We are looking to hire a new member to join our Corporate Communications team to play a key role on several pieces of business. This role is essentially the engine that keeps the motor running on the day-to-day basis and ensures that communications programs are carried out with perfection. A real self-starter and someone looking for an opportunity to grow.
Ideal candidates will have experience working at a public relations agency or within a communications department, with direct experience developing, pitching, and executing on fully integrated communications programs, preferably for the corporate sector.
We are seeking a candidate with superior writing skills, excellent media relations skills, the ability to liaise and provide meaningful client counsel; a person who can manage and mentor entry level staff, but work with senior leaders to continually bring fresh ideas to the table; a person who knows the importance of traditional media relations, but has a heart and integrating social media to campaigns.
This role is perfect for someone with a 5+ years under his/her belt, who would like the opportunity to work closely with senior leaders and clients; results-driven and an aptitude to bring creative ideas from strategy through execution. Strong media relations skills is a must for this role, however, this position requires a multi-tasker who can provide social/digital counsel and strategy, is passionate about providing excellent and professional client service, and has his/her hand on the pulse of media at all times.
Media relations experience is a requirement. Experience in issues and crisis management, corporate reputation, employee engagement programs is a plus.
- Serve as the driver of results; liaise and interact with senior leaders of the practice, clients and colleagues, providing strong counsel on tactical and strategic matters linked to the programs; anticipate client needs and prepare in advance
- Excellent project management capabilities; can execute against multiple tasks in an effective, organized manner, including: events, press material development, media briefings, and product launches; provide high quality deliverables on or prior to deadlines
- Manage the logistics of and run multiple, defined client projects (including events, collateral development, media briefings, etc.) from concept to completion on time, with the support of the team
- Proactively generate new ideas and opportunities to support client objectives; ensure client program success; participate actively in account team strategy sessions and brainstorms
- Manage up to your supervisors and account leads regarding progress on deliverables, media outreach processes, and actively offer solutions to pivot where needed or enhance the project
- Serve as a mentor and guide to entry level team members
- Drive media results for clients across your accounts by proactively pitching media daily and secure publicity for clients (local, regional, national); generate client thought leadership opportunities; track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships with media, journalists, and influencers; deep knowledge of journalist specialism/interest
- Moderate media interviews; assist with media training for clients; initiate implementation of media events such as media dinners/breakfasts, briefings and media tours; represent clients and products at industry conferences and events
- Actively support the pitch process for new business (including research and capabilities presentations and/or contribute media ideas for broader presentations) and attend new business pitches as appropriate; find creative ways to contribute to organic growth of existing accounts
- 5+ years of experience working in communications, preferably corporate communications, at a public relations agency
- Experience working with or a passion for corporate workplace issues or corporate consulting industry
- An interest in placing a strong emphasis on social media counsel and strategy
- Superior oral and written communication skills; strong proofreading and editing ability
- Demonstrated proficiency in media relations (story pitching to traditional media and digital influencers, writing releases and bylined articles, ability to find creative angles and create highly targeted media strategies and pitches)
- Maintain a professional, client-ready demeanor and presence; keep a high standard of etiquette in all communications and interactions
- Experience in providing guidance to entry level staffers; strong team building and mentorship aptitude
- Maintain knowledge and a demonstrated understanding of industry publications, national top tier and business press, broadcast media
- Avid consumer of general business news and media
- Maintain a thorough understanding of clients’ businesses and industries; become an expert on clients’ products and services; have the ability to demonstrate these products to media
- Proven ability to think strategically, creatively and proactively; exhibit a facility for problem solving and close attention to detail
- Takes pride in their work and helping team members and the client succeed
- Demonstrates motivation and a “can-do” attitude; a self-starter
- Desire to pursue knowledge and professional development
- Actively participate in agency development by working collaboratively across all practice areas and assisting with new business whenever possible
- Team oriented with the proven ability to work in partnership with others as well as independently