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The Associate

The Key is a strategic public relations agency - and our mission is to write a new story. We believe in high-impact, low-BS communications, and our work redefines how people are seen and ideas are heard.

We are expanding our team of intellectually curious, hard-working folks who like to tell stories, work with smart people, and be a part of something bigger. This is a rare opportunity to help create a culture of excellence, and to build the job you want. You’ll work directly with the founders on an array of clients - from Valley giants to stealth startups working to be household names, and will contribute to the growth and success of an emerging brand. 

We are storytellers, builders, partners, creators - so you should love words and their power; consume media and think about the process from thought to story; work independently and also appreciate feedback, direction and collaboration. We have full lives, and our work is a rich part of that fullness, but doesn't rule. 

As a Key Associate...

You will be the backbone of our media relations and account management initiatives. Associates work with our founder and principals to create smart, effective PR strategies and establish the media strategies to see campaigns come to fruition, bringing essential relationships to the job. You will bring your excellent writing skills, creativity, persistence and multitasking zen to this role, and help generate the very best media results that map to our clients’ business goals. As integrated partners, we have the opportunity to work with clients to create branding, digital, social media, and marketing strategies too.

The Key is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and prioritize inclusion in our interactions and our work. We are a strengths focused, collaborative company and we commit to create an environment where we can all bring our authentic selves to work.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Our clients represent exciting, forward-looking thinkers across mobile tech, autonomous vehicles, retail, personal finance, consumer lifestyle and more. We are seeking account runners with strong media chops, with experience in:  

Media Relations
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Identify, pitch and work with reporters (business, consumer, broadcast, influencer) to secure coverage on behalf of our clients
* Strong grasp and creative use of social media channels to support our efforts
* Experience measuring the ROI of communications activities

Client Service 
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Provide exceptional client and project management support, from kickoff through achieving goals 
* Attend client calls and meetings, review agendas and complete action items on deadline
* Ability to manage through periods of change of challenge
* Professional, articulate and timely client communications

Research/Writing Proficiencies
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Write clear, concise pitches to engage target journalists
* Writing for a variety of audiences, in a broad range of voices, often on a quick turn: press releases, media lists, briefing books, backgrounders, speaking & awards submissions and lists, abstracts, Q&As, contributed content, and other written material.
* News mining for story development and new business research
* Demonstrate strong research skills across projects and creative brainstorms for clients and agency new business
* Recording and measurement: client & competitor research and reporting
* Evaluation of stories from data: review and analyze client data to find interesting media nuggets
* Strong grasp and creative use of social media channels to support our efforts
* Experience measuring the ROI of communications activities

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
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Organizational, tactical and communications skills: demonstrates organizational skills, meets deadlines, manages time and prioritization skills
* Experience working with Microsoft Office and Google Docs
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a knack for creative writing and storytelling
* Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment while maintaining a positive attitude, sense of humor and desire to learn


The Apprenticeship

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
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Research and planning: creation of media briefing books, media list creation and maintenance; speaking & awards list creation and maintenance; news mining and story development; new business research
* Writing for a variety of audiences, in a broad range of voices, often on a quick turn: drafting media pitches, press releases, speaking and awards submission
* Recording and measurement: client & competitor research and reporting
* Evacuation of stories from data: review and analyze client data to find interesting media nuggets
* Strong grasp and creative use of social media channels to support our efforts
* Experience measuring the ROI of communications activities

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
*
Organizational, tactical and communications skills: demonstrates organizational skills, meets deadlines, manages time and prioritization skills
* Experience working with Microsoft Office and Google Docs
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a knack for creative writing and storytelling
* Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced team environment while maintaining a positive attitude, sense of humor and desire to learn

We think of ourselves as master craftspeople helping to bring up the next in line. We are storytellers, builders, partners, creators - and whomever joins as an Apprentice will get to learn and mold her/his own unique blend of skills to round out a whole value is greater than the sum of its parts.

Like any training program, there are compulsories that help each person find strength or specialization. We all do them. The sprints for an athlete, the scales for a musician, that’s the elements required to get field or stage time, and proficiency in these tasks improves performance for the individual and the group.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and, skills required of personnel so classified.