Account Director

Seattle, WA

The Account Director (AD) works closely with the Leadership Team (LT) VPs to help manage and execute business strategy, as well as support business development and staffing. The AD provides strategic guidance to the SAM/AM across accounts and contributes to key conversations with clients including quarterly recaps and planning, programmatic strategy, messaging exercises and changes to budget. The AD also leads strategy for all crisis communications. ADs are expected to proactively share learnings and best practices with the agency and mentor more junior staff.

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The Account Director (AD) works closely with the Leadership Team (LT) VPs to help manage and execute business strategy, as well as support business development and staffing. The AD provides strategic guidance to the SAM/AM across accounts and contributes to key conversations with clients including quarterly recaps and planning, programmatic strategy, messaging exercises and changes to budget. The AD also leads strategy for all crisis communications. ADs are expected to proactively share learnings and best practices with the agency and mentor more junior staff.

Account Management:

  • Oversee “kick off” of new accounts
  • Participate in weekly internal and client meetings, as needed
  • Ensure client satisfaction and flag areas of concern regarding the same and/or metrics to the VP
  • Negotiate client conflicts and serve as first point of contact for client crisis situations (broken embargo, unplanned client leadership changes, etc.)

Strategy:

  • Collaborate closely with VPs on strategy and messaging rationale
  • Conceptualize and propose new projects incorporating both offline and online communications programs, driving strategic direction for launches and account activity
  • Provide a holistic strategy and counsel to clients

Business Development:

  • Identify and pursue opportunities to grow and develop existing business on incremental value-add services
  • Independently drive new business pitches and proactively bring leads to agency from networking events, trade shows, etc.

Writing and Content:

  • Review high-impact deliverables before they are presented to client (quarterly recaps/plans, changes to SOW, launch/program strategy, messaging, etc.)

Media Relations:

  • Help brainstorm creative ideas/proactive pitches
  • Actively contribute to pitching efforts on key accounts

Leadership and Mentoring:

  • Participate in the recruiting process, showcasing proficiency at interviewing and evaluating candidates
  • Conduct employee reviews and mid-year check-in on measurement; provide continual feedback to team members on areas of improvement
  • Recommend pay raises/promotions to VP for team members as appropriate
  • Mentor Account Managers; act in AM role if required on a specific account
  • Maintain an open-door policy to discuss acct status/issues at any time
  • Work cross-functionally with other team leads to share and leverage best practices
  • Develop specialty knowledge of one or more technology practice areas (i.e. cloud, new media, etc.)

Perks include:

  • Highly competitive pay
  • Multiple bonus opportunities
  • Generous time off program including Work from Home Fridays
  • Retirement matching
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits
  • Supplemented bus pass
  • Weekly Amazon Fresh / Costco deliveries
  • Company-sponsored quarterly events and parties
  • Eclectic workspace & energetic vibe
  • Mentoring from seasoned PR pros

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Does this job description fit you? If so, send your resume to jack@barokas.com.
Barokas PR is an equal opportunity employer.

Account Executive

Denver, CO

As an Account Executive, you provide overall assistance to Senior Account Executives and Account Managers by preparing initial drafts of work (i.e. quarterly plans/recaps, speaker abstracts, client blog posts, and releases) for review. Client interaction typically includes hosting briefings, client calls, pitches, and proactively forwarding relevant items of coverage directly to the client.  The AE also works with AAEs and interns, providing guidance and leadership and receiving assistance in return.

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As an Account Executive, you provide overall assistance to Senior Account Executives and Account Managers by preparing initial drafts of work (i.e. quarterly plans/recaps, speaker abstracts, client blog posts, and releases) for review. Client interaction typically includes hosting briefings, client calls, pitches, and proactively forwarding relevant items of coverage directly to the client.  The AE also works with AAEs and interns, providing guidance and leadership and receiving assistance in return.

 

Your position responsibilities include:

  • Create first draft of quarterly plans/recaps with support of AAE or intern
  • Manage briefing schedules
  • Assist with pitching, host briefings and track coverage
  • Draft client blog posts, award applications, speaker submissions and new hire releases
  • Track quarterly metrics on a weekly basis
  • Actively contribute on client calls across accounts
  • Focus effort on pitching and delivering stories
  • Present proactive pitching / trends to team on a monthly basis
  • Manage and mentor AAEs and interns supporting accounts
  • Proficient writing across all assignments
  • Gatekeeper for AAE work on accounts, as relevant

Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to edit and provide productive feedback
  • Familiarity with AP style
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to receive direction, ask appropriate clarifying questions, and make effective progress opposite tasks and deliverables
  • Advanced familiarity with media relations and developing media pitches
  • Able to develop and maintain positive relationships with internal staff and external account contacts
  • Able to provide effective first-level, basic direction and support to AAEs and interns
  • Account of project management experience preferred

Work Characteristics:

  • Intellectually curious, well-read and stays abreast of current trends and events
  • Motivated self-starter able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Works with a sense of urgency and operates efficiently
  • Demonstrated confidence to take on new, higher level work, balanced with good judgment and appropriate questioning to clarify when unsure
  • Able to earn trust and credibility with others, internally and externally
  • Flexible – able to adjust to changing account demands
  • Able to work against deadlines in a high volume environment

Perks include:

  • Highly competitive pay
  • Multiple bonus opportunities
  • Generous time off program including Work from Home Fridays
  • Retirement matching
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits
  • Supplemented bus pass
  • Weekly Amazon Fresh / Costco deliveries
  • Company-sponsored quarterly events and parties
  • Eclectic workspace & energetic vibe
  • Mentoring from seasoned PR pros

Does this job description fit you? If so, send your resume to jack@barokas.com.
Barokas PR is an equal opportunity employer.

Spring Intern

Seattle, WA / Denver, CO / Detroit, MI

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Barokas PR Internship Program

The Barokas PR internship program exposes students to the daily activities of a PR agency including brainstorm sessions, online research, writing, media list development, media relations and client service. Our interns gain hands-on and in-depth experience they can use to jump-start their careers in the PR industry. PR is about being a ‘squeaky wheel’ and we encourage all of our interns to speak up in meetings and seek out new opportunities that will help them reach their own goals. After all, it’s the intern’s internship, so why not control the experience to get the most out of it.

Interested in an internship at our Seattle, Denver or Detroit offices? We hire interns on a quarterly basis with start dates beginning in January, April, July, and October. Our summer internships may have a slightly different schedule to accommodate semester schools. We finalize our interns for the upcoming quarter a month prior to the start date.

Send your resume and cover letter to one of the following: seattleinterns@barokas.com, denverinterns@barokas.com or detroitinterns@barokas.com.

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