Careers

Careers

We are actively seeking PR and communications professionals who would like to share our passion for technology, are armed with experience in public relations and social media, and would like to be a part of a fun, growing firm. We provide an entertaining, warm, and “smart and happy” workplace, and we regard our team in the highest light.

Successful candidates share our CORE VALUES:

 

SCRAPPINESS – a resourceful, can-do attitude and ability to figure things out without having to be spoon-fed.

OWNING IT! – taking the lead and seeing efforts through from start to finish.

A DRIVE FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE – a palpable motivation for both client and personal performance. Not just wanting it – living it!

CARING – a real interest in the success and well-being of clients and colleagues both professionally and personally.

SELF-STARTING – the confidence to see opportunities or pick up initiatives and go! Team collaboration may follow, but the “start” sets progress and success in motion.

 

We hire only the best and brightest, and only those who prosper in a culture of creativity, fun, big wins and big celebrations.

 

We are looking for candidates with the following credentials:

Account Director

We’re seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Public Relations Account Director position within our Tysons, VA office. As an Account Director, you’ll work closely with REQ’s Public Relations’ leadership team to deliver top results to our clients. 

 

We build brands online, and we’re proud to work with some of the best technology and consumer brands, non-profits, advocacy groups, small businesses, associations, and influential people. Our diverse client base means a variety of fascinating challenges and learning experiences for you. Expect stimulating projects, educational opportunities, involvement in strategy, and a fun team that values your contributions.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take the lead on account reviews, account strategy, red flags/crises and recommendations.
  • Drive media relations strategy on accounts; lead by example with mastery of securing top placements.
  • Help drive strategic direction on assigned accounts; serve as a “final stop” and trusted client advisor for strategy, managing team members, etc., with minimal involvement from executive leadership.
  • Provide business strategy across accounts, being able to succinctly counsel on such strategies as pitching an exclusive, managing a web content project, driving an analyst tour, etc.
  • Manage teams within 10% of the retainer, unless directed otherwise, initiating proactive client discussions when scope creep occurs or there is danger of not delivering satisfactorily for an account.
  • Manage monthly account work, proactively communicating with management if account work and retainers are misaligned. Monitor client results and account retainers.
  • Produce a wide variety of thoughtful, strategic and error-free communications (e.g. press releases, authored articles, pitches, etc.) on deadline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage workflow, reports, invoice processes, etc. associated with an account, or have delegated responsibilities to other members of the account team.
  • Support executive team with proactive solutions to firm, account and staffing challenges.
  • Participate in larger company initiatives and projects (such as training and goals development).
  • Serve as a member of the Account Management team, attending Account Managers meetings and providing strategic business insight to team issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding of financial issues of the firm, bringing solutions regularly to help build and run a profitable, successful company.
  • Recommend hiring, promotion and termination decisions for direct reports.
  • Lead training programs for staff and interns.
  • Directly manage account staff, including facilitating regular 1:1’s and performance management. Establish quarterly goals for each direct report that are forward-thinking and strategically geared toward the individual’s professional and personal goals.
  • Communicate and reinforce REQ core values to account teams and direct reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively connect with clients, effectively managing client relations while being viewed as someone who provides strategic value.
  • Kick-off and lead a new account, motivating and managing team members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to retain accounts, proactively recalibrating strategy when required and keeping deliverables and metrics at expected levels.
  • Build relationship with primary client contact, initiating face-to-face meetings, lunches etc. on a quarterly basis. Initiate communication with client outside of scheduled/structured meetings. Business Development and Marketing
  • Participate in new business calls as required, leading the account direction section of the call.
  • Verbally articulate the elevator pitch of your client accounts and discuss differentiators.
  • Contribute toward a group pitching strategy session with creative ideas.
  • Actively strive to attain greater share of the client, offering value-added services for upsell.
  • Contribute to proposal and capabilities development for new business, lending creative thinking and strategy for customized deliverables.
  • Regularly network, representing REQ in the PR and tech communities.
  • Exhibit a detailed knowledge of reporters, publications and opinion influencers related to assigned accounts.
  • Exhibit comprehension of the technology and business issues connected to assigned accounts, communicate to the rest of staff.
  • Demonstrate holistic thinking on accounts, providing counsel on customized programs to meet client’s needs (e.g. social media, community building, content marketing and inbound marketing).
  • Understand and use social media for business including blogging and social networks
  • Secure and manage analyst briefings and tours when required
  • Be proficient at drafting abstracts and securing speaking opportunities and awards
  • Provide ad hoc strategic media relations and media writing counsel to his/her team members as well as direct reports.
  • Understand the infrastructure for the agency, including, but not limited to: workflow planning, PR plans, and tools available (time keeping, media databases, etc.).

