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Director of Public Relations

| Chicago

About Camelot Illinois

Camelot Illinois is the integrated business manager of the Illinois Lottery. The company is restoring transparency, integrity, and responsibility to the Illinois Lottery. In partnership with the state, Camelot is operating a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of Illinois. The company’s innovative approach places consumers and social responsibility at its core, providing funding for schools, capital projects, and special causes. Camelot is committed to building an organization with the strength and experience to grow the lottery and reinforce its rightful position as a force for good.

Camelot Illinois is a subsidiary of Camelot Lottery Solutions, a leading solutions and technology provider to lotteries around the world. Camelot Lottery Solutions digital and data platforms, and services power some of the most innovative and fastest growing lotteries in the world including the Irish and UK National Lotteries, Loterie Romande (Switzerland), and the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Our sister company, Camelot UK, has operated the UK National Lottery since 1994. Camelot UK has an unrivaled track record for success, helping the UK National Lottery deliver over $80 billion to winners and $46 billion to good causes to date.

About the Team:

Our Corporate Affairs team develops and implements strategic communications and public relations strategies, tools and tactics to help raise awareness of the Lottery, promote winner stories, and showcase the Lottery’s contributions to special causes in Illinois. Working as part of an integrated team of marketing, social media and digital communications professionals, Corporate Affairs supports the company’s overarching objective to strengthen and enhance the Illinois Lottery brand.

Position Overview:

Within Camelot Illinois, the Director of Public Relations will help establish the Illinois Lottery brand to be a champion for the people of Illinois by driving the consumer PR strategy. This will include promoting winning and winners stories, highlighting the impact of the lottery on good causes, supporting integrated cross-functional marketing/communications campaigns, and managing the relationship with Camelot’s contracted external PR agency.


Responsibilities:

Strengthen the brand

  • Help establish the Illinois Lottery brand, to be a champion of the people of Illinois, through the delivery and execution of consumer PR and Camelot’s content strategy
  • Ensure brand consistency in all PR efforts, and cross-functional integration of activity to maximise impact

Public relations

  • Lead the development and implementation of the consumer public relations strategy for the Illinois Lottery,
  • Initiate and lead public relations initiatives set out in the public relations strategy and annual business plan.
  • Maximize the brand presence of the Illinois Lottery through earned and owned media
  • Ensure PR activity is impactful through appropriate monitoring and measurement

Stakeholder relations

  • Build relationships with relevant external stakeholders, including the Department of the Lottery.
  • Work with internal teams and external stakeholders to plan and promote Lottery events, games and activities.
  • Manage day-to-day work of the contracted public relations agency.

Media management

  • Serve as a point of contact for Camelot Illinois and Illinois Lottery media inquiries.
  • Act as company spokesperson in proactive media interviews, as needed.
  • Develop statements, news releases and pitches, as well as other earned media communications materials.
  • Develop and coordinate messaging with senior and executive managers, ensuring consistency.

Leadership

  • Delegate and provide leadership to junior team members.
  • Lead internal briefings on consumer public relations projects and activities.

Requirements

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, and/or other related field.
  • 8-10 years experience as a Public Relations Director, senior manager, or similar role. Experience implementing integrated consumer public relations strategies for an agency or business.
  • Proven knowledge and experience working with consumer and trade media.
  • Proven track record and demonstrable ability to manage complex media issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to rapidly produce high impact news releases and persuasive written materials.
  • Strong networking and relationship management skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Team-oriented and able to take the lead on relevant projects
  • Experience managing other team members
  • Comfortable working in an entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment

Preferred:

  • Flexible and adaptive to changing dynamics and business needs.
  • Proficiency in decision-making within a complex and politically sensitive environment.
  • Experience working in heavily regulated industries.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Suite of Products.

Benefits

Working For Camelot Illinois

We’re a creative group of people at Camelot Illinois, passionate about our work. We are not interested in formality or too much hierarchy. We like to bring the best ideas forward as quickly as possible. We’re proud that we provide a lively and challenging environment for our teams to try new ideas and achieve their potential. If this sounds like a company you would thrive in, get in touch!

Camelot Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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What are some social events your company does?

Managing the Illinois Lottery takes a lot of hard work but we have a great People team that find things to let us unwind and encourages us to find fun too. We have weekly happy hours, on-site weekly yoga, team building events, department engagement events, sports leagues, and annual parties! We even have a knitting club now!

Will

Commercial Financial Analyst

What projects are you most excited about?

We’re constantly working on highlighting all the benefits the Lottery brings to the state, specifically its contributions to the Common School Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and our specialty causes: MS, HIV/AIDS, Special Olympics, Breast Cancer and Veterans charities. We want Illinoisans to know about and take part in contributing to these causes.

Emily Behn

Public Affairs Associate

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

People win the Lottery every day. From a return on the price of the ticket to $1,000 to $200 million, every dollar makes a positive impact on winners lives, and, in return, to the citizens of the state. We are working to restore faith in the Illinois Lottery and reassure Illinoisans that players do win.

Wendy Abrams

Senior Director of Corporate Affairs

What are Camelot Illinois Perks + Benefits

Camelot Illinois Benefits Overview

We offer a broad range of employee benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, access to training, Personal Discounts Program, Employee Assistance Program, and much more. We also offer regular team-building activities with people that love having fun, quarterly opportunities to connect with the community, social outings, & great work/life balance. We all have flexible hours, 26 days PTO, 6 weeks paid parental leave, 10 paid holidays, & 2 paid volunteer days.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Camelot IL offers both FSA & HSA which helps employees cover out-of-pocket expenses with pre-tax contributions.
Disability Insurance
Camelot IL's disability insurance benefits is 60% of an employee's annual salary up to a $5,000 maximum monthly payout. Employees also have the option to purchase extra coverage.
Dental Benefits
Camelot's dental plan covers 100% of the costs of preventative care.
Vision Benefits
Camelot's vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams after a $10 copay. $180 for frames and $150 for contacts every year.
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Camelot IL offers employer-paid life insurance to all full-time employees with 2x an employee's annual salary.
Onsite Gym
Free onsite gym, divvy bike membership, yoga classes, meditation workshops, & in-house chair massages.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Camelot's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 4% of their annual salary, with immediate vesting for matched contributions.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is of the greatest importance and we want our employees to have adequate time off to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted or newly placed child. Camelot IL offers 6 weeks of time off
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
At Camelot IL, we recognize the importance of time off from work to relax, spend time with family, enjoy leisure activities, take care of yourself when you are sick, etc. We provide generous PTO.
Paid Volunteer Time
Camelot Illinois is committed to supporting our communities and provides employees 2 paid days per calendar year to volunteer at the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We call our dress code “Dress For Your Day,” which means you choose the attire that fits your schedule, environment, location, and personal brand.
Commuter Benefits
Qualified Transportation Accounts - QTAs allow employees to set aside pre-tax funds used for eligible transit and parking expenses related to commuting to work.
Company Outings
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Camelot IL offers a wide range of training programs to all employees, including, eLearning, onsite training courses to enhance job-related skills and access to job-related conferences and seminars.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Free onsite gym + divvy bike membership, immediately vested in 401k with 4% match, Mega Millions & Game Changer staff awards, a rotational program for recent grads, engagement portal for pre-boarders, robust onboarding program + large L&D budget

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