Executive Vice President, Crisis Issues Practice Lead - Central Region


We Are Seeking:

We are looking for a change agent Executive Vice President to help us grow and lead our Crisis and Issues Practice in our Central Region (Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis & St. Louis) and support a wide array of high-profile clients with crisis preparedness and live crisis and issues counsel and support.

You will play an important role on our team, leading a broad range of projects and developing new business opportunities. You will be an emerging leader on the team and help mentor and grow the skill sets of emerging talent in our practice. You should be sharp strategist, have strong writing skills, be social and digital analytics savvy, and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. You can marshal teams and resources effectively and quickly and are entrepreneurial.


We are looking for someone who can:

• Drive growth across the Central region office, from proactive prospecting to pitch leadership – across both organic and net new opportunities

• Build and nurture client relationships by providing leadership, direction and strategic guidance to colleagues, team leads, C-suite and senior level clients

• Hit the ground running playing a leading role in counseling clients • Solve problems, handle crises, and make quick decisions with incomplete information • Architect diverse teams and coach/sponsor them to success

• Draw on our total Agency resources (locally, regionally, globally) and bring our clients the best of our network for every project

• Model effective collaboration with Agency resources such as Creative, Strategy, Analytics and Integrated Media, as well as other practices

• Establish a high standard for quality and deliver above expectations, continuing to build and fulfill trusted partner role with clients and colleagues • Effectively manage through both authority and influence

• Actively engage in the culture of the Agency to lead by example

• Work with peers to further the mission, goals and culture of the Agency

• Be a change agent and agitator for what’s new and next  


The right person for this role has:

• 18+ years of experience in PR, inclusive of Agency experience leading, driving and executing Crisis and Issues

• Deep knowledge and experience in cyber security, public affairs, litigation support, regulatory, labor and brand safety, corporate affairs, corporate reputation, executive visibility, social impact as well as crisis communication

• Exposure to leading edge technology, analytics and data that improves the ability to deliver impactful communications and insights to C-level clients.

• Proven track record of proactively identifying and delivering strategic opportunities that unlock account growth beyond the current or 'expected' remit

• Exceptional client service track record with ability to counsel and interact effectively with C-suite and senior management at client organizations • Ability to efficiently manage cross-office teams

• Ability to be both strategic and hands-on, to flex with clients' needs

• Success leading teams and developing talent

• An entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership qualities, and a collaborative attitude

• A willingness to challenge how things have always been done, in a desire to continuously improve

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills • Proficient skills in MSOffice (PowerPoint, Excel and Word)

• BA or BS in Communications or related degre


Weber Shandwick is proud to The Weber Shandwick Collective recognizes that your health and wellbeing are a priority. This is why we offer a full suite of benefits including: 

  • Medical 
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • 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 


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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