Communications/PR Account Manager

Application deadline: 5:00 PM, April 19, 2024
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This is a full-time, in-house position. We will not consider freelancers or recruiters.

Gard Communications is looking for a Communications/PR Account Manager with a strong sense of craft and excellent management skills. We seek an individual who thrives on challenges, takes ownership of their work, demonstrates self-discipline and values the people they work with as much as the work itself. We’re a close-knit team that enjoys working together and collaborating.

This position reports to the Director of PR/PA and will be part of the Account Management team (we call it the A-Team). Our team is made up of junior and senior staff, all learning from and supporting each other to develop each team member’s skills and abilities while also helping our clients be successful.

Key Responsibilities

This person will lead key corporate communications and PR accounts, interface with clients, manage projects and collaborate with other departments. The ideal candidate will be comfortable in all aspects of this work.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of five or more years related experience
  • Extensive interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including via email, video calls, phone and in-person
  • Strong writing and strategic thinking skills
  • Client relationship development
  • Collaborating with an account management team and other departments
  • Developing PR and corporate communications strategies with and for clients
  • Utilizing multiple modes/vehicles/channels of communication to achieve client goals
  • Developing and implementing communications plans that include corporate communications, public relations, community outreach, marketing, internal communications and social media tactics
  • Understanding of how to set and track KPIs
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with community, business members and media important to clients
  • Interacting with the media locally, regionally and nationally including pitching and developing PR materials
  • Use of technology and online resources to generate opportunities for clients
  • Planning and management of communications and marketing campaigns
  • Lives in the greater Portland Metro area

Nice to Have

  • Seven plus years of related experience, preferably in an agency.
  • Experience working with clients in similar industry sectors as Gard’s (health care, energy, manufacturing, higher education, foundation, transportation and more).
  • Experience working in public relations, public affairs, litigation communications and crisis management.

How We Support You

  • We’re an established firm with a track record of retaining employees for many years by being helpful, responsive and collaborative. We’re well known, well respected and most of our work is by referral. Our team members also tend to have long careers at Gard.
  • We’ll help you grow professionally by providing an environment in which you can continue to explore and learn. We also offer professional development support such as conference attendance, training and membership to professional associations.
  • We are committed to work/life balance. We stay focused on the work and manage our client projects with efficiency. We all have lives, families, sports and hobbies outside of work. We know they’re important and we encourage a healthy work/life balance.
  • You will be part of a team. Not only does the team provide support and learning opportunities, but also camaraderie, shared success and even a bit of fun.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range is $70,000-$90,000 depending on experience
  • Premium health and dental benefits
  • Employer-paid base life insurance, and short- and long-term disability
  • Paid parking and/or commuter benefits
  • 401K with profit sharing

Gard offers a hybrid work environment with mandatory in-office days and flex/work-from-home days.

Equal Opportunity

We hold ourselves to high ethical standards at Gard. Part of our ethical practice includes the recognition that traditional hiring practices and operations disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We are committed to making Gard a workplace that is both profitable and productive, and that advances the needs of both our clients and our employees. We strongly encourage all applications.

To Apply

Please include the following materials:

  • A brief cover letter that makes the case for why you are the right fit for this position and why you want to join Gard. If you have gaps in your resume or a non-traditional background, please explain how this would serve our clients.
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples. We are open to marketing plans, press releases, communications memos, talking points, written collateral, or other examples of your work.

We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

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