Description

The Associate Director / Senior Manager - Communications, North America will lead both internal and external communications strategy for the North America Offices (NAO), using global/local media and the Firm's internal communication channels to promote the Firm’s brand as the world’s premier global law firm.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Work with North America firm leadership and Head of Client Developments to formulate and implement a communications strategy for the Firm and for the NAO
  • Implement the Firm’s external communications and public relations strategy in the NAO, identify appropriate communication platforms and work with Firm leadership in crafting key messages to enhance the Firm’s brand and raise its market position in the region
  • Work towards augmenting the Firm’s reputation in the NAO and practices as needed, while helping align the Partners, lawyers and staff with the Firm’s strategy and communications programs
  • Anticipate possible reputational  risk to the Firm and ensure that communications plans exist to prevent or respond to those risks for the NAO; manage crisis communications
  • Understand and anticipate emerging needs of clients in the region as well as the Firm’s internal stakeholders
  • Execute the Firm’s press strategy for the NAO, including responding to media inquiries, pitching stories, composing and editing press releases, statements and remarks
  • Update the Firm’s Reports, contribute to internal newsletters, assemble presentations, and keep the Leadership team informed at all times
  • Work with the, the Firm’s Leadership Team, other leaders and outside agencies where needed to craft key speeches, presentations and media interviews
  • Manage the activities of the Communications team in the NAO
  • Manage external PR agency to align their activities with broader communications strategy and objectives
  • Collaborate with other PBS Functions in the NAO to prioritize issues and coordinate communications; take shared responsibility for internal communication channels, website, social media and other cross-functional programs

Skills and Experience:

  • Relevant university degree focusing on Communications, Journalism, English, Public Relations or other related areas
  • Significant experience in Marketing & Communications; demonstrated strategic leadership capability at a senior level in media relations, reputation and crisis management, publicity, marketing communications, executive and internal communications
  • Significant leadership experience managing a Communications and Public Relations function across multiple offices or on a regional basis
  • Experience of leading large Marketing/Communications teams across multiple offices and jurisdictions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact and influence at senior levels of the Firm