Opportunity: Association Seeks Public Relations Manager

Posted: 01/15/2019, 11:51 AM
Company: Washington Hospitality Association
Author: John Lane

ORGANIZATION: Washington Hospitality Association
POSITION: Public Relations Manager - Seattle
REPORTS TO: Department Head, Communications & Technology
LOCATION: Seattle

DESCRIPTION 
The Washington Hospitality Association is a member-based organization that works at the state and local levels to find proactive solutions to the challenging issues facing the industry and its workforce. It provides its members with programs, services and the information they need to deliver great local experiences, ensure the success of their employees and help their communities thrive. The Washington Hospitality Association became one of the state’s largest trade associations in 2016 when the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association joined forces in a combined association.

Position Objective:
We are currently hiring a Public Relations Manager with a focus on Seattle. The Washington Hospitality Association is looking for a candidate to develop and implement a public relations program to advance the hospitality industry’s policy goals. This position is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing marketing and advocacy communication programs. This position serves as the communications liaison between the communications and local government affairs departments.

This position will serve as an integral part of the communications & technology department, as well as perform the following work:
•Create and implement complete communications plans for Seattle local government affairs.
•Create professional outreach materials using a writing style clearly understood by the industry and other publics.
•Manage communications projects. 
•Use public relations to promote the positive contributions of the hospitality industry. 
•Work directly with the Senior Director of Communications & Technology, Local Government Affairs Director and the Local Government Affairs Senior Manager.
•Brainstorm with other staff members on communications campaign objectives, strategies and tactics, and help map out communications plans involving members, other associations, agencies and partner organizations. 
•Determine appropriate information methods and techniques to carry out the communications and marketing activities.
•Work with other association departments to develop and implement strategic cross-boundary communications initiatives, including marketing efforts and execution/development of marketing/communications plans.
•Work with Washington Hospitality Association members.
•Serve as spokesperson for the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Seattle Hotel Association.
•Cultivate, manage and leverage Seattle media relationships.
•Create communications assets, such as magazine articles, marketing materials, promotions, web materials, social media posts etc. related to assigned tasks and liaison departments.
•Manage websites for the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and the Seattle Hotel Association.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
•Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, journalism, advertising or related field, or equivalent year-for-year experience working in the public relations field, in addition to three years of writing/editing or equivalent experience.
•Two to three years of progressively responsible experience in advocacy communications and public relations with strong focus on message development and measurable results.
•Knowledge of city of Seattle’s labor policy and impact on business
•Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and manage a multi-faceted campaign.
•Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines, and to communicate complex policy and legal information to diverse audiences.
•Provide excellent leadership and manage within a changing environment.
•Effectively communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

SKILLS:
•Building trust
•Information gathering
•Accuracy and multiple-stakeholder content approval
•AP Style
•All major social media platforms
•InboxGuru
•Project management
•Written and oral communications, talking points, messaging
•Spokesperson experience
•Data collection, analysis and communication
•Collaboration
•Customer/member relations
•Public relations strategy
•Strong work ethic
•Excellent interpersonal skills with high professionalism
•Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and pivot quickly
•Ability to organize and prioritize to meet association mission and vision

HOW TO APPLY
To apply or to inquire about this position, please contact Lex Nepomuceno at 360-956-7279 or lexn@wahospitality.org. Please submit press release and magazine-style writing samples with your materials. Provide references at the time of interview.