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Senior Public Relations Coordinator

Senior Public Relations Coordinator

Job description:

This position provides general administration support for a robust Public Relations department. Support includes managing and tracking all media coverage, sharing coverage reports internally and externally, managing all media contacts, editing and proofing all press material, assisting with organization-wide presentations, and actively contributing to public relations programs and strategy.

The successful candidate will be a demonstrated self- starter who takes initiative, is extremely organized, who exhibits excellent and consistent follow through, creativity and maturity.  There are lots of moving parts in this position, so candidate must be able to handle multiple projects and priorities with poise, accuracy and efficiency.   We are looking for someone who understands and embraces Visit Seattle’s mission, who is highly service and team-oriented and able to deliver consistently top-level service to both internal and external customers.   The successful candidate will exhibit a true passion for travel and interest in growing a career in the hospitality industry.

Compensation: Competitive

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

Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to resumes@visitseattle.org or apply through our Career Portal.

 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work as part of the departmental team to increase positive editorial media coverage for the destination in leisure and trade outlets.
  • Take lead in department for media coverage tracking, clip service management and media coverage clip reports to key audiences and partners.
  • Assist with presentations and reporting.
  • Assist with building itineraries for visiting media.
  • Assist with campaigns as needed.
  • Write and distribute press releases and pitches as needed.
  • Respond in a timely fashion to incoming media inquiries.
  • Stay apprised of destination news and developments by attending industry events and meetings and taking time to regularly explore Seattle.
  • Stay up to date on story trends.
  • Update Visit Seattle newsroom with press releases, latest news and press kits in a timely fashion.
  • 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.
  • 2-3 years of experience in the public relations field required.
  • Agency experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the hospitality industry preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong background using computers; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook programs.
  • Familiarity with AP Style.
  • Ability to handle diverse colleagues, multiple projects and priorities at the same time with poise and efficiency.
  • Able to work efficiently and accurately with minimal supervision.
  • Self-starter, takes initiative, exhibits follow through and reliability.
  • Strong service approach with both internal and external customers.
  • Consistently positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • 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.

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Chief Seattle bust in Pioneer Square Photo: David Newman
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

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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