Senior Media Relations Strategist

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Updated: February 16, 2024
Location: Remote, Remote, United States
Job ID: 3235

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Overview: We are seeking an enthusiastic and collaborative media relations executive to join the Syneos Health Corporate Affairs Practice as an SVP. The Corporate Affairs Practice is a consultancy that provides corporate branding, executive visibility, thought leadership, internal communications, risk and reputation management, media relations, corporate social responsibility and corporate communications expertise. The client roster includes large, small and mid-size companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, health insurance and consumer health space.        
This is an opportunity for the right candidate to establish themselves as a go-to corporate media relations counselor. The successful candidate will have:

  • Proficiency developing large scale and milestone media strategies and presentations and executing those programs
  • Experience directly interfacing with client leadership from communications leaders to client CEOs.
  • Evidence of established media relationships and of placing business and corporate news in print, online media as well as broadcast outlets
  • A demonstrated track record of uncovering and securing opportunities for expert commentary.
  • Skill in identifying stories and developing compelling pitches that differentiate clients within the industry/competitive landscape
  • Ability and confidence in developing and delivering media trainings
  • Comfort developing media recommendations for new business proposals and participating in new business presentations/pitch meetings
    • The ideal candidate will be a high energy, collaborative individual who can work directly with client executives and agency teams to achieve media relations goals
    • Direct and support creation of media strategies
    • Regularly present recommendations to clients   
    • Provide regular analysis, insights and commentary on media trends.
    • Conduct proactive media relations
    • Oversee development of media materials (media lists, press releases, pitch points, key messages, coverage reports)
    • Mentor and teach junior staff on the fundamentals of media relations.
    • Develop meaningful relationships with journalists
Required credentials        
  • 10+ years of experience in corporate media relations – experience working with small, mid-size or large healthcare companies is a plus
  • Agency or in-house background
  • SVP- level candidate
  • Experience on social media platforms (X, LinkedIn)
  • Strong writer - prose as well as PPT presentations
  • Experience with media databases
Personal attributes:        
  • Team player with the ability to successfully influence
  • Proactive
  • Confident, polished and motivated to succeed
  • Collaborative
  • Intellectually curious and interest in news
The annual base salary for this position ranges from $180,000 to $230,000. The base salary range represents the anticipated low and high of the Syneos Health range for this position. Actual salary will vary based on various factors such as the candidate's qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role. In addition, some positions may include eligibility to earn commissions/bonus based on company and / or individual performance.       
At Syneos Health Communications, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. If your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. At times, we will consider transferable skills from previous roles. We also encourage you to join our Talent Network to stay connected to additional career opportunities.       
At Syneos Health Public Relations, the possibilities are infinite. Because of our “no walls, no limits” philosophy and entrepreneurial spirit, our employees have the opportunity and potential to work on projects beyond their years of experience. The only limitations here are those that are self-imposed, and we make sure to reward staff based on talent, not title.       
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Syneos Health companies are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)       
Syneos Health has a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination policy. We strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated. Additionally, certain local governments or Syneos Health customers may have vaccine requirements that apply to some of our employees. These employees are required to submit proof of vaccination to Syneos Health and maintain compliance with these requirements.
At Syneos Health, we believe in providing an environment and culture in which Our People can thrive, develop and advance. We reward and recognize our people by providing valuable benefits and a quality-of-life balance. The benefits for this position will include a competitive compensation package, Health benefits to include Medical, Dental and Vision, Company match 401k, flexible paid time off (PTO) and sick time. Because certain states and municipalities have regulated paid sick time requirements, eligibility for paid sick time may vary depending on where you work. Syneos Health complies with all applicable federal, state, and municipal paid sick time requirements.

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