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Public Relations Manager
Description:The Public Relations Manager will assist the Director of Communications and Public Relations to develop and execute a proactive media relations program for the firm’s U.S. practice and individual lawyers. Collaborates with partners, U.S. marketing managers, and Europe and Asia PR to develop and implement institutional and targeted industry/practice media plans with reach to the legal, general, business, trade and web press. The PR Manager will also assist with newsletters and other writing projects as needed. Media Strategies: - Within the context of business and marketing plans, work with the Director of Communications and Media Relations to create media strategies that reflect the firm’s brand and positioning, disseminate key messages, and achieve the media coverage goals of the firm and practice groups. - Research media markets via geography, industry and medium as necessary. Media Contact: - Act as a point of contact with the press. - Coordinate interviews and meetings with reporters and lawyers. - Routinely meet and interact with members of the press to establish and maintain key working relationships. Publicity, Placements: Position Dechert lawyers as “legal experts” for use by media. - Actively generate and seek story ideas and pitch to local and national legal, general business and trade press.Investigate story angles to improve newsworthiness of routine firm developments (e.g., office opening, big win, new partners).Write press releases, pitch letters, and other publicity copy.Monitor advertising calendars of relevant publications and communicate/recommend opportunities.Advise lawyers and other Dechert personnel on press response techniques. Social Media: - Assist with firm’s Twitter account. - Assist with new content on the firm’s website. Add new content to the website, particularly in the news section. Other: - Maintain various dechert.com web pages, particularly those pertaining to news and About Dechert. - Assist with effective media tracking. - Assist with the supervision of the firm’s Public Relations Assistant. - Lead the production of firm newsletters, in particular Dechert Around the World. This includes developing story ideas with the editorial board, drafting and editing articles, coordinating production schedules, and coordinating the layout with the design team. - Assist with editing copy for collateral. College degree with an emphasis on communications, journalism, public relations, or English. - 7-10 years relevant experience. - Understanding of legal industry preferred. - Superior oral and written communication skills. - Knowledge of AP Style and the ability to learn and apply the firm’s writing style guide. - Proven ability to deal with complex subject matter – preferably legal or financial. - Knowledge of the firm’s policies and procedures. - Detail-oriented and organized. - Ability to prioritize and coordinate own work. - Good interpersonal skills. - Polite, professional, positive, and collaborative manner. - Good grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension. - Ability to maintain confidentiality. - Ability to learn new skills as they become necessary. - Ability to function in a collaborative organization and be a team player.
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