Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Director of Business Development - PR Agency NYC

The Agency is a digital integrated marketing communications firm headquartered in New York, with eight offices in the US, UK & India. In a digital world, where new marketing campaigns are launched at the click of a mouse, we tell memorable stories—backed by measurable results—that make brands stand out. A strategic partner to clients, The Agency’s storytelling converges at the intersection between owned, paid and earned media.

The Agency’s team of 80 storytellers includes digital ninjas, authors, editors, playwrights, filmmakers, brand wizards, PR mandarins, SEO buffs, programming geeks, and sociologists. These teams have expertise in diverse industries and use digital, content, PR, and video as their building blocks—turning data and insights into powerful narratives. Our combined experience extends across the spectrum of marketing communications work—from global branding initiatives to launch projects for local start-ups. 

The Agency has shaped brands for companies, including Black & Veatch, Catalyst, The Cherie Blair Foundation, Columbia University, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Convergys, DSM Nutritional Products, GE, CLAAS, HSBC, InMobi, Jones Lang LaSalle, MakeMyTrip, Oxford University, Pratham, Quest Diagnostics, Quikr, Jabong, St. Jude Medical, Texas Instruments, Texas Pacific Group (TPG), TIAA-CREF, U.S. India Business Council, The White House, Vuclip, Wipro Limited, Happiest Minds and Infinite Computer Solutions.

Our services include communications and brand positioning strategy, media relations, content development, financial communications, thought leadership programs, speakers bureau, crisis communications, CEO positioning and social media. Our media relationships span leading global media outlets like the BBC, Bloomberg—Businessweek, CNBC, Economic Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune, Mint, Quartz, Reuters, New York Times, The Guardian, The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Our team has worked with Quartz Next Billion, Fortune Global Forum, The Economist, and Forbes CEO conferences where we strategically place our clients. 

Our philosophy springs from one passion — tell our clients' stories in the most creative, well- researched and unique ways possible. In telling these stories we bring an unparalleled understanding of the rapidly changing media landscape, strong media networks around the world, and a team that excels at mapping specific messages and targeting key audiences, globally and locally. 

Summary & Overview of the Position
We are looking for someone who will be responsible for business development in the U.S. Located in New York, the candidate will report to the Managing Director based in New York. The Associate Director is will additional responsibilities for client and managerial activities both strategic and operational in nature. The strategic responsibilities of this position include working closely with our senior leadership team including the CEO to proactively address the areas of:
  • Managing and growing revenues and profitability in the US
  • Developing proposal for new business pitches  
  • Motivating, leading and managing the business development team 
  • New Business Development
  • Developing strong knowledge of global media and digital/social media landscape
  • Research based counsel for clients that drives client thought leadership

The position is not solely about planning and managing the above client and team activities, but also designing, developing, delivering on the operational aspects of client and team including:
  • Be a primary driver for building new clients and support servicing clients who are based out of US
  • Take complete responsibility for the US new business team’s performance and delivering results in a timely and professional manner
  • Mentor and grow team members in the region and set required processes to increase productivity 
  • Develop talent within the organization and add to the existing pool. Guide team members in developing new business
  • Guide clients and the teams on the use of the digital and social media and mapping trends. 
  • Strive to be a knowledge source on our clients, competition and industry to develop public relations strategies. Familiarize yourself with market trends and public relation tactics used by competition.
  • Confer with other managers to identify trends and key group interests and concerns or to provide advice on business decisions
  • Support in overall growth of the business across geographies     

Leadership / Cultural Competencies
The Agency is a public relations & communications firm with a total employee population of 80 employees.  So although not a requirement, we are interested in candidates that have or identify with the following characteristics:
  • Is a self-starter and proactive, who looks to take initiative and looking for professional growth in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Doesn’t need a lot of hand holding, and can thrive in an entrepreneurial / start-up environment
  • Looks to ask questions / has a spirit of inquiry
  • Ability to think strategically, but has a strong operational focus
  • High-energy individual with a strong work ethic and high expectations for performance, but who can lead by example
  • Ability to earn the trust of co-workers, maintain confidence, and put the company’s self-interest above one’s self
  • Interpersonally savvy, relates well to people throughout the organization
  • Committed to building strong teams, looks to develop solid relationships and elicit collaboration
  • Someone with a level of self-awareness and ability to bond easily with others

  • Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Science, Business, public relations, communications or other related discipline required
  • 8 – 10 years of experience in a communication role working on a diverse set of clients across industries. 
  • Proven leadership and execution abilities 
  • Excellent team player with strong communication skills
  • Project Management experience in leading client initiatives, or the communications component of business initiatives is preferred.
  • MBA / Masters degree is also a plus
  • 10 - 20% travel may be required


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Senior Media Relations Lead - Financial Services Giant - PA

This Senior level media relations pro will be a spokesperson for the company on daily inquiries from the news media – including wire services, blogs, financial websites, newspapers, and personal finance/business publications – and act as an accessible, responsive, credible, quotable, and resourceful spokesperson.

