WE are seeking an Account Director to join our Microsoft Commercial PR team!
The account director will create, manage, and execute PR campaigns with media, influencer's, and consumers on behalf of our clients.
This position will be responsible for a significant component of the communications program for a major cloud provider client.
Specifically this role will help lead the day to day on tech announcements and exec comms. for key businesses within the cloud industry, notably quantum computing and cloud infrastructure. This person would also be at the helm of our needle-moving storytelling efforts, tracking developments and identifying opportunities to connect with influencer's on important topics and news moments. This includes partnering with clients to define and evolve the future of our ongoing storytelling program, including alignment to the broader communications, and marketing efforts.
The AD is responsible for day-to-day client management and satisfaction, serving as the point of strategic integration and counsel for the team. This position will manage, plan, and execute on earned and owned media programs. Team management and direct reports will be part of this role.
Lead/own projects that demonstrate strategic planning and creative thinking as well as drive news and launches for events
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)
Lead preparation and delivery of organic growth or new business proposal content and in person pitch meetings
Develop, review, and pitch stories/content
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.
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 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)
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
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 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.