Senior Communications Strategist

 

JOB SUMMARY

Senior strategists are the MVPs of a healthy communications strategy department. You are becoming a self sufficient strategist who has a deep understanding of a variety of touch-points, and can handle leading conversations, developing comprehensive frameworks, making sense of complex ecosystems and working with client and creative teams without significant supervision.

 

ROLES + RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with a Strategy Director to develop breakthrough and actionable communication and channels plans.
  • Own, manage, and run client deliverables on your accounts.
  • Inform planning projects from inception to completion: create landscape/brand/competitive audits, mine for behavioral insights and trends, write briefs, collaborate with creative to inspire tactics and guide with best practices, work with account and client teams, facilitate and direct brainstorming sessions, and continue to see the project through across all its subsequent phases.
  • Establish strong and collaborative relationships with key department heads and employees across the business including account, creative, analytics, and more.
  • Support new business growth on existing and prospect accounts alongside the account lead and other team members within VIRTUE.
  • Can play a lead role in thought leadership initiatives.
  • Can be impactful in sharing knowledge and working with junior strategists.
  • Always striving to make the work better.

 

EXPERIENCE + SKILLSET

  • 4-7 years of relevant experience.
  • Can identify comms-specific research needs, recognize partners/platforms required to get necessary information, and aggregate findings into an actionable document with some oversight.
  • Can uncover unique ways of reaching/speaking to consumers that inspires creative.
  • Can develop a communications frameworks from scratch, presenting business objectives, messaging, channel, consumer and KPI details in a format that's account-specific with some oversight.
  • Can craft a cogent and compelling argument in email, document, or conversation.
  • Can lead strategy on at least 3 projects of varying complexity and sizes, with regular oversight and feedback coming from manager.
  • Can support pitches and larger clients.

 

YOU

  • Have a voice in writing, thinking and presenting.
  • Can create inspiring briefs and comprehensive comms slides that flow in/out seamlessly with the larger presentation.
  • Can handle client meetings on your own, as appropriate.
  • Are able to work closely with creatives throughout the process.
  • Can lead platform research, have established relationships with channel/vendor partners, and can consolidate information uncovered in the process without guidance.
  • Understand business and market dynamics and how to affect them.
  • Are an early adopter of marketing trends, technological advancements and have a well-informed opinion on the ever-evolving media landscape.

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