External Communications Specialist

  1. Knoxville,TN
  2. Sep 06, 2017
  3. Retail : General Retail

Join Pilot Flying J as an External Communications Specialist

This position will require someone with:

* Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism or equivalent experience in public relations required
* Minimum of eight years’ experience in corporate communications preferred; five years required
* Detailed knowledge of grammar and the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook guidelines
* Intermediate Microsoft Office skills
* Experience using Constant Contact or similar email marketing platform
* Experience with In-design and Adobe Illustrator programs
* Experience with crisis communication, management and coordination with outside PR firms
* Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills
* Strong organizational skills, with ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and timelines and company goals
* Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, outside colleagues, agency partners and the media
* Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with regular media and influencer targets
* Advanced public speaking skills
* Ability to drive and complete projects/tasks with limited supervision in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
* Ability to think under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances

The basic duties of this position include:

* Create and edit press releases and other company public relations (PR) content; oversee production and assembly
* Assist in the planning and execution of marketing strategies for store openings and special events
* Create copy with a consistent message for company website and printed materials
* Oversee work performed by third-party agencies; assist in creating, planning and execution of PR materials for company initiatives
* Provide counsel on media opportunities; secure media coverage, conduct interviews and facilitate media briefings to meet company goals across the business
* Collect professional driver feedback on company products and services at marketing events
* Participate in weekly public relations calls and own key elements of company PR (analysts, influencers, speakers, marketing content)
* Create external communication calendar and lead meetings with other departments to facilitate external communication efforts
* Attend regular internal and external public relations networking events
* Provide updates to manager on quarterly goals and account progress
* Model behaviors that support the company’s common purpose; ensure guests and team members are supported at the highest level
* Ensure all activities are in compliance with rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
* Complete other duties as assigned

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