Vice President, Public Relations

Options Clearing Corporation - Chicago, IL3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $160,000 a year
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Summary

Assist Senior Vice President, Communications in the development, execution and management of proactive public relations strategies and implement day-to-day public relations activities for OCC to drive greater awareness and understand of OCC’s role with external audiences. Interact with senior leadership and business leaders to align communications across the company. Responsible for managing one direct report.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with SVP, Communications to develop, execute and manage proactive public relations strategies.

Help strengthen OCC brand awareness by establishing and developing relationships with top tier media platforms and by identifying and securing top-tier speaking opportunities for OCC leadership.

Respond to media inquiries as appropriate with proper guidance from SVP or other senior leaders

Work with Office of the CEO and other executive leadership on content development and media interview opportunities as needed

Help build and strengthen brand recognition of The Options Industry Council (OIC) and its educational offerings through public relations support of retail, financial advisor and institutional campaigns and related research

Serve as PR liaison to OIC Roundtable and other OIC advisory groups

Manage process for writing and distributing press releases and conduct follow-up with media

Manage monthly update process and review of OCC talking points

Contribute to key messages for press interviews, identify appropriate spokespersons, coordinate interviews, and follow up to secure positive OCC media placements

Identify and pursue national print and broadcast media opportunities, and speaking opportunities, via top-tier media editorial calendars in consultation with SVP, Communications and OCC’s outside PR firm

Monitor news coverage of OCC and produce quarterly summary reports for internal distribution as needed

Supervise work completed by outside vendors, such as press release distribution, as required. Oversee contracts and budgets as needed.

Support certain corporate communication activities as assigned, such as writing employee newsletter, writing content for Compass, and staffing trade show events

Serve as Business Interruption Plan coordinator for Communications

Some travel may be required – less than 10 percent

Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise all work by Public Relations Specialist, including press release writing and distribution, and all content development for OCC and OIC websites and social media platforms

  • Supervise and provide leadership and guidance to Public Relations Specialist on projects as assigned, such as development and maintenance of website content, writing assignments including blogs, quarterly media reports, and social media engagement, monitoring and reporting
  • Supervise public relations projects completed by department intern and outside vendors as needed.
Qualifications:
Comprehensive understanding of traditional and digital media relations activities including social media

Must have experience influencing and working with senior level management

Strong decision-making, organizational and follow-up skills

Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills,

Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines

Must be comfortable working with internal business contacts as well as media and users of equity options and futures markets

Securities industry knowledge preferred

Technical Skills:
Proficient in word processing and presentation software, Microsoft Word and Power Point preferred

Basic spreadsheet skills, Microsoft Excel preferred

Ability to use Internet for research activities as well as social media interaction on OCC’s platforms

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Public Relations or in a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and private/public sector experience.

8-10 years’ experience in a communications or public relations role in the public or private sector, or with a public relations firm

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Public Relations or in a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and private/public sector experience.

8-10 years’ experience in a communications or public relations role in the public or private sector, or with a public relations firm

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