Senior Media Relations Specialist

* This position may be remote / work from home for a senior candidate *

We are seeking a results-driven public relations professional for our agency based in the heart of downtown Maryville. We give our all for our Ripley PR and Orange Orchard clients. We speak up for our clients. We dig deep, get creative, collaborate and innovate. If you have an upbeat, outgoing personality, and are a tenacious, thoughtful and passionate communicator, you could be a great fit for our team.

Ripley PR is a highly regarded global public relations agency within our target industries, and is staffed by professionals who deliver high-quality results to our clients every day. We do work hard, but we also work smart, using technology and innovation to our advantage. Yes, you can expect to hustle, but we know when to call it a day. We enjoy a challenge as much as we like to shoot the breeze at the end the work week!

About You

Our ideal Senior Media Relations Specialist is a goal-oriented client cheerleader, willing to pick up the phone and tell our clients’ stories to national media, fearlessly pitching and developing new story angles. We’re looking for someone with these characteristics:

  • 6+ years of related experience; agency experience is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing or a related field
  • Experience in the following industries is a plus: B2B, franchise, construction, environmental/eco-conscious organizations, animal welfare, plant-based products
  • Demonstrated experience and success pitching client stories and press releases via telephone and email to all levels of media; earning local, regional and national mainstream, business, and trade media coverage for agency clients
  • Creating, directing and executing agency and client media relations and crisis management plans
  • Writing and pitching press releases and bylined stories to targeted media outlets
  • Developing goals and strategies for media penetration, and building media contacts and relationships
  • Working with clients to train and develop subject matter experts for media interactions and relationships
  • Leading the agency in finding and developing relationships with key influencers in each client industry
  • Excellent time-management and multitasking ability
  • Proficient in PC, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, content management systems


Some of the requirements and characteristics we are seeking in a Senior Media Relations Specialist

  • Develop, plan and execute public relations tactics for assigned clients
  • Must be able to write clearly and consistently produce materials with accurate spelling and grammar; Excellent verbal communication skills; Strong knowledge in AP Style
  • Participate in assigned client meetings; create agendas and meeting minutes
  • Collaborate and brainstorm with other members of the agency team
  • Works well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Maintain agency time sheets, records and generate reports as assigned
  • Coordinate, arrange and participate in client events, meetings and other activities as needed
  • Stay up to date on emerging industry trends
  • Proficient in PC, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, content management systems


If you are excited about joining an innovative team with plenty of opportunity for growth and advancement, we would love to hear from you. Ripley PR offers a competitive salary, office massages, medical, dental, vision, 401k and paid time off.


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