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Media Relations / Communications (Exciting opportunity promoting a tech company)
About the Job
Not your everyday communications and public relations position. Challenging and fast moving, yet friendly and with great variety. A job you will look forward to every day. Work with intelligent people in an exciting environment where every month is different.
Full time position focused on media relations and communications with media as well as the public.
Part time positions during office-hours and part time specialist positions (such as publicist stunt expert or event planners) will also be considered.
We are also hiring for other positions this year (marketing communications, graphic designer, marketers, sales, administration). If you know someone in any of these areas, please do them a quick and friendly favour by letting them know about this posting.
Full time and permanent.
Flexible hours (for example: choose to start your day between 6am and 10am, work late some days and shorter on others).
Opportunities to lead media relationship building aspects as well as some promotional writing aspects such as social media.
Does not involve an endless, boring, stream of responding to incoming letters, time-crunched low quality communications, or communicating the exact same event over and over again.
Generally, you will get a variety of three types of work, as listed below.
First (majority of the time) is publicity generation in local as well as national media. This involves finding ways to make initial contact with reporters, maintaining relationships with them, and being a journalist or helping them write compelling articles about us that are worth publishing. This will be 75% or more of your time.
Secondly, to the extent you want to, marketing focused writing. This involves clearly relaying what a product is about in sales collateral, why a potential customer should buy from us on our website, why its better than the competition, or why an industry should care in the case of press releases. This is estimated to be about 15% of your time.
Third is miscellaneous communications such as internal and external speech-writing for our executives, writing portfolio case studies, editing high-value email communications, etc. This is estimated to be about 10% of your time.
Depending on your comfort level, position can optionally involved public speaking, group presentations, publicity stunt planning, and more. We are flexible to your strengths and weaknesses.
Gain further experience with both small short-term and large long-term endeavours.
Although some projects simply need to be done in a short timeframe, most will instead be focused on achieving noticeably remarkable quality and significant results.
Opportunity for advancement (team lead for future employees as the company grows).
High end equipment to work with (dual monitors with a 30” monitor, whatever keyboard or mouse you want us to buy, etc).
Work together with our graphic designers, sale and marketing personnel, and executives.
Environment allows for some privacy at your workstation as well as time to concentration without distractions when you need it.
Masterful English skills.
A deep appreciation of the psychology that goes behind convincing publicity and writing.
Passionate about publicity.
Can be very convincing and exciting in person and within your writing.
Get deeply involved with challenges and will persevere at length to achieve victory.
Takes pride in work.
No specific requirements for formal education or industry experience. We evaluate each applicant based on merit rather than formalities and we accept that some candidates might be new to a couple of the areas we have mentioned.
Nice To Have:
Connections to the press.
Previous experience in communications for a technology company.
Previous experience in sales writing.
About The Work Environment:
All of the below apply to our Edmonton headquarters, satellite offices may vary.
Friendly, non-threatening, and non-political environment.
A "smaller company" culture even though we are a mid-sized company.
We are a great environment for both outgoing people and those who are very shy and introverted (applicable to non-client facing positions).
We strive to have every employee sitting near a window for natural light and to have plenty of plants throughout the office; we care about employee health.
Private nap room for isolated thinking time or for taking a nap if you didn’t sleep well last night.
Private 2nd floor patio for outdoor breaks in the sun.
An example of our culture: Lunch together is in a very comfy sofa room, and even the quiet types are comfortable there.
Social events worth remembering (fencing competitions, curling, video game or board game parties, coding competitions, commando combat training, robotics club coming soon, etc).
Unlimited access to pillage our kitchens for caffeine, sugar, healthy snacks, soups, and more :)
Free onsite massage therapy.
Additional perks that are cost-shared like motorized sit-stand desks.
Task focused: everyone in the company heavily uses centralized to-do lists to stay organized, prioritize, and coordinate.
About The Company:
Pleasant Solutions is a dynamic company headquartered in Edmonton with small satellite offices in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Saskatoon.
Silicon Valley kind of excitement and growth potential.
Fast growth: One of the 200 fastest growing technology companies in North America with 955% growth over 5 years (based on growth rates in published rankings of the 2014 Profit 500 and 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500). Canadian Profit Guide ranked us #88 out of 500 for fast growth in Canada, just announced in Sept 2015.
Stable and well diversified.
Full of smart and passionate people whom you can learn from.
We do a mix of in-house product development, software development services, and IT services. For consulting, we build both large and small custom software for clients who need an internal system or are commercializing an idea. Our in-house products include an event ticketing system (used by the City of Edmonton and various folk music festivals), small mobile software tools, business software, and Pleasant Password Server (the server for a popular product known as Keepass).
An innovative software producer with an aim of achieving results in creative ways.
We develop high quality software you will take pride in. Our company name says it all.
Socially conscious (for example, we pay for employees to sponsor dozens of WorldVision children).
What do you have to lose by exploring the possibility? Applying does not take long and we keep your application confidential (never disclosed to existing employer).