You'll be relied upon to provide clear, candid, and accurate statements and/or background information to the media using your communication skills to effectively to maintain the company's image and reputation among media and shareholders as well as promote the actual funds and services and advance the firm's business and communications goals.

You'll develop and strengthen working relationships with the news media, while you continue identify and cultivate new press contacts. 

You'll have the opportunity to plan and research story ideas to  pitch to the media, arrange interviews with executives, thought leaders, and portfolio managers, and work closely with them to prepare them for media interviews.

The company has a strong and collegial culture and you'll have a wonderful team to work with.  You'll enjoy strong, collaborative relationships with team members, internal business clients, investment management personnel, marketing personnel, members of senior staff, as well as external advisers, vendors, and clients.  Your work with all these colleagues will deepen your understanding of strategy, priorities, and positioning for the company and align this with the broad priorities of the businesses and/or the broader marketing initiatives.

The PR department is a lean group of smart professionals that senior management leans upon to provide sound and reasoned counsel regarding public perception and communication of business issues. Also, you'll be keeping an eye out for media issues, strategies and tactics that will help reinforce positive media coverage and mitigate any possible adverse publicity.

You should be keeping  abreast of the media environment, industry trends, market activity, and regulatory changes and develop appropriate responses and materials for these areas. 

You'll research and prepare creative, professional and accurate press releases and other  materials, including statements, Q&As, backgrounders, pitches, fact sheets, press kits, bylined articles, etc.  
As you'd imagine, you'll be called upon to lead or assist with special projects that may arise.

We are looking for a minimum of 5-10 years of general business experience, with 5 years in public relations or related area, especially in the mutual fund area, would be preferred.  There may be some travel, but not much.

Some qualities we're looking for:

Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently on multiple projects.
Demonstrated ability to explain complex subject matter in plain English.
Knowledge of financial services industry, particularly mutual fund investing and financial markets.
Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to work with various departments and levels of management including senior executives.
Demonstrated ability to write quickly and meet deadlines.
Willingness to “cover” corporate events outside usual business hours.
 Ability to handle confidential information.

The firm offers wonderful benefits and competitive compensation. The role located about a half hour outside of Philadelphia and the company will help with relocation if necessary.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Account Executive - Life Sciences - NJ/PA

Account Executive

A NJ based public relations firm specializing in serving the life sciences industry is looking for someone with around 3 or 4 years of experience in PR, preferably within the healthcare or life sciences industry.  Clients range from emerging publicly traded biotech and pharmaceutical companies to VC-funded startups and global organizations, including one of the world’s leading providers of executive education. 

We are seeking an account executive to assist in the day-to-day management of several client accounts. The ideal candidate:  is comfortable interacting with clients; possesses strong communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal; is proficient in digital/social media; has an interest in life sciences and media relations; and is able to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities. A bachelor’s degree and prior public relations or communications experience is required. Please note that this is a work-remote position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Leading day-to-day client activities to ensure timely execution of deliverables
·         Preparing for and leading client calls and meetings
·         Interacting with target media on behalf of clients
·         Maintaining client progress trackers
·         Drafting client materials, including news releases, web site copy, fact sheets and award nominations
·         Assisting in the maintenance of clients’ and 6 Degrees’ social media properties (e.g., Twitter)
·         Compiling briefing documents for media interviews
·         Researching media outlets, industry conferences, corporate recognition opportunities and prospective clients
·         Coordinating the distribution of news releases

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Senior Manager, Media Relations - UK and Ireland

My client is one of the most prestigious technology consulting firms in the world. It's also one of the best places to work.

The person in this role will drive media and analyst relations across all industry sectors and each of the firm's business areas.  That's a pretty broad landscape, yet it will also collaborate on other, wider communications strategies such as corporate citizenship, diversity and inclusion, and government relations.

In this role, you would manage teams of up to 5 or more people, and work alongside other dynamic marketing people.  It's a very collaborative environment.

