Wednesday, January 11, 2012

National Infantry Foundation Seeks Communications Assistant

The National Infantry Museum has an opening for a Marketing and Communications Assistant. This position requires 30-40 hours per week, including occasional nights or weekends.

The ideal candidate must display excellent written and oral communication skills and a commitment to organization and accuracy. Experience in graphic design, marketing, and web development/content management is required.

Primary responsibilities and tasks:
• Assist with website maintenance, including blog posts and calendar updates. Assist developers and senior staff with site updates and enhancements
• Maintain museum’s social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, FourSquare, etc.
• Monitor outside media and internet for museum-related content
• Maintain online event calendars
• Create and maintain content for digital monitors and signage

Other responsibilities and tasks:
• Assist with the creation of content for brochures, promotional materials, emails, presentations, direct mail, newsletters, annual reports and special events
• Assist with creation of press releases, presentations, scripts and other content as directed
• Assist Director in promoting museum activities with local, regional and national media
• Organize and maintain contact lists, files and records
• Basic photography of museum events
• Respond to inquiries from the public
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications
• Demonstrated experience creating and/or managing a professional website
• Demonstrated proficiency with basic print and graphic design; knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign a plus
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel and Powerpoint
• Excellent skills in grammar, writing and communication
• Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, English, computer science or closely related business field
• Excellent administrative and organizational skills and ability to work independently
• Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with staff, volunteers, the media, outside vendors and the general public

Application, deadlines, and compensation:
Submit cover letter and resume to:
Cyndy Cerbin
Director of Communications
National Infantry Foundation
1775 Legacy Way, Suite 220
Columbus, GA 31903

or ccerbin@nationalinfantryfoundation.org

or by fax to 706-653-8368.

Please, no phone calls regarding this position.

This position pays an hourly rate, commensurate with experience and skill level.


In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of the Treasury policy, the National Infantry Foundation is an equal opportunity provider and is prohibited from discriminating on the bases of race, color, national origin, age or disability.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Letter to the Editor: "An Unexpected Christmas Gift" | National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning/Columbus, Georgia

This letter appeared as a letter to the editor of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer today, 4 January 2012:

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS GIFT
Every year, Santa and the Conductor will
periodically stop by during our run of The
Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience
Saturday, Dec. 17, two grandmothers, one great-grandmother and five grandchildren dressed in their finest PJs (the children, not the grandmothers) arrived at the Infantry Museum promptly at 5 p.m. All were excited about the crafts, a visit with Santa and a viewing of “The Polar Express,” only to learn that we had arrived one day early. (As hard as we try, grandmothers are not perfect!)
As we stood in the lobby pondering what to do, what should appear but a wonderful “elf” disguised as an Infantry Museum volunteer. She gathered our entire little group and began a historical journey that all could understand. We traveled through time, stopped to have pictures made first in a tank and then in front of a lovely Christmas tree with packages underneath. Little ones learned of the thanks we owe our military past and present. Amazed at each scene, with amazing attention, they heard her every word. 
Upon completion of our “dream travel through time,” we left for dinner and returned at 6:30 for viewing of "The Polar Express." The sight of little ones in big glasses was something to behold, each reaching for a snowflake or a golden ticket as it appeared closer to their eyes. 
No crafts and only a close-up look at Santa’s chair and a wonderful view of history made understandable to a child’s mind by an elf … well, we could not have asked for a greater Christmas gift for our entire family. A ticket punched by a “real” conductor has become a cherished keepsake for each grandchild. 
The Infantry Museum is such a great gift for our entire community. And a special thanks to our special elf – it was not by accident that she appeared just for us!
Janet C. O’Neal 
Columbus
Thank you for your kind words, Mrs. O'Neal, and thank you to all our dedicated volunteer staff who strive to make every visit memorable.

Start your new year right by donating your time and talents to the National Infantry Museum! To volunteer today, contact Lora Davis Warren: (706) 685-5810 | lwarren@nationalinfantryfoundation.org


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The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA 31903 | 706.685.5800

p.s. (The "Infantry Museum Elf" has requested to remain anonymous, but visit the National Infantry 
Museum and you may get to experience your own personal adventure with her!)