Communications Strategist

Zipwhip - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)4.0

Zipwhip is one of the fastest-growing tech startups in Seattle and rated one of the best places to work. We let businesses text-enable their existing landline, VoIP and toll-free phone numbers using our cloud-based software or API solution. We invented the technology that lets you text to and from existing landline phone numbers, allowing businesses across the country to communicate with their customers on the communications medium they prefer.

What we're looking for:
Zipwhip is searching for an experienced communicator to join the marketing team as a Communications Strategist. This person will focus on both internal and external communications, helping us to get top-tier media coverage to extend our brand, while also supporting the team internally by finding ways to increase collaboration and drive employee engagement. This role reports to the Corporate Communications Manager.

What you'll do:
Public Relations

Secure high quality press coverage that amplifies the Zipwhip brand and extends it to new audiences through on-point press releases, reporter research and catered pitching
Provide media training to key spokespeople and help manage executive level press interviews
Research, apply for and secure speaking opportunities for Zipwhip spokespeople at events around the country, and provide presentation prep
Research, apply for and secure awards highlighting Zipwhip and its team members
Manage Zipwhip's social media handles and content, build followers, drive engagement and produce regular reports on key performance metrics
Plan and execute link-building strategies to improve Zipwhip's SEO, and weave optimized keywords into external content like press releases
Assist in online review management and crisis communications activities
Work with the content marketing team to cross promote content from the blog and elsewhere to magnify the reach of our materials
Help manage an external PR firm and ensure the investment is a continued success
Internal Communications

Champion Zipwhip's values and find opportunities to increase employee engagement and success
Manage and update Zipwhip's internal intranet site, including providing a weekly digest to the organization
Help plan and execute major company meetings
Work with the HR and recruiting teams to gauge and improve employee engagement, and attract top new talent

What you have:
4-6+ years of experience in public relations and internal communications, including 2+ years of public relations agency experience
Creative thinker with the drive and skill to execute with minimal direction
Self-starter who can manage their own projects and deadlines
Extreme attention to detail and precise writing
Understanding and adherence to AP style
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to interact positively and professionally with peers and executives
Ability to focus and deliver high volumes of high-quality written work under deadline
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, self-driven, startup culture
Passion for building systems and processes from the ground up, oftentimes with limited existing structure
Flexibility and eagerness to be part of a rapidly growing and evolving tech company

What we'd like to see:
Cover letter
Three writing samples or PR wins

What we offer:
A fun, lively startup culture and one of Seattle's coolest offices, located across the street from Safeco Field
Complimentary snacks, wine and beer, a subsidized cafeteria with lunch made fresh every day, and free lunch on Fridays catered by local chefs
Competitive salary and stock options
Complimentary access to a fitness center
Complimentary shuttle access to office from King Street Station and Ferry Terminal
Stipend for transportation and cell phone
Full benefits package including paid parental leave, a matching 401k program and medical, dental, vision and life insurance
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

**At this time, we do NOT offer Visa sponsorship**