• Account Director, Financial Technology

    Job ID
    8679
    Job Location
    US-NY-New York
    Location
    United States-NY-New York City
    Category
    Public Relations
  • Overview

    Are you a technology communications professional conversant in corporate communications, financial services and fin tech? Are you excited by the prospects of mobile payment systems, block chain and artificial intelligence? Can you toggle between financial services and consumer finance? If so, we have the job for you!

     

    WE Communications has an exciting opportunity for an Account Director in New York to work on our growing portfolio of financial services and fintech brands. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, proactive and creative – a strategic thinker, client counselor and media whisperer with relationships across business and mainstream media.

     

    This person can lead and contribute to teams in a way that drives innovation and growth. This individual is also a role model to junior staff and committed to helping us grow and evolve – and having fun while doing it.

    Responsibilities

    Job Functions:

    • Lead/own projects that demonstrate strategic planning and creative thinking as well as drive news and launches for events
    • Pursue and coordinate cross-account/practice and global business opportunities
    • Grow, manage, and maintain client relationships with key, senior level media/influencers; proactively engage on issues
    • Solicit and share feedback/perception from media and influencers regarding client(s) competition and position in the industry
    • Lead engagement with executives and support of their individual social media platforms
    • Provide strategic and tactical counsel to executive level clients
    • Establish social media objectives and goals across the account(s)
    • Partner with clients to establish the strategic direction for social media engagements
    • Lead preparation and delivery of organic growth or new business proposal content and in person pitch meetings
    • Contribute to agency strategic planning initiatives
    • Develop, review, and pitch stories/content
    • Develop budget/utilization management and resourcing skills
    • Oversee resource allocation across team including staffing, hiring, and onboarding new talent
    • 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.

    Qualifications

    Minimum/Preferred Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree required in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English or related field is preferred, or the equivalent knowledge and/or experience. Master’s degree preferred. 
    • 5-7 + years of experience in integrated communications or PR, preferably in an agency setting and/or within an applicable industry; 4 + years of management experience required
    • Global network experience preferred.
    • 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
    • Experience developing a team from the ground up
    • 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

    Equal Opportunity Statement

    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, 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, age, lifestyle, ethnic background and sexual orientation as well as differences in experiences and ideas.

     

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