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Req # 7333

Vice President - Corporate Communications

Location: Bellevue WA US

Job Category: Public Relations

Job Description:
 

We are looking for a Public Relations Vice President to join our team in Bellevue, WA. The ideal candidate is a seasoned communicator who thrives in an environment where passion, creativity and curiosity are valued. We are looking for someone who has experience managing large accounts, has excellent relationships with business and technology journalists and media influencers, and who has a special place in his/her heart for technology. We’re looking for someone who understands how to extend and market an agency offering around corporate communications, develop and motivate junior staff AND how to work with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. Candidates must have a passion for client service, staff development and the wide world of influence, as well as a keen interest in relationship-building, in audience and in measuring results.

 

This role is focused on expanding the corporate communications offering at WE Communications, which will involve the building of a team, responding to RFPs, creating global communications campaigns and brand-level storytelling for current and future clients. WE will give you a utility belt of tools and gadgets that will help you be flexible, nimble and do your best work. You’ll sit in a lively workspace and learn from some of the sharpest minds in the biz, from media giants who move the needle to people who invented the word “disruption.” WE employees are driven by passion for innovations that are transforming the world around us. Proudly independent, we answer only to clients and employees. We think freely, plan strategically, act nimbly and we have fun.

 

Stories inspire. They engage, they teach and they connect. The characters, the tension, the plot – stories are the foundation of every strong brand’s communications program. WE Communications’ skill is in breaking down the complex, in uncovering truth and surprise, and in inserting our clients’ voices into the stories that matter to people all around the world.


Responsibilities:
 
  • Keep our team’s fast train speeding along. Learn what makes our clients tick, push the team to be better and faster. Be our dot connector. And, be ready to roll up your sleeves and jump into the fire when a train derails
  • Be in the mix on exciting corporate campaigns and news moments; run integrated communications campaigns that are based on brand goals, the broad influencer landscape and global competitive environment; assist with client events, communication campaigns and announcements
  • Be an active networker in the media, client and communications industries 
  • Identify and analyze trends. Translate the technobabble and tell people what’s important via well-written and insightful competitive analyses and data-rich trend reports; research the media/influencer landscape and report out
  • Understand our client’s business (and the landscape they operate in) deeply; what opportunities and challenges do they face, why and what should we do about it; become an expert in our client’s culture, competition and industry
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key influentials, including press – globally – and industry luminaries; help manage significant news cycles; partner with clients and press to craft great stories
  • Negotiate and manage client expectations and satisfaction; provide strategic and tactical recommendations and anticipate needs; proactively engage on issues and offer solutions
  • Bring imagination and courage to the team to develop creative ways to reach objectives
  • Keep a pulse on new trends in the digital marketing & communications space
  • Help oversee team professional development, and financial and resource management issues

Qualifications:
 
  • Minimum 8-10+ years of experience in financial, corporate, M&A, deals, executive communications and reputation management 
  • Minimum of 6 years client and team/agency management experience -- experience in both in-house and agency roles preferred
  • Exceptional writer
  • Sense of humor and thick skin a must
  • Insight-driven. Current and broad knowledge the technology industry required – including the dynamics, players, historical drivers; proven relationships with key influencers in the technology media landscape required
  • Powerful organizational skills and ability to multi-task, work in a team environment, and meet deadlines (project management)
  • Proficient with technology and standard office apps (Microsoft Office is preferred)
  • Comfortable with integrated communication principles, the role of influence in brand communications, and how earned, owned and paid content work together to solve business challenges
  • Understanding of competitive contexts and how to shape resulting strategies
  • Fanatic about customer service; works vigorously to earn and keep client relationships
  • Strong networking skills with the ability to forge relationships across geographies 

 

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