We are looking for an experienced, motivated individual to join our high-spirited team in supporting Microsoft’s civic and social good programs. This person will be primarily responsible for developing and driving proactive efforts in support of Microsoft’s campaign to address the growing broadband gap plaguing the U.S. and the world. Ideal candidates will be deft collaborators; have strong media/influencer relationship experience; a proven track record of proactive storytelling across a variety of media outlets, tiers and platforms; the ability to successfully negotiate with a diverse set of clients and stakeholders; and the nimbleness to identify and quickly move on strategic opportunities in the moment. This is rewarding work and we are looking for someone who is passionate about helping our client do their part to change the world for the better.
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
Serve as primary day-to-day contact with clients; proactively engage on issues
Other duties as assigned.
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)
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
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
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.