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McDougall Communications is seeking a Rochester, N.Y.-based creative lead to support the expansion of Upstate New York’s largest dedicated public relations firm, building on a global reputation for innovation, bold programs and pace-setting outcomes.
The person will provide strategic counsel and hands-on development for a range of clients, primarily across the business-to-business health care, technology and professional services industries.
The candidate should have a minimum of six years of experience in multi-platform communications, spanning visual mediums including motion graphic/video origination and production, graphic design, audio recording/mixing, and short-form copywriting and scriptwriting. If you like to travel light and move fast to create content that can move from an idea to the screen in a matter of hours, keep reading.
A strong project management background is essential. Familiarity with basic web design is a plus.
The candidate should be able to identify, create and convey strong, evocative stories, counseling clients from initial conception through post-program evaluation. This is a role for a professional who relishes both the strategic and the tactical—someone who loves doing as much as advising.
The person will be responsible for coaching other team members, working with select outside creative partners, and interacting with the firm’s clients daily. As communications evolves, we all grow our skills and move beyond our comfort zones—an appetite to take measured risks and trial new possibilities is a must.
This role will regularly participate in business development efforts for global, national and regional business, in conjunction with agency colleagues.
Success at McDougall Communications is equal parts skill and attitude: we challenge ourselves, our partners and our clients to be braver, bolder and better every day. The ideal person will also thrive in a close-knit team environment that fosters and celebrates collaboration with individual accountability. As hard as everyone works, we also find time to inject large doses of fun and enjoy each other’s company.
The candidate must be able to travel domestically and internationally and have the flexibility to work during daytime business hours plus accommodate clients in multiple time zones (and the realities of today’s public relations environment).
The firm provides a high degree of flexibility for all employees to help balance personal, family, and other lifestyle needs with public relations-driven demands. In short, we treat everyone as adults—a simple but highly effective way of doing business.
The position includes a broad spectrum of benefits typically reserved for large organizations, including (at the time of posting) paid vacation, up to 10 scheduled company holidays, summer hours, an annual company retreat (2021 will be in Scottsdale, Ariz.), healthcare and dental insurance plans, a 401(k) plan with matching contributions, performance bonuses, professional development and more. Salary is commensurate with the role and experience.
The position is located in our Rochester, N.Y. office. Limited regional and domestic travel may be required from time to time.
To apply, please submit your details through the form to your right, or email email@example.com.
COMMUNICATIONS / SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
SPRING / SUMMER 2022 | ROCHESTER, N.Y.
McDougall Communications is currently seeking a communications student superstar for Spring / Summer 2022 to assist with its nonprofit public relations campaigns. We are currently working with American Diabetes Association on its signature fundraising event Tour de Cure.
• Support regional public relations efforts that target a variety of markets, audiences, and media outlets.
• Work with counselors and clients to identify story opportunities.
• Assist managers with projects including—but not limited to—developing story pitches, articles and event itineraries; assist writing press releases; coordinate traditional and social media coverage.
• Create and maintain databases for media information, coverage, projects and summary reports.
• Enrolled in a communications, public relations or marketing course of study at an accredited four-year university.
• Completion of either (a) junior year with relevant communications coursework or (b) sophomore year plus at least one communications internship held elsewhere (with a positive recommendation).
• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office skills (esp. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
• Written (familiarity with Associated Press style) and verbal communication skills.
• Strong partnering and relationship skills.
• Proven self-starter with demonstrated initiative and organization skills– ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities, both independently, and in a team environment.
• Strong research skills and an understanding of how the news media works.
• Must provide full availability and own transportation to/from the office and event sites.
• Must have desire to make meaningful contributions to a team that values bold, creative thinking with industry-leading quality standards.
Program length: The internship is available effective immediately and is expected to extend to the end of Summer 2022. Interns must be fully available for the decided duration of the internship. Schedules per week will vary per intern, but expect to be available (virtually) 8-10 hours per week.
Our internships are unpaid, but for a specific reason. Students work exclusively on pro bono programs and projects at national and regional levels, with responsibilities that far exceed the typical internship experience. This benefits our interns as well as the communities in which we operate.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra points for creativity here! We’re looking for a standout intern and that could be you!