Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Requisition Number: Communications Coordinator-08-2018-001
Job Title: Communications Coordinator
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday-Friday; 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Established in 1884, the Firm currently has more than 850 lawyers. On a world-wide basis, the Firm provides coordinated legal advice on the largest and most complex corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Communications Coordinator

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Description/Job Summary

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and execution of communications and media relations activities in support of the Firm’s strategy. This role assists Business Development in ensuring communications, work product and critical functions meet the Firm’s high standard of excellence.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Work closely with the Chief of Global Business Development, the Director of Communications, and the Business Development team to execute proactive media relations program, supporting the Firm’s practice groups, attorneys, brand and positioning in the global market
  • Ensure initiatives, services and significant matters are publicized internally and externally in accordance with Firm policy
  • Support and implement media strategies and tactics Firm-wide ensuring our practices, industries, individual lawyers and regions, reflect the Firm’s branding and positioning across various channels including legal, business and trade press
  • Working under the direction of the Director of Communications, assist in proactively generating and identifying story ideas and opportunities to build and reinforce Firm brand positioning
  • In coordination with the Director of Communications and Chief of Global Business Development, form relationships with members of the press to establish and cultivate working relationships
  • Develop messaging; gather background information on issues, Firm experience, reporters, etc.; and assist in preparing lawyers for contact with the media
  • Develop and maintain media contact lists, media calendars, and awards calendar
  • Draft or assist in finalizing/proofing press releases, media pitches, byline article abstracts and other publicity copy
  • Manage, draft and provide ongoing support for all direct client communications (e.g., Firm announcements, newsletters, social media content, etc.) and copy for the Firm marketing collateral
  • Provide guidance and expertise on strategic direction and development of communications materials
  • Maintain website content, matter descriptions, attorney biographies, practice group descriptions and other Business Development and communications materials across multiple channels: web, print and electronic formats
  • Prepare and assist in managing award submissions, survey responses and directory submissions for various legal and business directories and publications; monitor the editorial calendars of the directories and publications
  • Support Business Development projects, w and other Firm initiatives as needed
  • Establish media-related goals; create tracking and reporting mechanisms to understand results and assess performance against goals; conduct media training as needed Circulate media clips and maintain clip files as needed
  • Serve as a resource regarding Firm practice areas, attorney expertise, related organizations, media and market positioning; stay abreast of developments and trends in the industry, including social media best practices and search engine optimization (relevant to professional services firms such as Simpson Thacher)
  • Assess, source, and manage third-party tools, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in media relations
  • Must be flexible and willing to work additional hours as needed
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly competitive and demanding environment; this position requires a very high energy level and flexibility with the work schedule
  • Intellectual curiosity and high levels of judgment, discretion, responsiveness, resilience and initiative are also needed; s
  • Strong attention to detail and self-motivated to produce accurate, timely and complete work product
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research and analytical abilities
  • Strong project management skills, initiative and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to interact well and build professional relationships through networking and collaboration while maintaining a high level of customer service, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to effectively communicate and engage Partners and Senior members clients as appropriate
  • Ability to anticipate requests for information essential to meet internal and external client needs appropriate to their role, providing exceptional customer service
  • Ability to quickly develop organizational astuteness and understand the Firm’s culture, vision, policies and practices
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs such as Outlook, Word, and Excel
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