Kona's Marketing Department is Hiring

Dec 1, 2014 at 16:00
Dec 1, 2014
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The Kona Bicycle Company is seeking a full-time employee to work with its global Communications Department. This person must be able to write at a high level, produce digital content at a fairly proficient level (photography and video), ride bikes like the wind, work well with a team, be not afraid to dig in and get their hands dirty, and travel to very cool locations to a) work first and, b) ride second.


Wake up at 4am to travel to remote areas and ride with heavy packs to cater to high-maintenance athletes while being chased by giant horseflies for days on end. Photo: John Gibson

Kona PR image

Kona's Chairman of Integration (your new boss) fuels a quad while Aggy drinks a Pilsner and gazes with amazement at 8am on a Saturday way up in the mountains above Bralorne, BC during the shooting of "The Aggy Profile" with Sherpas Cinema. This could be you filling the quad, drinking the beer, getting it done! Photo: Blake Jorgenson


You may also be asked to capture and post random, strangely storied social media posts on your ever-present iPhone (with all the latest editing software and social apps installed of course).


Travel to exotic locations and shuttle like the locals. Come join the adventure! Photo: John Gibson

Duration: Full Time, Year-Round, 24/7/365
Location: Kona USA office in Ferndale, Washington, USA (preferred) or Kona Canada office in Vancouver's glorious Downtown East Side, or work remotely from somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, it depends, let's talk.
Compensation: Depends on experience. We'll make you an offer you can't refuse.


1. Social Media Manager
2. Content Creation / Flow
3. Staff/Consumer Engagement
4. Project Production Assistant
5. Scheduling
6. Manage Photo Database
7. Press Relations Assistant

Click here for the full job description, but don't let it deter you, this is actually a dream job. You'll work with riders, writers, marketers, professional videographers, the industry's best photographers, award winning designers, coffee lovers and comedians.


• Photography
• Video shooting and editing
• Creative writing, storytelling, copy writing, blogging, social media
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to work to deadlines
• Proven problem-solving ability and sound judgment
• Extensive knowledge of Mountain, Road and Cyclocross bicycles
• Experience in dealing with sensitive designers and "artsy types"
• Experience in the tactical deployment of irreverence and sarcasm
• A good sense of humor

Interested applicants should provide examples of the applicant's photography, videos, writing and social media experience.

If interested please email your resume and sample work with subject "Kona Content Manager Position" to konajobs@konaworld.com

Kona PR image

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 I'm graduating with a doctorate in an unrelated field in May and have an Instagram with 50 whole followers. I'm a perfect candidate!
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 Reality Check in 3... 2... 1

No one could possibly satisfy all those requirements unless they've already performed them for other bike companies.

It's a nice gesture, but unless you can kill it at least half of the requirements (riding ability is prob lowest in terms of priority) you're wasting your time by applying.

Most likely, they've already got someone already working for them that they intend to put in the position but they kinda gotta see what's out there before they commit to Joey in sales.

It's actually kind of a dick move to even put it out there, as though 99% of Pinkbike were actually close to being qualified.

Sorry to crush your dreams... Just getting it out of the way now so you don't wait for a call that's not coming.
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 it's actually a good move. I would've done the same. Post it on a mtb webpage and build up hype and make noise. Plus, even though most of us will never get the job, there are some people on PB who are in the media/marketing media that easily have what it takes.

Maybe they already have the position taken, but they receive maybe idk 10-20 resumes that can one day, in the future, turn out to be a possible candidate for an additional position, or work on a side project for Kona.
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 Right job, wrong side of the world!
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 Right job, wrong side of the country!
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 Let´s see...


• Photography: I like it, I´m not a pro but I have developed some skills

• Video shooting and editing: The same as Photography.

• Creative writing, storytelling, copy writing, blogging, social media: Well next year my blog it´s going to be 10 years... well lately I didn´t write so often.

• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: I have used some of the adobe programs, but not the hole suite.

• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills: I have some.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills: I guess I have good communication skills, and also I´m bilingual.

• Ability to multi-task: I can handle it.

• Ability to work to deadlines: no problem.

• Proven problem-solving ability and sound judgment: just do me a test.

• Extensive knowledge of Mountain, Road and Cyclocross bicycles: well no so extensive in CX.

• Experience in dealing with sensitive designers and "artsy types": I have some friends that are designers and I get along with them.

• Experience in the tactical deployment of irreverence and sarcasm: Are you talkin to me?

• A good sense of humor: no problem.

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PS. I have a problem with deadlines!
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 Experience in dealing with sensitive designers and "artsy types"
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 IN...Ride a Bike..EMF
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