Account Director

US-WA-Bellevue
Job ID
8102
United States-WA-Seattle
Category
Public Relations

Overview

We are looking for the passionate, the creative and the curious. A leader who keeps their journalist and influencer friends speed-dial close. Someone who believes in the power of technology and its place in the world, who puts their clients in the spotlight and their team at ease. The role is Vice President of Corporate Communications. If this sounds like you, we’d like to chat.

 

In this role you’ll focus on bringing your smarts to Microsoft’s executive, financial, and corporate issues communications. You’ll build a team, and create global communications campaigns and brand-level storytelling for your clients. The kind of stories that inspire, engage, teach and connect. WE Communications’ skill is in breaking down the complex, in uncovering truth and surprise, and in inserting our clients’ voices into the stories that matter to people all around the world.

 

WE will give you a utility belt of tools and gadgets that will help you be flexible, nimble and do your best work. You’ll operate out of swanky workspaces and learn from some of the sharpest minds in the biz, from media giants who move the needle to people who invented the word “disruption.” WE employees are driven by passion for innovations that are transforming the world around us. Proudly independent, we answer only to clients and employees. We think freely, plan strategically, act nimbly and we have fun.

Responsibilities

Job Functions:

  • Keep our team’s fast train speeding along. Learn what makes our clients tick, push the team to be better and faster. Be our dot connector. And, be ready to roll up your sleeves and jump into the fire when a train derails

     

  • Be in the mix on exciting corporate campaigns and news moments; run integrated communications campaigns that are based on brand goals, the broad influencer landscape and global competitive environment; assist with client events, communication campaigns and announcements

     

  • Be an active networker in the media, client and communications industries 

     

  • Identify and analyze trends. Translate the technobabble and tell people what’s important via well-written and insightful competitive analyses and data-rich trend reports; research the media/influencer landscape and report out

     

  • Understand our client’s business (and the landscape they operate in) deeply; what opportunities and challenges do they face, why and what should we do about it; become an expert in our client’s culture, competition and industry

     

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key influentials, including press – globally – and industry luminaries; help manage significant news cycles; partner with clients and press to craft great stories

     

  • Negotiate and manage client expectations and satisfaction; provide strategic and tactical recommendations and anticipate needs; proactively engage on issues and offer solutions

     

  • Bring imagination and courage to the team to develop creative ways to reach objectives

     

  • Keep a pulse on new trends in the digital marketing & communications space

     

  • Help oversee team professional development, and financial and resource management issues

Qualifications

 

Minimum/Preferred Requirements:

  • Minimum 8-10+ years of experience in financial, corporate, M&A, deals, executive communications and reputation management 
  • Minimum of 6 years client and team/agency management experience -- experience in both in-house and agency roles preferred
  • Exceptional writer
  • Sense of humor and thick skin a must
  • Insight-driven. Current and broad knowledge the technology industry required – including the dynamics, players, historical drivers; proven relationships with key influencers in the technology media landscape required
  • Powerful organizational skills and ability to multi-task, work in a team environment, and meet deadlines (project management)
  • Proficient with technology and standard office apps (Microsoft Office is preferred)
  • Comfortable with integrated communication principles, the role of influence in brand communications, and how earned, owned and paid content work together to solve business challenges
  • Understanding of competitive contexts and how to shape resulting strategies
  • Fanatic about customer service; works vigorously to earn and keep client relationships
  • Strong networking skills with the ability to forge relationships across geographies

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