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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Vice President - Fleishman-Hillard Inc.

Fleishman-Hillard Inc., one of the world's leading public relations firms, has built its reputation by using strategic communications to deliver what its clients value most: meaningful, positive, and measurable impact on the performance of their organizations. The firm is widely recognized for excellent client service and a strong company culture founded on teamwork, integrity, and personal commitment. Based in St. Louis, the firm operates throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, South Africa, and Latin America through its 80 owned offices.

Fleishman-Hillard’s Minneapolis/St. Paul, working with both national brands and locally recognized companies, is expanding in the market and looking to add a seasoned Vice President to this growing office. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced public relations practitioner to join a dynamic team doing high level communications work for a variety of clients.

Responsibilities
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Responsibilities include building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, writing and executing programs for Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies, and advancing corporate communications strategies that embrace the client’s strategy and positioning. Candidate will be expected to manage clients, manage staff, develop and manage budgets and business plans, and ensure profitability. Will lead regular account planning meetings and new business presentations.

Qualifications:
  • Minimum eight to ten years of corporate communications experience gained in an agency or a corporate environment. In addition, experience in healthcare communications, technology PR, and/or marketing communications would be a plus.
  • Strong strategic thinker and planner, with proven track record in corporate positioning
  • Solid experience with business media and in building and maintaining media relationships
  • Client counseling and strategic program development are critical to this role.
  • Excellent writing ability with extensive experience in all forms of corporate and executive communication, from business media news releases to executive talking points
  • Business development experience and polished presentation skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize, be assertive, self-starting, detail-oriented and have a willingness to take ownership are essential to success. This translates to strong multi-tasking skills and the ability to effectively motivate staff and clients.
  • A strong team orientation is critical based on the collaborative culture of the office and Fleishman–Hillard.
  • Previous experience in successfully developing and managing substantial budgets.
  • Additional proficiencies required include superb interpersonal skills, solid news judgment, mentoring and leadership abilities, and well-developed organizational skills

  • Fleishman-Hillard’s reputation for quality, creativity, and results is the foundation of our distinguished status in the industry. We offer a competitive salary and superb benefits including medical/dental/vision, life/disability insurance, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan with a significant company match.

    Please do not contact the Minneapolis/St. Paul office directly, only resumes submitted through this Web site will be considered.

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    Fleishman-Hillard is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. M/F/D/V.

    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    PR Pro Needed for Minneapolis TV News Pitching Expertise

    Limbo is looking for a Minneapolis-based PR consultant for a one-off opportunity focused on generating TV coverage for Limbo in your market. Regional opportunities also available. The story and materials are ready to go and your success will be determined by the coverage you generate.

    Here are a few recent local TV segments that can help you prepare for a conversation as well as to understand the story that we're looking to recreate in your city with local market winners:

    Seattle

    Pittsburgh

    Please contact us if you're interested.


    Stacy
    VP - PR
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    Limbo™
    270 East Lane
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    m: 650.235.5980
    limbo id: TriGirl

    Vice President, Medical Devices, Weber Shandwick

    Weber Shandwick's Minneapolis office is searching for a Vice President for the Medical Devices Practice. The Vice President-Medical Devices is responsible for managing the client relationship and account team. S/he plays a central role in business development and guides the development of creative and successful public relations strategies and programs. The Vice President is also responsible for developing and soliciting new business, including creating presentations and budgetary estimates.

    That role necessitates an ability to recommend programs and activities that meet with clients' business and communications objectives, as well as an ability to sell in programs and organically grow the business. The Vice President is ultimately accountable for delivering contracted work on time and within budget, ensuring production of high-quality work product that meets outlined program benchmarks and goals and overseeing the staffing and fiscal management of assigned accounts.

    Responsibilities
  • Earn the confidence of senior client contacts and other executives within a client's organization
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a client's business, industry and relevant media
  • Develop long-term plans and programs, including strategy and recommendations; partner with senior management as appropriate to develop strategic and creative approach
  • Leads the creative development process for client programs by leading agency brainstorms, marshalling appropriate resources and writing program recommendations in a creative, compelling way
  • Grow existing accounts through a variety of strategies, including selling additional projects, penetrating new brands, or promoting additional agency network services and divisions
  • Actively build client relationships by heading and initiating review meetings, entertainment opportunities, etc.
  • Effectively lead the project management function, ensuring workflow completion against project timeline
  • Address any issues, troubleshoot problems and provide strategic counsel to team
  • Understand medical device industry and societal issues that directly and indirectly affect the client
  • Counsel team members relative to media pitching, make pitch recommendations and counsel team regarding specific assignments or beats
  • Maintain final review of all letters, memos, meeting reports and client materials, providing materials to senior management for review as necessary
  • Maintain solid understanding of 'big picture' view of client programs and relationship: maintain awareness of future client events and activities and how they impact agency
  • Qualifications
  • 9+ years related professional experience
  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Please send your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to: jobopps-chi@webershandwick.com.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    Kohnstamm Communications Account Manager

    Kohnstamm Communications, a Twin Cities-based independent public relations firm with a national client roster, is seeking a seasoned, highly-motivated PR professional who can ably provide PR strategy, hands-on client counsel, strong media results and leadership that brings out the best in a bright, energetic team.

    Kohnstamm Communications is an award-winning agency that serves a dynamic portfolio of regional and national clients, and provides PR expertise to client in industries that include food and beverage, organic and natural products, law, higher education, talent management, and other industry sectors.

    If you have direct industry experience, have led professional services PR programs budgeted at $200k and larger, and continue to enjoy direct involvement in top-tier national media relations as an integral element within a broad spectrum of PR work, we would like to speak with you. Experience preferred in food and beverage, including natural and organic products. We offer a competitive salary, bonus, parking and excellent benefits in a collegial, healthy and high-energy downtown work environment.

    Resumes sent to ricka@kohnstamm.com.