Job Opportunities

Panda Restaurant Group

Director of Communications

Rosemead, Calif. (suburban area east of downtown L.A.)


From Mr. Dave Wallinga, VP – Guest Marketing, Panda Restaurant Group.


Summary of Job Scope and Expectations:

The Director of Communications position is responsible for the creation and execution of communications and stakeholder management strategies that support the company’s vision, culture, business plans, national promotions and brand identity. This position translates these strategies into clear, consistent, and effective messaging for all internal and external company stakeholders. The Director provides communications support for other internal functions and departments as needed.


Essential functions:

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this job’s duties and responsibilities. Reliable and dependable attendance is required.



  •                     Creates a long-term communications strategy and plan that proactively supports PRG’s vision, culture, brand and national promotions. Ensures all messaging, positioning, visuals/graphics, and digital and media platforms align with overall corporate strategies.  
  •                     Creates a long-term stakeholder management strategy and plan that directs activities that promote company visibility, maintain and build a strong company reputation, and increase public awareness that results in keeping PRG top of mind and in good standing with our stakeholders.
  •                     Creates a long-term associate communications strategy that ensures associate understanding and support of the company’s core values, culture, policies and key business strategies and equips associates to serve as ambassadors for the Panda brand.
  •                     Leads, coaches and develops the Communications team, setting the group’s vision and executing its staffing and development initiatives.
  •                     Builds and manages relationships between the company, the media and key stakeholders (e.g. elected officials, National Restaurant Association). Monitors company activities, industry issues and social media to recommend appropriate communication plans and responses. 
  •                     Directs external public relations and communication agencies as well as community and government relations consultants.
  •                     Provides guidance and counsel to the Founders and senior leadership on critical communication issues; works closely with senior leadership to anticipate and respond to urgent communication issues; develops and implements a proactive and reactive crisis communications plan that manages a wide range of issues and potential risks.



  •                     Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, marketing or a related field; MBA preferred
  •                     Minimum ten years of experience in communications, marketing, or public relations representing an organization in the community, preferably in a retail/hospitality environment with increasing management experience
  •                     Successful completion of annual store training



  •                     Ability to develop, model and teach Panda’s Mission, Values, and Culture
  •                     Expert knowledge of corporate communications, stakeholder management and government relations
  •                     Expert knowledge of social, political and community environment
  •                     Strong, flexible strategic thinker with vision
  •                     Strong leadership, people, team building, communication, presentation, listening, facilitation, training, and assessment skills
  •                     Strong financial management and analysis skills
  •                     Strong relationship building skills applied internally and externally
  •                     Strong project management skills
  •                     Strong computer/technology skills and highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite
  •                     Ability to embrace change and continuous learning
  •                     Ability to present to large groups inside and outside the company
  •                     Ability to work with and advise senior leadership



In addition to Support Center Associate, Professional, and Manager competencies, the following are Panda Leadership Competencies for Director (Core People Development Competencies are in Bold):

  •                     Sizing up others
  •                     Problem solving
  •                     Priority setting
  •                     Organizational agility
  •                     Dealing with ambiguity
  •                     Presentation skills



  •                     Contribute to building and sustaining the Panda mission and culture
  •                     Successful creation of brand, promotional and strategic communications based on appropriate metrics, including guest interaction and satisfaction
  •                     Consistent, positive messaging about the company and its products and promotions in the media
  •                     Successful company involvement in key community and business organizations and events
  •                     Successful management of communications in crisis situations
  •                     Ability to measure and articulate the impact of communications programs on Operations and business financials
  •                     Ability to enroll others in company initiatives and facilitate process
  •                     Positive feedback from guests, operators, and associates 



The following job titles or job categories are examples of potential career opportunities and are not intended as a guarantee of promotion. These career paths can change at any time.

  •                     Executive Director, Communications
  •                     Vice President, Guest Marketing
  •                     Other Marketing positions
  •                     Operations management



  •                     Office-based at Panda’s Support Center in Rosemead, Calif.
  •                     Limited travel and attendance at public events


For more information and to apply, visit:




Walmart Stores, Inc.

