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Area Manager

Company: The Gazette
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: April 17, 2019

Job Description:

Department: Circulation Full/Part Time: Full Time Reports To: Distribution Manager Dotted Line Reports To: N/A FLSA Status: Exempt Directly Supervises: N/AJob SummaryAs a member of the circulation management team, lead a portion of home delivery operations to achieve customer satisfaction and established service goals as outlined, through the effective management of contracted carriers. To oversee and provide on-time delivery of the newspaper and all related products to subscribers, retail outlets, and non-subscribers daily, resulting in subscriber retention and circulation growth. To effectively prospect and contract independent contractors for delivery services, familiarize contractors with route locations and enforce contractual agreements.Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities


  • Primary job responsibility: To achieve customer satisfaction through ensuring service and performance provided contracted carriers meets all contractual agreements
  • Perform all circulation duties as outlined by Distribution Manager including directly supervising all daily circulation responsibilities
  • Cover the entire operation if needed and all related duties in the absence of the Distribution Manager
  • Ensure on-time delivery of the newspaper and related products to subscribers and non-subscribers daily
  • Direct and supervise daily visual verification of new starts, previous day complaints, and any service related issues
  • Prospect, recruit, train and mentor independent contractors for delivery route coverage and ensure understanding of route layout
  • Monitor and enforce contractual agreements
  • Direct home delivery service to ensure that 100% of all deliveries within the division are accomplished daily
  • Contact subscribers, resolve delivery issues, and follow up to ensure customer satisfaction is achieved
  • Routinely update division records for accuracy. (Route Lists, Contracts, complaint history, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an elevated sense of urgency, to consistently meet delivery deadlines
  • Execute weekly work schedule for all Field Representatives staffing
  • Provide feedback to Distribution Manager on performance of Field Representatives and initiate disciplinary action as necessary
  • Perform route assessments to evaluate contractor compensation levels and expense saving opportunities
  • Communicate clear expectations to staff members and contracted carriers
  • Communicate with Distribution Manager daily, weekly, and monthly with recommendations for improvements to the area
  • Flexible hours to cover special projects, weather issues, personnel shortages, and press runs. Must be willing to adapt to changing schedules and responsibilities, react to change productively, and manage multiple duties at one time.
  • Step in and deliver route using own vehicle when necessary
  • Lift up to 50 lb. bundles repeatedly

    Other Duties: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.Minimum Education & Work Experience RequirementsEducation: Minimum of high school diploma or equivalentExperience: 3 Years Circulation experience preferred and 1 year management experienceCertifications/Licenses: Must have valid driver's license and proof of insuranceKnowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • At least 1 year management experience, including the ability to motivate, instruct, direct and supervise others in performing their essential job functions
    • Circulation operations experience and understanding preferred
    • Leadership skills
    • Computer skills - Microsoft Excel and Word, email
    • Organization skills
    • Analytical and problem solving skills
    • Electronic Communications skills-frequent use Text Messaging, Phone, E-mail
    • Navigational Skills, able to read maps, GPS, and locate geographic locations efficiently
    • Communication skills, both written and oral
    • Lift up to 50 lb. bundles repeatedly
    • Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing business needs

      Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.Work EnvironmentThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately noisy.
      The Colorado Springs Gazette Circulation department is seeking a full time Area Manager to oversee the delivery of newspapers to subscribers within a defined geographical area. This position is part of a support system that oversees carriers, ensuring delivery accuracy, observing warehouse activity and physical distribution of newspaper. The Area Manager is responsible for prospecting and contracting independent contractors for delivery services, familiarizing contractors with route locations and enforcing contractual agreements.
      The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. This position requires tenacity, consistency, good judgment, quick decision making and solid interpersonal skills. Must have strong time management skills, including the ability to set priorities and give attention to detail.
      Requirements • Valid driver's license, dependable vehicle and proof of insurance are required for this position.• Ability to work as part of a team, with minimal daily supervision and high degree of self-motivation.• Ability to problem solve, resolve issues & complaints, demonstrate sound reasoning, exercise judgment, and make decisions.• Ability to repetitively stoop, bend and walk to distribute newspapers. Will push and pull carts loaded with newspapers and repetitively lift newspaper bundles weighing between 10–50 pounds.• Ability to work flexible overnight hours, available at any time as needed to include weekends and holidays.• Basic computer skills (Excel and Word).• High school diploma or equivalent required.
      Preferred Skills • Prior newspaper experience in circulation as well as a management background is preferred.• Strong leadership ability to lead a mixed workforce of employees and independent contractors spread out across several different markets.
      The Colorado Springs Gazette, located in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, is the leading media company in the front range with a 7 day a week publication, along with additional print publications. We offer great products to our customers and at the same time deliver outstanding customer service to our audience.
      In addition to a workplace that values and respects its employees and customers, we offer a benefits package, which includes vacation, sick and personal time off, health, dental & vision coverage, 401(k), and more.
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