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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is a multi-platform television and digital media company.  We are the market’s local FOX-affiliated television station servicing Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio viewers for over 40 years.

FOX 55 is a leading provider of local news, weather, and entertainment.  With coverage of the NFL regular season and the NFC playoffs, NASCAR (including the Daytona 500), US Open Golf, MLB World Series and FIFA Soccer, FOX 55’s sports programming is unparalleled. 

In 2009, we expanded upon our entertainment expertise, adding the market’s only 10:00 p.m. newscast, “FOX 55 News First at 10.”  This newscast has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and has been awarded 3 First Place Awards in the Best of the Best of Indiana from the Society of Professional Journalists.  In 2011, FOX 55 added to its prime newscast the market’s only 52 week locally-produced sports show, “The Locker Room”, on Friday nights.

FOX 55 Fort Wayne strives to maintain its visibility in the community, forming partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE Indiana, the March of Dimes, and the American Heart Association.  In 2014, we formed a partnership with the Bounce TV Network, which targets African-American viewers, to televise their programming on our digital sub-channel.  In 2018 we added Antenna TV to another digital sub-channel, which includes the greatest hits of all time. 

FOX 55 offers up-to-the-minute updates online at wfft.com for news, weather, and sports; while also offering the community an array of digital products.  With solutions for online marketing including SEO, SEM, brand reputation, social media and more, FOX 55 is on the forefront of digital marketing.


Assistant Creative Services Director

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FOX 55 Fort Wayne is seeking a highly-creative, experienced Assistant Creative Services Director. If you have a passion for creativity, and need an outlet – this job is your opportunity! The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the development and production of cutting edge promos for on-air, digital, and social media platforms. This person must be ready to hit the ground running by developing campaigns from start to finish, and finding creative ways to connect with our audience.


Job Description:
• Write, produce, shoot, and edit News, Programming, and Community Event promotions for on-air and digital media
• Assist with Commercial Production as scheduled
• Assist with coordinating production, including working with News personnel and clients
• Develop contests with the aid of the Creative Services Director to grow station viewership and website usage
• Assist with station events as necessary
• Schedule and manage inventory for station promos, IDs, and PSAs
• Other duties as assigned by the Creative Services Director

Required Skills:
• Proficiency with non-linear video editing (Avid and Adobe After Effects preferred)
• Ability to shoot eye-catching video and write attention-grabbing copy
• Minimum 2 years broadcast marketing experience at a news-producing station
• Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines

Education
• College degree in marketing, mass communications, or related field

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Technical Director

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Job Description

WFFT-TV is seeking applicants for an experienced and dynamic Newscast Director. The Newscast Director is responsible for communicating and executing all technical aspects of live production, with all technical staff, including the Producer, Technical Director, Audio Operator, Studio, and Engineering. Positive pro-active attitude and schedule flexibility are necessary for this position. With a unique format, a dedication to hard news and the resources of WFFT, this is a rare opportunity to join one of the best.

Job Responsibilities
Directing broadcast newscasts.
Provide creative input and will work closely with the newscast producer and production crew.
Be responsible for clean technical execution of the overall look of the newscast.
Must be able to call and punch a newscast.

Required Skills
MOS and basic computer network understanding.
Understanding of newsroom systems iNews/ENPS and video playback systems.
Candidate should be a problem solver and quick thinker, using technical know-how to resolve existing issues and to work around problems that arise during live news.
The position requires shift flexibility. Shift may include weekend duties.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field preferred or equivalent work experience

Required Experience
Must also have experience with production switchers, video servers, and audio and studio equipment.


Digital Media Specialist

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As a member of the FOX 55 digital sales team, the Digital Media Specialist is responsible for generating and growing digital marketing revenue for the station. This individual will be the market’s subject matter expert on digital services and will work, both independently and in conjunction with the FOX 55 sales team, to achieve budgeted revenue goals in the digital marketing services area. This individual will achieve this by professionally and effectively selling FOX 55’s suite of digital marketing services/products (including targeted video, digital audience and reach extensions, Geo-fencing, social media, SEO/SEM, and special sponsorship projects) with the objective of advancing client initiatives. This position will work closely with the Digital Sales Manager to grow the station digital revenue and increase market share.

