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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Best Buy - External Communications Specialist


Job Summary:
The person hired for the position of External Communications Specialist will focus on providing media relations support for local and regional PR activities
in an assigned portion of the country, including building and maintaining relationships with reporters, editors, and producers to effectively pitch
and land stories. This person will be involved in both proactive and reactive media relations. This person will work with stores and Best Buy field leadership
in their portion of the country when there are external communication needs. This person will assist in creating strategic communication plans for a
variety of products and projects in partnership with Best Buy vendor partners. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage multiple projects, have a
passion for interacting with reporters on a daily basis and be able to quickly understand topics/issues and how to translate into news for media.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Media relations for local and regional outlets
  • Proactive and reactive support for PR activations, including general business activations
  • Communicate with vendor partners around product launches, special projects, media opportunities and strategic planning
  • Communication planning and project management for editorial planning & pitching

Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 1-3 years of media relations and PR experience
  • Experience writing content
  • Experience in strategic communication planning
  • Experience in developing managing projects with internal stakeholders
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PR agency experience
  • Experience with meeting aggressive daily, weekly deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team environment working on assignments with overlapping priorities and schedules
  • Strong knowledge of AP style