Assistant Account Executive, Issues & Crisis

US-NY-New York
Position Type
Full-Time Salary


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Ketchum’s NYC office is looking to add an Assistant Account Executive to their dynamic Corporate Practice. This is a tremendous opportunity to work on high profile accounts, where your work is making a direct impact on our client’s business. This person will support the team in helping our clients build issues-management and crisis-response infrastructures that support their business operations and corporate objectives. 

About the Job

  • Build understanding and knowledge of the clients’ business and their competitive environments
  • Actively participate/contribute to the development of account plans/ideas. Provide appropriate instruction to junior staff on projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of client media monitoring process and be able to efficiently conduct/review for junior staff on a daily basis
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively develop a full range of written materials consisting of by not limited to: standby statements, question & answer documents, b-roll scripts, issues analyses, position papers, client correspondence, and reports
  • Independently implement defined preparedness projects
  • Counsel clients through basic issues management and crisis response situations
  • Primary day-to-day client contact through written and direct counsel on basic issues situations  enlisting senior counsel on tough issues when appropriate
  • Foster client-agency relationship to build trust and become a valuable resource to our clients
  • Facilitate teamwork by delegating and involving junior staff members whenever possible
  • Provide direction to junior staff and manage work-flow on a variety of assignments
  • Take on increasing responsibility for all aspects of budget management
  • Seek counsel from financial manager to be able to review financial reports, project budgets, and related financial materials
  • Develop an understanding of various research methods; coordinate internal and external resources in implementing research projects
  • Assist senior management in developing proposals and gathering information for new business opportunities


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing or a related field
  • One to two years’ experience working in an agency
  • Excellent writing skills and strong presentation capabilities
  • Analytical thinker (ability to turn around public thinking)
  • Basic knowledge through experience using social media platforms, driving brand awareness, engagement, and traffic to a website/social media pages in relation to broader media mix
  • Ability to translate trends, technologies and metrics into conversational English
  • Be a hands-on team player adding value, sharing creative ideas, and executing digital programs

About Ketchum

As a global public relations and communications agency with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum builds brands and reputations for clients.  We start conversations, build communities and engage stakeholders—and have a lot of fun doing it.  We inspire and empower our people to think about products, companies, issues and challenges in a different way.   And we’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


We believe great ideas shatter expectations, change thinking and build brands.  We call this break through, and it’s our mission to deliver it.  How?  Very simply—our people.  By listening, cultivating diverse perspectives and rewarding fearless creativity, we’ve developed a culture of break through.  


Interested?  We’ve got an opportunity for you.





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