Public Relations Manager (Media Relations)

Golin - Chicago, IL

Do you check the headlines on your newsfeed before you’ve had your morning coffee? Do you love working at the speed of real-time to spot and influence trends before they become news?

Golin Chicago is hiring a savvy Media Relations Manager, with expertise in consumer media, to drive media strategy, project execution and media results that keeps our clients relevant with top media and influencers. You’ll build strong media and influencer relationships and always be on the lookout for opportunities that lead to coverage. You’ll transform corporate milestones and data into compelling stories and craft interesting content that goes beyond the press release. You’ll engage with media and influencers across a variety of channels, including social media, email and, yes, even a phone call or two. We are looking for someone with the ability to think across platforms by contributing to the integrated media team with the mindset of working in real time.

Golin is a progressive public relations agency designed to reach the profoundly diverse market. Inclusion is a core value for Golin and we are focused on establishing a culture that is intentionally inclusive, potently diverse and uncompromisingly equitable.

Our expertise ranges from brand-building and cutting edge digital content, to corporate reputation, healthcare advocacy and measurement. Golin aligns earned-first, data-driven creative with the customer journey through our collaborative G4 Model to deliver maximum impact for clients. Our roster includes many of the largest CPG, retail, food, healthcare technology and consumer service companies in the world.

Recently named PR Week's Global Agency of the Year and winner of a 2019 Gold Cannes Lion, we tend to Go All In, in everything we do. We’re especially committed to going all in for our people. We challenge our employees to be Courageously Happy, and have empowered them to do so by offering our LifeTime benefits program. LifeTime offers unlimited time off, enhanced family care, generous health and wellness benefits, the ability to work from anywhere one day a week and a monthly LifeTime stipend for the gym or hobbies. Our culture is built around happy people who are the best at what we do!

Sound like you want to “Go All In” with us? Here are the details:

What You’ll Do:
Continually seek out and create opportunities to place stories in all types of verticals
Develop media strategies for planned campaigns, ongoing “news engine” programs and real-time news events that lead to ongoing, positive media coverage
Create great stories from clients’ business developments and data by conducting brand research, identifying and engaging with influencers across both traditional and digital platforms
Develop compelling, media-focused content, ranging from press releases and written pitches to digital and video content
Build strong relationships with national, regional and trade media as well as bloggers and influencers, including writing compelling pitches to journalists
Work daily with media across multiple channels, including email, social media and phone
Leverage clients’ paid and owned channels to amplify media coverage
Recommend and track measurement KPIs for earned media and influencer efforts
Participate in and attend client meetings’
Collaborate with teams across multiple disciplines and successfully manage complex, fast-moving and unexpected communications challenges
Interact with clients to present strategic recommendations addressing challenges and opportunities, as well as in “think on your feet” situations

What You Have/Who You Are:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in PR or journalism, with 3-5 years of related experience
Experience within a multicultural practice, or a passion for multicultural initiatives
Proven experience working with media and a strong portfolio of story placements within the consumer media space
Superior writing and editing skills that can communicate creatively and in an engaging manner
Understanding of earned and paid media strategy and experience creating media plans
Outstanding interpersonal skills and superior client service skills
Be proactive and highly motivated; demonstrate the ability and desire to work independently and confidently, but as part of a team
Be detail oriented with an ability to focus on the larger picture
Provide sound counsel and be comfortable providing editorial and response recommendations to clients
Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and client teams at all levels
Bilingual a plus
A champion of diverse talent who proactively cultivates an inclusive culture and uses cultural competence to drive agency and client’s business forward

Golin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.