Public Relations Strategist

FINN Partners

About Finn Partners:

Finn Partners was launched in 2011 to realize Peter Finn’s vision to create a leading communications agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong drivers of the brand. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of communications services, including digital and social media. Practice areas include arts, consumer lifestyle & sports, corporate social responsibility, education, health, manufacturing, technology, travel, and public affairs.

We are entrepreneurial-minded, global, and focused onintegrated programs that bring to life the world-changing technologies, products, and services of our client partners.

Our company culture celebrates delighting our clients with innovative and creative campaigns and programs, and we provide opportunities for our employees to conduct career-meaningful work in a creative, fast-paced, collaborative, and fun environment. We work hard and play nice.

Headquartered in New York City, the agency has 1500+ employees, with offices in cities around the world, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington D.C.

Position Details

Public Relations Strategist
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

To successfully perform this job, the individual must be able to perform each essential jobresponsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable anindividual with disabilities to perform the essential job responsibilities.

The primary responsibility of this position is to lead, develop anddrive PR strategy to support the Account Services team. Act as primary point of contact forjournalists and corresponding relationships.

Location: Chicago, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin, Detroit.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Strategy: Develop and manage public relations strategies for clients. Identify opportunities, ideas and solutions for client campaigns including story angles and strategic PR approaches.
  • Consultation: Maintain a keen understanding of industry trends. Provide strategic counsel in partnership with account leads regarding public relations initiatives and opportunities for clients.
  • Content Creation: Draft, review and edit PR materials (e.g., news releases, media alerts, pitches, etc.). Assign and review work with freelancers for contributed article bylines.
  • Media Relations: Create media lists, distribute news releases and pitches, correspond with journalists, build and maintain media relationships, arrange and facilitate media interviews. Lead media training sessions.
  • Account Coordination: Take ownership of client assignments from creation to execution to measurement. Manage up to account leads regarding projects and related deadlines.
  • Data Analytics: Monitor, analyze and communicate PR results for client campaigns and provide strategic recommendations to optimize results.
  • Business Networking/Relationships: Develop and maintain good working relationships with clients, media contacts, association executives, industry VIPs and bloggers. Evaluate opportunities for partnerships, sponsorships and advertising on an on-going basis. Exemplify the CB&A brand at all times.
  • Confidentiality: Display a high level of integrity by maintaining the confidence of proprietary information. Protect all tangible and intangible company assets.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct special research projects as assigned.
Required Skills and Competencies: 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 1 year work experience in marketing, preferably in an agency setting
  • At least 3+ years relevant work experience in public relations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, portraying a high degree of professionalism
  • High level of attention to detail and strong customer service skills with demonstrated relationship building skills
  • Possesses strong foundation of media and influencer relationships
  • Strong project management and organizational skills including prioritizing, communicating early and often, and managing across internal and external resources
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and to solve problems
  • Ability to use discretion and judgment in dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to foster teamwork and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

Preferred Skills and Competencies:

  • Previous agency experience is preferred
  • Proficiency with Cision and Google Analytics
  • Previous work experience with project time tracking

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