We're looking for a minimum of eight years of experience in media relations, preferably with a technology services company.  Also looking for someone who is an excellent writer, with the ability to provide strategic counsel to colleagues and senior executives.  The right person has excellent media skills.

Experience managing issues would be very helpful as would experience managing a PR firm, ability to travel (about 10%).

The best thing about this role is the company -- that means the resources, the brilliant and creative people, the opportunities for growth and the benefits.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Media Relations Lead - San Francisco Area

Local stories turn global overnight and regional representation for businesses has become extremely important.  My client, which is a huge global consulting firm, understands this and is looking for a top notch communications pro to make sure that the company's stories are broadly and intelligently represented in the western region -- the most important media sector for the technology industry. This role includes executive positioning programs for all the firm's regional leaders, and working to support campaign and message development around important broad marketing initiatives.  You will collaborate with national, industry, business and global media relations colleagues across the company to leverage content for relevant stores and will complement the media relations programs with social media to amplify awareness and visibility.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Create regional media strategy, including identifying key market and regional themes and providing input to the West region marketing strategy
  • Coach and prepare spokespeople
  • Establish executive positioning platforms for regional business leads
  • Drive media release pipeline for market or region-relevant research studies and surveys corporate citizenship activities, inclusion & diversity initiatives, people on the move stories and civic and community oriented stories
  • Create and execute effective social media campaigns
  • Monitor the competitive landscape for media mentions and share of voice, applying this knowledge to improve the firm's overall positioning
  • Conduct and analyze market/competitor/influencer research as input to positioning and external marketing and communications plans
  • Drive the application process for locally important awards and rankings.
  • Drive efficient programs with PR agency in the region and different markets
Preferred Skills:
  • Natural storyteller 
  • Able to leverage social media to augment and amplify media relations programs.  Broad based business acumen and ability to quickly grasp business strategy
  • Global perspective and understanding of business marketplace; quick thinking with an inquisitive nature and desire to learn about economic and business drives, the technology ecosystem 
  • Able to partner with and influence executives at all levels 
  • Executive level presence
  • Ability to provide strategic support and counsel.  Issues management a plus
  • Ability to manage multitple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Innovative/creative progblem solving skills
  • Passion for executing deliverables and programs of the highest quality possible
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), negotiation, influence, mediation and conflict management skills
  • Strong leadership skills - team building, supervision, mentoring
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously yet integrate and collaborate with other areas 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Assistant Vice President - Corporate Communications - International Asset Management Firm - NYC

The AVP of Corporate Communications will provide a center of excellence and resource in the US for this large international asset management firm.  The role will be located in the NYC office.

The AVP will manage the company's website and internet to ensure visible and effective communications of the firm's activities and capabilities.

Additionally, the AVP will help to manage various publication projects such as the annual report, corporate videos, corporate brochures, and the biannual newsletter.  This will involve liaising with vendors and being the primary point of contact with suppliers, as well as having responsibility for the corporate communications budget in the US.

The AVP of Corporate Communications will draft press releases and other communications documents and should be a good eitor and proof reader.  They should have a good grasp of social media and modern technologies.

The AVP will be tasked with monitoring the quality and adherence to corporate standards in teh NY office to ensure that the branding and messaging is consistent with corporate identity and other company policy and standards.

Another responsibility will be to liaise with the PR agency in New York and coordinate meetings with journalists and other influencers.  Work with senior executives on media tours and other visits.

Coordinate with international offices on various projects and provide other support as needed.

Coordinate the design and production of effective communications materials such as press releases, Q&A's newsletters and etc.

The right candidate should inspire trust, demonstrate calm and focus under pressure, be familiar with the financial services industry, be a team player and have the self confidence to deal well with senior level executives.

Account Director or VP - Financial Services - NYC

A prestigious mid sized PR firm in NYC has a unique opportunity for someone with strong financial services experience, especially if you've got some exposure to the Private Equity industry.  But it's not a PE client...

This opportunity is unique because it blends the creativity and diversity of agency life with the stability and focus of an in house role.  The client is one of the largest consulting firms in the world and they have been outsourcing their marketing communications to this firm for over fifteen years.  The firm works very closely with the CMO and puts together creative, innovative digital and traditional programs across all the firm's business offerings and across all industries.  This particular role covers PE as well as other areas in financial services. And if you're looking for some exposure outside of financial services, that can be worked out as well.

The agency is one of the best firms in America to work for (per The Holmes Report, year after year) and they have a strong, 40 year old culture blended together with a stable leadership team that has embraced the most creative new channels and tactics for PR.

