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PR/Media Relations Manager

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A large asset management client of ours is looking for a PR/Media Relations guru for a long term contract assignment (1yr +, could go perm) to join their rapidly growing PR team in their NYC location. This position reports directly to the Head of Public Relations The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years experience in PR/Media Relations within the asset management sector or a large fortune 500 corporation. This role is 30% execution of PR & Media Relations campaigns: coordinating with marketing / navigating internal process / building campaigns / creating messaging / and 70% working with journalists in the financial sector. Heavy focus on external facing, and creating relationships with journalists.


Responsible for cultivating relationships with national media, generating positive coverage, influencing promotional strategies and supporting reputation management efforts. This role works closely with media relations managers based in Boston, London and Hong Kong as well as our network of supporting PR agencies.

This position will:
• Leverage longstanding relationships with journalists at the nation's top-tier financial, business and non-traditional media outlets and broadcast networks to generate positive media coverage
• Proactively build new relationships with those top-tier contacts s/he does not already know
• Develop an in-depth understanding of our business and position as an industry leader on key issues impacting the financial services industry
• Continuously track trending news narratives with the ability to distill key issues and sentiment impacting the industry and use them to enhance ongoing media relations and promotions strategy
• Prepare spokespeople with in-depth background on journalists; staff interviews and plan events
• Manage incoming media inquiries and help mitigate potential reputational issues
• Reduce complex topics into clear concise messaging to support the production of press releases, talking points, Q&A, and other PR collateral

Preferred qualifications:
• 5-7 years of experience in media relations at either an agency or on an in-house team, preferably in the financial services and/or asset management sector
• Deep media relations expertise and a keen understanding of the key issues and trends affecting the financial services industry
• Outstanding verbal and written communications skills and the ability to understand complex information and communicate it in simple terms to various audiences
• A pragmatic, strategic thinker able to connect the dots across the business and apply them to PR initiatives
• A strong team player with the proven ability to build rapport and influence
• A self-starter who is able to operate well in a fast paced environment with proven ability to take initiative, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and ensure deadlines are met

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