This role is open to be based from: New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Detroit, MI; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR
Edelman is seeking a Vice President with a multicultural communications background to join our Corporate Affairs practice in San Francisco.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm, with more than 5,500 employees in 65 cities worldwide. In San Francisco, Edelman’s Corporate Affairs practice is 70+ people strong and growing, with experts and specialists who make it their business to understand the new media and marketing paradigm. Our independence keeps us nimble, thoughtful and resourceful, allowing us to invest in the best people in the business.?
We work with some of the world’s best-recognized brands across the food and beverage, tech, retail, financial services, B2B and health sectors (among others). We help our clients communicate their most pressing business successes and challenges to a wide stakeholder set, ultimately expanding their corporate reputation.
Core to corporate reputation is diversity and inclusion (D&I) communications, which we see as a business imperative for both our clients and ourselves. In order to remain competitive and build loyalty among internal and external stakeholders, D&I efforts must be seen in addition to being heard. At Edelman, we believe that diversity of all types—race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, background and experience—and inclusion enhance our vibrant work culture and help deliver stronger business results. By establishing a more diverse workforce, we are better equipped to develop innovative, creative campaigns that reach and resonate with our clients' increasingly diverse customer and stakeholder bases.
At the core, you’ll be joining a team of dedicated professionals who equally enjoy being on the forefront of business challenges and driving client results as much as they do working with each other. This is a collaborative, supportive environment in which to develop the next phase of your career. At its core, Edelman is an entrepreneurial agency – a boutique at scale providing the opportunity to build your own career path within a diverse, global environment.
Overview of the Role
We are seeking a Vice President of Corporate Affairs to drive D&I communications remits across multiple clients – a seasoned leader with a strong corporate communications or integrated marketing background from either an in-house setting or a communications agency with a proven track record of success.
As a member of the Corporate Affairs team, you will demonstrate the skills and behaviors needed to build culture, up-level client work, expand our collective capability and drive growth. You are a big-picture thinker, but also able to turn big ideas into action. You’re comfortable leveraging any channel in the marketing mix and have proven expertise in media relations. You demonstrate superior communication skills, charisma and executive presence. You are hungry to learn and evolve personally, and undaunted by change or complexity. You will work with your colleagues across Corporate Affairs as well as with your peers across the agency including our Brand, Digital, Planning, and Creative teams.
You should have a proven background in communications, with people management, business development and budget management. You have a strong understanding of how to communicate with teams and work from both client and agency perspectives. You have a track record of leading profitable programs that have advanced client business goals. You are a superb people manager, enjoy coaching and mentoring junior staff and have experience successfully managing resources and budgets as well as helping win new business. We're looking for a driven professional, who can provide expert and creative client counsel, while inspiring and leading teams.
Frequently advise and engage clients based on the external environment and their business goals; take immediate action on client feedback
Research trends among Black, Latinx, AAPI and other emerging majority audiences to counsel clients on their messaging to these audiences
Help lead operational and financial performance of account teams, ensuring quality work, effective processes and that client requests are handled in a timely and strategic fashion
Demonstrate advanced writing skills and supervise writing of others
Set and lead integrated traditional and social media relations programs
Capitalize on, and contribute to, the Edelman global network to serve and grow business (particularly for D&I remits)
Lead staff by mentoring, motivating, coaching, consistently providing feedback, holding them accountable and conducting their reviews, and overseeing their professional development
Lead new business development, RFP responses and client acquisitions
8 or more years’ experience in agency and/or in-house communications roles
Excellent leadership skills
Have a track record of leading profitable programs that have advanced client business goals
Have experience successfully managing resources and budgets
Passion for advancing the D&I efforts of top global brands
Have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead and act with certainty, earning the trust of their stakeholders. Our honors include the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR; Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List; the Holmes Report’s 2018 Global Digital Agency of the Year; and, five times, Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Since our founding in 1952, we have remained an independent, family-run business. Edelman owns specialty companies Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).