The public relations (PR) associate helps maintain a positive public image for their organization, promoting its services, products, and projects. They help develop marketing and advertising programs, as well as assist in market research and in designing ads or campaigns. Because a wide variety of companies hire PR associates - from retail companies to hospitals to universities - their duties may vary widely by position. However, these professionals generally work with other PR department staff in creating, monitoring, and building marketing strategies for their agency. In addition to working with other staff, though, PR associates must be able to work well on their own. For example, these individuals may represent their company at events, press conferences, and other public forums.
The PR associate usually reports to the director of marketing, director of communications, or an individual in a similar position. This is generally a full time job in an office setting, although time outside of the office may required (such as for events and fundraisers). Overtime may be required for deadlines, events, and emerging items of interest to media.
A bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field is typically required for PR associate positions. Experience - generally at least three years - in a similar PR position is expected as well. In addition, the PR associate must have excellent communication, multitasking, and writing skills. Proficiency with basic office software is necessary as well.
Public Relations (PR) Associate Tasks
Maintain positive working relationship with media members.
Write and distribute press releases and other articles about the company.
Monitor media coverage and assist in the formation of a positive public narrative surrounding company.
Develop a strong social media presence and manage all internet marketing efforts.