Senior Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Organization: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Job Title: Senior Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Classification: Regular, full-time (1.0 FTE), exempt
Reports To: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications
***Due to COVID-19 this role is currently working remotely. Once the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce office reopens, this role will have onsite responsibilities in downtown Seattle.*** ________________________________________
Please submit your resume to email@example.com. Applications received by other means may not be considered. Cover letters are optional, but will be considered as part of the application if included. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
About the Chamber:
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (www.seattlechamber.com) is the largest independent business and employer association in the region. We are a business advocacy organization focused on rebuilding a competitive, equitable, and resilient regional economy.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
This role focuses on hands-on, direct communication work that gets to the heart of why the Seattle Metro Chamber matters to our members and to the broader community.
This position is responsible for three key areas of the Chamber’s communications and public relations work:
1. Develop message frameworks and write copy for communications related to the Chamber’s core offerings, including:
a. The Chamber’s advocacy on behalf of our region’s business community
b. Member engagement in the Chamber’s programs and services
2. Collaborate within the marketing and communications function and across teams to tell a consistent, cohesive story about Chamber initiatives and our overall work to advance our vision and mission.
3. Manage media relations, including fielding inquiries, interview prep and follow-up, and proactive pitching.
This position is a member of the public affairs and communications department and reports to the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications.
Critical Job Functions:
Strategic Messaging and Copywriting (65%)
· Develops messaging that connects the activities of the Chamber to its strategy, values, vision, and priorities, and ensures its consistent use across multiple areas and platforms including:
o Policy communications
o Membership engagement
o Events marketing
o Social media
o Media outreach
o Speaking engagements
· Writes and edits copy for a variety of channels, including but not limited to:
o Articles for the Chamber’s website
o Press releases and statements
o Social media
o Email messages, including messages from Chamber leadership
· Serves as a general editorial resource for Chamber staff
· Works collaboratively across departments to align and synthesize messages with Chamber priorities and new initiatives
· Collaborates with external partners, including other associations as well as Chamber members, on messaging for shared initiatives
· Adapts Chamber-produced content, including event content, policy briefs, and research and reports, for dissemination across a variety of platforms and formats
· Develops performance metrics to measure success on key communications initiatives, and reports on progress
Media Relations (20%)
· Develops and executes media engagement strategy
· Prepares Chamber spokespeople for interviews
· Proactively disseminates updates on Chamber actions, events and positions to media
· Connects Chamber members to relevant media requests
· Builds proactive relationships with local and national media outlets, fielding requests for information and commentary
· Manages op-ed and guest column content and placement
· Provides reports of media activities, including media hits and return-on-investment analyses
· Facilitates media training for Chamber staff when needed
Internal Communications (15%)
· Keeps management and staff apprised of current events on a daily basis
· At least six years of progressively responsible communications experience that ideally includes experience as a media liaison.
· Extremely strong written and verbal communication skills with close attention to detail.
· Experience adapting content across a variety of platforms.
· Ability to distill complex ideas for a general audience.
· Experience representing diverse communities in an inclusive and meaningful way.
· Proven experience building strong internal and external relationships.
· Works well under time constraints.
· Adaptable to evolving environments.
· An effective problem solver with a strong work ethic.
· Ability to represent an organizational viewpoint to constituents, media, and the general public.
· Familiarity with the business community and the public affairs environment in the Seattle metro region is a plus.
The Chamber provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including but not restricted to:
· Medical/dental/vision coverage
· Vacation/sick/float leave
· Life Insurance
· Accidental death & dismemberment Insurance
· Long-term disability insurance
· Transit subsidies
· Flexible Spending Accounts
· Employer-matched 401(k) Contribution
· Tuition reimbursement
· Paid parental leave
· Wellspring EAP membership
· Personal accident insurance
· Generous holiday schedule and paid days off
· Chamber benefit info – https://www.seattlechamber.com/home/about/jobs/chamber-benefits-package
We recognize the value of the Chamber and our affiliate organizations and programs reflecting the diversity of our community and are intentionally and actively seeking out applications from a variety of backgrounds, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
The Chamber is committed to internal and market equity. Though it is not Chamber procedure to externally post salary ranges, the range for the position will be shared during the first stages of the application process.
The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer. All employees and potential employees will be recruited, selected, trained, promoted, and, if necessary, disciplined without regard to sex, race, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political ideology or activity, disability, honorably-discharged veteran or military status. All applicants are carefully screened, and full consideration is given to their training, education, skills, aptitudes, experience, and previous work record. In addition, the Chamber does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.
Job posted: 2021-02-03