Vice President, Crisis and Risk Communications

06 Oct, 2021

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Vice President, Crisis and Risk Communications

Edelman
Seattle, WA
About Edelman:
Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead, act with certainty and earn the lasting trust of their stakeholders. We develop powerful ideas and tell magnetic stories that move at the speed of news, make an immediate impact, transform culture and spark movements. Since our founding in 1952 by Dan Edelman, we have remained an independent, family-run company.
Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency. Visit http://www.edelman.com for more information.
About Edelman’s Crisis & Reputation Risk Practice:
The Crisis & Reputation Risk practice is one of the most respected and largest in the world, serving clients on complex crises and with 180 practitioners in more than 60 countries. Over the last seven years, the staff has increased by 70 percent while revenues have jumped 500 percent. The capabilities and diversity of talent have also grown to include former management consultants, digital leaders, sector experts, research and analytics. The C&RR practice globally advises leading businesses, governments and institutions and their senior leaders on a broad range of crises including culture and conduct, ethics and integrity, security risks, product and service risks and financial (e.g., performance).
About the Opportunity:
As a Vice President in the Crisis & Risk practice, you’ll have the opportunity to build the crisis and risk management offering at the largest office in Edelman’s global network. With the Western region serving as the home office for many of our global and U.S. leadership teams, you’ll work closely with the most senior leaders in the company to counsel our clients on complex crises and other issues affecting trust and reputation. In addition to providing counsel to top clients, you’ll play an important role in building the practice’s client roster and developing new crisis specialties, offerings, and capabilities that capture strategic growth. While there’s no typical day in this role, we are looking for a team member who can adapt on the fly, is comfortable in a quickly and constantly changing landscape, and is able to work in a fast-paced environment. You must be willing to respond outside of regular work hours as needed to manage breaking issues.
Additionally, this role requires someone who is invigorated by challenges, complex subject matter, and thinking critically through the lens of risk mitigation and crisis response. The ideal candidate will have strong issues management experience. This individual must also be willing to grow as an account leader who can play an active role in strategically driving and developing crisis account work. They will play an integral role in leading accounts that are at the center of some of the most relevant discussions in the world today, while working with a best-in-class team of crisis management and media relations professionals.

Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree is required
    • Minimum of 8 years of demonstrated experience in public relations with at least 4 years in issues management
    • Interest in PR relating to corporate & brand communications and public affairs programs, particularly crisis and reputation risk
    • Excellent client relationship skills and experience giving counsel on strategy, approach and execution
    • Excellent writing ability, with experience in plan and authorship and design
    • Strong organizational, scheduling, and time/project management skills; possess the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously
    • Ability to work within a small team and large global network to execute and review work of colleagues in alignment with clients’ messaging and strategy
    • Media relations and message development skills to lead execution of plans, crisis response messaging and storytelling on behalf of clients
    • Experience in working in new business and driving proposal development and opportunities for the team
    • Experience working in crisis communications and preparedness a plus
    • Sound judgment and proven problem-solving skills

Preferred Skills

    • Ability to develop and help coach a team, in addition to leading work
    • Familiarity with P&Ls in an agency setting and proven track record in client management
    • Ability to secure new business and contribute to and/or lead new business pitches
    • International experience, litigation communications, and cyber security experience are a plus
Travel is required as needed
Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead and act with certainty, earning the trust of their stakeholders. Our honors include the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR; Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List; the Holmes Report’s 2018 Global Digital Agency of the Year; and, five times, Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Since our founding in 1952, we have remained an independent, family-run business. Edelman owns specialty companies Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).
For more information please visit: www.edelman.com
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Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Job posted: 2021-10-06