Account Director

Job ID
10047
Job Location
US-GA-Atlanta
Location
United States-GA-Atlanta
Category
Public Relations

What We Need

We are hiring an Account Director in Atlanta to join the team that supports the most important tech company in the world!

 

This role will primarily focus on communications supporting Microsoft’s new project in the Westside of Atlanta. You’ll be directly integrated into project workstreams alongside Microsoft leadership, vendors, and suppliers to shape messaging and drive stories locally. You’ll participate in site visits, community engagement meetings, and other relevant activities to provide client counsel. You’ll work as a dot connector with others across the communications team to evolve strategies and advance client goals. Important to this position is a strong knowledge of the Atlanta community and media market.  

 

Additionally, this role will drive broader communications supporting Microsoft's growth, presence, and community engagement across the United States, both internal and external. You'll bring forward media opportunities, meet with client stakeholders to create story ideas, and have a strong pulse on the local media markets in which clients operate. You'll engage on employee communications and work with creative to deliver newsletters, intranet updates and other internal content. 

 

This is a key leadership role on rapidly growing and strategic businesses. You will work with client stakeholders and executives as well as agency leadership and colleagues in New York, Seattle, Austin and more.

 

This is a great position for somebody looking who loves working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, willing to take on any challenge, and collaborate with a variety of teams. You’ll be part of a growing team focused on real estate, sustainable growth, and culture communications.

 

If you’re a candidate who wants to grow their career with great clients and challenging work, then we’d like to hear from you!  

What you'll be doing

  • Manage and grow senior level client relationships to assure internal and external stakeholders alignment, by negotiating and managing client expectations and satisfaction

  • Identify and drive digital/social media strategies; either standalone or as elements of communication plans

  • Develop and execute integrated communication plans

  • Provide strategic counsel to key clients and serve as a trusted advisor on clients and competitors

  • Inform, educate, and influence existing and potential future clients directly on WE value and positioning relative to competing agencies

  • Build awareness and showcase capabilities, talent, and results internally and externally

  • Serve as project manager in preparation and delivery of organic growth or new business proposal content and in-person pitch meetings

  • Share industry POV and strong understanding of shifts and opportunities in the competitive agency landscape.

  • Identify global, digital, and social communications trends; educate clients/agency in understanding the importance of social media engagement

  • Assure internal and external stakeholders are aligned

  • Serve as primary day-to-day contact with clients; proactively engage on issues

  • Participate in budget and resource management; tracking team utilization

  • Manage career development and performance of direct reports, managing up to senior staff on crisis issues, and client/team satisfaction while holding the team accountable to demonstrating agency values

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

What you've been able to accomplish

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English or related field is preferred, or the equivalent knowledge and/or experience

  • 4-5 + years of experience in integrated communications or PR, preferably in an agency setting and/or within an applicable industry; 3 + years of management experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with corporate image, issues/crisis management and strategic communications across multiple audience segments.

  • Exceptional media relations background with demonstrated capacity of working with global business and policy press to manage story development.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (particularly Outlook, Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Excel)

 

Additional Requirements:

  • High level of analysis and strategic recommendations based on industry knowledge

  • High level of initiative; take accountability for role on projects

  • Demonstrated creative and strategic mindset

  • Has established editor and/or analyst relationships and has proactively placed stories

  • Made presentations to groups of all sizes; pitched new business

  • Client and business environment:  Customer service orientation is a must.  Job pressure may exist from requirement of handling multiple tasks

  • Experience working globally or with colleagues in multiple locations

  • Fast-paced team environment (frequent tight deadlines, multitasking, etc.)

  • Strong presentation and consulting skills along with the ability to read, write and speak English

  • May need to work more than 40 hours per week on occasion

About Us

WE Communications:

WE is one of the largest communications and integrated marketing agencies in the world. We’re independent, we’re all about our people — both our clients and our employees — and we believe in the power of communications to move audiences to positive action. 

 

For more than 30 years, we have been helping translate complex innovations into powerful, persuasive stories. Our sector expertise across key verticals — including technology, healthcare, consumer, and brand purpose — translates into insights and strategies that are informed, current and credible.

 

We work with companies that are embracing the ever-evolving digital world to reinvent themselves, to deliver new value to their customers or reach them in new ways and ultimately improve people’s lives.

 

Equal Opportunity: WE provides equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or other legally protected class status.

 

Diversity and Inclusion: WE values a diverse and inclusive workforce and is committed to creating a workplace where everyone thrives. We promote an atmosphere in which diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and valued. Diversity includes differences in race, religion, gender identity or expression, age, lifestyle, ethnic background and sexual orientation as well as differences in experiences and ideas.

 

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