Public Relations & Communication Director

Onion Inc.
Jul 24, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
Hiring Manager
Full Time
Job Description

The Onion, America's Finest News Source, is looking for a highly motivated Public Relations Director for our Chicago, IL office. An extensive knowledge of the Onion and AV Club brands is essential. Applicants should be sociable, self-disciplined, imaginative and able to manage a high volume of activity.

The ideal candidate needs to be capable of adapting to the changing trends and needs in the digital advertising industry. Candidates should view the job beyond the workplace, always exploring new ideas and ventures that would resonate with The Onion's audience and with our advertisers. A successful Public Relations Director must be confident interfacing with individuals of all levels, both internally and externally, leading internal brainstorms and working in a fast-paced environment.


Work closely with the CEO, President and Executive Management Team to build a more prominent business presence (articles in trade publications, relevant panel discussions, press releases on significant developments)
Facilitate all press & external media coverage for business and editorial initiatives; assist in crisis management; handle all in-bound press inquiries
Work with product, technology, sales, & editorial teams to develop and implement marketing strategies for new initiatives, including but not limited to; product launches, social ad products, business & consumer research, media buying & trade, and more
Work closely with Director of Account Management to ensure all sales marketing materials are complete and consistent
Work closely with Marketing Manager to develop and implement content marketing strategies
Work closely with the Director of Event Sponsorships to plan & promote events
Coordinate and be primary spokesperson for internal company communication
Schedule and oversee various public appearances (television, university visits, public speeches, etc.)


Candidates must be outgoing, motivated, organized, detail oriented, and able to work both independently and within a team environment
Candidates should be able to position a brand, target a certain audience, and understand branding campaigns
Expert communication skills are essential (must be thorough, concise, and persuasive)


5+ years PR/Digital Marketing experience
Excellent writing and presentation skills - both in structure and content
Strong attention to detail, organized and good management skills
Must be self-sufficient, high energy individual who thrives in a fast paced environment
Ability to work well with different personalities and within a team setting
Manage multiple projects and deadlines while delivering consistent, great quality work

Additional Information

The Onion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer compensation commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, vision, group life insurance and 401K.