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Grant Thornton LLP External Communications Sr. Associate in New York, New York

ICS – Senior Associate, External Communications

Grant Thornton’s Communications department has a rare opening on its team of seasoned professionals. The chosen candidate will join a group of talented communications veterans from brand-name companies applying their skills to Grant Thornton’s industry-leading accounting, tax and consulting services. We believe that clear vision, well-crafted messaging and tactical best-practices are the fundamentals of good communications. And we believe the process should be fun!

The chosen candidate will also have the opportunity to serve as a valued advisor to top business leaders at Grant Thornton — using innovative and effective communications to advance the $2B firm’s goals and support its mission to ‘make business more personal and build trust into every result.’

Further, this is an opportunity to be a part of an award-winning, people-first culture that prioritizes your well-being and focuses on employee engagement.


The chosen candidate will contribute to Grant Thornton’s experienced Public Relations team as it enhances the firm’s reputation and manages crises and brand-related issues. The candidate will focus on areas critical to the firm’s standing among its stakeholders, including its industry presence, its geographic footprint and its top leaders’ social-media channels.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Play an integral role in executing Grant Thornton’s external-communications strategy

  • Ensure consistent messaging and themes that align with the firm’s brand and business strategy

  • Strategize, develop and utilize the firm’s national thought leadership and intellectual property —

    positioning subject-matter experts with the media to demonstrate firm’s in-depth knowledge and expertise

  • Develop and execute communications strategies for firmwide and local-market announcements, as well as service lines and industries

  • Develop and enhance media relationships with relevant trade, local and national media

  • Research and execute recommendations for media inquiries and opportunities on both a national and local level

  • Prepare subject-matter experts for interview opportunities in line with firm’s media and interview guidelines; provide relevant media background and talking points; coordinate and monitor interviews

  • Help the firm respond to crises and manage activities related to challenging societal issues

  • Draft and review media materials, including press releases, alerts, press statements, subject-matter-expert biographies, pitches, talking points, press kits, award submissions, byline articles and social-media content

  • Steer social-media programs for key members of Grant Thornton’s Senior Leadership Team. The goal: Ensure that our highest-profile leaders have a distinct voice in the marketplace among clients, prospects, communities, influencers, recruits, media and regulators/policymakers

  • Collaborate with the firm’s internal-services teams to develop and execute strategies that position Grant Thornton and its leadership. These teams include marketing, legal, finance, HR, public policy and key internal clients

  • Collaborate with and supervise PR agencies and vendors to develop and execute communication and media programs that align with the firm’s brand strategy

  • Provide media metrics and reporting for firmwide thought leadership, crisis communications and firm leadership announcements

  • Contribute to monthly firm leadership newsletter highlighting top news stories citing Grant Thornton and its thought leaders

  • Manage “ Newsroom ( ” and other communications-related pages on firm’s external website

  • Perform other related communications duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications or English

  • 5-7 years of experience working in public relations, communications, public affairs or media relations — with PR-agency experience preferred

  • Strong media-relations skills

  • Demonstrate strong ability to write, edit and proof content in a smart and compelling way. Ability to translate complex business/financial materials into content that resonates with media and a general audience. Strong knowledge of AP style

  • High proficiency using social media as a tool for engagement

  • Strong interpersonal communication and networking skills: professional judgment, high ethical standards, willingness to learn and innovate, tact, confidentiality and diplomacy in handling various matters

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Solid analytical and research skills

  • Sound skill with Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

About Us

At Grant Thornton, we believe in making business more personal and building trust into every result – for our clients and you. Here, we go beyond your expectations of a career in professional services by offering a career path with more: more opportunity, more flexibility, and more support. It’s what makes us different, and we think being different makes us better.

About the Team

The team you’re about to join is ready to help you thrive. Here’s how:

• Whether it’s your work location, weekly schedule or unlimited flex time off, we empower you with the options to work in the way that best serves your clients and your life.

• Here, you are supported to prioritize your overall well-being through work-life integration options that work best for your and those in your household.

• We understand that your needs, responsibilities and experiences are different — and we think that’s a good thing. That’s why we support you with personalized and comprehensive benefits that recognize and empower all the identities, roles and aspirations that make you, well, you. See how at

• When it comes to inclusion, we are committed to doing more than checking boxes. Explore all the ways we’re taking action for diversity, equity & inclusion at

Here’s what you can expect next:

If you apply and are selected to interview, a Grant Thornton team member will reach out to you to schedule a time to connect. We encourage you to also check out other roles that may be a good fit for you or get to know us a little bit better at

Additional Details:

Grant Thornton requires personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or self-test negative for COVID-19 within a specified timeframe in order to visit/enter firm offices, to visit/enter client or prospective client sites or facilities, or to attend in-person firm or client-sponsored events, subject to any medical, religious or other accommodations under the law. Grant Thornton collects, uses and maintains vaccination-related data in accordance with its Privacy Policy, Personnel Privacy Notice, and applicable laws and regulations.

It is the policy of Grant Thornton to promote equal employment opportunities. All personnel decisions (including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, working conditions, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, evaluations, and termination) are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital or civil union status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic predisposition or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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