Sidley Austin LLP

  • Public Relations Assistant

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
  • Summary

    The Public Relations Assistant performs activities to support the Firm’s Public Relations team, including writing, pitching, research, media monitoring and PR program measurement.

    Duties and Responsibilities


    • Assist with writing and editing press materials, including press releases and Firm news announcements.
    • Pitch story ideas to media to help lawyers secure opportunities to publish.
    • Review editorial calendars and proactively identify opportunities to position Sidley’s lawyers.
    • Monitor for media coverage and develop reports that measure the PR program’s effectiveness.
    • Perform various research projects as assigned.
    • Become familiar with Sidley’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and assist in providing news for, and posting news to, the sites as requested.
    • Handle administrative projects including scheduling, event/meeting coordination, invoice processing, etc.
    • Other projects as assigned.


    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 (current employees should contact Human Resources).

    Education and/or Experience:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing or a related field
    • A minimum of one year of experience in a public relations role
    • Proficiency with the Microsoft suite of products, with particular strength in Excel and PowerPoint
    • High-degree of comfort making phone calls to third-parties for research purposes
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities


    • Experience working with a media monitoring tool such as Cision

    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.




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