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Chicago, Illinois, United States
JOB #1800002145

Senior Vice President (Public Relations)

Who we are:
ICF Olson is a collective of world-class agencies delivering across the spectrum of customer experience: creative expression (Olson), public engagement (Olson Engage), customer relationships/loyalty (Olson 1to1) and digital experiences (Olson Digital). Though experts in different areas, we are united in our common POV: Think like people. ® This means everything we do is made from empathy – the key to brand success in a world of ever-shrinking attention and ever-growing choice. Learn more at icfolson.com

Who we’re looking for:Do you know how to help clients achieve their marketing and communications goals? Can you expand existing business, manage a geographically dispersed team and delight high-profile clients? Are you a people leader ready to contribute to the growth of an office? Olson – one of the most respected agencies needs an innovative, strategic, creative and collaborative Senior Vice President in our Chicago office. You’ll help grow and manage account teams and clients, and contribute to the growth of our agency.
The SVP will oversee the development of Communications strategies and campaigns from inception to execution. This position also requires a solid understanding of business and marketing to help clients grow their brands and businesses. Use multi-channels of communication (including social media), the ability to grow a business or brand, liaise with other offices and departments at Olson and support broader new business efforts when necessary.

What you’ll get to do:
• Provide strategic counsel to senior communication and marketing clients; help identify and manage our clients business and marketing challenges
• Ensure that clients are receiving the highest level of service, value and creative thinking from the agency
• Lead and inspire account teams to develop and execute innovative campaigns to support client products and services
• Responsible for successful execution of approved programs and subsequent measurement of all programs
• Strive to grow current account business and develop new business for the agency
• Lead and mentor people, guides team education and career development, and helps develop and maintain Olson reputation within the industry • Identify and manage Client problems such as client/agency relations, budgets, etc.
What you’ll need to succeed:
• 15+ years of communications experience within Consumer or B-to-C services, with specialized experience in working on big brands and industry experience with CPG and lifestyle or entertainment brands
• A creative and strategic thinker for brands that want to push the envelope
• Ability to think holistically and work with Client’s other agency partners
• Strong understanding of new and emerging media: consumer and trade
• Team player with a no-nonsense attitude
• Thrives in an entrepreneurial, self-starter environment
• Ability to independently and aggressively lead people and senior clients
• Exceptional and effective presentation skills; written and verbal communications skills
• Exceptional management and mentoring skills
• Ability to interact with and gain the trust of Senior Clients and Agency leadership
• Ability to quickly digest Client business needs and provide strategic communications, business and marketing recommendations effectively
• Extensive knowledge of communications industry trends and standards
• Ability to quickly integrate into Client and Agency teams; high-level decision-making skill and abilities
• Understands organizational dynamics and use this understanding to best serve the client and agency
• Understanding of Agency as a business and ability to run accounts profitably
• Agency experience is required
ICF Olson is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)
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