Vice President

Reputation Partners

Strategic communications consultancy, with offices in downtown Chicago and Milwaukee, seeks an accomplished and ambitious vice president to join our growing team. Our clients include many of the world's leading corporations and non-profits, as well as mid- and small-size companies. Our work for them includes strategic media relations, executive positioning, issues/crisis planning and management, employee and labor communications, sustainability/CSR communications and social/digital strategies.

Position Details

Vice President
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Vice Presidents at Reputation Partners play a critical role in directing the overall success of the firm, especially as it relates to ensuring the consistent delivery of quality client counsel and work product, developing and mentoring staff and contributing to new business efforts. Specifically, this position is responsible for maintaining and growing client relationships, developing high-level communications strategies, directing the firm’s account staff on client work, coaching/developing staff, and actively contributing to new business efforts. The Vice President position is an exempt position.

Client Account Work

  • Provide independent, strategic client counsel and oversight on all facets of work conducted on behalf of clients. This includes leading messaging and media training sessions, overseeing the development of communication strategies, plans, proposals and communication materials, supervising the execution of various event and media relations/social media efforts, leading team strategy/brainstorming sessions, etc.
  • Provide guidance to all staff as they complete the daily/tactical elements of client account work. This includes trouble shooting on tactical issues, helping identify opportunities, etc.
  • As necessary, and in partnership with other senior employees, be the gatekeeper for ensuring quality work is completed for clients in a timely manner
  • Develop and nurture productive client relationships, including proactively and independently seeking opportunities to expand those relationships (i.e., into new business units, new geographies, etc.)
  • Interface with clients, often at the senior most level, checking in regularly to ensure public relations is playing an important role in helping achieve the organization’s objectives
  • Set/approve and oversee account budgets 

Staff Development/Management

  • Compile and conduct staff performance reviews (including three (3) month reviews for new employees, six (6) month check-in reviews, when they are needed, and annual reviews)
  • Help make determinations on pay raises and promotions
  • Set expectations and regularly evaluate performance against those expectations. Provide feedback and direction on performance to all staff members on a real-time and ongoing basis.
  • Regularly assess account and agency staffing needs.  Recruit, interview, and hire new employees as necessary
  • Identify development opportunities, such as training, seminars, classroom instruction, online learning events, etc. for all members of the staff
  • Contribute to a positive workplace by identifying ways to recognize the staff outside of formal promotions/pay raises 

New Business Development

  • Actively network with potential referral and new business sources. This includes participating in get-to-know you luncheons, regularly checking-in with contacts, and seeking additional opportunities to be introduced to new sources
  • As possible, independently identify and proactively pursue new business leads on behalf of the firm.  This includes identifying opportunities and securing an invitation to present the firm’s capabilities
  • Lead the development of new business proposals, including directing research, setting strategy, allocating proposal development responsibilities, determining proposed budgets, and ensuring the ultimate quality of the recommendations/proposal. In some instances, Vice Presidents are responsible for drafting strategic proposals 

Agency Management

  • Continuously monitor account staffing allocations to ensure the firm is maximizing revenue generation opportunities.  This includes ensuring accounts are not over/under staffed and making sure budgets are not exceeded
  • Ensure account staff enters time daily and expenses as they are incurred.
  • Ensure monthly client invoices are completed accurately and on time
  • Conduct collection efforts on unpaid invoices 
  • Ensure clients complete/sign Letters of Intent and Letters of Agreement

The ideal vice president candidate will have at least seven years of public relations consulting experience. Candidates must have substantial agency experience and demonstrated expertise in media relations, account and people management, and strategic planning and writing. He/she should also be a team player, be an independent problem solver, and a track record of effectively juggling multiple clients/projects. Candidates should be comfortable operating in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that recognizes and rewards excellence and results.

We offer interesting work, extensive opportunities for learning and professional growth, as well as excellent work-life balance. Our competitive pay and benefits include health care, 401(K), merit-based profit sharing, a generous time-off/vacation policy, summer hours, paid sabbaticals for long-term employees and more.

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