• Account Executive

    Job ID
    Job Location
    United States-WA-Seattle
    Public Relations
  • Overview

    Are you interested in how technology is helping people and society achieve more? Do you want to be at the epicenter of helping a top brand communicate ideas for addressing some of our most pressing problems? Our public affairs team seeks an Account Executive (AE) who is a driven self-starter in Seattle to support Microsoft cybersecurity storytelling.


    From stories about disrupting cybercrime to guarding against state-sponsored cyberattacks — our team’s fast-paced work entails regular touchpoints with top security, tech, business and consumer media, and extensive collaboration with our colleagues. This client-facing AE position will be responsible for media relations, coverage and issue analysis and reporting, creating social media content, supporting strategic planning, managing account processes, and writing for a wide variety of communications.


    Job Functions:


    • Identify and manage relationships with key influencers in technology and public policy, as well as build and maintain media lists for news moments and events
    • Monitor and research influencers, competitors and issues globally, and offer insights to colleagues and clients to inform and further our work and impact
    • Contribute ideas and recommend public relations approaches, communications tactics and digital content strategies
    • Craft and customize influencer pitches, press materials and content
    • Develop work plans, prioritize deliverables, and create client-ready materials including action emails & recaps
    • Identify communication trends and educate/inform clients and agency colleagues, while seeking ways to apply trends and learnings to our work
    • Model agency values, mentor and coach colleagues and junior staff on agency “best practices” and successful engagement with your influencers
    • Maintain and grow client relationships by contributing to the development and implementation of communication strategies, executing on projects (leading where appropriate)
    • Negotiate and manage client expectations and satisfaction; assure internal and external stakeholders are aligned





    Minimum/Preferred Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, English or a related field such as public affairs is preferred, or the equivalent knowledge and/or experience
    • 2-3 years of experience in PR, preferably in an agency setting and/or within the high tech industry
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (particularly Outlook, Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Excel)
    • Strong analytical writing skills
    • Experience with written and developed materials, including integrated communication plans, press releases, pitches, and social media content highly desirable.


    Additional Requirements:

    • Comfortable with integrated communication principles
    • Understand the role of the media
    • Interest in developing integrated communications skills incorporating digital and social media
    • High level of initiative
    • Desire to be an engaged, accessible member of a dynamic office and broader global agency community
    • 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
    • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.




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