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Work CULTURE & CAREER opportunities

We never forget that we‘re also in the people business.

This is true not only regarding our dedication to clients, but just as importantly in our fierce support of our agency community here at Kohnstamm.

The Kohnstamm culture is often described in contradictory terms: intense and inclusive; empowering and humbling; collaborative yet diverse in the personalities that unite a common purpose. The level of engagement here is high, with comments and feedback that often flow seamlessly among team members throughout many evenings and weekends — this is not a turn it on/turn it off culture. We’re all about fulfilling the full promise of PR, and that’s what it takes.

The work we do for our clients and brands positively flavors our personal lives; and likewise our personal lives fuel and inspire the comprehensive work we strive to make happen at Kohnstamm. We both nurture and challenge each other, keeping a sense of engagement high, entitlement low, and a sense of gratitude for each other’s skills, sacrifices and contributions respectful, enduring and authentic.

We have this one life, with years that cannot be repeated, in a profession that can be unforgiving, strenuous and unwieldy. A life in PR can take a toll on a person, yet at the same time promise to be unbelievably gratifying and rewarding, especially when you have the unwavering support of those around you.

This is why we place a premium on our humanity, which must always prevail, the joy of what we do elevated, and the fun of this tight-knit community of PR professionals always celebrated.

Career Opportunities

Consumer Assistant Account Executive — ON-GOING

Kohnstamm Communications is currently seeking an Assistant Account Executive (AAE) craving an opportunity to work closely with cutting edge, on-the-move CPG clients in a boutique agency setting. Our client roster includes some of the top natural and organic food and beverage clients in the country, and the range of consumer client programming includes media relations strategy, consumer advocacy and influencer campaigns, social engagement, and experiential events.

As part of our growing PR Team and a member of teams responsible for driving multiple client projects, you will have an opportunity to help shape and deliver transformational outcomes for very innovative and entrepreneurial CPG companies. You’ll also have an opportunity to directly impact PR programming. A demonstrated ability to work quickly but carefully on multiple fronts, skillfully communicate creative and strategic insights, and thrive in a fast-paced, high performance agency environment are all skills we value and encourage.

1-2 years of PR agency experience is a definite plus.

At Kohnstamm, we’ve created a healthy, empowered, inclusive, upbeat environment – with plenty of room to grow…

Consumer Senior Account Executive — ON-GOING

Looking for a PR career working with fast-growth, mission-driven companies in the food and wellness space? Then join us! We’re looking for diversely talented SAE to help elevate the national reputations of our newest clients — located in Atlanta, Seattle, San Jose and New York. Kohnstamm has handled PR for more than 75 emerging “health and wellness” brands over the past 15 years, and has earned a solid reputation as a “go-to” boutique PR firm for companies looking to achieve business success.

This SAE role requires at least five years of hands-on experience in an agency or client setting. You will be part of a two- or three-person team, support four client accounts at a time, and be responsible for driving client projects that directly generate transformational outcomes for very entrepreneurial and fast-paced companies, products or divisions. In addition to advanced communication skills (written, verbal, presentation), you must possess a demonstrated self-directed nature, skilled time management, and ability to work seamlessly as part of a cohesive team.

Day-to-day duties range from media relations strategy and outreach to driving social media programs to executing experiential events to developing crisp, effective written content. Our SAE needs to have a nose for being on top of our clients’ competition and industry landscape and to acquire solid knowledge in current and future food and nutrition practices and trends. A demonstrated ability to work quickly but carefully on multiple fronts, while meeting high client expectations and creating value amidst ambiguity, are key attributes for success.

A 25-year, 12-person PR agency located smack in downtown St. Paul, Kohnstamm Communications is committed to creating a “Best Places to Work” environment for its dedicated staff, including competitive health and dental benefits, paid downtown parking, flex time, jeans everyday, profit-sharing bonuses, and more.

Sound like a fit? Please contact Rebecca Zanger at Rebecca@kohnstamm.com.

CONSUMER ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Enjoy working directly with clients to drive PR strategy? Consider yourself a borderline over-achiever? Then join us! Kohnstamm Communications is looking for an Account Executive (AE) craving an opportunity to work closely with Consumer Product Goods, Naturals Foods industry and other innovation clients to fully utilize your PR experience and positively impact programs for the agency’s business and professional services accounts.

