Washington, Washington DC
The Public Relations Coordinator/Specialist position will be a member of the Americas PR team, with a focus on the Washington, D.C. office and the Global Regulatory Practice Group. This position is part of the global communications group, which operates as a single team, and is part of Marketing & Business Development (M&BD). The direct reporting line for the role is to the Director of External Communications, based in Washington, D.C., and up to the Global Head of Communications, based in the UK.
Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm. Our distinctive market position is founded on our ability to operate at the intersection of business and government, our exceptional breadth of our practice and deep industry knowledge, and our ‘one team’ worldwide approach. Our 2,600 lawyers work together with clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether they are expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we help them stay on top of risks and opportunities.
Our people are the key to our success, and that is why we recruit and retain the most talented individuals in all parts of our firm. Our Washington, D.C. office, one of the largest of any law firm, is undergoing a period of significant strategic investment and development. We are focusing on developing the profile of both the firm and the office in the Washington, D.C. market as well as promoting the office’s capabilities in other markets.
· Work alongside the Director of External Communications (Washington, D.C.) and PR Manager (New York) in efforts to raise the profile of our key practice groups, sectors and offices in the Americas, in U.S.-based press, as well as international press.
· Be the primary Americas PR point of contact for profile raising efforts for the Global Regulatory Group, and for the Energy sector.
· Work with the Director of External Communications to raise the profile of the Washington, D.C. office and partners among the relevant top tier and trade/sector publications covering the Washington, D.C. market.
· Support the Director of External Communications and the U.S.-based PR Manager in their profile raising efforts (e.g. managing PR reporting, helping to prepare media briefing notes, etc.).
· Coordinate with the broader public relations team to increase our Washington, D.C. and Global Reg profiles among relevant top tier and trade/sector publications outside of the Americas, i.e. Asia Pacific Middle East, UK & Africa, and continental Europe.
· Work closely with M&BD colleagues on developing and supporting profile raising, in line with relevant business plans.
· Support the firm’s focus on industry sectors by coordinating media relations to promote our capabilities in the Americas.
PROFILE RAISING ACTIVITY
· Support the Director of External Communications in efforts to raise the profile of the Washington, D.C. office through media outreach, including assisting in implementing a media contacts program for leadership of the Washington, D.C. office and other spokespeople.
· Assist in building relationships with key Washington media, including coordinating media interviews, preparing media briefing documents, planning media events, maintaining media lists, tracking media coverage, and responding to media inquiries.
· Serve as the main point of contact for the Global Regulatory Practice Group and Energy sector, working with M&BD and an outside PR agency to raise the profile of key partners through media outreach.
· Support profile raising for the Global Regulatory Practice Group and Energy sector by coordinating media outreach and interviews; developing and tracking key media contacts; helping to identify potential news, topics and comment opportunities; organizing media roundtables, etc.
· Support profile raising for the Global Regulatory Practice Group and Energy sector by drafting briefing notes and press releases; placing byline articles, and coordinating with the web and social media teams to amplify PR efforts.
· Support the Director of External Communications (Washington, D.C.) and U.S.-based PR Manager (New York) in their profile raising efforts, e.g. by preparing media briefing notes, PR reports, etc.
· As a member of the Americas PR team, assist with the development of PR reporting and marketing communications materials relevant to PR activities.
· Serve as an ambassador for the firm and the PR team both internally and externally.
TEAM AND CLIENT COORDINATION
· Coordinate with other members of the Americas Public Relations team and PR agency on projects and campaigns of relevance to the Americas.
· Provide support on Americas-wide and firmwide communications as and when needed.
· Integrate with other members of the PR team globally on specific media opportunities.
· Liaise with M&BD colleagues to to support business development activity via profile raising for the Washington, D.C. office, Global Regulatory Group and Energy sector.
· Other duties as assigned.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
· Learn relevant technological tools and platforms related to media outreach, web and social media amplification, PR tracking and reporting, and liasing with M&BD.
· Learn proactive approach to media relations, utilizing strategy, planning, and execution skills.
· Develop the ability to work confidently and closely with partners.
· Develop strong communications skills, including the ability to draft media materials and internal communications.
· All members of the firm are encouraged to participate in our Global Citizenship program.
· Between two to three years of relevant PR experience is required.
· Law firm or professional services experience is preferred; PR agency or journalism background a plus.
· Strong written and oral communication skills.
· Relationships with relevant journalists.
· Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.
· Ability to display sound judgment for media relations issues.
· Strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects.
· Effective interpersonal and team working skills.
· Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
· Understanding of legal and business concepts or the ability to learn them quickly.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
· University degree
Core Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Must be flexible to work additional hours.
This job description sets forth the authorities and responsibilities of this position and may be changed from time to time as shall be determined.
Hogan Lovells is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or other factors protected by law.