PR Manager at Wipfli

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At Wipfli, people count

We are looking for an extraordinary PR manager: one that is driven to succeed, sees stories in the details, loves working with a growing firm, can collaborate with a dynamic team and is passionate about sharing Wipfli's story with the world.

We think Wipfli is one of the least-known names in the consulting industry. We want you to change that.

As the PR manager, you will help develop, coordinate and execute media relations strategies - working with leading agencies - for Wipfli, Wipfli Financial Advisors and Wipfli Corporate Finance.

Our culture is steeped in curiosity, collaboration and creativity. We are more than 2,900 designers, analysts, developers, accountants, litigators, cybersecurity guardians, management gurus, marketing innovators and tech accelerators who are helping businesses and nonprofits change the world. And each of us digs to find unique solutions to help our clients achieve their biggest goals.

You will never not find a story worth telling at Wipfli.

Check out our Glassdoor Reviews to hear what people are saying about employment at Wipfli!

Responsibilities:

  • Own our PR strategy: You will support the development and direct the execution of our firm's media relations and brand strategy, working closely with firm leadership and our industry and service line leaders.
  • Manage agency relationships: You will oversee our agency relationships, directing their work and holding them accountable for achieving the goals you set.
  • Augment traditional media strategy: You will use your knowledge of CISION, PRNewswire, BusinessWire, HAROs and Sprout (and all that will be invented tomorrow) to lift reach and performance for our content.
  • Growing our brand awareness: You will focus on building our media profile throughout the United States to support our firm's growth and associate recruiting efforts.
  • Managing existing media relationships: You will establish rapport with key media contacts and evaluate and develop new media relationships through proactive outreach.
  • Respond to incoming media requests: You will reply to media requests and arrange media interviews with relevant experts.
  • Proactively identify trends: You will know how to spot trends and can confidently pitch ideas to support firmwide positioning and direct agencies on industry or service line specific topics.
  • Collaborate to create engaging content: You will work closely with our content team to develop press releases, contributed articles, eye-grabbing thought leadership and social media posts to elevate our leaders and amplify our brand message.
  • Develop and report on KPIs: You will be responsible to coordinating, tracking, compiling and reporting on KPIs among agencies and your own firmwide media metrics to measure our performance.
  • Collaborate with internal communications: You will work with our internal communications team to promote our media successes to our teams and amplify pride in our firm.
  • Collaborate on executive positioning: You will work with our executive strategy and communications team for our top leaders with respect to effective media outreach and its integration with corporate risks and opportunities, including those affecting reputation, member relations and stakeholder engagements.
  • Crisis communications: You will handle crisis communications strategies and execution if the need arises.
  • Generate innovative ideas: You will bring creative and proactive ideas to elevate our brand, taking us past outdated models and creating new avenues to raise our profile.
  • Media coaching: You will provide guidance and coaching on effective media interaction with the media as needed for our leaders.

Qualifications:

Education and experience:

  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in media relations or closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Proven omnichannel PR experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in media relations; B2B experience preferred.
  • Excellent communications and writing skills.
  • Excellent collaboration and coaching experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

You are our ideal candidate if you are:

  • A relationship builder who is highly collaborative with a strong desire to help others succeed.
  • Analytical and fearless in asking questions.
  • An empathetic listener who hears nuances in conversations.
  • Equally strategic and creative.
  • Able to develop short- and long-term goals - and achieve them.
  • Able to coach, collaborate, influence and build consensus - and know how to use each to execute.
  • Flexible to adapt to the changing marketplace and grow with our firm.
  • Able to think on multiple levels and able to draw out stories across a wide range of industries and services.
  • Able to react rapidly but with intention.
  • Self-directed and not afraid to take the initiative to challenge old-thinking and prioritize multiple projects.

Wipfli is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All candidates will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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Location

Our downtown office is located in the heart of the loop on the 17th floor of the UBS building at 1 N. Wacker. It features a bar/restaurant, health club, gathering spaces and activities for tenants that range from book clubs and mixers to charitable food drives.
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What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love the people that I work with. One of the values that has been instilled by leadership is teamwork. I always feel supported by my team members and leaders, and never feel like I have to deal with issues alone.

Jeannie

Consultant

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

How do you collaborate with other teams?
Innovative solutions come from diversity of thought and skillsets. Collaborating with other teams ensures we are harnessing our collective super powers to design platforms that drive lasting impact for our clients, as well as promote a culture of knowledge sharing and continuous learning for our associates.

Kate

Technology consulting manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Given the unique size, scope and scale of Wipfli, we have access to all of the resources and thought leadership available in a larger firm while being motivated by a culture that embraces entrepreneurship and innovation found in boutique organizations.

Dana

Senior consultant

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The best ideas at Wipfli come from within our team, and one of the best things we can do to foster creativity is to actively help surface everyone's ideas and run them through our internal advice channel. Getting feedback and support for big ideas or sweeping change can seem intimidating to some, but it definitely doesn’t have to be.

Zak

Principal

What is your vision for the company?

We are aiming for lifetime relationships. We always put ourselves in the client’s shoes and imagine how they can supercharge their business with technology.

Luis

Principal

What are Wipfli Perks + Benefits

Wipfli Benefits Overview

At Wipfli, curious is our approach to the world. We push beyond the obvious answers to find smarter solutions for clients and look at business challenges from every angle. People matter here, and they feel it. We invest in your career development through tuition reimbursement, external training support, LinkedIn Learning access and our internal online learning center and leadership training.

We also back up our mission to provide a strong work-life balance with great benefits, UTO, wellness benefits and programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We are committed to helping our communities and support time off for associates to volunteer. On average, they volunteer a combined 15,000+ hours each year.
Partners with Nonprofits
The Wipfli Foundation supports education programs that support furthering diverse representation in our industry.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
All associates are required to attend unconscious bias training.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
This year, we launched three business resource groups (Women of Wipfli, Wipfli Pride and Embrace ) to give voice to and elevate issues inside our firm for diverse groups. And we plan to add more.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
We are committed to helping our communities and support time off for associates to volunteer. On average, they volunteer a combined 15,000+ hours each year.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Punchkick observes all major holidays and supports observation of all religious holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our culture is steeped in values focused on our associates and it drives the benefits we offer

• Empower: We give our people the opportunities and resources to find, follow and grow to achieve their dream career.

• Connected: We value everyone’s individual strengths, and we cultivate a culture where relationships thrive.

• Impact: Our passion for excellence drives us to get results through our expertise, experience and teamwork.

• Transparency: We welcome candor so all voices and perspectives come together to solve problems and serve clients.

• Flexibility: We give people the freedom to shift their career paths and achieve work-life balance, which creates happier and more productive teams.

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