Public Relations Account Executive Specializing in Conservation

Public Communications Inc.

PCI excels as a national communications agency driven by a purpose – to make a positive difference for our clients and community. More than 59 years after our founding, we remain proudly independent and focused on providing results-oriented, measurable communications services. Our experienced 40+ member team includes senior counselors, strategists, media relations experts, digital strategists, writers and planners. We are based in downtown Chicago and extend our reach across the United States and globally to help clients meet their goals through strategic planning, creativity and collaboration.

Position Details

Public Relations Account Executive Specializing in Conservation
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Public Communications Inc. (PCI) seeks an experienced and passionate account executive who wants to make a substantial contribution to our agency in the conservation sector. We’re looking for a candidate who can execute communications programs and deploy social media campaigns, pitch media, and capture the public’s attention with messages that move public perception and inspire action on behalf of wildlife and environmental conservation.

You’re a perfect fit if you:

  • Care deeply about animal wellbeing and conservation, and you bring passion and purpose to your work. 
  • Think like a journalist, have cultivated relationships with relevant reporters and have demonstrated success in securing media coverage nationally and regionally. 
  • Are fluent in digital media trends, strategies and best practices to engage audiences. 
  • Excel in a fast-paced environment as both a team member and an independent contributor and thinker. 
  • Can juggle multiple responsibilities and projects at the same time and can work under deadline pressure, meeting client and media needs. 
  • Can communicate complex ideas and issues in simple ways that are easy for the public to understand.

In this role, you will:

  • Play a critical role in communications programs for clients in conservation, helping clients advance their marketing, communications and public relations initiatives. 
  • Identify newsworthy opportunities to share client stories; and craft compelling materials that can be used by clients through a variety of channels to elevate their storytelling. 
  • Understand complex issues and stay current on trends and issues in wildlife conservation, animal care and welfare. 
  • Commit to continual learning and improvement of skills by participating in professional development and setting and exceeding annual goals. 
  • Earn the respect of our clients by delivering smart, creative and pragmatic solutions while collaborating with our team of senior counselors to drive successful results.
  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or related coursework. Advanced degree/coursework welcome. 
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of professional public relations or communications experience working in a relevant industry. 
  • Previous experience working in an agency setting or in-house at an environmental or conservation advocacy organization, zoo, aquarium, sanctuary or other wildlife care specialty organization is strongly preferred. 
  • A solid understanding and interest in wildlife care, conservation and environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in national media relations to drive earned placements. 
  • Understand social media and digital communications, including how to integrate these tactics for campaigns.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Passionate, dedicated learner who seeks information and knowledge by which to grow and advance your communications practice. 
  • A strategic thinker and doer, seeing the big picture while making sure the details are well executed. 
  • Proactive in determining what the team and/or your client needs, and taking the right steps to make sure it gets done. 
  • High attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Smart, hard-working and willing to go the extra mile for your clients and team.

What we offer:

Competitive salary with profit sharing, 401K plan and generous benefits including:

  • 12 paid holidays annually (several are personal choice) 
  • 12 days of paid vacation for the first two years, 15 days paid with 3-4 years in service 
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance 
  • Parental leave program, plus eligibility for bonus upon return 
  • Professional/personal development allowance 
  • Monthly allowance for cell phone 
  • Employee charitable contributions and match program 
  • And more!

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