Senior Associate, Media Relations

Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a global in-culture communications agency built to make brave ideas connect with people. The agency is led by world-class strategic and creative thinkers and activators and has won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Weber Shandwick was named to Ad Age’s A-List in 2020 and Best Places to Work in 2019. Weber Shandwick was also awarded PR Agency of the Year by Campaign US in 2021, honored as PRovoke’s Global Agency of the Decade in 2020 and PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The firm has earned more than 135 Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, including 36 Lions in 2021 to become the most-awarded PR agency. Weber Shandwick also received Honorable Mention (and the only PR agency) on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Marketing Agencies in 2021. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) and is the anchor agency within The Weber Shandwick Collective – a communications and consulting network built for the convergence of society, media, policy and technology.

Position Details

Senior Associate, Media Relations
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Weber Shandwick Chicago has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Associate, Media Relations to join our team. We are looking for a collaboration-minded person with a passion for successfully engaging media professionals, ability to create story-telling narratives and experience garnering earned attention for consumer products and/or brands.

  • Develop media relations action plans, including goals and objectives, media targets, story angles and outreach approaches, in collaboration with and support from senior media relations experts 
  • Provide teams with ongoing media updates 
  • Persuasively pitch media and earn high-profile coverage for clients 
  • Serve as a day-to-day client contact during program execution, as appropriate 
  • Develop and manage timelines and weekly action plans to ensure all deadlines on client programs are met 
  • Break down and manage detailed tasks with the account team associated with planning and implementing special public relations events 
  • Anticipate and proactively offer solutions to senior team leadership for executional issues specific to assigned programs 
  • Coach and mentor more junior team members 
  • Interact with senior management and input into tactics and strategies 
  • Manage program and project budgets

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of communications experience, preferably in an agency environment 
  • Strong media relations skills and relationships 
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills; verbal and written 
  • Strong attention to detail and project management skills 
  • A Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related field 
  • Social media literacy with the ability to identify and recommend social program elements 
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and work within tight deadlines 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines and client expectations 
  • Confident and comfortable presenting in front of groups 
  • Bilingual a plus (not requirement)

The Weber Shandwick Collective recognizes that your health and wellbeing are a priority. This is why we offer a full suite of benefits including:

  • Medical 
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • 401k (with employer match) 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Juice Money – $60 monthly reimbursement to be used towards purchases that nourish your health, mind, body, and soul 
  • MyDays – Flexible holiday schedules 
  • Short-Term Disability 
  • Paid Employee Family Leave 
  • Family Building Benefit

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