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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, Virginia and Illinois.

 

HITS produces three of the richest grand prix in the world with the Saugerties $500,000 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.

Positions Available


To apply, send resume to careers@hitsshows.com


Experienced Marketing Director

HITS, Inc. is seeking the talents of a powerful, experienced Marketing Director to oversee and drive the success of HITS Horse Shows, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, Black Barn Restaurant, and HITS Endurance.

Ideal candidate will have 5-10+ years of Marketing, Public Relations and/or Communications experience. Experience in horse sports, event production and/or hospitality a plus.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and direct multiple Marketing Associates; Completes marketing department operations by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results
  • Identify short-term and long-term goals, recommend courses of action and implement directives
  • Understand, identify and suggest new media channels that reach and impact the desired client
  • Increase in-bound leads and drive new business to all related company segments including Sponsorship and Event Entries
  • Lead content development on all marketing materials including Sponsorship Summary, Media Kit, Corporate Profile, and Special Event Programs
  • Maintains marketing staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
  • Manages media outreach, writing and distributing press releases, media alerts and other press kit materials
  • Develops relationships with key local, regional, national and international media
  • Ability to perform as company spokesperson when necessary

Job Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or English
5-10+ years agency experience preferred
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint and Photoshop
Proficient and up-to-date social media skills on all trending platforms
Knowledge of AP Style guidelines
Must be an organized, self-starter
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
Job Type: Full-time


 

HITS Endurance Digital Media and Customer Service Specialist

Position DescriptionOverview - The Digital Media and Customer Service Specialist is responsible for managing all aspects of digital marketing and communications and providing customer service through email, telephone and personal interactions with customers. The position is exempt.  Nights and weekend days are required in this position. Travel is required.  Key responsibilities are listed below as well as other tasks as assigned.

Duties

  • Develop and manage digital marketing campaigns via email, social media and website communications
  • Devise strategies to drive online traffic to the company’s websites
  • Oversee the social media strategy for the company
  • Manage updates to company websites
  • Provide effective customer service by responding to incoming email and telephone inquiries as well as personal interactions at events
  • Manage volunteer recruitment, selection, communications and event implementation
  • Manage orders for participant shirts, finisher medals, swim caps, etc.
  • Manage Tri Club relationships
  • Maintain email lists
  • Manage customer surveys

Requirements of the role

  • Strong understanding of current digital marketing concepts, strategy and best practice
  • Experience in ecommerce, SEO, PPC, Email marketing, and social media
  • Previous experience in a similar digital marketing role

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of triathlon and running event planning, marketing and management; exceptional customer service practices
  • Ability to Manage multiple tasks in a detailed and effective manner; ability to implement cost-effective programs to meet the needs of the race; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and draft effective plans of action
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; excellent interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Detail oriented, flexible and adaptable; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, make efficient decisions
  • Working knowledge of design process for promotional materials and advertising and media plans; ability to work effectively with graphic designer and marketing coordinator
  • Computer literate with current software programs, including Microsoft Office, online registration system
  • Able and willing to work long hours, nights and weekends; travel extensively

 

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