May 20, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: TiVo, Public Relations Manager (San Jose, CA)

TiVo logoAs a material contributor to the TiVo Inc. Corporate Affairs and Communications team, you will lead TiVo’s consumer public relations and report to the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications.

With superior written and verbal communication skills, you will frequently interface with a wide array of executives across the company, manage multiple initiatives at any given time, regularly interface with members of the media and manage multiple retained public relations firms. This role is materially responsible for developing and executing communications plans for TiVo’s Consumer Retail, International, Service Operator, Advertising and Audience Research divisions and requires daily collaboration with TiVo’s relevant retained public relations firms and the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications.

Here’s what you get to do:

  • Collaborate with TiVo executives from different business units to develop communications plans surrounding all product launches and corporate announcements
  • Coordinate with appropriate members of the marketing team to leverage digital and social media platforms for various company announcements and communications strategies for product and service launches and updates
  • Work closely with TiVo business divisions to understand the product strategy and roadmap, to help position the communications strategy
  • Set up and staff ongoing analyst and media briefings during press tours, at press events and tradeshows
  • Develop the strategy for TiVo product announcements with international partners in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain and more
  • Work closely with consumer insights and other disciplines within the global marketing team to inform the PR and Social Media strategy, story development and content creation
  • Drive TiVo Research editorial calendar to ensure steady drumbeat of coverage pertaining to TiVo data while building a bigger narrative around TiVo’s thought leadership in viewing behavior and advertising
  • Contribute to the overall success of TiVo’s PR and Social Media efforts by investigating and assessing new tools and practices
  • Maintain and develop the PR budget and key communications programs such as product reviews, responding to the news, new campaign ideation and more
  • Manage other PR staff regarding the planning and execution of programs like executive speaking engagements and product reviews, development of briefing materials, press kits, distributing daily news coverage and more
  • Manage executive profiles through recommending and managing speaking opportunities, bio creation, headshot execution while building demand for executive presence  
  • Spearhead the product awards program to be sure TiVo is being recognized in all applicable categories, including working with partners domestically and internationally to support joint activities
  • Assist in corporate earnings preparation and grand-scale employee communications as needed
  • Consult with brand team on website maintenance and any redesigns as it pertains to TiVo PR, Communications and Investor Relations
  • Initiative recap content creation for dissemination among executives and board members
  • Provide other internal and external marketing groups with a sounding board for ideas and recommendations on media reception
  • Celebrity spokesperson management
  • Manage and execute corporate responsibility programs and charitable giving initiatives

Here’s what you’ll need to be successful:

  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience successfully executing a mixture of PR and media relations deliverables in a fast-paced and creative work environment   
  • A mix of agency and in-house experience preferred
  • Experience managing various agencies Extensive experience working with consumer brands driving consumer PR and social media programs
  • Demonstrated success using social media to grow a consumer brand through creative out-of-the-box thinking that drives measurable results
  • Media relationships with technology and consumer lifestyle influencers
  • An enthusiastic, can-do attitude; a problem solver; able to work autonomously; comfortable with strategic planning as well as implementing the details
  • Natural leadership characteristics and skilled at working across multiple organizations in a company to build teamwork and achieve results
  • Strong understanding and enthusiasm for PR and social media measurement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Academic credentials in the fields of business, communications, marketing and/or journalism

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

April 29, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Communications Director

2015-Final-Square-LogoThe Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a Communications Director to increase its exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as America’s most influential science and technology think tank.  This position reports to ITIF’s chief operating officer.

The communications director’s primary responsibility will be to publicize all of this activity. It is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations professional to deepen their policy expertise and influence important public debates.

Duties:

  • Plan and execute an ongoing media-relations program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers by measurably increasing its press exposure.
  • Build new relationships and deepen existing ones with reporters, commentators, editors, and producers in the business, technology, and political press—including national newspapers, trade publications, broadcast outlets, and influential blogs.
  • Drive coverage of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
  • Partner with ITIF’s digital media specialist to expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five to seven years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust media-relations programs.
  • Strong track record of getting measurable results through media outreach, including placing op-eds and generating coverage for topical research reports and events.
  • Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Vocus, knowledge of technology issues, and existing relationships with technology, business, and policy reporters is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.
  • Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website management.
  • Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
  • Strong understanding of public policy is essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or in the Washington office of a public relations or public affairs agency would be a plus.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

TO APPLY: Please send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@itif.org. Please note in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the Communications Director position, and please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing its reputation through an ongoing media-relations program.  (PF tipster)

August 06, 2014

Frischmann Joins Microsoft in DC as Senior P.R. Manager

Kate Cyrul FrischmannKate Cyrul Frischmann has joined Microsoft’s Washington, DC office this week as Senior Public Relations Manager.  She is based at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in downtown DC.

Kate has spent the majority of her 14-year career on Capitol Hill, where she devised and implemented media strategies for senior Members of Congress on legislative and campaign initiatives. In her new position, Kate will focus on telling Microsoft’s story to U.S. government and public policy audiences.

Kate joins Microsoft from the office of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), where she has served as Communications Director for the past five years.  Prior to her time with Sen. Harkin, Kate was the Communications Director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

A native of Connecticut, Kate is a graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and young son.  (PF tipster)

November 09, 2011

BREAKING: Twitter VP of Communications Garrett departing

Sean GarrettPer RWW (http://www.ReadWriteWeb.com), Twitter Vice President of Communications Sean Garrett (http://www.twitter.com/sg) just announced on Twitter that he is leaving the company after 20 months. 

Garrett says he has no future plans presently.

He is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience, with stints in PR at many of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley.  He began his career in 1990 working for former Gov. Peter Wilson (R-CA).  He is a graduate of UCLA.

According to RWW, Twitter hired Google Senior Media Liaison Karen Wickre into its ranks two weeks ago. Follow the whole Twitter communications team via this list.  (RWW)

September 14, 2011

Former Bush Spokesman Saliterman Departs Bloomberg LP in NYC for Google in DC

Rob Saliterman First exclusively reported in Politico’sPlaybook this morning, Rob Saliterman has “joined Google to run its sales and outreach efforts to Republican campaigns.  Rob will be the political ads team’s point person in Washington, building relationships with campaign managers, digital agencies and advocacy groups to drive adoption of online advertising.”

Saliterman was most recently Chief of Staff for Public Affairs at Bloomberg LP in New York, where he reported to former New York City Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey.

Before joining Bloomberg LP, Saliterman served as Communications Director for the office of former President George W. Bush in Dallas.  Earlier in his career he served in theBush administration at both the White House ant the Treasury Department, and as well as in roles with the Republican National Committee and the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection committee.

Saliterman earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 2011 and a degree in History from Columbia University in 2004.  He is a native of Minnetonka, MN. (Politico’s “Playbook”)

July 24, 2011

Former CNN, CBS Producer Yuille Heads to Facebook

Jen Yuille Exclusively reported in Politico’sPlaybook” recently, Jennifer Yuille has joined Facebook's communications team, where she will lead consumer media efforts.  She'll be based in New York, but will be spending time in Palo Alto and will start near the end of July.

A former White House producer at CNN, Jen last year left the “CBS Evening News,” where she was a producer for Katie Couric, and joined Polyvore, a Silicon Valley fashion startup that has become the largest fashion community on the Web.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)

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