Public Relations & Communications Manager

Summary

Wingard is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Public Relations & Communications Manager. The right candidate for this position will have a passion for securing earned media that drives awareness, consideration, and loyalty for our client partners.

Wingard is a Jacksonville, Fla.-based marketing and communications agency that has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work For in Florida” by Florida Trend Magazine; an honoree on the Jacksonville Business Journal’s list of the “50 Fastest-Growing Companies” in the region; and a repeat honoree on on Jacksonville Magazine’s list of “Companies With Heart.” 

Position Details

  • Local candidates and U.S. residents only (Northeast Florida-based candidates preferred)
  • Full-time, salaried (commensurate with experience)
  • Hybrid work friendly
  • Reports to: Vice President of PR & Communications
  • Direct reports: N/A
  • Immediate opening, with desired start in January 2023

Job Duties:

  • Daily management and leadership of assigned client accounts, including client communication, proactive and reactive media relations, and collaboration with internal team to support each account’s needs
  • Drafting and distributing press releases, pitches, award submissions, articles, and other communications assets 
  • Providing on-site support for press conferences, as necessary
  • Securing media opportunities for clients and providing support in advance of interviews (coordination, scheduling, pre-interview preparation, etc.)
  • Accompanying clients for media interviews (by phone, virtually, and in person as needed)
  • Creation and maintenance of media contact lists
  • Leading client meetings, including agenda creation and post-meeting action items
  • Ensuring client and media requests are managed promptly 
  • Monitoring and reporting on client coverage using Critical Mention and independent research
  • Compiling monthly/quarterly/campaign-specific coverage reports

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, English, Journalism, or related field
  • 4+ years experience managing multiple clients or initiatives; agency experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience pitching and securing national media coverage in regional, industry, and national outlets
  • Experience with media monitoring and reporting software a plus (Wingard uses Critical Mention)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including AP Style
  • Proficiency in Mac computer systems a plus

Qualities We Seek:

  • Self-motivated: Demonstrate initiative by identifying opportunities to drive earned media placements for a diverse array of clients
  • Highly organized: Own and manage projects from beginning to end; meet deadlines while managing multiple priorities and timelines; utilize project management software to plan, track, and report on deliverables
  • Collaborative: Actively contribute to department planning meetings, and seek opportunities to align PR with other services (such as digital marketing, traditional media campaigns, etc.)
  • Results-oriented: Consistently deliver media opportunities and coverage that meets and exceeds each client’s goals

Benefits:

The successful applicant will be eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • Company-sponsored health care plan, which includes health, dental, vision, and short-term/long-term disability coverage
  • Extensive PTO program, which includes five health and wellness days per year for all employees and two weeks of vacation per year for new employees (additional days are added with tenure)
  • Two paid days per year for volunteer service, in addition to company volunteering and pro-bono initiatives 
  • Paid parental leave for births and adoptions
  • Company-matched SIMPLE retirement plan 
  • Company-paid networking and professional development opportunities
  • Flexibility to work from home or in-office location in Jacksonville, FL

We expect the right candidate to be willing and able to sign our company non-disclosure and non-compete policies, and that nothing would prevent you from working with us and dedicating your full-time attention to Wingard. Wingard is a fast-paced, exciting, nimble, entrepreneurial, and generally pretty fun place to work.

At Wingard, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. Wingard believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Please submit resumé, cover letter, and relevant case studies of previous work to jobs@wearewingard.com, with “Public Relations & Communications Manager” in the subject line.