The assistant account executive is responsible for supporting account teams in daily activities. S / he will learn Edelman’s various consulting processes / approaches, including public engagement, message workshops, master narrative assignments, brand engagement, social media campaigns and stakeholder mapping exercises, and support account teams in the execution of these processes for clients.
Expected competencies include :
Demonstrate an understanding of the public relations industry and its basic principles
Understand key client information including business strategy, industry issues, products and services, key customers and competitors
Provide client service administration including preparing client status and activity reports, attending meetings and conference calls, compiling media and competitor coverage, coordinating press tour pitching, scheduling and logistics
Research, outline, write, edit and proofread materials, including media advisories, pitch letters / e-mails, biographies, reports and fact sheets
Assist with research including analysis of media coverage and online conversations
Use media list building tools and clipping services
Coordinate projects and events including inviting media, preparing press kits, attending events, and preparing reports
Demonstrate a general knowledge of social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Gather.com, Friend Feed, Technorati, Yammer, YouTube, etc.
Build a network of traditional and online media contacts
Contribute to the performance appraisal process for peers, managers and interns
Supervise interns / trainees
Understand internal operations and inter-team cooperation
Commit to continuous learning and improvement of your tactical skills by attending Edelman University classes and seeking other training, including on-
the-job training and mentoring
Participate in the new business process including research, audits and preparation of proposals
Financial Planning and Management
Understand account budget parameters and over-servicing
Provide administrative support for team
Record and submit time, expenses and POs to the right project codes on a timely basis ideally daily, but no later than weekly
Notify supervisor of any potential cost overruns
Follow all Edelman financial policies and procedures
Demonstrate behaviors consistent with Edelman’s values (Quality, Integrity, Respect, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Mutual Benefits) and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
Live in color by exploring and being active in the world outside of work, including the arts, culture, politics, literature, charitable organizations and / or other personal passions
Product Capability and Development
Learn about Edelman’s various capabilities and contribute ideas when appropriate about how to improve them and develop new capabilities
Aid in the implementation of new capabilities
Stay up to date with emerging technologies and trends
This is an entry-level account position. An assistant account executive will possess good interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work effectively with a variety of account service staff within a specific set of accounts.
S / he will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments and deadlines. S / he will have solid knowledge of MS Office Suite, general office logistics and will pass a writing test.
S / he will have an interest in pursuing a career in public relations. S / he must have a strong work ethic and dedication to consistently provide quality work to his / her team and clients.
Previous internship experience in the communications field and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university is preferred.