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Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
JOB #R2202942

Senior Account Executive, Media Relations - Chicago or REMOTE

The Company 

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference.  

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world.  

Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo. 

We’re currently hiring a Senior Account Executive, Media Relations to join our award-winning team of communicators, creatives and strategists, driving media-relations efforts for incredible clients for some of the world’s best known and most admired food, beverage and lifestyle brands. 

The Team 

The media-relations, social-media and influencer-marketing experts within ICF Next’s Integrated Storytelling team are a driving force behind some of the industry’s most progressive and impactful communications and marketing campaigns. Its work shows up everywhere from Food Network to Fast Company. We help our clients win the Super Bowl, launch groundbreaking products and stay relevant even when the world won’t stand still. 

We’re pretty good at it, too: In the last few years, our team has won Agency of the Year recognition from PRWeek and PRovoke Media, as well as a spot on AdAge’s “A-List Agency Standouts.” In the first few months of 2022, we’ve already taken home eight SABRE Awards. 

And we do this industry-leading work with a deep respect for work-life balance. Our teams enjoy highly flexible work arrangements (either remote or hybrid) and a full suite of competitive benefits. So, if you’re looking to work on campaigns your friends will see, alongside genuinely talented, kind and collaborative people, look no further. 

The Work 

ICF Next is hiring a Senior Account Executive, Media Relations to help some of the world’s most admired food, beverage and lifestyle brands tell compelling stories and build upon their brand purposes. You will a function as the day-to-day client contact and team lead for a select group of accounts, working closely with account managers and internal teams to develop and execute programs that help our clients meet their goals. This role is for someone with a demonstrated passion for collaborating with teams to solve client challenges, have a knack for crafting the perfect pitch and building smart media relations. Additionally, you will bring your expertise with developing influencer-focused programs and a strong desire to help grow junior team members. 

Key Responsibilities: 

As Senior Account Executive, Media Relations, you will: 

  • Play a critical role in partnering with both senior leaders and the junior team to drive campaigns for large consumer clients 

  • Show passion, energy and ability to identify, translate and capitalize on news hooks and pop culture trends to activate and drive talk value for clients 

  • Plan and execute PR and influencer strategies including contributing to brainstorms, developing media materials, and being accountable for measurable results and reporting 

  • Demonstrate strong client communications including developing and participating in presentations, annual plans, recommendations and competitive analyses 

  • Show tenacious problem-solving skills and a curiosity for what’s possible, always thinking of new ways to breakthrough while meeting client’s marketing challenges 

  • Build strong relationships with internal teams while maintaining a positive, can-do attitude and championing great work 

  • Adapt to ever-changing workload priorities and events with grace and poise 

  • Work with project management to develop project scopes and have a clear understanding of the budgeting and billing process of the agency as well as an aptitude for sound budget management 

  • Be inspired by and excited to work on needle-moving campaigns like thisandthis 

Required Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in public relations, communications, or journalism 

  • 4+ years of relevant work experience at a PR agency or an internal communications/marketing team  

  • Proven experience developing and growing client relationships and media relations 

  • Proven ability to oversee and manage third-party partners, from talent to event vendors  

  • Proven understanding of creating earned and paid media strategies  

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal 

  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team and collaborate regularly with team members at all levels  

  • Ability to travel as required 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, or Toronto location preferred, but not required. 

  • Conflict management skills 

  • Leadership instincts and the ability to identify and elevate great work from junior team members  

  • Demonstrated experience working on consumer brands - CPG; health and wellness experience, a plus  

  • The ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and client teams across all levels 

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final salary for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The salary range for Colorado is -


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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.