About the Role:

Strava is the world’s largest athletic community and the social platform at the center of connected fitness. With 76 million athletes on Strava and 2 million more joining every month, we’re growing fast. The regional communications director reports to the V.P. of communications and will play a pivotal role in leading our communications team in Europe. You’ll manage press agency partners in key European geographies, grow the team as needed and will be a talented and enthusiastic strategist, leader and doer.  Periodic travel to the Dublin office will be necessary, if not residing locally. 

We’re passionate about you because you will:

  • Develop and execute a regional communications strategy for existing and future key markets in Europe including UK, FR, ES, DE, NL, BE to drive brand awareness, app installs and key business objectives.

  • Contribute to our global communications strategy and enhance our global ways of working.

  • Establish a culture of launch designed to increase product awareness and value

  • Elevate the impact of our press agency partners in key European geographies to maximize strategic alignment and earned media coverage in key outlets.

  • Work with our agency partners to cultivate and maintain deep relationships with business, tech and national press, key industry opinion leaders and external stakeholders at the country and regional level.

  • Help lead Strava’s commitment to becoming an antiracist company and supporting and amplifying the stories of BIPOC and under-represented athletes in our community through our communication efforts.

  • Work with executives and teams across Strava including finance, legal, design, engineering, product marketing, brand marketing, people and product.

  • Collaborate with community marketing to develop a scalable approach to creating a network of third-party subject matter experts and spokespeople.

  • Compose, research and edit communications materials including press pitches, press releases, OpEds, talking points and speeches/presentations for executives.

  • Develop regional strategy for data storytelling, high-influence, owned thought leadership events and launches for product and brand moments.

  • Conceptualize, manage and execute large-scale data storytelling and research programs in collaboration with press agencies, data analysts and academic institutions.

  • Help build and develop the communications team as Strava grows through adding exceptional new agency partners and team members as needed!

We’re passionate about you because you have:

  • 10+ years of experience that includes some combination of public relations, journalism, agency, or in-house communications experience.

  • A proven track-record of implementing regional communication strategies for Europe (i.e. UK, FR, ES, DE, NL, BE, etc.) that drive key business objectives with strong narrative control.

  • Equal proficiency in English and Spanish or French.

  • Experience enabling agency partners to do their best work to help companies drive their core business objectives.

  • Existing media relationships with business, tech, national and product reporters, editors and outlets.

  • Crisis communications and crisis management experience.

  • On the record experience. (not just placing stories)

  • Strong people manager skills with experience leading small, agile, high-performing teams that scale.

  • Experience managing multiple complex projects with high attention to detail.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Poise, calm and excellent judgment in high-stakes, high-consequence situations.

Ideal Qualifications (We would like for you have but not required)

  • Experience building and scaling local communications teams in new markets.

  • Periodic travel to the Dublin, Ireland location to meet with teammates, stakeholders

Required Cover Letter and Materials (candidates will not be considered without a cover letter)

  • In your cover letter, we would love to see:
  • What specifically interests you about this opportunity and why are you the best candidate to do it?
  • Links to stories you personally / directly placed in national media outlets, inclusive of broadcast.
  • Clips/links for corporate comms and product feature stories you personally / directly placed in tech and business outlets.
  • Links to stories where you’ve been quoted on the record.
  • Samples of your very best writing—this can be a release, an OpEd, remarks you’ve prepared for an executive, talking points. Whatever will give us the best sense of your strengths as a written communicator.
  • Overview of languages in which you are fluent.

About Strava

Strava is Swedish for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do. We’re a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. And with billions of activity uploads from all over the world, we have a humbling and audacious vision: to be the record of the world’s athletic activities and the technology that makes every effort count.

Strava builds software that makes the best part of our athletes’ days even better. And just as we’re deeply committed to unlocking their potential, we’re dedicated to providing a world-class, inclusive workplace where our employees can grow and thrive, too. We’re backed by Sequoia Capital, Madrone Partners and Jackson Square Ventures, and we’re expanding in order to exceed the needs of our growing community of global athletes. Our culture reflects our community – we are continuously striving to hire and engage diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger team together.

In light of the global pandemic, Strava is currently working in a fully remote capacity. As always, we remain committed to fully supporting our employees, especially their mental health and wellbeing, through these challenging times. Despite challenges in the world around us, we are continuing to grow camaraderie and positivity within our culture and we are unified in our commitment to becoming an antiracist company. We are differentiated by our truly people-first approach, our compassionate leadership, and our belief that we can bring joy and inspiration to athletes’ lives — now more than ever. All to say, it’s a great time to join Strava!

Strava is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the values of Strava, we make all employment decisions including hiring, evaluation, termination, promotional and training opportunities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, disability, gender or identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, marital status, height and/or weight.

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