Sidley Austin LLP

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Public Relations Coordinator

Public Relations Coordinator

Recruiting Location 
US-IL-Chicago
Department 
Marketing

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Summary

The Public Relations Coordinator will be responsible for activities that support the firm’s public relations efforts. S/He must be a team player and an exceptional writer and verbal communicator. In addition, s/he must be proactive, demonstrate initiative and have excellent organization and project management skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for supporting the implementation of public relations plans that are consistent with the firm’s global PR strategy, organizational needs, business goals and the Sidley brand.
  • Assists in evaluating media opportunities for potential conflicts to minimize risk to the firm.
  • Assists with securing approval for lawyers to do media interviews in accordance to the firm’s media policy
  • Conducts media outreach and handles research projects, as assigned.
  • Distills complex messages to create written materials including but not limited to press releases, media pitches and message documents that are error free and appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for the firm to earn positive media coverage by developing original story/pitch ideas.
  • Identifies and secures opportunities for lawyers to publish byline articles through independent research and conducts media outreach to secure such publishing opportunities.
  • Assists in the preparation of annual PR measurement reports.
  • Handles administrative projects including media coverage monitoring, tracking and reporting as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email staffrecruiting@sidley.com (current employees should contact Human Resources).

 

Education and/or Experience:

Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communication, English, Journalism or Public Relations
  • A minimum of 3 years of public relations experience in a PR agency, law firm, professional services or other business setting
  • Excellent writing, organizational and project management skills
  • Knowledge of AP style

 

Preferred:

  • Prior PR agency experience
  • Prior law firm experience

 

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

 

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.