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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weber Shandwick is looking for an account leader

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for an account leader to join our technology public relations team.  In this role, you’ll assume a significant role managing work for one of Weber Shandwick’s largest clients, participating in new business, and helping to cement Weber Shandwick’s leadership in B2B social media.  You’ll engage with clients and colleagues in other offices across the country and around the world, help develop junior team members and establish trusting relationships with clients. 
 
 
Essential Leadership Competencies and Attributes:
-Demonstrated ability to quickly win client confidence and assume day-to-day management of significant ongoing projects/work streams.
-Demonstrate comfort and familiarity with B2B technology topics, which may include data storage, smart grid technologies, health IT and related professional services.
-Work effectively with senior leadership on the account, whether they are based in Minneapolis or other Weber Shandwick offices, and represent account leaders as a strong #2 as needed. 
-Build a strong team that delivers for the client, managing down, up and across to other practice groups or specialty capabilities in the Weber Shandwick network for the good of the client
-A proven track record of leveraging experience and knowledge to develop and lead strategic and tactical plans.
-Experience with business-to-business social media and an understanding of the relationship between social media and traditional public relations

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Building strong peer-to-peer relationship with clients
-Balancing workload between accounts and account staff
-Preparing for and leading client meetings and presentations
-Media relations – trade, mainstream/business and online influencers
-Technology analyst relations (i.e. Gartner, Forrester and emerging blogger analysts)
-Social media strategy
-Delivering and editing well-written press releases, bylined articles, blog posts, case studies, fact sheets and other communications materials
-Providing on-site leadership at client and agency events and conferences
-Participating in and helping lead new business activities
 
Qualifications:  
-BA or BS in Journalism, Business, Communications or related degree
-Proven success in delivering communications results for B2B technology companies.  Experience in health IT, data storage or renewable energy are advantages but  not requirements.  Agency side experience a big plus but not essential.
-Strong verbal and written communications, team management and client management skills

What’s in it For You?
-You’ll have substantial opportunities for client contact; media and analyst relations; social media skills development and supervisory skill development. 
-Our office has earned local recognition for our ‘great place to work’ environment.  We operate under a collegial model where all voices are appreciated.
-Be part of some of the most visible clients for Weber Shandwick around the world.
-You’ll work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields.  And you’ll have the opportunity to be coach, mentor, role model for our highly talented cohort of junior-level employees.

About Us
As a leading global communications firm, Weber Shandwick works with clients to address a broad range of challenges across diverse geographies, product categories and audiences. Our ability to harness this collective experience and knowledge to apply it to each assignment is an important ingredient in our success. We are continuing to develop new ways of harnessing the power of advocacy for our clients. One way is through recognizing how advocacy - the active support of brands, causes and issues by individuals - has emerged as the most trusted source of information and communication today, as well as the most powerful force in business. We seek to build advocacy creation into our client work from the start.