Head of Brand and Thought Leadership

San Bruno, Calif. (in the San Francisco Bay Area)


Job Requisition Number:



What you'll do at 

Store No 8 was founded on the belief that the future of commerce is being shaped today. Powered by the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, we identify and invest in trends and technologies reshaping the shopping experience. 
We are hiring an experienced professional to join our collaborative team. In this highly visible role, the ideal candidate will work across teams to develop and execute strategies that establish Store No 8 as the thought leader in the retail innovation space. 

This dynamic role was created with a multi-hyphenate talent in mind, and the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of both supporting high-profile external relationships and event efforts in an energetic, fast-paced atmosphere. This candidate will serve as an ambassador for Store No 8 and constantly deliver high-caliber work, often under intense time constraints.


•Develop strategy for partnerships, including fostering leadership-level relationships with VCs, incubation groups, and academic institutions

•Be an enthusiastic ambassador for Store No 8 at industry events and in meetings with external partners

•Manage & develop an ever-evolving calendar of content, events, and launch announcements for Store No 8 and key executives

•Work extremely closely and collaboratively with external public relations firm to lead strategy and content development for brand-owned editorial and social outlets

•Develop and train internal spokespeople, and manage speaking engagements for executives

•Serve as point-of-contact liaison between Store No 8 and Walmart team 

•Prepare presentations and collateral for events, panels, fireside chats, and speaking opportunities 

•Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including facilities, external vendors, networking, technical support and PR agency to manage event production

•Build relationships with thought leaders

•Create and execute both annual and special events, source speaking opportunities, and prepare spokespeople


Minimum Qualifications

•                    BA/BS degree or equivalent professional experience

•                    A combination of 5+ years of experience in marketing and communications, preferably in the tech and retail space

•                    Experience managing enterprise-wide communications initiatives for leadership

•                    Direct experience in live events in a strategic, planning or operations role

•                    Ability to manage stakeholder expectations for both internal team and key external partners

•                    Willingness to travel and be available on evenings and weekends, as needed

•                    Experience in technology writing and executive communication strategy is a major plus


About Walmart

At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?


For more about Walmart and this position, visit:




Future Leaders Interns – Food



From Mr. Fields Jackson of Racing Toward Diversity magazine.



Unit Description

Admirals Club refers to both the membership program and network of lounges operated by American Airlines. The program was started in 1936 to recognize friends of the airline and loyal passengers. Members were called "Admirals", since American Airlines' planes were known as the "Flagship Fleet".


Initially, Admirals Club memberships were distributed to frequent flyers or VIPs at the discretion of the airline's sales team. By 1967, American Airlines began allowing individuals to purchase membership, and rates began at $25 for an annual membership and $250 for lifetime membership. This open membership policy still stands, and today, you can become a member of Admirals Club by paying with either cash or miles accrued.


Fun Fact:

The first Admirals Club airport lounge, originally named "Flagship Club" due to legal issues, was opened in 1939 at the New York's newly opened LaGuardia Airport. The space was initially occupied by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who decided to rent it out to American Airlines after he was criticized for having such a large, well-equipped office.


Admirals Club lounges provide complimentary beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), light snacks, and Wi-Fi access. Most locations provide work areas, in addition to copiers and fax machines. At select locations, you can even utilize the conference rooms for discounted prices.


The Sodexo Future Leaders Internship Program offers an exciting opportunity for currently enrolled college students to turn their leadership potential into valuable professional experience and get a head start on their careers.


Through practical work experience on site, the intern will acquire the management skills necessary to succeed as a Food Service Manager with Sodexo. The intern will be assigned a MENTOR and participate in professional development webinars. They will also gain practical experience in food production, administration, finance, retail, service, marketing, safety and catering management.


Finally, they will conduct peer training and assist the management team as needed. Interns are supervised by, and report to, a General Manager.


With opportunities located throughout the United States, we offer you the flexibility to select an internship in the areas where you live or are able to obtain free or affordable housing that works for you. Sodexo does not offer housing to interns at this time.


This part time (20 hour/week)  internship will take place at the Admirals Club Ft. Lauerdale Airport.


Position Summary

Position is part of a formal internship program in professional development in the contract management services industry. Supports business units and assists in projects. Builds skills and knowledge in large corporate and team environment


Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Current college student with studies in hospitality/food management, facilities management, engineering, communications, human resources, accounting, marketing or another industry related college program.


Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.


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