Public Relations Vice President (B2B Tech + Healthcare) - Highwire Public Relations - San Francisco, CA

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeFull Job DescriptionAbout us: Highwire Public Relations is a modern communications agency designed for disruptive companies. As the top-ranked independent tech PR firm, we represent some of the biggest brands in cloud, enterprise, security, fintech, healthcare tech, and consumer tech. We are nimble, creative, growing fast, and committed to growth and inclusiveness for all our team members.

At Highwire PR, we are entrepreneurs, makers, and explorers. We are committed to fostering an inclusive agency environment, where every employee can be seen, heard, and valued. We believe in taking and owning a seat at the table, and the equal importance of creating empowered spaces for diverse storytellers. We seek to hire, develop, and retain talented professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Applicants from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Vice President position is a unique opportunity to become a leader for an innovative PR agency. As a senior member of our management team, our Vice President has to be a visionary creative type with 10+ years of experience growing teams and delighting clients. The Vice President will also be involved in new business development and operational leadership. As a growing boutique public relations firm, the Vice President role is a pivotal position as this individual will serve as a mentor, manager and lead example for all account teams on client management, quality assurance, staff development and strategic guidance. If you have been waiting to discover a role that allows you to be a catalyst in a thriving, meaningful workplace, then Highwire might be just the place for you. Essential Functions Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance brand identity. Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow Highwire to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them. Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization. Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development. Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality. Manage, mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals. Attend networking events, seminars and conferences, including out-of-hours, as required to maintain personal professional development and to build networking and new business contacts. Requirements Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field is required. Minimum 10 years experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agency. Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements. Extensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media. Experience with social media influencer engagement, content campaigns, and media coverage amplification. Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goals. Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized. Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output. Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications specialists. Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills. Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers. Self reliant, good problem solver, results oriented. Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs. Excellent and persuasive communicator. Experience measuring the ROI of communications activities. Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, and administration initiatives Highwire Perks Competitive salary Merit-based bonuses and promotions Hybrid work model to suit your schedule and lifestyle Excellent vacation policy including extended break for summer and winter holiday Highwire offices close at 3pm every Friday 401K Match Medical and dental benefits/ FSA Paid Parental Leave Commuter Benefit Home office equipment stipend Curiosity Stipend of $100 annually for books, exhibitions, etc. Cell phone reimbursement Wellness benefit Calm Meditation App Donation Match Full-time writing Coach Mentorship Monthly recognition programs Employee referral bonus New business referral bonus Quarterly Highwire fun events – Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday Dog friendly work environment Extremely supportive, nurturing environment with many opportunities for learning and growth The duties delineated above will vary depending on the needs of each specific account, and in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. They will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisors.
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