Commissioning Editor, Corporate Newsroom

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies is an international public relations company with over 85 offices around the world.

We believe that every corporation, brand and client has a public, and today’s public is more powerful than ever before. They have the power to topple CEOs, reshape corporate and brand strategy, kill products and create unicorns. Today’s public demands truth, transparency and the highest behavioral standards.

Our client obsession means constantly evolving new products + services to help brands and the public communicate. Always in beta.

Our business combines 10 vertical sectors focused on deep industry knowledge, with an evolving number of specialist areas that work horizontally across those sectors. One of those specialist areas of expertise is our Studio. We have a network of Studios around the globe.

Position Details

Commissioning Editor, Corporate Newsroom
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

H+K Strategies is looking for a leader with strong editorial, content marketing and management skills to lead a corporate newsroom as Commissioning Editor for an influential global retail company. This position will be based full-time inChicago.

The role demands someone with exceptional organizational skills, the ability to foster bulletproof client-relations, and a management style flexible enough to lead and inspire a team from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The successful candidate will have experience leading a multi-disciplined team and have a background that includes editorial experience in a news-making environment plus public relations, digital content marketing or branded content creation.

The ideal candidate will bring a proven track record serving brands in the content marketing and digital space, an ambitious, innovative mindset and the confidence to drive high levels of creativity and reach, both within and on behalf of, the team. A proven record of spotting and understanding how to tell a compelling story – whether using the written word, video or on a digital platform – is another core skill.

The successful applicant will take ultimate responsibility in maintaining an impeccable level of quality of all corporate narratives for digital distribution on behalf of our client.

The responsibilities of the role will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Building and leading a core newsroom team, made up of members from different marketing disciplines with a need to successfully collaborate across multiple partners and stakeholders 
  • Managing integration and alignment with our client’s global content production hubs to ensure unified content development 
  • Offering multi-disciplined content propositions to fulfill our client’s storytelling business objectives 
  • Maintain excellent client relationships with multiple stakeholders across different functions of our client’s business 
  • Inspire our multi-disciplinary content creation specialists in creating impactful digital executions and campaigns incorporating creative film and video, graphic design, visual storytelling and public relations facets 
  • Identify and exploit emerging content opportunities and the latest creative platforms that align with our client’s storytelling vision 
  • Create content strategies for earned media, social media, website and mobile campaign delivery 
  • Create partnerships and collaborations with leading digital publishers, platforms and partners, while constantly exploring new developments in the traditional and digital media spaces

Preferred Candidates are expected to possess:

  • 8+ years’ experience to primarily cover editorial, then applying this within the newsroom function either in-house or with an agency (public relations, advertising or digital media) 
  • Experience in leading a multi-disciplined, creative team 
  • Strong background in editorial, branded content, PR and/or digital marketing 
  • Strong understanding of content creation and creative project budgeting and pricing 
  • An informed point of view on channel planning and content amplification tactics 
  • Interest or background in corporate brand storytelling, planning and ideation; experience in consumer brand and/or retail also a plus 
  • Strong network within the PR / content / marketing industries 
  • Strong understanding of data-driven content development, reach and effectiveness metrics 
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills for intra-team and intra-agency communication and coordination 
  • Ability to articulate not only digital offerings but also broader communication strategies 
  • Ability to work with dispersed talent (e.g. multiple locations, different talents) on virtual team projects 
  • Strong vision to lead and inspire a team, and explore new and emerging opportunities in the digital space

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive benefits package—including healthy vacation allotment, 401(k) matching, medical/dental/vision support, fitness reimbursement, your birthday off and more 
  • A career working with and influencing bold, creative teams and a client account that has a positive impact on the world 
  • An inspiring, passionate, driven, fun, and creative team culture 
  • Strong leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking, training and mentoring to help you grow, expand your skills and become your professional best

« Back