About us: Highwire sets the standard for high-impact communications and marketing for global technology and healthcare companies, connecting reputation to revenue. We are a sought after partner for leading B2B companies deeply rooted in the realm of cybersecurity. Presently, we are in pursuit of a visionary leader to steer the expansion of our cybersecurity technology practice.
At Highwire, we believe that storytelling fuels transformation. And the most impactful stories represent all voices and perspectives. As a values-driven agency, we foster an inclusive environment where everyone—regardless of age, race/ethnicity, size, shape, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and different abilities–can feel safe, celebrated and worthy.
We ensure every Highwire Walker has unique support to climb to success. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging is permanent and foundational to our business and culture. We aspire to change our industry and build a better future for all.
Our people-first culture is driven by four core values:
We’re looking for individuals with big ideas, strong opinions, and the energy to bring them to life. If you thrive in an environment that values personal accountability, high standards, and boundless motivation, this is the opportunity for you. Be part of our award-winning culture and contribute to an exciting and growing business where you can make a real impact.
We are based in San Francisco, with offices in New York, Boston, and Chicago. However, we are also open to hiring in the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
About the role: The Vice President position is a unique opportunity to become a leader for an innovative PR agency. As a senior member of our management team, our Vice President has to be a visionary creative type with 10+ years of experience growing teams and delighting clients. The Vice President will also be involved in new business development and operational leadership. As a growing public relations firm, the Vice President role is a pivotal position as this individual will serve as a mentor, and manager and lead by example for all account teams on client management, quality assurance, staff development and strategic guidance. If you have been waiting to discover a role that allows you to be a catalyst in a thriving, meaningful workplace, then Highwire might be just the place for you.
Essential Functions: Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance brand identityCreate marketing/public relations strategy that will allow Highwire to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support themServe as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organizationOversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff developmentAs a member of the leadership team, be actively involved in diversity recruiting efforts and be involved in national diversity partnershipsRecruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategyPromote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to qualityManage, mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basisEstablish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisalsAttend networking events, seminars and conferences, including out-of-hours, as required to maintain personal professional development and to build networking and new business contacts
Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field is requiredMinimum 10 years experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agencyDemonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placementsExtensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications mediaExperience with social media influencer engagement, content campaigns, and media coverage amplificationDemonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goalsCreative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilizedInnovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and outputExperience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications specialistsExcellent judgment and creative problem-solving skillsSuperior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peersSelf-reliant, good problem solver, results-orientedAbility to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needsExcellent and persuasive communicatorExperience measuring the ROI of communications activitiesEnergetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, and administration initiatives
Highwire Perks:Competitive salaryMerit-based bonuses and promotionsHybrid work model to suit your schedule and lifestyleExcellent vacation policy including an extended break for summer and winter holidayParticipate in Empower Hours on Fridays; Team has the ability to log off by 3 pm401K MatchMedical and dental benefits/ FSAPaid Parental LeaveCommuter BenefitHome office equipment stipendGrowth Mindset Stipend of $100 annually for books, exhibitions, etc.Technology reimbursementWellness benefitDonation MatchFull-time writing CoachMentorshipMonthly recognition programsEmployee referral bonusNew business referral bonusQuarterly Highwire fun events – Thanksgiving is our favorite holidayDog-friendly work environmentExtremely supportive, nurturing environment with many opportunities for learning and growth
The duties delineated above will vary depending on the needs of each specific account, and in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. This individual will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisors.
We are actively seeking candidates who possess a genuine passion for tech PR and are excited to expand our team. As we continue to grow our agency, we are proactively building a pipeline of exceptional individuals to connect with and consider for future opportunities.
If you are enthusiastic about the world of tech PR and are eager to embark on a rewarding career in this field, we encourage you to start the conversation by applying today. We value your interest in our agency and look forward to hearing from you.
Apply now and let's explore the possibilities together!
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