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Vice President - Weber Shandwick

New York, NY

The Weber Shandwick New York office is seeking a Vice President with to join its Crisis Communications & Issues Management Group. The candidate will have the opportunity to drive a broad range of both issues-oriented and proactive reputation campaigns, as well as help clients prepare for and manage complex issues and crises.

S/he will be able to lead day-to-day client and team activity, cultivate strong relationships with clients, help craft and lead execution of new programs, plans & strategies, and work with a broad set of media (business and trade; traditional print, online and broadcast). S/he can drive forward plans and programs within set parameters and achieve outstanding results for clients. Finally, s/he is curious, resourceful and entrepreneurial.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Serve as primary or day-to-day client contact and flag, triage and manage client issues.
  • Develop and ensure execution of plans and recommendations (including digital and social media strategies) for clients.
  • Conceptualize and pitch – or oversee pitching of – well-developed stories to key national, trade and other media of importance to client goals.
  • Provide media and crisis training to clients.
  • Develop and deliver client presentations (as needed).
  • Keep client programs on schedule and ensure all deadlines are met within set budget parameters.
  • Build, nurture and expand client relationships.
  • Ensure efficient, effective project management and client satisfaction.
  • Participate in new business development for the group and collaborate among practice areas at the agency in support of new business pitches.
  • Structure and staff new and existing project teams, including reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates.
  • Train and motivate Crisis & Issues Group staff members and help create opportunities for their growth.
  • Conduct performance appraisals of direct reports.
Basic Qualifications 
  • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree
  • 8+ years of relevant reputation building and crisis & issues communications experience at a prior agency and/or a company in the healthcare sector
  • Has strong project management skills (e.g., managing budgets and plan rollouts)
  • Is able to communicate clearly and persuasively both orally and in writing
Additional Qualifications
  • Blends analytical strength with focused creativity to turn ideas into workable plans.
  • Can lead and drive forward plans and programs with senior-level guidance.
  • Thrives under pressure and can handle multiple projects in a demanding, deadline-oriented environment, while maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Has a track record of placing stories for clients and forging reporter relationships and strong contacts with healthcare reporters and producers
  • Is current in the latest trends in social media strategy, tools and analytics
  • Can mobilize, motivate and account teams.
  • Can anticipate client and team needs and instill confidence in clients and colleagues.
  • Is adept at solving problems and resolving conflicts.
  • Pays close attention to detail and quality.
  • Exercises exceptional judgment when working with team members, clients and vendors.
  • Has experience and interest in supporting new business efforts.
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