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 (https://www.grantthornton.com/newsroom.aspx) ” 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)
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 www.gt.com/careers
• 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 www.gt.com/careers
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 www.gt.com/careers.
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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For Los Angeles Applicants only: We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
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