The Media Relations Manager is a dynamic, organized, highly personable, and self-directed Public Relations professional. This role requires high attention to detail, as well as a commitment to follow-through and execution. The right candidate will be excited to manage a team of four direct reports, liaise with studios and PR firms, and organize media access to SFFILM events. Most of all, this person will have a proven track record in capturing an organization’s brand voice across all media and writing projects.
This is a full-time, temporary position that runs from January 13, 2020, until May 1, 2020.
- Oversee the activities of the SFFILM Festival Press Office.
- Manage entire seasonal Press Office team during the spring, including schedules and assignments. Direct reports include the Press Office Coordinator and two Publicists.
- Manage the Festival’s PR timeline, including all press announcements made leading up to and at the Festival press conference on March 18.
- Pitch SFFILM programs and events to high-level press contacts, including organizing interviews.
- Liaise with studios, PR firms, and talent reps about Festival events and activities, including coordinating social media needs.
- Facilitate all on-site press coverage at SFFILM events, such as managing press access, overseeing red carpets, and setting up interviews.
- Hire, train and oversee Press Office interns.
- Write press releases for SFFILM programs.
- Design and develop tools to deliver materials, track coverage, and compile accurate statistics regarding publicity performance.
- Participate in social media content generation alongside other Communications team members, including on-site event capture and posting relevant press coverage.
- Coordinate schedules of photographers and video capture teams at year-round programs and during the Festival.
- Manage external PR firms and consultants as needed.
- Support Director of Communications and Director of Marketing in maintenance of the Communications departments Editorial Calendar.
- 2–3 years’ experience in a similar position is strongly encouraged, preferably in an arts-related environment
- Attention to detail, significant diplomacy skills, consummate professionalism, ability to multitask, and prioritize competing responsibilities, with grace under pressure.
- Open to working off-business hours occasionally as needed, especially around SFFILM events.
- Ability to maintain utmost discretion and confidentiality.
- Adept at anticipating problems before they arise and juggle multiple priorities at once.
- Comfortable working with limited supervision in a dynamic small office environment.
- Familiarity with Press Office tools, systems, reporting, and analytics.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in film or television production is beneficial, particularly a general familiarity with who’s who in the film industry.