Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Looking for work? Wear a big head.

Because it is my dream to work for the Cincinnati Reds, and because I am currently in a job search, I checked the "Job Opportunities" on the Reds site today and discovered they were looking for a mascot.

Events Assistant/Mascots - Cincinnati Reds (Cincinnati, OH)

Job Purpose: To perform as all (3) Cincinnati Reds Mascots and assist the Promotional Events Department with game day as well as non-game related events on a full-time basis.

 Adhere to Cincinnati Reds Organization Policies and Procedures
 Act as a role model within and outside the Cincinnati Reds Organization
 Perform duties as workload necessitates
 Demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload
 Meet Department productivity standards
 Create goodwill in the community

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
 Schedule appearances while overseeing and coordinating scheduling of other Mascot performers
 Develop opportunities for new appearances and increasing revenues
 Work with the Promotional Events Department at other events as needed throughout the year
 Extensive night and weekend work will be required
 Personally interact with Reds fans and audiences of other events
 Participate in pre-game and in-game promotions
 Perform choreographed cheer/dance routines
 Perform related duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and Licensure:
A minimum 2 years of mascot experience at the collegiate or professional level in any sport
Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook). The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, good grammar, voice and diction, strong interpersonal skills and a team-oriented spirit to provide exceptional service to our Reds fans. Must be computer literate, demonstrate proficiency utilizing the Internet, ability to understand products and services, research and communicate information and record daily activities in a fast-paced environment.

Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize, and schedule appearances for events. Must have high level of creativity and interpersonal skills. Work requires strong organizational skills necessary for establishing priorities and meeting deadlines. Working knowledge of coordinating events, self starter, and ability to work independently.

Must be at least 18 years of age, a maximum height of 6 feet and a minimum height of 5 feet, five inches.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.

Physical Demands:
Physical fitness is imperative for the stamina required in the performance of this role under challenging weather conditions as well as the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. The duties listed do not represent the intent to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position. An Equal Opportunity Employer

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Yes/No: Do you have at least 2 years of Mascot experience?

Unfortunately, I do not have two years of mascot experience, so I guess I can't be Mr. Redlegs or Rosie Red or Gapper. And hey, where's Mr. Red? With the myriads of mascots we have, I want to see a REAL LIFE Reds race, not that predictable video version. You know, like the sausage race? I suppose that's impossible, given they want one person for all of them.

What's amazing to me is that they want a college graduate. To wear a big head?

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