Vice President, Public Relations

The Options Clearing Corporation

About Us:

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization and the foundation for secure markets. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. Named 2016 Clearinghouse of the Year - The Americas by FOW Magazine and 2016 Clearinghouse of the Year by Global Investor/ISF Magazine, OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 20 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, security futures, and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at

Position Details

Vice President, Public Relations
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL


Assist Senior Vice President, Communications in the development, execution and management of proactive public relations strategies and implement day-to-day public relations activities for OCC to drive greater awareness and understand of OCC’s role with external audiences. Interact with senior leadership and business leaders to align communications across the company. Responsible for managing one direct report.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with SVP, Communications to develop, execute and manage proactive public relations strategies. 
  • Help strengthen OCC brand awareness by establishing and developing relationships with top tier media platforms and by identifying and securing top-tier speaking opportunities for OCC leadership. 
  • Respond to media inquiries as appropriate with proper guidance from SVP or other senior leaders 
  • Work with Office of the CEO and other executive leadership on content development and media interview opportunities as needed 
  • Help build and strengthen brand recognition of The Options Industry Council (OIC) and its educational offerings through public relations support of retail, financial advisor and institutional campaigns and related research 
  • Serve as PR liaison to OIC Roundtable and other OIC advisory groups 
  • Manage process for writing and distributing press releases and conduct follow-up with media 
  • Manage monthly update process and review of OCC talking points 
  • Contribute to key messages for press interviews, identify appropriate spokespersons, coordinate interviews, and follow up to secure positive OCC media placements 
  • Identify and pursue national print and broadcast media opportunities, and speaking opportunities, via top-tier media editorial calendars in consultation with SVP, Communications and OCC’s outside PR firm 
  • Monitor news coverage of OCC and produce quarterly summary reports for internal distribution as needed 
  • Supervise work completed by outside vendors, such as press release distribution, as required. 
  • Oversee contracts and budgets as needed. 
  • Support certain corporate communication activities as assigned, such as writing employee newsletter, writing content for Compass, and staffing trade show events 
  • Serve as Business Interruption Plan coordinator for Communications 
  • Some travel may be required – less than 10 percent 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise all work by Public Relations Specialist, including press release writing and distribution, and all content development for OCC and OIC websites and social media platforms 
  • Supervise and provide leadership and guidance to Public Relations Specialist on projects as assigned, such as development and maintenance of website content, writing assignments including blogs, quarterly media reports, and social media engagement, monitoring and reporting 
  • Supervise public relations projects completed by department intern and outside vendors as needed.


  • Comprehensive understanding of traditional and digital media relations activities including social media 
  • Must have experience influencing and working with senior level management 
  • Strong decision-making, organizational and follow-up skills 
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills, 
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines 
  • Must be comfortable working with internal business contacts as well as media and users of equity options and futures markets
  • Securities industry knowledge preferred

Technical Skills:

  • Proficient in word processing and presentation software, Microsoft Word and Power Point preferred 
  • Basic spreadsheet skills, Microsoft Excel preferred 
  • Ability to use Internet for research activities as well as social media interaction on OCC’s platforms

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Public Relations or in a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and private/public sector experience. 
  • 8-10 years’ experience in a communications or public relations role in the public or private sector, or with a public relations firm

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