Responsibilities:
• Digital marketing services sales and subject matter expert in the market
• Develop and execute go-to-market sales strategies and tactics that result in exceeding personal and company revenue targets
• Establish, maintain and grow meaningful client relationships
• Generate new digital marketing services business and grow business from existing clients
• Be an effective educator and ambassador both internally and externally on the benefits of digital marketing
• Meaningful contributor in sales meetings on digital marketing topics (ex. best practice sharing, industry trends, competitive). Assist with training sales team on digital marketing services
• Conduct educational forums and/or seminars for clients
• Be an effective partner with the sales team in generating synergy revenue
• Effective closer
• Strong in cold calling and prospecting for new business
• Consistently communicate with clients

Requirements:
• Education: BA or BS in Business, Marketing, Advertising, Communications or related field

Experience:
• 1+ years of digital marketing or media sales preferred
• Significant knowledge of the local digital marketing services product offering and its effective use for clients
• Motivated, enthusiastic, self-starter who is able to work effectively both independently and collaborating in a team environment
• Effective communication and client presentation skills
• Ability to interact with high-level decision makers
• Ability to execute in an organization through collaboration and a consultative process
• Excellent follow-up, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Proven ability to meet and exceed sales goals
• Up to date on latest trends in digital marketing service industry
• Resourceful, self-motivated and a skillful multi-tasker
• Ability to manage account receivables for your book of business
• Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to become proficient on in-house sales systems

 


Local Sales Manager

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FOX 55 is seeking an experienced Local Sales Manager (LSM). The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership qualities and exceptional negotiation expertise, along with effective communication, problem solving and project management skills. The Local Sales Manager will work with the sales team to strengthen client relationships, provide clients with solutions and achieve station revenue goals. The Local Sales Manager will drive core revenue growth and market share growth along with new business development and digital sales. The LSM will report directly to the General Sales Manager.

Responsibilities:
• Meet and exceed revenue budgets and share goals including total station, new business development, digital and station initiatives
• Work with management team on managing inventory and rates to maximize station revenue in order to achieve and exceed revenue goals
• Recruit, hire and train account executives to achieve revenue and share goals
• Develop strong client relationships through in-person meetings, sales presentations and client entertainment
• Schedule and conduct weekly sales meetings, one-on-one AE meetings, in-field sales calls and additional training opportunities
• Maintain exceptional knowledge of the Fort Wayne market in order to identify key strategies, emerging categories and new client prospects
• Analyze market trends and competitive initiatives

Qualifications:
• Education: BA or BS in business, marketing, advertising, communications or equivalent related experience preferred
• 8+ years of broadcast sales experience, which would include sales management, preferred
• Proven track record of growing revenue, growing station market share, selling cross-platform, and new business development
• Proficient in inventory management, pricing, and forecasting
• OSI, Matrix and comScore experience a plus or advanced knowledge of television sales software systems and processes
• Motivated, enthusiastic, self-starter who is able to work effectively both independently and collaborating in a team environment
• Effective communication and client presentation skills
• Excellent follow-up, strong organizational skills and attention to detail


Integrated Marketing Specialist

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FOX 55 is looking for high energy individuals that enjoy meeting and working with new people, have great communication skills, enjoy working in a team environment, and are reliable and willing to develop their own customer portfolio with our support. Realistic $50-$60K first year potential. We offer training, medical, vacation and other benefits. Visit wfft.com and click on the work for us link to apply now. FOX 55 is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Summary:
The Account Executive works within established Sales Department guidelines to increase sales volume with assigned accounts, aggressively seeks new customers for both TV and Digital business, executes plans and strategies set forth by sales management, maintains awareness of the competition, and maintains visibility in the community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Business to business sales
• Achieve assigned revenue goals for TV and digital sales
• Maintain assigned accounts and develop new accounts all while creating strong relationships with clients
• Implement strategies to consistently grow revenue
• Research, prepare and deliver sales presentations with marketing solutions to clients, explaining the benefits
• Work with clients and station personnel to develop commercial concepts and promotional opportunities
• Track accounts receivable and collect outstanding balances
• Devote time to monitoring the competition, staying on top of industry trends, and sales training
Requirements & Skills:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, Advertising or related field
• Effective negotiator
• Understanding of TV audience measurement systems and psychographic research
• Knowledge of strength and weaknesses of competitive media
• Well organized multi-tasker with ability to adapt to a fast paced environment
• Strong problem solver