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Associate, Strategic Communications At Bully Pulpit Interactive

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description

Associate, Strategic Communications – Chicago, IL

BPI is a digitally-based marketing and communications agency that wins hearts and changes minds for companies and causes. From consumers, to voters, to the media, we communicate without barriers and measure what matters. BPI specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation and social impact. A growing firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, BPI works alongside our clients to bring integrated communications and advertising campaigns to companies and organizations – from strategy to message to media relations to marketing.

We are seeking a full-time Associate with strategic communications experience to join our team in Chicago, IL. In this position you will be responsible for overseeing and creating effective strategic communications efforts for non-profit, corporate and political clients. You’ll assist the team’s Senior Director by developing campaign ideas, drafting content and leading the overall project management of client deliverables.

You might be the perfect fit for this position if:

  • You are someone who thrives in an environment with lots of moving pieces and can manage multiple projects across different initiatives
  • You love checking things off your list and finding creative ways to get things done
  • You can create an agenda and walk people through it
  • You hold yourself and teams accountable to superior work quality
  • You can adapt and remain flexible in an environment where things constantly change and can encourage your team to do the same

The ideal candidate is someone who has:

  • Active media relationships with a proven ability to develop them in a variety of industries
  • Several years of on the record experience

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the highest level of client service on a daily basis through account management, proactively developing earned, paid and owned campaign ideas for clients, while also managing staff to successfully contribute and support the campaigns
  • Serve as a strategic partner to the team’s Senior Director by monitoring developments in key client issue areas and flagging opportunities for further client engagement
  • Independently manage earned media campaigns to develop and distribute compelling messages leveraging the media and event strategies
  • Create effective messages and produce and edit high-quality written deliverables, such as press releases, blog posts, op-eds, social media content, client memos and presentations, often under tight timelines
  • Oversee and provide input to the creation of editorial calendars to guide a client’s communications strategy
  • Champion the team’s communication and collaboration efforts across our service teams, coordinating with designers, direct marketers, media planners, and client managers to provide impactful campaigns for our clients
  • Participate in business development activities including writing proposals and developing pitch decks to address the needs of potential clients
  • Provide input to the development of department tasks and plans, while supporting the implementation of the company’s strategic vision
  • Responsible for the day to day management of other communications team members, providing task and deadline management, direction, coaching on their quality of work, and providing any additional support as needed
  • Encouraged to actively pursue mentorship opportunities with junior staff members to proactively support their growth and development on the team and within the company

Requirements

Experience & Skill Requirements:

  • 3+ years of public affairs, strategic communications or public relations experience, preferably in a communications agency, nonprofit, political or corporate communications setting
  • Exceptional presentation, writing and analytical skills and the ability to write both strategically and creatively under tight timelines
  • Proven project management experience, including overseeing a team managing deliverables for multiple clients
  • Extremely strong writing and editing capabilities with experience managing social media campaigns
  • Experience managing and providing clear feedback to team members
  • Media relations experience and existing reporter relationships is a plus
  • Comfortable handling strategic planning and daily execution of services for clients
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Knowledge of social media marketing on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat
  • Knowledge of Cision or Meltwater is a plus

Benefits

EMPLOYEE STATUS: Full-Time

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

SALARY: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

BENEFITS: BPI offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • 100% employer paid healthcare, vision & dental
  • 401(k) with employer match of 4%
  • 12 days PTO (increases annually) + 3 flex days
  • 12 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Monthly phone stipend


Bully Pulpit Interactive provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants for employment regardless of gender identity, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship status, matriculation, personal appearance, genetic information or other protected group status.