Senior Media Relations Specialist - Consumer Markets

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

A little about H+K

H+K Strategies is one of the world’s largest and most renowned communications firms, with more than 85 offices around the globe.

At H+K here in the U.S., our first priority is our people and creating an experience for each employee that is positive and fulfilling. Do you like being able to work from anywhere and in a way that is best for your life? Come join us at H+K. Do you like working for the industry’s most exciting clients and supporting headline-grabbing programs? Come join us at H+K. Do you like working with nice people? Come join us at H+K. Do you like industry-best benefits, vacation time, wellness time and parental leave? You guessed it, come join us at H+K.

Come join us at H+K. Where we believe in the power of “Being” everything that our employees need us to be – creating a work life that is all about Being Flex, Being Connected, Being Well, Being Empowered and Being Valued. And we keep innovating and evolving our employee experience based on what we hear directly from our team members, because we strive to be the absolute best place to work.

Position Details

Senior Media Relations Specialist - Consumer Markets
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Expert storytelling. Diversity of perspective. Authenticity. Results. H+K Strategies is a team of smart, strategic communications professionals looking for a talented Senior Media Specialist to join our Consumer Sector, focused on national consumer and lifestyle media outreach on behalf of a globally influential roster of consumer clients. This role offers a unique opportunity to serve as a subject matter expert in media relations, leveraging your top-tier national media relationships to secure high-impact placements for clients and educate your network colleagues about best-in-class media relations strategies and tactics.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Serving as the primary consumer media relations specialist for our portfolio globally influential clients in the consumer sector, including an audio streaming client 
  • Leading day-to-day media programs on behalf of these brands, utilizing brand partnerships and assets to craft compelling narratives and secure top-tier consumer/lifestyleas well as morning broadcast media coverage 
  • Identifying proactive storytelling moments that align with brand priorities 
  • Developing strong relationships with client contacts, building trust and providing counsel on media relations strategy 
  • Successfully executing media relations programs by leveraging your strong network of top-tier journalists across national broadcast, print and online outlets 
  • Continue expanding your network of media on a regular basis, initiating conversations and garnering direct insights from media contacts to share with clients 
  • Serving as a point of quality control, reviewing and editing written materials/pitches to ensure high quality and precision in client deliverables 
  • Exercising your creativity and strategic thinking in account management and planning 
  • Working closely with junior team members to help them develop strong media relations skills including pitch development, media outreach and follow-up and coverage tracking 
  • Generating fresh ideas for programs, events and media outreach that parallel our client objectives 
  • Contributing creativity, passion and expertise to an entrepreneurial team environment where everyone’s voice is heard, highly valued and rewarded 
  • Understanding the ever-evolving media landscape and continuously providing updates to key clients on media moves, publisher/outlet news and the media landscape overall

What you’ll need to get here:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 8+years’ experience working in strategic communications and public relations; agency experience preferred 
  • Experience developing and executing large-scale consumer brand media strategy; entertainment, consumer-tech and/or consumer packaged goods experience a major plus; ability to work effectively on integrated teams 
  • Robust and current network of media relationships in the entertainment/consumer/lifestyle space; national broadcast and entertainment media connections a must 
  • Client service leader with the ability to ensure client satisfaction through world-class service and program results 
  • Proven track record of success securing top-tier, high-impact coverage on behalf of large, global consumer brands 
  • Superb writing and editing skills across a variety of platforms with a keen eye for detail and love of the written word 
  • Skilled storyteller able to ideate strong client narratives that capture attention and communicate a clear brand message 
  • Exceptional time management skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines and work with quality and efficiency 
  • Professionalism, poise and confidence working with both client contacts and internal client leaders and executives 
  • Passion, integrity and excitement for the H+K brand

What else is 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 aglobal consumer brandswithin an integrated team 
  • Strong leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking,trainingand mentoring to help you grow, expand your skills and become your professional best

« Back