 

Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years experience in the technology communications industry
  • Bachelors degree preferred in the field of communications, public relations, journalism and/or marketing
  • Strong leadership skills, and prior supervisory experience
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with social media, community building, inbound marketing
  • Possess excellent writing skills. Can tackle in-depth topics and write succinctly, efficiently, and with impact
  • Exhibit strong understanding of macro technology and business trends
  • Ability to run large accounts with minimal strategic oversight
  • DC metro area candidates only

 

Salary commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package. Please email resume and writing samples to lthrockmorton@req.co and reference “Account Manager” in the subject.

 

No contractors or recruiters, please.

 

REQ is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or age.

Account Manager

We’re seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Public Relations Account Manager position within our Tysons, VA office. As an Account Manager, you’ll work closely with our leadership team to deliver top results to our clients.

 

At SpeakerBox (now REQ), you’ll be surrounded by people who are curious, resourceful, creative, enthusiastic, passionate, and proactive. We’re a team of thinkers, creators, and builders who act as trusted advisers to our clients and stewards of their marketing budgets. We enjoy each other’s company and have fun while we work, which is why we were named as a Best Place to Work in the Washingtonian and Washington Business Journal.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Have a solid understanding of the trends facing the industry of each client: i.e. mobile, security, enterprise software trends, business trends, etc.
  • Understand and clearly articulate the primary business goals of each client.
  • Articulate the baseline strategy for his or her account with an understanding of the basic tactics to be executed. Be able to provide counsel on paths to take or directions to turn.
  • Understand how the tactics relate back to the primary business goals.
  • Master the ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities across accounts.
  • Understand the specifics of kicking off an account and all that is involved to delegate and start account on best foot to impress the client.
  • Proficiency with monthly estimators and plans, building in account efficiencies that keep retainers within 15% of budget, or as specified by management.
  • Capable of producing top-tier placements and top-tier pitches for his or her clients.
  • Play an active role in the business development process.
  • Lead pitching strategy session with creative ideas.
  • Pitch in on ad hoc client requests to gain additional knowledge in alternate areas.
  • Efficiently and effectively delegate activities on accounts to team members and hold them accountable.
  • Capable of working in a team environment, serving as a mentor for junior staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively connect with clients, effectively managing client relations while being viewed as someone who provides strategic value.
  • Kick-off and lead a new account, motivating and managing team members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to retain accounts, proactively recalibrating strategy when required and keeping deliverables and metrics at expected levels.
  • Build relationship with primary client contact, initiating face-to-face meetings, lunches etc. on a quarterly basis. Initiate communication with client outside of scheduled/structured meetings.
  • Produce a wide variety of thoughtful, strategic and error-free communications (e.g. press releases, authored articles, pitches, etc.).
  • Proficient in social media for business including blogging and social networks.
  • Secure and manage analyst briefings and tours.
  • Be proficient at drafting abstracts and securing speaking opportunities and awards.
  • Can tackle in-depth topics and write succinctly, efficiently, and with impact.

 

Qualifications:

  • 6-10 years experience in the technology communications industry.
  • Bachelors degree preferred in the field of communications, public relations, journalism and/or marketing.
  • Strong leadership skills, and ability to supervise others on a team (prior supervisory experience a plus).
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with social media, community building, inbound marketing.
  • Possess excellent writing skills. Can tackle in-depth topics and write succinctly, efficiently, and with impact.
  • Exhibit strong understanding of macro technology and business trends.
  • Ability to run large accounts with strategic oversight.
  • DC metro area candidates only.

 

Salary commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package. Please email resume and writing samples to lthrockmorton@req.co and reference “Account Manager” in the subject.

 

No contractors or recruiters, please.

 

REQ is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or age.

Account Coordinator

At SpeakerBox (now REQ), we’d like to think everyone is looking for an opportunity where they can feel empowered, contribute real results and grow their skills and smarts every day. In this role, we try to provide just that.

 

We’re seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Public Relations Account Coordinator position within our Tysons, VA office. As an Account Coordinator, you’ll work closely with the PR team to deliver top results to our clients. 

