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Public Relations Associate

Chicago, IL 60611
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Tech Image is seeking an energetic and talented young PR professional that has some PR agency experience and is passionate about learning and is ready to fast-track their career. Tech Image, a SmithBucklin company, is currently taking reinventing itself as a forward-thinking public relations and social media agency. The agency has been in existence in the Chicago-land area for more than 30 years, but now expanding who it is, what services it offers and what industries it is ideally suited to support nationally and internationally. We are looking for motivated and energetic individuals that want to be part of building a successful agency where their DNA becomes an integral part of who Tech Image will become.

We currently have a strong and exciting bench of amazing customers and more will be boarding as part of our new growth trajectory. We are looking to fill a junior-level PR position (internal title: Public Relations Associate). Titles aside, this position is all about helping a smart and talented young professional refine their skills in an agency environment. We offer a world where no one is trapped inside the confines of old-school agency thinking, but where everyone's contribution, regardless of experience and title will be valued by the entire team. This individual will have the opportunity to quickly learn and contribute to the planning, development and implementation of diverse strategic PR programs.

This position is a blend of virtual and in-office. We currently join each other once a week in our downtown Chicago office. Tech Image offers competitive compensation and benefits, a progressive culture and an excellent work/life balance.

What You Will Do:

  • Work with all PR team members in a team management methodology environment
  • Participate in strategies, plans, deliverables and performance measurement with more senior colleagues and the agency president
  • Collaborate and work to ensure optimal day-to-day implementation of all client programs
  • Participate in media relations efforts, including building pitches, writing content, engaging with different media outlets and communicating with the client
  • Work with client and colleagues to develop PR content
  • Adopt and support all agency methodologies, and SOPs, which are more progressive and engaging than traditional PR agency protocols
  • Help the team to secure earned coverage, help with new product launches and collaborate with the digital marketing team on clients that integrate all of our services
  • Learn to build and maintain strong media relationships across B2B, B2C and B2G outlets
  • Participate in client communications and meetings
  • Use Cision to build and augment all media relations profiling and opportunity research
  • Use BusinessWire in progressive ways to lift posted results
  • Leverage Sprout for listening to enhance PR strategies and efforts
  • Be aware of social media and digital marketing principles to integrate on blended accounts
  • Work with colleagues to refine what and who Tech Image is as a brand
  • Search targeted editorial calendars for client ops
  • Prepare coverage reports using the Nectarine PR online reporting tool (now Nectarize)
  • Engage effectively with all team members who will provide thoughtful recommendations to improve your individual and team performance
  • Help foster an open and inclusive agency culture, where diversity, innovation, ideas and colleague support thrives
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of building Tech Image as an award-winning, highly sought after and competitive agency across national and international markets


  • 1-3 years of experience in a PR agency experience
  • Ability to work smartly in a team environment
  • Accept constructive criticism and suggestions for improving your performance
  • A solid grasp of why and how PR works as a client brand and revenue generating service
  • Ability to craft appropriate pitches, write press releases and help create PR content such as contributed articles and case studies
  • Good writing and editing skills
  • Ability to assume responsibilities delegated by colleagues
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, with constant deadlines and a high demand for staying agile and flexible with multitasking expectations

Tech Image Advantages:

Working at Tech Image you will be able to enjoy the best parts of a boutique agency without the burdens of day-to-day operational survival, that can be stressful and impede your success. Being owned by SmithBucklin, there are countless opportunities to develop transferrable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace. You will work collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues. In addition, as a 100 percent employee-owned company, regardless of position or compensation, you will have an equal chance to experience the fulfillment and reap the benefits of ownership through our ESOP program. As owners, our employees control the destiny of the organization and are unified in the goal of building an enduring company.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At SmithBucklin, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.


Posted: 2022-01-03 Expires: 2022-02-04

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