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Account Strategist

Full-time position with Bellmont Partners in Edina, MN (hybrid)
Job posted June 14, 2024

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About The Role

Twin Cities public relations agency Bellmont Partners, winner of multiple “Best Places to Work” awards, is seeking a new Account Strategist to add to our growing Technology & Manufacturing practice group. We’re looking for a strong B2B communicator with at least five years of experience who is passionate about partnering with clients in the tech and manufacturing fields. This person will be a strong PR generalist with a passion for client service, media relations, thought leadership and content creation, and will feel comfortable driving projects forward and working closely with client teams and internal teams.

The account strategist position at Bellmont Partners plays a key role in strategic client service and implementation. Account strategists are critical strategists and implementers at the agency, co-leading accounts or working closely with other account leads to help turn strategy into reality by confidently developing materials and recommendations. They’re pros who can drive a project from start to finish with minimal direction while working collaboratively in a team-based environment.

At Bellmont Partners, we believe that driving exceptional results for clients starts with an exceptional team of people, supported by an exceptional work environment. As an agency, we believe our best work is done by a team with a diverse array of ideas, backgrounds, talents and opinions. Our team strives to uphold the agency’s five core values – collaborative, connected, invested, transparent and flexible – in day-to-day interactions and responsibilities.

Bellmont Partners is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We encourage those from historically underserved communities, such as people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities, to apply for this job.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Day-to-day responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Account Team Leadership and Support – 80%

Serve as the co-lead and/or strong supporting team member on two to four accounts within the Technology & Manufacturing practice group, helping drive the implementation of high-quality deliverables in a timely, strategic manner.
Develop forward-thinking strategies and plans, confidently working with clients to chart new paths forward and collaborating with internal teams to implement plans.
Present ideas and recommendations to clients, advising on all areas of our scope of work.
Confidently pitch media in key industry and business areas with client news and thought leadership ideas; coordinate pitching and resulting opportunities from start to finish, from identifying relevant outlets to distributing pitches, preparing clients for interviews, developing bylined content, monitoring for coverage and more.
Develop and implement deliverables that are high-quality and on-strategy; draft and finalize materials in areas such as earned media (e.g., media pitches, news releases, media kit materials, etc.), thought leadership (e.g., bylined articles, award and speaking nominations, etc.), owned media (e.g., social media posts, website copy, blog posts, newsletter copy, marketing collateral, etc.) and occasionally paid media (e.g., ad copy or scripts, paid social media posts, sponsored articles, etc.); as well as help lead and coordinate any client involvement in special events (e.g., trade shows, client events, etc.) as needed.
Effectively and efficiently co-lead and support accounts; this could include leading internal and external meetings, making assignments to internal teams, communicating progress and recommendations to clients, offering day-to-day support to clients and internal teams, managing contracts/monthly billing and driving results that align with client objectives.
Account strategists may also be expected to complete the following tasks depending on the account size and, as needed, may be called upon to help coach junior team members as they support this work:
Conduct client research, including developing media lists, interviewing subject matter experts, etc.
Develop and update client status reports, content calendars, budget trackers, meeting agendas or other account management materials
Monitor for client coverage on multiple platforms
Manage client budgets and team allocations
Compile client activity summaries and invoices

Business Development and Agency Marketing – 10%

Help identify opportunities for organic client growth by understanding clients’ strategies and needs and recommending additional solutions to help achieve their goals
Assist in new business efforts, including helping maintain information in internal files and databases, conducting research on new prospects, drafting case studies, and participating in internal new business brainstorms
Contribute to or lead efforts to develop new business proposals and decks
Contribute to agency marketing initiatives and content creation
Participate in new business meetings or presentations with prospects
Work to establish, maintain and expand professional network

Professional Development/Operations/Administrative/Paid Volunteer Time – 10%

Work with manager to establish individual professional development goals that align with the agency’s overall annual goals and your areas of interest; make consistent progress toward goals through professional development events and resources, seeking out additional projects to flex new skills
Participate in staff meetings, one-on-one check-ins with manager, and other agency meetings and events
Complete personal administrative tasks in a timely manner, including time entry, expense reports, etc.
If interested, seek out volunteer opportunities that align with personal and professional goals and areas of interest, using Bellmont Gives Back hours (paid volunteer time)

BENEFITS & WORKPLACE

A flexible, hybrid “office/work-from-home” policy that has been a core part of our culture for years
Annual stipends for personal health and wellness activities and home office technology
Employee-led agency initiatives, such as our Diversity, Inclusion & Antiracism Initiative; Health & Wellness Initiative; Sustainability Initiative; and AI Initiative
Free access to the on-site fitness center and on-site bike commuting facilities
Paid volunteer hours through our Bellmont Gives Back program
Professional development and leadership development opportunities
Access to Hope Works Here, a service of Faith’s Lodge
Competitive traditional benefits, including health insurance (employer-paid premiums), dental insurance, vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), long- and short-term disability (employer-paid premiums), vacation time and paid holidays
Strategic, collaborative and fun colleagues, as well as clients who are doing amazing work in their fields
Salary: $75,000 – $95,000 DOE

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field, or equivalent experience
At least 5+ years of experience in the communications field, ideally with a strong focus on account management, media relations, content development, and/or within the technology and manufacturing fields; past PR agency experience is a plus
Strong writing skills, with the ability to translate technical language to easily digestible copy
Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
Excellent organizational skills with a keen eye for detail
Based in or able to relocate to Minnesota
Full-time availability
Strong interest in joining Bellmont Partners’ Technology & Manufacturing practice group and supporting the accounts within this group
If you don’t exactly meet these criteria but are interested in this role or a future opening at Bellmont Partners, we encourage you to apply regardless

TO APPLY

Please send the following materials to careers@bellmontpartners.com:
A resume detailing relevant experience and interests.
A cover letter – please think of this as a way to help us start getting to know you! We want to learn why you’re interested in a role at Bellmont Partners, what you’ve learned from past roles, what you’re looking for in the next chapter of your career, and any other relevant info about you and your interests that you’d like us to know.
If you have any questions before applying, please get in touch with us at careers@bellmontpartners.com.


 

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