Senior Account Executive - Public Relations/Corporate - CHI
Zeno Group - Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL


Zeno Group, PRWeek's 2012 Mid-size Agency of the Year is a national, multi-disciplinary public relations agency with an established presence in the market. We are a Daniel J. Edelman agency and strive to create an entrepreneurial working environment that offers growth potential and career development opportunities. Zeno is a team of experienced PR professionals who love what they do and create award-winning work on behalf of a diverse roster of clients – from start-up companies to global brands.


We are currently looking for a Senior Account Executive to join our corporate team in Chicago. The Senior Account Executive is responsible for:

Client Servicing

Build relationships with client contacts and provide proactive client counsel

Understand competitive landscape and how it impacts clients

Manage multiple projects for multiple clients from concept to completion on time and on budget

Proactively manage client correspondence (i.e. daily updates, activity reports, etc.)

Participate in client presentations

Media Relations

Develop and manage product focused media relations programs including maintaining quality programs with trade, business and vertical press and sustain key editorial contacts

Develop the strategy for and implement press tours; manage and staff press activities at trade shows

Plan and implement press conferences, seminars, speaker’s bureau, and other special events

Counsel client on media briefings and provide them real-time, valuable feedback and guidance

Brief media prior to meetings and moderate media interviews, editorial tours, etc.

Maintain national media contracts

Writing & Editing

Research, interview, write and edit news releases, corporate and product backgrounders, contributed articles, corporate strategy news releases (mergers and acquisitions, key executive hires, financial and earnings, reorganizations) and various other promo kit pieces

Craft and develop newsworthy pitches

Market Knowledge

Solid understanding of key client information including general business strategy, industry issues, products and services offered, key customers and competitors in the marketplace

Planning, Organization & Research

Effective project management working closely with account executive, assistant account executive and interns

Solid understanding of “big picture” client program; maintain awareness of future client events and activities and how they relate to overall objective/target

Participate in brainstorms

Financial Planning & Management

Effectively work within account budget parameters and deadlines

Understand and participate in agency billing and invoicing procedures

Maintain detailed knowledge of expenses, working knowledge of over servicing and profitability

Business Development

Assist with review of new business

Develop network of industry contacts; participate in relevant professional associations

Participate in drafting new business presentations

Leadership & Development

Assist in recruiting, interviewing and selecting personnel

Coach and supervise junior employees

Demonstrate supervisory ability, delegate tasks and ensure completion of those tasks on time and on budget


An ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and between one - three years of experience working in public relations, with agency experience preferred. In addition, must have a solid grasp of all basic public relations tools and how they affect the client and a working knowledge of traditional and non-traditional media. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong organizational and multitasking skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the facility to drive results and to consistently meet deadlines are a must.


Zeno Group offers a creative and differentiating benefits package including a variety of medical and dental choices, vacation, optional and sick time. We also offer a 401(k) plan, pretax flexible spending accounts, tuition assistance, a prescription drug benefit plan, a vision plan, long-term and short-term disability, life insurance and an exceptional work/life balance. In addition, our unique ZenoFit wellness program offers individual and team opportunities to promote health, well-being, and fun. Zeno Group's culture is innovative and energetic. If you thrive on a creative challenge and are looking for an opportunity that offers plenty of growth potential and career development, then we are looking for you!

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Zeno Group is a holistically thinking communications agency that defies conventional labels. As an agency – and as individuals –...