Overview

Evoke KYNE is an award-winning communications agency that harnesses insight, experience and creativity to advance health and wellbeing around the world. We were founded on the belief that communication is a powerful health intervention. Our team is passionate and committed, with deep experience working across sectors to make real differences in health. We love what we do, we live what we do, and we truly believe in what we do.

We are currently seeking a ­­­­­­Vice President, Media Relations to join our growing team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning and management of strategic media and communications plans and campaigns across the agency, working alongside account leads.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Client Partnership:

  • Demonstrates a full understanding of the role media plays for all accounts and oversees media strategy recommendations to client and account teams
  • Oversees development and implementation of media portion of communications programs, ensuring best practices and quality of deliverables
  • Serves as strategic counsel lead; handles issues management-related scenario planning for media activities and execution in times of crisis
  • Shows mastery of all media practices, regularly communicating with all levels of media outlets, including top-tier reporters
  • Oversees development and implementation of media portion of communications programs, ensuring best practices and quality of deliverables
  • Understands client goals and strategy; offers strategic guidance to multiple clients; attends onsite client meetings and media events solo, accompanies talent to media opportunities with account lead
  • Oversees multiple client relationships and provide a high level of service to clients; builds relationships with external groups and stakeholders (e.g., advocacy groups, vendors, etc.)
  • Shows mastery of media training, working with C-suite level internal and external spokespeople
  • Handles issues management-related scenario planning for media activities and execution in times of crisis
  • Shows creativity in overseeing the development and implementation of solutions to client issues
  • Serves as facilitator for client workshops and events, including speaker training sessions, multi-stakeholder convening initiatives, internal messaging workshops, etc.
  • Takes an active role in developing staffing plans for core businesses

Business Development & Operations

  • Understands agency operations, policies, and procedures; communicates agency services and capabilities and speaks to examples proactively with current/potential clients
  • Provides strategic insight into new business program development; takes a leadership role in new business proposal development and attends pitches as media representative
  • Develops and oversees new business plans as they relate to media activities
  • Understands costs associated with core media activities and provides thoughtful recommendations to account team as to value

Effective Communication

  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills both internally and externally, demonstrating the highest standards of performance in all communications
  • Ensures strong agency relationships with reporters; demonstrates ability to drive multiple accounts forward
  • Hones presentation skills and can effectively coach other team members to further develop their skills accordingly
  • Proactively drives agency recommendations and idea generation
  • Oversees process of determining solutions to problems, initiating brainstorms and assigning tasks for internal colleagues based on areas of expertise

Leadership & Teamwork

  • Fosters strong agency relationships by building trust and acting as a valuable resource
  • Effectively manages individuals and helps guide their professional growth within the organization; initiates/leads the performance review process of junior staff member on a timely basis
  • Provides direct and constructive feedback to junior team members, supporting them in developing fundamental skill sets
  • Partners effectively with account teams to deliver integrated programming recommendations for clients; models collaborative abilities with staff and encourages regular feedback
  • Demonstrates strong strategic leadership skills; guides strategy for assigned business and teaches others
  • Supervises staff by mentoring, motivating and coaching
  • Seeks out and leads webinars and lunch and learns, staying current on new trends and techniques that have relevance to work, and sharing with other staff
  • Role models company values and inspires an inclusive culture

 

DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field
  • 10+ years’ communications and media relations experience; US/global health issues or health product communications experience preferred; knowledge of the pharmaceutical regulatory process and how it impacts communication with the media preferred
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with top-tier media
  • Handles conflict diplomatically
  • Proven managerial acumen
  • Excellent problem solver and negotiation skills
  • Strong working knowledge of Cision, Quid and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Can assemble and motivate well integrated teams to drive client businesses
  • Superb internal and external communications skills (verbal, written, listening)
  • Confident and compelling style in communicating with clients, teams and external stakeholders
  • Superb client relationship management skills
  • Positive, professional and flexible attitude that lends itself to quality client service
  • Demonstrates keen critical thinking skills and proactivity
  • Strong client and team presentation skills
  • Shows an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Evoke KYNE’s mission and values and a commitment to the growth and success of the company
  • Passionate about improving lives through innovations in health
  • A good understanding of current issues in domestic and global health


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Evoke KYNE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, creed, color, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

 

 

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