Group Manager, Social Impact

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POST DATE 8/12/2016
END DATE 10/12/2016

Weber Shandwick Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Weber Shandwicks Seattle office has an exciting opportunity for an innovative and motivated Group Manager to support social impact and health clients in all aspects of communications. Join us in working across these sectors for leading global health and development-focused public and private organizations including foundations, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and corporations who place an emphasis on corporate social responsibility. The ideal candidate is a team player with strong writing and communication skills, strategic thinking and creative problem solving abilities, and refined project and team management skills. S/he has a strong understanding of all aspects of integrated marketing including research, message development, planning and implementation, as well as new PR tools, especially in the digital and social media realm. Issue expertise and field experience in global development and global health is a major plus.

Weber Shandwick is more than a leading global communications agency were an engagement agency. Our success is built on a deep commitment to our clients, to our people, to creativity and collaboration, and to engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brand reputation and drive business results. We employ the best in the industry and beyond, working across sectors including social impact, consumer, healthcare, technology, B2B, public affairs, crisis management and digital.

Weber Shandwick continues to lead and innovate in integrating earned, owned and paid media, generating consistent buzz with transformational campaigns for top multinational brands. We invest in a diverse range of talent and currently have strategists, earned media specialists, producers, writers, developers, designers, and paid syndication and analytics experts embedded in offices worldwide seamlessly collaborating and working across time zones and borders.


The Group Manager will be responsible for managing local and global teams and clients for a diverse set of social impact and health clients. Account management responsibilities include program and project management, strategy definition and oversight, research management, communications plan development, content production management, written materials and execution/implementation for different clients and projects within the practice. In addition, the Group Manager is responsible for staffing, team management, budget management and active contribution to the Health & Social Impact Practice new business activities.


Serve as day-to-day client relationship manager for local and global strategic communications projects and campaigns

Quickly develop rapport with clients and establish credibility in both communications capabilities and issue expertise

Manage internal teams across national and international markets to deliver on the work and steward a common client experience from a strategic lens, i.e. are we delivering on the goals and engaging our target audiences?

Manage work plans to meet deadlines while delivering proactively and reactively based on client needs

Support all phases of the strategic communications process: planning, production, distribution, optimization, and measurement analysis

Lead with an integrated mindset including research, creative positioning, traditional PR, executive visibility, content marketing, issue advocacy and expertise, community outreach, influencer engagement, paid media, social media programs, etc.

Contribute proactively with creative ideas and approaches to client challenges

Create client content (draft plans, fact sheets, talking points, strategic recommendations, message architectures, blog and editorial content, etc.)

Serve as strategic reviewer or editor on content produced by the team

Serve as strategic and tactical counsel to clients and global integrated team while managing implementation of multiple projects, timelines and budgets

Conduct and manage national, regional and local media relations, both reactive and proactive

Effectively manage/mentor/oversee the work of junior team members

Participate in new business and staff development


BA or BS in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Public Affairs, International Development, International Relations or related field

6 years of PR experience required, agency or foundation experience preferred

Proven client relations and consulting experience

Capability to design and lead the implementation of issue-focused strategic communications programs

Excellent communication, writing and editing skills are essential

Excellent presentation skills: written and verbal

Excellent team contribution, collaboration and leadership skills, experience leading with creative solutions

Extremely detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be a team player

Proven team and individual management experience

Skilled project manager, ability to manage complex projects and budgets (global/cross-market experience a plus)

Strong understanding of and experience in media relations

Strong understanding for new PR tools, especially in the digital, social media and creative realms


Experience working with or in developing markets preferred

Experience working in global health and sustainable development a plus

Issues or crisis management experience a plus

Experience supporting/managing a major health/global health and/or global development public relations account a plus

Experience in maternal health, global health advocacy, gender issues, and/or water/hygiene/sanitation a plus

Experience working with nonprofits or grantees to build communications plans and strategies a plus

Experience using project management software or programs a plus