ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

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Big Sky Public Relations is a Montana firm specializing in community relations and media management for state and municipal construction projects, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. In a state where residents highly value a handshake, Big Sky Public Relations delivers an excellent outreach solution backed by local representation.

 

Based in the breathtaking mountains of Northwest Montana, the team at Big Sky Public Relations gets it when you say "limitless potential." After all, they are surrounded by it. That backdrop lends to the creativity and passion behind the big ideas developed and executed on a daily basis: the friendly handshake of a neighbor: and the flexibility to live with one foot in the great outdoors and one in the concrete jungle.

 

Job Location

This Account Executive opportunity is based in our Bozeman, Montana office, which will open in early 2019.

 

Job Description

The Account Executive (AE) has strong leadership and organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks on an ongoing basis. They have a superior work ethic, excellent communications skills and a demonstrated ability to lead with grace under pressure. The AE is practical and creative, a self-starter who learns quickly, thrives in a fast-paced environment, breathes the daily news and loves people. Equally as important, the Account Executive in our Bozeman office will work independently and must be equipped to thrive in an environment with limited supervision.

The AE is responsible for managing all aspects of account work within their dedicated practice as well as performing administrative assignments as needed for the benefit of clients and the firm. The Account Executive (AE) plays a critical role within their practice by leading client relations, overseeing junior staff and interns as assigned, and ensuring high quality and accurate work is completed on time. The AE may support or manage approximately 4 to 6 accounts or projects independently.  In this role, the AE will be responsible for managing and answering the needs of the client on a daily basis, with support from the principal. The AE will also serve as a representative of the company to clients, stakeholders, and the public. Each week, the AE will be responsible for completing a minimum of 35 billable hours weekly and for producing the quality and quantity of deliverable appropriate for that billable time. 

Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains productive relationships with clients and stakeholders, as well as with the members of the media influencers and influencers with whom he/she will regularly interact.

  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and ability to solve problems on his/her own.  He/she should be able to develop public relations, marketing and social media strategies and coordinate team efforts to implement them

  • Possesses excellent writing and editing skills.  Ability to write to media and other marketing materials as indicated by account supervisor, including public outreach materials, opinion editorials, press releases, marketing materials, pitch letters, source sheets, social media publishing calendars, program reports and memos. He/she must pay close attention to detail, particularly in editing, and be able to multi-task.

  • Organizes and facilities client meetings, stakeholder outreach activities such as meetings, presentations, open houses, etc.

  • Ability to serve confidently and effectively as a spokesperson, facilitator, or moderator in public, stakeholder, and client meetings.

  • Works with account supervisor to develop and implement program strategies and assist in the writing of public relations plans.

  • Ability to graciously manage and diffuse contentious stakeholder communications; Desire and ability to build trust with stakeholders.

  • Coordinates, facilitates, or assists with initiatives such as creative campaigns, videos, stakeholder outreach, and special events

  • Conducts research, including measuring public relations, integrated marketing and social media results, which includes, among other tasks, compiling press clips, writing media placement and digital analytics reports.

  • Manages reporting and tracking billable hours for any accounts worked on including monthly client billing memos, invoicing, and other reporting as necessary.

  • Builds, coordinates, and monitors client media buys; manages communications with advertising representatives.

  • Plans, conducts or supervises the media/blogger relations tasks including pitching efforts, follow-up contact, reporting, campaign fulfillment, etc.

  • Assists with administrative assignments and duties for the firm such as answering phones, running errands, etc.

  • Fields calls from public infrastructure project phone line, which at times will require the ability to handle and de-escalate upset members of the public; effectively conducts outreach efforts such as canvassing in a positive and personable way.

  • Manages and trains junior staff as assigned.

Technical Skills

  • Must possess outstanding writing, editing and communication skills

  • Must pay close attention to detail, particularly in editing and reporting

  • Must be proficient with the Microsoft Office suite of products, as well as other Internet tools and technologies such as Gmail, Google Docs, and task management and time-tracking software.

  • Capabilities with design/photo and video software, and website platforms such as Wordpress and Wix are beneficial but not required.

Interpersonal Skills

Develop and maintain productive, trusting relationships with clients, stakeholders, elected officials, members of the media, and other influencers with whom he/she will regularly interact. Work cooperatively and positively with other members of the Big Sky Public Relations team on a daily basis. Possess a commitment to giving and receiving feedback honestly and graciously.

 

Requirements

  • BA/BS in Communications/Marketing/Public Relations/Integrated Marketing/Business Management or similar

  • Minimum 3 years of professional public relations, marketing, journalism and/or social media experience

  • Minimum 2 years of project and/or event management experience

  • Ability to accurately track and manage project budgets (both agency hours and direct expenses)

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of products, and comfortable using internet tools and technologies such as Gmail, Dropbox, digital task management software, and file sharing platforms.

  • Excellent media relations skills; versed in AP Style

  • Capacity to effectively building trusting relationship with diverse stakeholder groups

  • Superior writing ability

  • Creative, strategic thinker

  • Strong initiative, leadership skills and work ethic; exacting attention to detail

  • Excellent communicator

  • Outstanding ability to work independently

  • Teamwork mentality including the ability to multi-task in a team-oriented environment. This position will include launching our new office in Bozeman so teamwork opportunities will be conducted primarily through technology

  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to be flexible

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Benefits

  • Great medical, vision, and dental benefits, life insurance

  • Wellness incentives such as quarterly massage and gym membership

  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick days

  • Annual, customized training opportunities based on employee goals and organizational needs

Job Classification: Full-Time, salaried 

 

Work Schedule: The AE typically works 40 to 50 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Work on weekends and evenings will be required. Additional hours may be required during special events or high-volume seasons with project rollouts.

 

Travel: Yes, 10-20%  

Location: Bozeman, Montana

Salary Range: $48,000 - $60,000 DOE

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