The agency offers great work/life balance, and a definite commitment to growth and development of each person in the company.  Wonderful people, many top name brand accounts and a great reputation.

We are looking for a strong presenters who are comfortable working in teams, can get excited about tackling complex content, and loves to be thinking creatively all the time.  Strong media relations experience is a definite plus but in this role there is so much more:  you'll help to conceptualize and help build content collateral (such as study reports, infographics, targeting, lead generation materials, and more...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Corporate Media And Issues Management - NYC or Washington DC

This Media and Issues Manager will support a high profile area within the global media relations sector of one of the most admired companies in the world. 

We are looking for a strategic thinker focused on supporting the generation of global tier one media attention for global corporate initiatives and also has experience working with sensitive issues, and reactive media as well as project management experience.

In this role you will work with colleagues to provide timely responses to media requests and support the development of channel and/or tactic specific external messages tos upport the company agenda in the marketplace.  You will work on a diverse set of disciplines including issues management, project management, messaging and positioning.
  • Proven success in project management and ability to manage multiple tasks including working with executives at all levels.
  • Exceptional media relations skills and ability to develop stores and understand news cycles;  solid relationships with business and politics/policy media
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills for audiences ranging from general to business to technical -- including press releases, talking points, Q&A's etc.
  • Strong business acumen
  • Ability to execute strategic PR and communications techniques
  • Ability to provide sound professional advice and strategic counsel to colleauges in key geographies, industries and similar areas of operation
  • ability to develop and apply creative solutions to project related issues
  • Ability to develop annual media relations plans with clear objectives and metrics
  • Passion for executing deliverables and programs that are of the highest quality, fully support the firm's business strategy and are in line with or exceed leadership expectations
  • Ability to work autonomously and independently, yet integrate appropriately with other areas within marketing and communications and with senior executives across the company.
This role requires a minimum of eight years of experience in communications.  Preferred skills include:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Southwest Media Manager - Huge Global Consulting Firm - Dallas

A well-known global consulting firm is searching for a dynamic public relations pro to support the strategy, execution and coordination of a comprehensive media relations program for the firm’s businesses across the Southwestern United States, with a particular focus on Houston and Dallas. The role is responsible for generating top tier media coverage in influential, local press that advances regional business objectives, and includes executive positioning programs for the firm’s leaders across the region.

This person will support campaign and message development around important regional and local marketing initiatives and collaborate with national, industry, business and global media relations colleagues across the company to leverage content for locally relevant stories, and will complement the media relations program with social media to amplify awareness and visibility
You’ll manage the press release pipeline for market or regional relevant research studies and surveys, corporate citizenship activities, inclusion and diversity initiatives, and other news and any community stories.

We’re looking for a minimum of 7 years of media relations experience in a professional services, B2B or technology sector.

Also looking for strong relationships with local press in Houston and Dallas and any experience with other key Southwest markets--Austin, San Antonia, Phoenix, Denver and Salt Lake City would be great.

Also looking for the ability to leverage social media to augment and amplify media relations program. 

We need an understanding of business marketplace; quick thinking with an inquisitive nature and desire to learn about economic and business drives, the technology ecosystem and other businesses.  You should be a collaborative partner, and able to work well with executives at all levels. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Content Strategist & Writer - Atlanta

Our client is a prestigious corporate communications firm in Atlanta that serves Fortune 500 clients in the development and production of their stakeholder communications.  They specialize in unique, customized Sustainability Reports and Annual Reports, which can range from a few to more than 100 pages, in both digital and print formats.  In addition, they help many of their clients develop auxiliary pieces tied to these large reports.  

The company offers a collaborative, casual and very past paced work environment.

We are looking for a highly creative and motivated self starter who is great at organizing editorial content into a format that makes sense to readers.  The right person would be a great writer and story teller and can transform disparate pieces of information into a compelling narrative.  We're looking for someone who has a knack for finding creative ways to convey often complex information into clear communication.  This person would be very resourceful, interested in business strategy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, articulate, able to counsel clients and team and deadline oriented.

Requirements include (most importantly) proven long-format writing skills, demonstrated by previous business writing experience.  The role requires the insight and creativity needed to develop a compelling story, the ability to synthesize a variety of research and source materials into cohesive editorial copy, good research skills, very strong organizational abilities and a general knowledge of business strategy, financial reporting and/or CSR topics.  The right person is client oriented and is comfortable with deadlines and a fast turnaround.  S/he has a passion for understanding, interpreting and communicating business strategy.