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Heron Agency Publicist

Description

Publicist (2 to 3 years experience or more) needed at Chicago’s leading lifestyle communications firm in Chicago, Heron Agency (www.heronagency.com). Responsibilities will include pitching, strategic brainstorming, writing press releases, building lists, attending press events, and assisting in creating and launching successful public relations campaigns.

A Little About Heron Agency (www.heronagency.com)

As a full-service public relations and social media agency, Heron Agency has a passion for generating creative and successful campaigns for our clients. We have a unique roster of lifestyle clients. We represent some of the hottest hotels, restaurants, theaters and events in Chicago, as well as retail, non-profit organizations and health clubs. Heron is a fun, warm, dynamic place to work. We strive for big results together. We work as a team and have a ‘whatever it takes’ mentality to do a great job. We root for each other, respect each other, and appreciate each other, always. We are looking for a team player with excellent writing and communication skills to join our team.

A Little About The Job

o Proactively pitch but also respond promptly to daily inquiries from media, acting as an accessible and credible representative of Heron and the clients

o Display thorough knowledge of media pitching and developing press materials

o Actively participate in creative brainstorming sessions and offers original ideas

o Assist in monitoring company, business, and industry trends for clients and communicate effectively up the line keeping managers abreast of issues and opportunities

o Participate in client strategy planning with creative ideas

o Develop network of local industry, editorial, and promotional contacts

o Plan and implement successful media or special events with supervision

 

A Little About You

o Demonstrates strong writing, editing, organization, and proofreading skills

o Demonstrates strong client and media relations skills

o Demonstrates effective organizational skills: juggles multiple tasks at one time, is able to prioritize and meet deadlines, and keeps managers aware of project status

o Proficient using appropriate software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Cision, Google Suite, etc.)

o Work well independently and collaboratively with team members

o Understand and utilizes research techniques

o Present and interact professionally and strategically with clients and within the agency

o Proactively seek out innovative growth opportunities and new projects

o Solve problems effectively, efficiently, and creatively

o Strive to set and achieve personal objectives and goals

o Works to understand client’s industry, terminology and competitive set

o Complete expense reports in a timely fashion

 

What It Takes

o At least 2 years of previous agency experience

o Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, or related field

o Able to present portfolio of writing samples that can be reviewed as part of the interview process

 

 

Intern

Heron Agency Internship Program

We are looking for rock-star interns to join our team! Heron Agency interns are given the opportunity and responsibility to assist with a wide range of client campaigns, working alongside the full-time team to truly learn and understand what it takes to succeed in the communications industry. We offer both full time and part time internships (20 – 40 hours per week) each spring, summer and fall semester. If you are interested, email your resume and cover letter to internships@heronagency.com with the internship you are applying for in the subject line.

Heron interns are expected and given the responsibility to assist with the following:

Public Relations Intern
o Write press releases and pitches
o Create press kits
o Build media lists
o Send e-mail blasts
o Write radio spots and newspaper ads

Marketing Intern
o Write marketing pitches
o Build marketing partnership and contact lists
o Utilize online marketing tools
o Create relationships and partnerships to impact client campaigns

Social Media, Video and Digital Content Intern
o Create social media content calendars
o Pitch social media influencers to impact client campaigns
o Create video content for a variety of clients
o Edit video content to create videos for social media, website, and marketing use
o Utilize online marketing tools

Take a look at a few blog posts from our previous interns!

http://heronagency.com/heron-summer-interns-pitch-staff-national-intern-appreciation-day-celebration/

http://heronagency.com/my-summer-internship-at-heron-agency/