The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Inspired by Pat Tillman, who proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Over the last 20 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has supported over 850 Tillman Scholars as they’ve furthered their education and increased their professional impact in the world.

The Pat Tillman Foundation is seeking a dynamic and motivated Public Relations Associate to join our team. As a Public Relations Associate, you will play a crucial role in promoting the Foundation's mission, programs, and impact to various stakeholders, including Tillman Scholars, donors, partners, and the public.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. If you believe you have the skills to succeed in this role, regardless of industry, we encourage you to apply.

Who You Are

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or related field.

  • 2-3 years of experience in public relations, media relations, or corporate communications.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and work effectively in a team environment.

  • Extremely organized, thoughtful and detailed in approach across all elements of programming.

  • Experience with media monitoring and analytics tools (e.g., Cision, Muck Rack, Google Analytics) is preferred.

  • Passion for supporting veterans and military families is a plus.

What You’ll Do

  • Media Relations:

    • Develop and maintain relationships with journalists, reporters, and media outlets.

    • Pitch stories, press releases, and op-eds to secure media coverage for the foundation's initiatives and events.

    • Monitor media coverage and track metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of PR efforts.

  • Content Creation:

    • Write compelling press releases, blog posts, and other written materials.

    • Collaborate with the Marketing team to develop multimedia content, including videos, infographics, and photos.

    • Assist in developing engaging content for social media platforms.

  • Strategic Communication:

    • Assist in developing and implementing strategic communication plans to advance the foundation's goals.

    • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to ensure consistent messaging across all communication channels.

    • Coordinate with various internal and external spokespeople for the Foundation, responding to media inquiries and representing the organization at events and conferences.

  • Partnerships and Outreach:

    • Identify and cultivate relationships with Tillman Scholars, potential partners, including corporations, academic institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

    • Collaborate with partner organizations to maximize visibility and impact through joint PR efforts.

    • Support the development of marketing and fundraising campaigns in partnership with external stakeholders.

  • Analytics and Reporting:

    • Utilize analytics tools to track the performance of PR campaigns and initiatives.

    • Prepare regular reports on key PR metrics, including media coverage, social media engagement, and website traffic.

    • Provide insights and recommendations for optimizing PR strategies based on data analysis.

Based in Chicago, the Pat Tillman Foundation has been ranked one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in the United States, according to the Nonprofit Times. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative and welcoming environment where passionate and curious thinkers will thrive.

This position will report to the Director of Marketing & PR and is based in Chicago, IL. The position is available immediately. The Pat Tillman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages any and all qualified applicants

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