Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB)-the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, the 24th largest software company in the world, and one of FORTUNE Magazine's "56 Companies Changing the World"-is seeking an experienced Sr. Public Relations Manager at its corporate headquarters in Charleston, SC.
As a member of the Corporate Communications team within the company's dynamic Corporate Marketing department, this individual will be responsible for advancing Blackbaud's brand awareness and visibility in its global markets by driving strategic public announcements, global awards and recognition, and earned media coverage in local, trade and national outlets.
Successfully drive the company's strategic, financial and vertical business objectives through Public Relations activities; serve as key strategist and coordination point within the company to prepare news announcements; orchestrate cross-functional teams to implement various aspects of coordinated corporate announcements
Establish and maintain relationships with local, regional, trade, and national media outlets to secure positive coverage of the company and its activities; act as primary company spokesperson with members of the media.
Collaborate closely with Blackbaud's executive leadership and vertical business leaders on communication strategy; prepare senior executives and business leaders for media/industry engagements, including media interviews, speeches and company/industry event participation; conduct media training with company executives and authorized company spokespersons
Develop and maintain content across Blackbaud's external communications channels, including company website, social media channels, blog, and Newsroom; author nominations that highlight both the company and its executives; create bylined thought leadership content on behalf of company executives and business leaders
Assess and analyze business performance; prepare and lead media relations monthly business reviews, sharing insights, opportunities and course corrections to keep business performance on track
Work with other members of the Corporate Marketing team to integrate messaging across external, internal, and social channels to ensure consistency
Oversee the work of third-party partners, such as PR firms and media outlets
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Communication or related field required; MBA preferred
At least 7-10 years of Public Relations experience; combination of corporate communications and agency roles preferred
At least 7-10 years of Public Relations experience working directly with the media; proven experience developing and executing media relations programs
Experience in both B2B and B2C setting preferred; solid understanding of the high-tech industry also preferred
Current national business media relationships strongly preferred
Highly effective verbal and written communicator; ability to clearly articulate key messages and distill technical concepts
Experienced in strategic marketing measurement/measurement of communication effectiveness
Senior strategist who deals well in ambiguity and thrives in fast-paced environments
High emotional intelligence and strong executive maturity (due to the high level of executive exposure and engagement) and business acumen
Highly effective written and verbal communicator
Defines, manages and leads execution of project plans without supervision
Use of newswire distribution services
AP writing skills for media assets
Why you'll want to come work here:
Our benefits are unmatched. Not only do we offer competitive salaries, 4 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and 401K match, we also provide endless community involvement opportunities to encourage our employees to give back, through our CSR programs like gift matching and volunteer for vacation.
Blackbaud has been named to Forbes America's Best Employers for Diversity 2019, Forbes America's Best Midsize Employer 2019, and AnitaB.org's Top Companies for Women Technologists 2018, we are rapidly growing and offer incredible opportunity for career advancement!
We understand that people thrive in a culture focused on teamwork and purpose. That's why Blackbaud offers a tremendous company culture, encouraging open, collaborative working environments in all of our offices around the world, including; North America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica.
We have proven that we are one of the best technology companies to work for. Blackbaud has been ranked Best Technology Company in Charleston, SC for the fourth year in a row, and ranked by BuiltIn Austin as one of the Best Places to Work in Austin, TX.
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