Kohnstamm is a 28-year, boutique agency known for its deep experience in natural foods, beverages and strategic PR with clients nationwide. Our client roster includes some of the top natural and organic food and beverage clients in the country, and the range of consumer client programming includes media relations strategy, consumer advocacy and influencer campaigns, social engagement, and experiential events.

As part of our growing Consumer PR Group and a member of teams responsible for driving multiple client projects, you will have the opportunity to help shape and deliver transformational outcomes for very innovative and entrepreneurial CPG brands and companies. A demonstrated ability to work quickly but carefully on multiple fronts, skillfully communicate creative and strategic insights, and thrive in a fast-paced, high performance agency environment are all skills we value and would enjoy the chance to discuss with you. 2–4 years of PR agency experience is a definite plus.

Kohnstamm Communication is known nationally for its break-through work with organic and natural food companies. Kohnstamm has handled PR for more than 75 emerging “health and wellness” brands over the past 20 years, and has earned a solid reputation as a “go-to” boutique PR firm for companies looking to achieve business success. As an agency, we work to bring out the best in each other in a professional environment focused on client and team excellence. Kohnstamm Communications is committed to creating a “Best Places to Work” environment for its dedicated staff, including competitive health and dental benefits, paid downtown St. Paul parking, flex time, jeans every day, profit-sharing bonuses and more. Salary information available upon request.

Sound like a fit? To apply please go to our site: http://kohnstamm.com/who-we-are/careers/
or send your resume and cover letter to Dana Norsten at dana@kohnstamm.com.

CONSUMER ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Enjoy working directly with clients to drive PR strategy? Consider yourself a borderline over-achiever? Then join us! Kohnstamm Communications is looking for an Account Supervisor (AS) craving an opportunity to work closely with Consumer Product Goods, Naturals Foods industry and other innovation clients to fully utilize your PR experience and positively impact programs for the agency’s business and professional services accounts.

Kohnstamm is a 28-year, boutique agency known for its deep experience in natural foods, beverages and strategic PR with clients nationwide.

The Account Supervisor is accountable for leading teams and managing communication strategies across 3 to 5 key accounts to generate transformational outcomes for our clients. The incumbent will provide day-to-day support for his/her direct reports, program momentum, anticipate client requests, ensure effective PR program delivery and be seen as a “trusted advisor” to Kohnstamm clients.

The incumbent will work closely with the Kohnstamm management team to strategize, facilitate, manage and exceed goals and high client expectations. External relations activities will include reputation and issues management efforts, the execution of signature media features, creation of media tours, media training, executive messaging, Key Opinion Leader outreach, partnership development, solid media relations, social media implementation, executive commentaries, development of marketing plans and other high-level campaigns and programs.

This AS also plays a vital role in supporting the Senior Management Team’s goals and objectives, by helping drive the Kohnstamm workplace culture forward. This is a very flat organization, and everyone is expected to be involved in the growth of the agency. The AS supports the agency’s career development process, performance reviews and other management tools in efforts to ensure overall productivity and sustain high engagement.

Kohnstamm Communication is known nationally for its break-through work with organic and natural food companies. Kohnstamm has handled PR for more than 75 emerging “health and wellness” brands over the past 20 years, and has earned a solid reputation as a “go-to” boutique PR firm for companies looking to achieve business success. As an agency, we work to bring out the best in each other in a professional environment focused on client and team excellence. Kohnstamm Communications is committed to creating a “Best Places to Work” environment for its dedicated staff, including competitive health and dental benefits, paid downtown St. Paul parking, flex time, jeans every day, profit-sharing bonuses and more. Salary information available upon request.

Sound like a fit? To apply please go to our site: http://kohnstamm.com/who-we-are/careers/
or send your resume and cover letter to Dana Norsten at dana@kohnstamm.com.

PR CONSUMER GROUP ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

REQUIREMENTS: 10+ YEARS PR EXPERIENCE, MOSTLY IN AN AGENCY SETTING; EXTENSIVE CLIENT SERVICE AND PR STRATEGY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Enjoy leading clients to drive PR strategy? Consider yourself a borderline over-achiever? Then join us! Kohnstamm Communications is looking for a Consumer PR Account Director (AD) craving the opportunity to work closely with CPG brands in the naturals foods industry to fully utilize your PR experience and positively impact programs for both enterprise and established consumer brands.

