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Public Relations Manager


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Schaumburg, IL 

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Job Description:


Manager-Public Relations

Great Lakes Market (based in Schaumburg, Ill.)  and South Central Market (based in Irving, TX)  

Duties and Responsibilities

Work with HQ Corporate Comms leaders, as well as the market president and leadership team to align external communications efforts with the goals and objectives of the company and Great Lakes and South Central markets. Key areas of focus include: Traditional and Social Media Relations, Product/Service Publicity, Crisis Communications. Expected to travel 25%.

Traditional and Social Media Relations

  • Align with corporate strategies and initiatives, develop market-focused external communications plan that helps sell products & services, promotes our brand and key attributes, underscores our brand promise, and positions the company as the industry leader.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with targeted broadcast, print and digital media, including media that serves the Latino/Hispanic community and other communities of focus.
  • Serve as initial point of contact for news media and spokesperson on company matters. Help ensure Verizon is the leader in share of media attention in the cities/markets/social feeds in which we do business within the Great Lakes and South Central markets and that news coverage is favorable, fair and accurate.
  • Identify and create opportunities to obtain media coverage for Verizon s products, services and community commitment to favorably position the brand and promote awareness of brand attributes, company offerings and corporate citizenry.
  • Develop market specific public relations plans and supporting media relations materials (fact sheets, FAQs, response statements, news releases, event outline, social media campaigns) for Verizon’s products, services and activities for market use; provide effective and innovative market support for national product launches.
  • Craft social media plans for PR efforts and build and support social media influencer efforts.
  • Create and review content for posting to the Verizon Wireless News Center.
  • Prepare Great Lakes and South Central leaders and subject matter experts for interviews and speaking engagements, for maximum result.
  • Oversee PR agency management support, providing guidance, direction and action steps, in conjunction with HQ.

Crisis Communications & Issues Management

  • Effectively prepare for and manage communications around issues and events that pose risk to the company’s reputation in the market.

 Community Affairs

  • Manage company-supported community relations activities in the market, including the Verizon Foundation’s HopeLine program and other Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Public Policy

  • As needed, work with HQ Corp Comms and Verizon’s legal and public affairs teams to assess and respond to public policy opportunities/challenges in the Great Lakes and South Central markets.



Skills Required:

  • A proven ability to develop strategic public relations/communications programs and successfully execute upon them
  •  Strong writing skills across multiple communication vehicles (including print, online, social media, etc.) and types (including news releases, bylines, social media content, plans, reports, etc.)
  •  Strong editing and proofreading skills
  •  Excellent project management skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  •  Strong interpersonal communication skills. Must be capable of building successful relationships with internal stakeholders, including those at the senior executive level
  •  Demonstrate initiative and successfully lead communications efforts in a team environment
  •  Proven ability to understand complex business issues
  •  Strategic planner with sound judgment
  •  High degree of professionalism, maturity and confidentiality
  •  An open minded approach and the ability to think on one’s feet

 Skills Desired                             

  • Fluency in Spanish or other non-English language, is preferred


  • 7+ years of experience in public relations or relevant field providing experience in media relations, marketing publicity, community relations and crisis communications, at a relevant job level.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or related field
  • Diverse background, cultural competency, and a broad world-view are all assets in working in our dynamic, multicultural marketplace


Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Verizon is a Federal Contractor
  • Verizon requests veteran priority referrals
  • Verizon is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet

Company Info
1 Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920
Basking Ridge, NJ, United States

Phone: 908-210-6982
Web Site: www.verizon.com

Company Profile

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