 

 No day is ever the same. ACs work on multiple client accounts and learn directly from REQ’s PR team’s more senior staff. From the start, ACs work closely with their clients on a daily basis and contribute to integrated communications programs in meaningful ways, including client relations, media and analyst relations, digital marketing, industry research, writing, content creation, and tracking and measuring account activities and results. Whether our team is helping an established company differentiate its story or launching an unknown startup, our work is customized to each client and always interesting.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Understand the top business objectives of assigned clients.
  • Exhibit comprehension of the technology and business issues connected to assigned accounts.
  • Track, understand and brief team members on external issues and events facing the client, including those of competitors.
  • Present a steady stream of creative ideas to account teams and clients to keep accounts fresh.
  • Ability to secure media placements for press releases, editorial calendar opportunities, and proactive pitches.
  • Produce media communications (releases, pitches, etc.) that demonstrate comprehension of client messages, business and technology content and salient news angles.
  • Manage the creation of targeted media lists, editorial calendars, speaking and awards databases.
  • Manage the weekly client report ensuring timeliness and accuracy.
  • Have a clear understanding of the informational needs of reporters and how to shape client stories to speak to those needs.
  • Understand the process of developing long-term relationships with reporters and influencers.
  • Exhibit a broad knowledge of relevant reporters, publications and opinion influencers related to core accounts.
  • Understand and use social media for business including blogging and social networks.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of key publication formats and deadlines.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with social media, community building, and inbound marketing.
  • Possess excellent writing skills. Can tackle in-depth topics and write succinctly, efficiently, and with impact.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of client relations in approach, tone and professionalism. Be able to counsel clients with confidence around areas of account ownership (e.g. speaking and awards).
  • Understand when to escalate issues (or potential issues) to the account lead.
  • Serve as a strong second on accounts and manage client relations in the account lead’s absence.
  • Confidently participate in kick-off and in-person client meetings.
  • Understand the infrastructure of the agency, including, but not limited to: workflow planning and PR plans.
  • Develop mastery of SpeakerBox tools and take primary responsibility for using these tools (timekeeping, media databases, etc.).
  • Regularly network, representing REQ the PR and tech communities.

 

Qualifications:

  • A four-year college degree is mandatory.
  • 1-3 years of direct public relations, journalism or marketing work experience or relevant internships.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Interest in the technology industry with digital marketing/social media know-how.
  • Knowledge about social media platforms.
  • Exceptional organization and project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Initiative to ask questions, pick up the phone, take action and think ahead.
  • Ability to thrive under pressure with minimal direct supervision and adapt to changing priorities quickly.
  • Creative, solutions-oriented thinker with the capacity to approach problems from multiple perspectives.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project.
  • DC metro area candidates only.

 

Salary commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package. Please email resume and writing samples to lthrockmorton@req.co and reference “Account Coordinator” in the subject.

 

No contractors or recruiters, please.

 

REQ is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or age.

 

If you see yourself in this description and want to contribute to the team and grow your talents with REQs Public Relations team, we’d like to hear from you. Please submit your resume, cover letter and a writing sample and/or digital marketing work product to: lthrockmorton@req.co. Your writing sample or marketing work should reflect your capabilities and can be products of work experience or college coursework.

Public Relations Intern

At SpeakerBox (now REQ), we’d like to think everyone is looking for an opportunity where they can feel empowered, contribute real results and grow their skills and smarts every day. In this role, we try to provide just that.

 

The Public Relations team intern program provides students with valuable hands-on experience in public relations. Interns also participate in company activities, including training sessions. Public Relations interns are assigned to account teams where they assist with day-to-day public relations and work on a variety of projects over the course of the semester.

Typical intern responsibilities include:

  • Media monitoring for client coverage and industry trends
  • Complete various projects assigned by team; assignments that will focus on developing communication, research and writing skills
  • Editorial calendar maintenance and research
  • Work with account teams to research and draft editorial pitches
  • Assist in coordination of team meetings/attend internal team meetings
  • Attend editorial calls, internal account meetings, client meetings as a silent listener, and briefings with editors as a silent listener

Qualifications/Skills:

The intern program is open to high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in public relations. The ideal candidate will be a hard worker, will have an ability to multitask, will be enthusiastic, eager to learn and resourceful. Excellent writing skills required. Interns need to know how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and must be Internet savvy as much of the work is research oriented.

For consideration, please respond electronically by submitting your cover letter, resume and writing samples to: jlindberg@req.co  Your writing samples should reflect your capabilities and can be products of work experience or college coursework.