Kohnstamm is a 28-year boutique agency known nationally for its deep experience especially in the natural food and beverage channel, for its outstanding strategic PR. Accomplishments in media relations, social media strategy, influencer marketing and experiential marketing a must.

The Account Director is responsible for effectively managing teams within Kohnstamm’s consumer division, while overseeing all consumer client plans and campaigns to exceed client expectations. The incumbent will ensure effective client campaigns and best-in-class resource management, requiring significant hands-on PR team supervisory experience.

The individual also plays a role as a member of the agency’s senior team, actively working to set the stage to meet key agency metrics for profitability, monthly revenue targets, low client and employee turnover, high productivity and ensuring the vibrancy of the firm’s bonus pool, annually shared with staff from accrued net income. In addition, the Account Director plays a key role in the agency’s professional development program and other key agency functions.

Most importantly, the Account Director operates as the ‘strategic counselor’ and trusted advisor, to the agency’s consumer clients, performing annual planning, budgeting and staff forecast activities, while ensuring overall consumer account profitability. He/she will also manage the monthly invoice process and agency results reports. Through the use of annual performance reviews and individual development plans, ongoing coaching and mentoring and leadership, the Account Director is most accountable for generating a high-performance workforce.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible public relations experience with solid agency experience, especially in consumer media relations and PR; a Bachelors Degree is required; MBA/Masters Degree in Communications, Journalism or marketing-related discipline preferred; PR expertise and industry knowledge of sustainability, CPG, branding, food and beverage and B2B experience is also highly desired.

Kohnstamm Communication is known nationally for its break-through work with organic and natural food companies. Kohnstamm has handled PR for more than 90 emerging “health and wellness” brands over the past 20 years, and has earned a solid reputation as a “go-to” boutique PR firm for companies looking to achieve business success. As an agency, we work to bring out the best in each other in a professional environment focused on client and team excellence. Kohnstamm Communications is committed to creating a “Best Places to Work” environment for its dedicated staff, including competitive health and dental benefits, paid downtown St. Paul parking, flex time, jeans every day, profit-sharing bonuses and more. Salary available upon request.

Sound like a fit? To apply please go to our site: http://kohnstamm.com/who-we-are/careers/
or send your resume and cover letter to Dana Norsten at dana@kohnstamm.com.

Summer
Public Relations Internship

Kohnstamm Communications is an award-winning Public Relations Agency that serves a target niche of consumer and business media, branding, and CPG, B2B, and online marketing in key sectors including corporate social responsibility, organic/natural food and beverage, health and wellness, and others.

The Account Intern position is a paid internship that will provide real-world, functional, agency experience; tangible pieces for portfolio; and contacts in the industry for job networking.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter with the ability to integrate and work closely with the Kohnstamm account teams. The Account Intern will gain exposure to build skills in developing in-the-moment tactics that allow our clients to respond quickly to current issues and effectively position themselves and/or their products in a positive light. Tactics include managing measurement and clip reporting, proactively contacting media, reviewing and assisting with messaging/talking points, processing clippings, and deploying social media campaigns. In addition, the Account Intern may be called upon to prepare press kits, assist in product launches and trade shows, and write press materials (media pitches, press releases, video scripts, etc.) and client briefings.

As a member of the account team, the Account Intern assists in research and analysis and aids in the managing of day-to-day account administration. Strong persuasive writing and communications skills are key for success. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment, possesses a sense of humor, and is able to perform under pressure.

For full job description or to apply by submitting resume and cover letter, contact: dana@kohnstamm.com.

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What to expect at Kohnstamm:



• An ability to work closely with and have access to interesting clients
• A strong client roster within stimulating, fast-changing sectors
• An ability to make an impact, with room for initiative
• Passion for cause-related, mission-driven campaigns and opportunities
• High standards of excellence within a fair, equitable environment
• An attitude of empowerment, constant feedback, listening and recognition
• A supportive, cohesive yet diverse cohort of individuals
• An absence of cynicism with focus on positive contributions
• A healthy level of engagement and sense of connection between teams, agency leadership and clients
• A premium placed on EQ, self-awareness, deference, and respect at all levels of experience
• A coaching approach to growth within a professional learning community
• Transparency regarding agency finances and involvement in new business pitches
• A bonus pool that recognizes individual contributions and distributes profits equitably based on merit
• An inclusive community both inside and outside the office
• A common love of food, fun, active living, good causes and family

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