Junior Financial Communications Specialist
New York, New York, United States
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. Our Corporate Issues Group has helped leading companies and organizations prepare for and respond to some of the most visible corporate, financial and political challenges of our time. The group comprises an integrated team of more than 20 strategists in New York and a global network of more than 300 who work across a broad range of special situations.
In our financial communications work, we advise public and private companies across virtually all industries on strategic and capital markets communications efforts that best position them among relevant stakeholders. Our engagements span the normal-course financial lifecycle (e.g., quarterly earnings, proxy statements) and transformative events (e.g., M&A/post-merger integration, IPO, litigation, bankruptcy, activism, executive management transitions, labor issues). We collaborate closely in these engagements with both the C-suite and key IR/PR personnel.
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We are looking for an entry – junior level practitioner to join our growing Financial Communications team in our Corporate Issues practice. The ideal candidate will focus primarily on financial communications and capital markets-driven work and will be able to contribute communications and investor relations expertise in support of transactional, reputational and broader corporate-level issues and other matters.
(S)he will play a leading role in day-to-day account activity and will have the opportunity to contribute to a broad range of proactive and reactive financially-focused, issues-oriented reputation management projects. (S)he will be responsible for leading strategy, drafting materials and executing programs, campaigns and plans with support from both senior and junior team members. (S)he will also manage multiple accounts and time-sensitive deliverables on a daily basis and should have no problem meeting deadlines and regularly exceeding client expectations.
We are seeking a professional with strong writing skills and familiarity with a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. You should be intimately familiar with current financial and economic events and news trends and comfortable providing analysis to clients and our internal team. Finally, you should be curious, resourceful and entrepreneurial. The nature of the work we do requires meticulous attention to detail and an ability and eagerness to juggle multiple responsibilities, inside and outside traditional work hours.
What You Will Be Doing
• Support a range of financial communications and special situations, including M&A, shareholder activism, defense against short-sellers, bankruptcies, initial public offerings, series financing, as well as earnings support and other investor relations activities
• Serving as the day-to-day client contact, creating or helping to create, drive and execute a range of communications plans, as well as investor and media engagements
• Execute frequent media outreach around financial events, including backgrounding reporters, error correcting and facilitating client media interviews, as appropriate
• Provide regular counsel to clients
• Work with client partners as appropriate, such as legal counsel, buy-side, vendors, etc.
• Keep client programs on schedule and ensure all deadlines are met within set budget parameters
• Train and motivate more-junior team members and help create opportunities for their growth
• Participate in new business development for the group and collaborate among practice areas at the agency in support of new business pitches
• 0-1 year of experience.
– BA or BS, preferably in public relations, political science, history, journalism, international relations or similar fields
• Relevant financial communications, investor relations and/or special situations experience at a prior agency and/or company
• Proficient understanding of capital markets and issues affecting the financial and reputational well-being of companies
• Skilled media relations strategist and practitioner with “tier one” and business media relations experience
• Thrives under pressure and can handle multiple projects in a demanding, deadline-oriented environment, while maintaining meticulous attention to detail
• Exercises exceptional judgment when working with clients, team members and vendors
• Communicates clearly, analytically and persuasively both orally and in writing
• Pays close attention to detail and quality
• Adept at solving problems and resolving conflicts
• Capable of mobilizing and motivating account teams, anticipating needs and instilling confidence
• Familiarity latest digital trends in social media strategy, tools and analytics
• Experienced and interested in supporting new business/cross-selling efforts
• Media and crisis training experience are a plus
The Weber Shandwick Collective recognizes that your health and wellbeing are a priority. This is why we offer a full suite of benefits including:
- 401k (with employer match)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Juice Money – $60 monthly reimbursement to be used towards purchases that nourish your health, mind, body, and soul
- MyDays – Flexible holiday schedules
- Short-Term Disability
- Paid Employee Family Leave
- Family Building Benefit
Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination prior to start date, unless eligible for a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation required under applicable law.
Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.
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