Public Relations Specialist

Ripley PR and Orange Orchard, a division of Ripley PR, Inc. serves national and global clients headquartered throughout the U.S. Ripley PR works with B2B, franchise, automotive, construction, home services, manufacturing and technology companies. Orange Orchard focuses on eco-conscious, animal-friendly, green, vegan and plant-based businesses that aim to make the world a kinder place to live.

We have an outstanding reputation for creating highly visible results and earning media coverage for our clients in notable trade publications and major national mainstream publications and outlets.

We are seeking a full time, experienced PR Specialist who can contribute to the success of our growing roster of clients, while playing an integral part of our collaborative environment. This position will support both Ripley PR and Orange Orchard clients out of our Maryville office.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Experience in the following industries is a plus: B2B, franchise, construction, environmental/eco-conscious organizations, animal welfare, plant-based products
  • Write press releases for assigned clients in AP style; coordinate internal approvals; coordinate client approvals
  • Pitch client stories and press releases to national, regional and local media
  • Work with media, press and online outlets and coordinate interviews and information, as needed
  • Develop, plan and execute public relations tactics as assigned
  • Participate in assigned client meetings; create agendas and Meeting Minutes
  • Research, write and edit assigned projects on time, with ability to switch gears quickly
  • Collaborate and brainstorm with other members of the agency team
  • Collect information, triage, create and issue client reports on assigned tasks
  • Update client and internal status reports and participate/schedule staff and client meetings
  • Monitor, collect, track, evaluate and create reports on public relations tactics and competitive activity weekly/monthly or as assigned
  • Manage and update agency project management software; adding/updating/closing jobs
  • Maintain agency time sheets as directed, with attention to detail
  • Coordinate, arrange and participate in client events, meetings and other activities at the direction of immediate supervisor
  • Stay on top of business best practices and provide insights to improve campaigns

Some of the requirements and characteristics we are seeking in a PR Specialist

  • 3+ years of related and documented experience and bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, public relations, mass communications or other related field from an accredited university
  • Agency experience is a plus
  • Must be able to write clearly and consistently produce materials with accurate spelling and grammar; Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with media and generating earned media placements
  • Expert knowledge of PR best practices, content production, image collection, image rights and current and emerging trends
  • All around proficiency in client consulting and management
  • Comfortable in a collaborative environment and is considerate of others within the team
  • Works well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Leads multiple projects simultaneously and tracks projects with varying deadlines
  • Self-motivated, eager, inquisitive proactive and enthusiastic
  • Shows initiative and accepts responsibility for his/her work
  • Ability to speak before groups both large and small and to motivate and influence others through excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in PC, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, content management systems

Ripley PR offers a competitive salary, Prosecco Fridays, office massages, and a down-to-earth collaborative team environment where your ideas are encouraged, not ignored. Our rapidly growing national presence gives you the opportunity to create your own story. We appreciate your skills, experience and we-can-do-it attitude!

We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401k and paid time off.

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