Manager, Field Public Relations - Midwest
McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognized brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries that serve 70 million customers daily. We continue to operate from a position of strength. Our updated growth strategy is focused on staying ahead of what our customers want and realizing further growth potential. Our relentless ambition is why McDonald’s remains one of the world’s leading corporations after almost 70 years. Joining McDonald's means thinking big and preparing for a career that can have influence around the world.
At McDonald’s, we see every day as a chance to create positive impact. We lead through our values centered on inclusivity, service, integrity, community and family. From support of Ronald McDonald House Charities to our Youth Opportunity project and sustainability initiatives, our values keep us dedicated to using our scale for good: good for our customers, people, industry and planet. We also offer a broad range of outstanding benefits including a sabbatical program, tuition assistance and flexible work arrangements.
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At McDonald’s, our purpose is to feed and foster communities. As the leading global foodservice retailer, we believe in using our size and influence as a responsible business - and engaging with McDonald’s customers, employees, Franchisees, suppliers and partners - to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet. We’re proud of the work we do to help make a difference through responsible business growth, and will continue working to deliver progress in the communities in which we operate.
McDonald's Global Impact team is aligned around a mission to make McDonald’s one of the most respected, trusted, and admired brands in the world. We will do this through actions to drive responsible business growth, investments to foster community and sustainability, values-based advocacy, and compelling communications that matter to our customers, our System and our global stakeholders (read more about our Purpose & Impact here).Job Description:
We’re looking for a Field PR Manager to drive local media relations and influencer strategies across three Midwestern markets (i.e., Field Offices). Your primary focus will be amplifying McDonald's strategic narrative and business priorities locally to drive brand affinity and trust in the local communities we serve.
This position can sit out of the Denver, Chicago, or Colombus markets, with occasional travel required to McDonald’s Chicago headquarters and locally across your Field Offices. You will report to the Senior Manager, US Field PR, and be a member of the broader North American Impact team.
In this role, you will:
Lead the local PR strategy for the Midwestern region across key US business/operations, marketing, community and people initiatives.
Use data and knowledge of the local earned media landscape to develop creative approaches to reach key audiences.
Build and strengthen local reporter relationships on behalf of the brand.
Serve as a trusted PR counselor for local Field Office leadership and restaurant Owner/Operators.
Draft and review materials including campaign communications plans, pitches, press releases, statements, Q&A and more.
Triage and oversee media response strategy on local and restaurant-level issues and crises.
Collaborate with PR agency partners across the Midwest.
Constantly story-mine for potential news angles, data and trends to drive opportunistic storytelling, and work closely with cross-functional North America Impact partners to amplify stories to broader audiences.
BA/BS degree required
Natural storyteller with excellent speaking, writing and editing skills
Ability to navigate, orchestrate and work through sophisticated issues with a strategic lens
Strong experience and knowledge of the earned media landscape
Adept at navigating media issues and crises for brands
Strong business knowledge with a demonstrated ability to understand business strategy and how to use communications as a mechanism to drive that strategy
Proven leadership and ability to influence and work with Sr. Leadership and multi-disciplined teams
On the record media relations experience & experience managing agencies is a plus
Local or field-level media relations & crises response experience is a plus
Ability to travel regionally and to Chicago as needed
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