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Vice President - Hotwire PR

New York, NY; San Francisco, CA

6-Month Contract

About you…

You’re a born communicator who likes to take charge. You love leading and being a part of a high functioning team.  You are generous with your time, your skills and in sharing credit with your compatriots. You are goal-oriented and can get the job done by rallying your team to join you in the cause.

You know that words are just one way to express stories, and as a result your campaign ideas go broader, including things like graphic storytelling, videos, online vehicles and events.  

Results matter to you.  You are focused on measurement and metrics and showcasing quality results against business objectives.

You are competent, creative, trustworthy, engaging, organized and passionate about communications in all of its many forms.

If you’re ready to lead a winning team, and show your talent in a way big agencies just don’t allow, read on…

The position…

The VP or Director provides our clients with exceptional service by developing and executing personalized campaigns to achieve client business objectives. The VP/Director is accountable for the flawless execution of client strategy by the account teams, as well as leading and joining with them in delivery of results from influencer relations, copywriting, client management and more.


  • Assume day-to-day leadership of accounts, including ability to develop PR plan and manage all staff, programs and budget associated with the account
  • Master use of the Hotwire work plan and budgeting process to ensure operational excellence
  • Understand client’s business goals and develop and drive teams and media programs to achieve those goals
  • Discern the difference between client requests and goals and demonstrate ability to negotiate with clients on priorities
  • Demonstrate deep understanding of client’s market and maintain relationships with key trades (advertising/marketing & retail/e-commerce), tech, news & business media and influencers (analysts, bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers, etc.)
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate openly, clearly and effectively with clients, own communication with day-to-day client contact
  • Drive programs and media campaigns that will meet or exceed expectations in results for awareness building, increasing engagement and driving preference for the client’s brand
  • Contribute to strategic direction for multiple accounts and take ownership for delivery of quality, results and resource management
  • Participate in new business development activities and learn to manage full new business process including fielding leads, conducting research, developing strategy for proposal, presentation development and follow-up
  • Attend industry events to network on behalf of the agency and keep influencer and industry contacts fresh
  • Be a key contributor in business development by working with leadership team to bring strategic media planning, research and insights to new business engagements.
  • Cultivate strong and effective teams by making resource decisions to ensure optimal staffing for accounts and development opportunities for staff
  • Demonstrate leadership by contributing to agency meetings, trainings and professional development sessions


  • Manage up to eight accounts successfully by consistently meeting or exceeding client goals and receiving positive feedback (at least a three) on annual client survey
  • Gross profit target of 65% or more met quarterly
  • 1-2 new accounts per year are added to the Hotwire roster based on your contribution to new business
  • 10% organic growth goal of current clients is met
  • Maximum of 10% canceled time recorded on any account per year
  • 50 percent of clients can be case study worthy
  • Mastery of Hotwire tools and technology, such as Trendkite, Cision, TechNews


  • Bachelor’s degree in arts, communications, PR, journalism or marketing
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience as an agency director or in-house communications PR manager
  • Experience in B2B tech, advertising/marketing tech or retail/e-commerce business preferred
  • Strong database of influencer contacts in advertising/marketing, retail/e-commerce, general tech, news and business media and influencers
  • Hands on experience not just managing, but truly mentoring, direct reports and cross-functional teammates, a plus


  • Direct – Not afraid to speak up and own your ideas
  • Data-driven – Able to use the right research tools to provide smart insights
  • Obsessed with continuous improvement
  • Curious about how the business works & how you contribute to the organization’s success
  • Driven to produce excellent work
  • Pragmatic and goal-oriented
  • Developed strong written and presentation communication skills, with the comfort to present ideas and make a case to clients and partner agencies
  • Positive, authentic, solution-oriented team player with a good sense of humor
  • Proficiency with day-to-day office tools including Slack, Box, Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint, Excel and Word)

About us…

Hotwire is a global PR and communications agency dedicated to helping ambitious companies change their game, build their reputation, and stand out from the crowd. Our communications experts work in sector practice teams to provide our clients with in-depth knowledge and experience of a number of market categories. From Sydney to San Francisco, we’re a team, with a ‘one office’ mentality.  Our international team works across our 22 locations, including the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, together with affiliate partners. We bring the best of our knowledge, skills and experience to all of our clients wherever they are in the world and are committed to being the best agency they'll ever work with. When it comes to people, Hotwire PR employs collaborative and creative entrepreneurs. Our people are our product.  So the hiring, development and promotion of our people is priority number one.

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