IDEO is in search of a Global Media Relations Lead who will foster and build relationships with reporters, clients and the IDEO community. This person will help shape stories that reflect our work, and design media relations strategy and activities that amplify and extend the positive impact of our work.
IDEO’s media relations team is small but mighty. You will be joining a bi-coastal team anchored in San Francisco and New York. Your role is to help build relationships and identify new media related opportunities for IDEO working closely our external agency partners and our internal team.
This role makes the biggest impact by actively seeking out potential press stories within the organization, and by working in close partnership with the broader media relations team. The ideal candidate is very comfortable navigating ambiguity and understands the importance of developing relationships with press, clients and internal stakeholders to help determine IDEO's best stories and develop creative media outreach programs & strategies for telling them. This person is highly attuned to nuance and its importance in a communications based role and an organization highly focused on relationships.
IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, working alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.
As a Global Media Relations Lead based in San Francisco, we provide the opportunity for you to:
In your past life, you may have been in a leadership role in a PR agency, a freelance PR practitioner or an in-house PR manager. You know how to drive strategic media relations programs and campaigns and love to roll up your sleeves and work directly with reporters to drive stories that create impact for a business. You are passionate about media, storytelling and either well versed in or passionate about design. You love nothing more than to land a killer story.
Takes joy and pride in developing long-term relationships with a range of different people, from reporters to clients to the internal IDEO community. Thinks of PR as a people centered role.
Ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic environment and comfortable with non-hierarchical organizations.
Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
Has a capability to build and sustain momentum, and an ability to keep an eye on the big picture while managing the details.
A minimum of eight years of PR and media relations experience. Agency and in-house experience preferred.
Thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where every day is different.
Has an optimistic, can-do approach. Embraces change and is excited about exploring new ground and trying new things.
Has a natural passion or a curious mindset towards design.
Please submit a resume, your top 3-5 media stories you’ve worked on, and a cover letter (yes, we read all cover letters). Within the cover letter, please answer the two questions below:
Tell us about one of the most significant stories you’ve worked on and why it stands out for you.
Tell us about a media relationship you are proud of or hold dear.
IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.