delivering the words and verbal content that accompanies the visual elements
- Concept and implement the overall look and feel of outbound customer communications and offerings including online (i.e. landing pages, banners, member newsletters and email campaigns) and offline channels (i.e. print advertising, events and hospitality collateral)
- Update all digital & social media with timely content
- Build and implement social media programs that ensure appropriate messaging is executed online, to support corporate goals, incorporating Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Slideshare, Issuu, Google+, etc…
- Monitor social media groups, private blog networks, trends, tools, and applications and recommend actions/next steps
- Monitor and engage in brand related online conversations. Ask, answer, defend, soft sell, adapt and adjust
- Regularly report insights gained from social media monitoring to internal and external stakeholders
- Monitor the company’s digital performance usage reports and tracking search engine results and all date and analytics
- Use creative thinking and initiative to analyze site performance metrics and make recommendations on content, site design or features to improve effectiveness of web content and/or applications
- Respond to social media inquiries about online activities in a timely and courteous fashion
- Provide support to other team members on online promotions (such as Hubspot/WordPress, HooteSuite, Google, AdWords campaigns and email marketing)
- Re-target creative campaigns based on creative performance testing, measurement and data monitoring
- Travel to events across the USA required

Requirements:
- 5+ years of Copywriting experience & social media with a comprehensive portfolio showing integrated, lifestyle communications
- 5+ years Digital Marketing experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Technical knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, metrics and tracking
- Project management and organization skills
- Learns quickly and able to change in fast paced environment
- Ability to handle the pressure of meeting tight deadlines
- Minimum 5 years related professional experience
- BS degree in Journalism, PR, Communications, IT or related field
- Digital publishing experience
- Experience managing communications through website planning, management and production
- Loyalty & Membership experience preferred
- Experience creating forward-thinking concepts across interactive and traditional media while maintaining brand standards and delivering against creative briefs
- Experience collaborating with external Creative Agencies

Required Education: Bachelor’s

Required Experience:
Digital Marketing: 5 years
Professional: 5 years
Copywriting: 5 years


Horse Show Secretary – Full-Time

Responsibilities during horse shows include but are not limited to:
- Organizing and inputting all entries and monies received prior to the show
- Preparing class sheets, orders of go, schedules and other organizational needs for the competition
- Travel to either CA or FL for winter show circuit
- Setting up the office and replenishing association forms
- Greeting exhibitors, parents, spectators, and sponsors
- Checking in exhibitors and ensuring all association and horse show requirements are met
- Understanding the rules and classes of the show to help exhibitors when entering
- Help exhibitors register for and/or drop classes
- Inputting results as they come in from the rings
- Establishing orders for any class that needs one
- Ensuring exhibitors are in the correct classes
- Preparing and printing reports for the announcers and gates including who will be competing in which classes
- Close accounts with the exhibitors as they finish showing
- Collect outstanding balances that may have been caused by an addition after the exhibitor has closed out
- Prepare results reports and check requests for each association and submit them

Responsibilities during the off-season include but are not limited to:
- Selling and servicing local sponsorships, local ad sales, and building and nurturing relationships with the local businesses, hotels and the community
- Pre-event preparation, organization and logistics
- Post-event follow-up, reporting of results and collections
- Handling exhibitor inquiries and assisting with production of Prize Lists and Programs

Job Requirements: 
- Computer skills including proficiency Microsoft Office
- Equine Experience (preferably Hunter/Jumper) preferred
- Willing to travel to Horse Shows in all states in which HITS operates
- Availability on weekends and holidays as required by show schedules
- Sales and Marketing Experience
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Must be an organized, independent worker/self-starter with a flexible sensibility to the ever-changing demands of event work
- Must be creative and possess a positive attitude
- Must be a team player and possess the ability to work with multiple departments
- Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities
- Professional presentation and attire