Jobs at The State

April 21, 2014


PRODUCTION – IMAGING TECHNICIAN (Math):Performs a variety of prepress support activities including outputting press plates and maintaining a smooth workflow by producing all jobs correctly according to press needs. Requires knowledge of standard computer peripherals and mechanical aptitude to perform general maintenance of plate lines.  High school diploma or equivalent required; technical college, network support or information technology experience preferred.  One year graphic arts experience desired. Candidate must be able to perform mathematical calculations, use computer mouse, keyboard, digitizing table, and other input devices.  Position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Physical abilities include bending, stooping, kneeling, occasional heavy pushing and lifting up to 65 pounds.  Work schedule is Wednesday- Sunday, 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m.  POSTING DATE: 04/21/2014


OPERATIONS – OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Key leadership position overseeing 24/7 printing operation and facilities; responsible for building the capacity of workforce and fulfilling production obligations to continuously improve product quality, drive commercial work and revenue, and provide excellent service to customers. The State Media Company is a major regional printing operation with a complex schedule of daily, weekly and commercial printing jobs. The Operations Director, working with managers and other direct reports, will plan, organize and administer the functional areas of Pressroom, Mailroom, Transportation, Production/Building Maintenance, and Safety, and oversee key relationships with service contractors. Liaison among Operations departments and other divisions, and between day and night Operations. Serves as a member of the local executive team. Supports a diverse workforce and safe, productive workplace.  Advises the Regional Operations VP and executives and managers of The State Media Company on operational issues. Position requires extensive knowledge of technical, planning and budgeting practices, policies and procedures.  POSTING DATE:  04/15/2014


ADVERTISING – DIGITAL SALES SPECIALIST (Spelling, Math): Sells online advertising schedules based on advertisers’ marketing needs. Candidates must have excellent sales, customer relations and communication skills and must be able to present creative marketing solutions, get advertisers to commit to campaigns, process paperwork, perform basis mathematical calculations. Requirements include two to five years of responsible experience in sales or marketing, preferably with a media company. Knowledge of competitive media and marketing research a plus. Must have PC/Microsoft Office skills and be proficient with internet applications, especially social media. Work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. POSTING DATE: 04/15/2014


ADVERTISING – ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (Spelling, Math):Sells advertising schedules based on advertisers' marketing needs. Sells all products in The State Media Company's portfolio (print and online) to achieve revenue goals by: developing and servicing existing, new and inactive accounts in assigned territory; maintaining awareness of local competitive conditions; and improving market share. Requirements include two to five years of responsible experience in sales or marketing, preferably with a media company. College degree preferred. Candidates must have excellent sales, customer relations and communication skills and must be able to present creative marketing solutions, get advertisers to commit to campaigns, process paperwork, perform basic mathematical calculations, and follow ads from creation to publication to meet or exceed customer expectations. Must demonstrate ability to organize individual work activities, as well as to contribute in a team-based environment. Knowledge of competitive media and marketing research is a plus. Work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.   POSTING DATE:  04/15/2014


TRANSPORTATION – PART-TIME TRUCK DRIVER: Loads, transports and unloads bulk quantities of newspapers to drop points.  Requirements include a valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL), excellent driving record, mathematical aptitude, good communication skills and proven job stability. Must be able to lift bundles weighing up to 65 lbs. Applicants should furnish a current copy of their SC Department of Motor Vehicles 10-year driving record at time of application. Work schedule is Thursday and Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.; and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.;  OR Thursday, Friday, Sunday, 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Final candidate must undergo a US Department of Transportation physical examination and drug testing.  POSTING DATE:  04/14/2014


AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT – SENIOR AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: This position has on-site responsibility for audience growth of the newspaper’s entire product portfolio, including home delivery, single copy, classroom copies, targeted print products, digital subscriptions and engagement with digital offerings. The position also will develop, implement and measure operational practices, billing practices and customer service practices to ensure meeting or exceeding consumer expectations. Additional responsibilities include identifying, developing and delivering on various financial and audience goals and executing plans to address declines and/or shortfalls. Position requires bachelor's degree from four-year college or university and 2-4 years related experience and/or training; at least 5 years of management-level experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior work history should demonstrate strong, successful leadership ability and solid understanding of complexities of newspaper circulation, audience development, sales, distribution and marketing. Excellent written, verbal and organizational development skills needed. POSTING DATE: 03/12/2014


ADVERTISING – ADVERTISING PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (Spelling) (Preferred candidate identified):  Supports advertising sales team with design and processing functions.  Responsible for creation and delivery of design directions and graphic elements for ad production.  Has an essential role in quality control and must be able to originate and rework ads in a deadline-driven environment.  Ideal candidate will possess general knowledge of core design applications to originate or rework ads as needed.  Job requires intermediate skill level in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Quark ad composition software and proficiency with Macintosh hardware. Must be able to troubleshoot technical difficulties.  Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field preferred with 3-5 years of graphic design experience.  Requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, strong customer service orientation and ability to establish strong working relationships with internal and external customers. Must have strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, along with the ability to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines while remaining flexible and adaptable to changing work priorities. Work schedule is 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays; overtime may be required based on workload. POSTING DATE:  01/08/2014



ADVERTISING – ACCOUNT RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST (Math, Spelling):  Provides customer service and support for advertising customers in collaboration with Account Executives to meet revenue goals and increase advertiser satisfaction with service and results. Creates compelling proposals and presentations based on customer needs assessments. Processes transactions and performs day-to-day maintenance of customer accounts, including conducting follow-up with customers on a regular basis and across all platforms. Measures, monitors and builds customer relationships via phone and occasionally in person with Account Executives on sales calls. Collaborates with Account Executives on marketing opportunities and new products/programs. Works closely with customers and team to facilitate proposals, correspondence, resolution of customer issues and to schedule appointments. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to interact with the public and staff. Must be able to work independently and in a team, multi-tasking while under pressure and tight deadlines. Requires problem-solving and analytical abilities, as well as ability to perform mathematical functions. Excellent organizational and time management skills required. Computer skills with working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, internet and database applications required. Minimum typing speed 40 WPM. High school diploma or equivalent required; college degree in business or marketing preferred. Prior sales experience desired. Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; overtime may be required based on workload. POSTING DATE:  11/22/2013

Interested candidates may submit resume online at, OR forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, The State Media Company, 1401 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201, OR fax to (803) 540-3041.