Senior Media Relations - 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.