Associate Communications Manager

Santa Monica, CA

For over 30 years, Naughty Dog has been crafting best-selling, critically acclaimed games that constantly push the boundaries of narrative, gameplay, and technology. Our most recent game, The Last of Us Part II, has received over 300 Game of the Year awards and three of our games are among the top 10 highest scored games on the PlayStation 4. As a part of the Naughty Dog legacy, you’ll become a part of continuing the development of extraordinary and enduring experiences for a broad, global range of audiences.


The Communications Team is the steward of the identity and reputation of Naughty Dog and its portfolio of best-selling, award-winning games. Our team’s area of responsibility encompasses all aspects of external and internal communications; as a studio or in partnership with our colleagues at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). 


As the Communications Associate, you will contribute to the development and on-going review of the brand identities of Naughty Dog and all our game franchises—past, present, and future. This role will have exposure to all aspects of the gaming business from game announcements to press & marketing initiatives, to live-services and more. 


You will assist with the planning, execution, and reporting of all public-facing communications and content for Naughty Dog and our games. As part of the Communications Team you will represent Naughty Dog not only internally but to our partners at SIE.  


Responsibilities:

  • The Communications Associate will support the Naughty Dog Communications team on a global scale, both internally and externally, and will be a key member to further our relationship with our partners at SIE
  • Act as a liaison between the communications team and Naughty Dog devs for scheduling, follow-ups, and media training 
  • Review media briefing materials and edit as needed; pass along materials to key Naughty Dog team members and ensure review and awareness  
  • Staff media calls with Naughty Dog team and be able to distill and triage information to the larger communications leadership
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and work cross-functionally with departments within SIE, such as legal, marketing, PR and Product Development
  • Maintain and drive internal and external facing media schedules for game launches and interview cycles
  • Support the team in the execution and monitoring of communications activities as well as day-to-day administrative tasks such as creating communications materials such as press releases, managing media assets and tracking and reporting analytics on campaigns  
  • Support drafting briefing materials and media messaging, maintaining media lists, compiling coverage reports, and performing media and competitive analysis 
  • Assist in drafting press materials as needed including blog posts, ad copy, media alerts, and ad hoc press material  
  • Support internal communications initiatives including drafting comms and assisting leads and executives with scheduling and logistics  
  • Work with the team to perform tasks at a high quality and under deadline


Requirements & Skills:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in communications, marketing, and/or related fields  
  • Strong project management skills – we need this individual to communicate moving tasks and deliverables to the larger team on a timely basis 
  • Brings Naughty Dog level of effort and quality to their own work; pushes for creative ideas and is purposeful and enterprising in problem-solving; embraces diverse trends, skills, specialties, and viewpoints
  • Displays behavior consistent with the Naughty Dog culture; upholds creative, ethical, and legal standards 
  • Excellent writing and grammatical skills 
  • Proactively reports back to supervisor and others, as needed, on key areas, such as plans, project status, internal challenges, results, etc. 
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal communication, and presentation skills; cultural sensitivity to work with a diverse, international team 
  • Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking; passion, and strong critical thinking skills
  • Open and collaborative approach to their work; comfort in a fast-paced organization navigating ambiguity and change. We’re not precious about getting feedback and input on our ideas and value an individual that’s open to asking questions and working openly with various team members 
  • We’re not precious about getting feedback and input on our ideas – we value team members that ask direct questions, provide clear feedback and always treat members of the team with empathy and respect  
  • Ability to work concurrently on and effectively prioritize a variety of projects. Adaptable and able to handle multiple tasks and priorities 
  • Ability to objectively interpret player feedback and make actionable recommendations to the development and marketing teams  


Bonus Skills:

  • Video Game, tech, or entertainment industry experience is a plus but not a barrier to entry!


As a part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates may be asked to complete a test.

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