Staff Strategist

Applicants must supply to kerri@c2strategic.com:

  1. A cover letter detailing communications experience
  2. Resume
  3. At least two writing samples
  4. Client case study, if available

Summary

C2 Strategic Communications is seeking a staff strategist to join a growing firm with operations in Louisville, Lexington and Indianapolis. The ideal candidate will have a passion for storytelling and enjoy working in a collaborative, creative environment. This person will work in C2 Strategic’s Business & Government Services sector supporting diverse clients and projects. This position may be based in Indianapolis, Lexington or Louisville, with a strong preference for Indianapolis and Lexington.

Prior experience working in media, corporate communications or public relations agencies is preferred.

The staff strategist assists senior strategists and C2 Strategic officers in producing client deliverables, managing work flow and identifying opportunities to enhance a client’s experience. The ideal candidate will be as adept at developing communications strategies and plans as executing individual tasks.

Successful staff strategists are proactive, detail-oriented, unafraid to ask questions and can work comfortably alone or in a small group.  Knowledge or interest in certain sectors (government, advanced manufacturing, health care, higher education) is a plus. Strategists must be critical thinkers and strong writers with excellent organization and time management skills. Experience in social media management is preferred.

Staff strategists may directly manage some projects as a path to professional growth and advancement.

Job Description

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Help develop and implement communications plans, including objectives, strategies, tactics and budgets to meet client needs and reach target audiences
  • Identify key deliverables and manage the process to achieve them, using exceptional organizational and relationship skills
  • Manage time effectively and efficiently and meet work deadlines
  • Develop and write news releases, newsletters, web content, speeches, talking points, presentations, other collateral marketing materials, social media posts, proposals, etc.
  • Plan and organize media availabilities, news conferences, public meetings and professional conferences
  • Produce monthly performance reports for clients
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Collaborate with other staff members to sharpen deliverables and identify new client strategies
  • Stay abreast of emerging technology and communications trends and recognize opportunities to apply them to meet client needs
  • Assist with business development: direct pitches, proposal writing, presentations, etc.
  • Participate in annual strategic planning for the company
  • Track weekly hours worked and reimbursable expenses incurred on a timely basis for effective project management and timely billing
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management

Skills/attributes

Required:

  • Strong written and oral communications skills – in particular, the ability to write descriptively and quickly, in a tone that matches client needs – is paramount
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to interact with and gain the trust of current and prospective clients
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Ability to proactively solve problems
  • Adept at collaborating, multi-tasking and meeting deadlines
  • Experience in communicating with media and the public
  • Ability to plan events, news conferences and public meetings
  • Competent in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Experienced using social-media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to engage targeted audiences

Preferred:

  • Working knowledge of MailChimp and/or Constant Contact to produce newsletters
  • Experience using Cision or other media-monitoring service
  • Experience using content-management systems such as WordPress and Sprout
  • Experience using Adobe Creative products: Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and/or Illustrator

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or public relations
  • Up to three to five years of progressively responsible experience in the communications field, especially in an agency or corporate setting

Work environment

Normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with an hour for lunch, Monday through Friday. Employees often work off-site, either at a client’s office or event. Reliable transportation is required. Occasionally, night and weekend hours might be required. Overnight travel is minimal.

Reports to: C2 Management

Interested applicants should send a resume and required materials to kerri@c2strategic.com

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