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Kickstand Communications

About the Organization

Kickstand Communications is a full-service PR firm, helping today's most innovative brands get to market and grow quickly. Founded in 2013, the agency specializes in supporting high-growth brands, with clients across some of the world's top tech markets, including Austin, Boston, Denver, San Francisco and New York City, as well as international markets ranging from Germany to Singapore. Since its founding, Kickstand has become the trusted partner for companies looking for strategic programs that build both their brands and their businesses, and was recently recognized as the Inno Blazer winner in the Marketing, Advertising & Design category by AustinInno. Kickstand is headquartered in Austin, TX with additional offices in Boston. For more information, visit www.meetkickstand.com.

Job Description

Kickstand Communications, a national, full-service PR firm, is looking for a Senior Account Executive (SAE) to join its Austin team. The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of public relations experience. Previous agency experience required. This is an opportunity to join an early-stage agency and gain a leadership position across a variety of clients. Candidates should be tech-loving self-starters looking to take the next step in their career. We're helping the next generation of innovative technology companies around the globe get to market and grow. This position offers the opportunity to help build something new and exciting. Something that matters. The successful Senior Account Executive has a proactive nature, enthusiasm and drive. They offer leadership and extensive knowledge of business and tech media and how their clients play in the space. They have a knack for organization and detail, and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks on an ongoing basis. They understand and can effectively communicate complex technology concepts. They have a strong work ethic, proven track record in team building and excellent interpersonal skills.This is a full-time position based out of our Austin, TX headquarters.

As Senior Account Executive, your responsibilities will include:

Client Relations & Account Support: support multiple agency accounts, both consumer and B2B; develop and maintain positive relationships with clients; ensure speed and accuracy across all client correspondence; understand clients’ business and objectives, and offer counsel and advice that reflects understanding; manage projects for clients, ensuring delivery to deadline and results; manage budgets and costs; actively participate in client calls and attend in-person client meetings; ideate, craft and edit short and long-form content; manage speaker and awards programs

Extensive media relations, including: serving as media lead across multiple accounts, working to secure targeted, high-quality coverage; developing and maintain relationships with key media contacts; contributing to client strategies and executing against quarterly plans; manage press meetings and media tours; showcasing a deep understanding of today’s media landscape and regularly monitoring for breaking news

Team Support: provide leadership and direction to team members and co-workers; support development and mentor junior team members; support development and growth of a strong agency culture; consistently demonstrate creative problem solving; support development of training opportunities, including participation in and leading brainstorms, training and planning sessions; offer ideas for Kickstand company initiatives (cultural, operational, etc.)

Candidate Qualities

Required Knowledge and Skills include: deep understanding of core PR skills (media and influencer outreach, client relations, program management, writing, etc.); good knowledge of print, broadcast and digital media; a passion for technology and working with high growth companies, both B2B and B2C; excellent client communication skills; ability to build and deliver client reports, including the mastery of several tools; ability to deliver to tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure; time management and organization; ability to establish and foster media relationships and convert into meaningful media opportunities; attention to detail; positive, constructive attitude; polished and professional.

Candidate Qualifications

Qualifications and Experience include: undergraduate degree (preferably with a PR or Marketing-related major); 3-5 years of PR experience, some previous agency experience required (tech PR agency environment preferable); experience with PR tools/databases, such as CisionPoint, TrendKite, etc.; digital experience including work with InDesign, creation of visual assets, work in Google Analytics not required, but a plus; experience conducting or working with market research not required, but a plusWhat's in it for you: an opportunity to join an early-stage agency and help it grow; competitive salary and comprehensive benefits; generous paid time off, including an on-call schedule between Christmas and New Year’s; real, meaningful work with exciting technology clients around the world; dog-friendly office close to downtown; fun team and plenty of social outings; flexible work schedule with up to 20% work from home; opportunity for advancement in a high-growth firm; opportunity to learn from senior team members who have decades of experience in the technology space.

How to Apply

Submit your resume and 1-3 paragraphs telling us about yourself and why the position is interesting to you to [email protected].