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Public Relations Manager

Public Relations Manager

Job description:


This position manages and helps implement public relations programs to support the priorities of the department and Visit Seattle.

This position is responsible for creating and maximizing positive editorial media coverage for the destination, partners and the Visit Seattle organization. This position supports the Director of PR in executing a media relations program and strategic communications planning for the organization. The Public Relations Manager will assist the Director of PR in the management of day-to-day operations of the PR department. The successful candidate will exhibit a true passion for travel and interest in a career in the hospitality industry.

Compensation: Competitive

Regular Office Hours:     Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.  Additional hours as needed.


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Essential Job Functions:

  • Supports department’s editorial/pitch calendar across all segments (national leisure, trade, local and industry), works closely with Director of PR to evaluate success and maximize opportunities.
  • Builds and maintains excellent local, regional and national editorial media relationships.
  • Conducts publicity efforts for consumer campaigns.
  • Conducts outbound media calls in key markets; up to 5 percent of time may involve travel.
  • Serves as organizational media spokesperson in conjunction with Director of PR.
  • Proactively contacts and responds to reporters, editors and related media associates.
  • Manage individual and group media visits in Seattle.
  • Oversees creation and maintenance of media materials, miscellaneous copy and releases according to departmental deadlines/editorial calendar.
  • Champion Simpleview (CRM) for the PR department, providing support to the team to ensure media databases are consistently updated and tools available to PR are being used, including itinerary building, traces, articles and more.

Education, prior work experience and specialized skills and knowledge:

  • Four-year degree from an academic institution in public relations, journalism, marketing or communications required.
  • Strong media relations background, experience and orientation required.
  • Must possess excellent writing ability across multiple disciplines and a wide range of topics.
  • Thorough familiarity with AP Style.
  • Agency experience preferred.
  • Hospitality industry experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Seattle area preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Ability to foster relationships, multi-task, adapt without direction, handle unexpected events, solve problems and manage projects.
  • Consistently maintains a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand English, the primary language used in the office.

Physical Demands

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work involves working alone on the computer, collaborating as part of a team or working closely with others by computer or over the phone.
  • Stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee must be able to sit or stand at a desk for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 30 pounds.
  • Involves some travel, out of office meetings and after-hours events.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing most of the duties of this job, the employee will not be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Chief Seattle bust in Pioneer Square Photo: David Newman

Visit Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. It is Visit Seattle’s policy that employees and prospective employees be treated with respect and without discrimination because of their age, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, or any other legally-protected status. It is our policy to conform to all applicable laws and regulations affecting all protected classes. It is Visit Seattle’s policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws prohibiting discrimination against applicants or employees with disabilities. Visit Seattle will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with known physical or mental disabilities in all the terms and conditions of employment, including the recruitment and hiring process.




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