JCPR

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We are storytellers, strategists, connectors and problem solvers.

Regardless of message, medium or audience—we are the future of communications: agile, integrated and business critical.

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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly Chief Executive Officer

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Jennifer Connelly

A leading communications strategist, Jennifer Connelly serves as a trusted consultant to C-suite executives, helping them launch their businesses in new markets, broaden awareness of their brands and navigate potential crisis situations.

Recognized by her peers and colleagues in public relations, business and beyond, Jennifer has garnered numerous personal accolades, including earning a spot on the 2014 Gorkana Survey of Financial Journalists as one of the "Most Respected PR Professionals" and one of NJBIZ's 50 Best Women in Business." For the past five years, JCPR's employees have voted for the firm as one of the "Best Places to Work in New Jersey."

Under Jennifer's leadership, JCPR has earned dozens of awards, including Hermes Creative, American Business, MarCom, Telly Awards, Bulldog Media Relations, AVA Digital, FCS Portfolio and Videographer, among others.

An in-demand presenter, Jennifer frequently speaks to businesses executives on topics such as PR best practices, sustainable brand building, reputation management and crisis management.

She is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals New York City and provides pro-bono PR services to Easter Seals and the Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO). She is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), where she serves as Communications Vice Officer in the Financial Services Network.

Carol Graumann

Carol Graumann President

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Carol Graumann

Carol oversees all service offerings for the firm, and provides ongoing guidance and counsel to senior strategists and communications professionals on the direction and execution of JCPR's client campaigns.

With more than a decade of experience across a variety of communications disciplines, Carol has earned a reputation for artful execution of impactful PR campaigns, interactive strategies and content generation programs. She speaks regularly on topics including emerging PR trends and integrated communications strategies.

Carol oversees the implementation of corporate strategy across departments, guides employee development programs and is instrumental in nurturing JCPR's culture, which is a key driver of the firm's growth and overall success.

Prior to joining JCPR, Carol managed the marketing and public relations group for the Women's Fund of New Jersey.

Karen Pellicone

Karen Pellicone Chief Operations Officer

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Karen Pellicone

Karen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of JCPR, as well as overseeing the strategic development and execution of the company's corporate business plans. Karen leads all business planning activities, risk management and legal activities, organizational budgeting processes and human resources for the agency.

Prior to joining JCPR, Karen was a buyer at housewares retailer Lechters, where she oversaw a $65 million budget and was responsible for purchasing merchandise for 650 stores and developing and achieving sales and marketing plans, as well as maintaining inventory levels and gross margin dollars.

Carol Anne Harves

Carol Anne Harves Chief Financial Officer

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Carol Anne Harves

Carol Anne is responsible for all financial activities for JCPR, including cash management, financing, strategic planning, budgeting and financial analysis.

With a broad background in CFO roles across retail, distribution, manufacturing and service businesses, Carol Anne has established a successful history as a change agent whose leadership results in improved shareholder value. She has been the financial leader for privately held businesses with sales up to $125 million.

Carol Anne earned her B.A. from Michigan State University majoring in accounting and finance.

Michelle Pittman

Michelle Pittman Chief Strategy Officer

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Michelle Pittman

A communication industry veteran, Michelle oversees JCPR's business development efforts and key marketing functions to ensure the agency's unique value is relayed consistently and clearly in the market.

Responsible for mid-range planning and execution of the firm's strategic plan, Michelle additionally works with JCPR's clients and senior strategists to ensure they have access to integrated services that will drive their communications and business success.

Michelle previously served as head of JCPR's specialized content team, and has led strategic content development and integrated communications campaigns for clients across industries including finance, legal, real estate and professional services. She has also worked as a reporter for several daily newspapers.

Steven Stoke

Steven Stoke Managing Director

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Steven Stoke

A successful producer with more than 25 years of experience, Steven has worked in all aspects of the video production business, including corporate marketing communications, feature films, documentaries and broadcast television. He oversees all visual communications projects for JCPR's production company, JCIP.

Prior to joining the agency, Steven produced an ongoing Merrill Lynch client profile series that included over 35 short documentary films used for national television commercials, as well as roll-ins on live webcasts with Charlie Gibson.

Steven's credits also include line producer, post production and production manager roles with PBS, Charlie Rose, LucasFilm and many more.

Bob Keane

Bob Keane Managing Editor

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Bob Keane

Bob oversees JCPR's specialized content team, which combines the experience of former journalists, bloggers and PR professionals to deliver exceptional written materials that help drive the success of the agency's campaigns. He oversees the development of strategic messaging, bylined articles, news releases, and other written materials that are integral to our clients' campaigns.

Prior to joining JCPR, Bob's career spans more than three decades as a business journalist covering a variety of industries including financial services, distilled spirits, wine and beer, restaurants and foodservice, music, heavy construction and mining. He most recently served as Managing Editor of Investment Advisor. As Editorial Director of the Adams/Jobson Beverage Group he was responsible for the editorial content of four magazines and seven annual publications. In that role he was considered one of the nation's leading experts on beverage trends and his comments on industry issues regularly appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and BusinessWeek, as well as on CNBC and Bloomberg News Radio.

For many years Bob was active in the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) serving several terms on the organization's Board of Directors, including stints as Secretary and Treasurer.

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Senior Account Executive Michael Chiong discusses the skills and talents that have helped grow his career at JCPR.

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Jennifer Connelly Public Relations is an independent public relations agency with offices in New York and New Jersey. Named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, we are looking for creative, committed and collaborative talent – individuals with sharp minds, big ideas and a willingness to work hard to achieve extraordinary results. In exchange, we offer freedom from mediocrity, bureaucracy and office politics. We are seeking individuals who want to grow, hone their natural talents and be rewarded for their efforts.

To Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to careers@jcprinc.com. Please include job title in the subject line.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer.

  • VICE PRESIDENT, PR View Details

    Our Vice President will be responsible for supporting the Public Relations Department by providing the following services:

    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with clients and provide ongoing strategic communications counsel
    • Drive campaign strategy and lead account team, ensuring the team is developing unique story angles and timely pitches to generate consistent exposure for clients through high-level media placements
    • Lead a team of junior team members (senior account executives, account coordinators, and executives) to ensure quality of work and implementation of PR campaigns
    • Build strategic PR plans that utilize traditional, broadcast, social and digital media as appropriate to meet client goals
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key members of the financial media
    • Report and provide support to a senior JCPR team member (SVP or EVP level) on a daily basis
    • Assist colleagues with other client and JCPR projects as needed
    • Attend new business meetings as needed

     

    Our ideal candidate has the following skills and experience:

    • 10+ years of agency experience
    •  Proven results executing campaigns that leverage traditional, broadcast, social and digital media
    • Successful track record in securing media placements for clients
    • Experience managing multiple deadlines and a variety of projects simultaneously

     

    In addition, we are seeking professionals who possess the following characteristics:

    • Superior interpersonal skills
    • Proactive mindset
    • Collaborative nature
    • Results driven
    • Detail oriented
    • Strong work ethic

     

  • ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, PR View Details

    BASIC FUNCTION

    Under direct supervision and in compliance with Company policies and procedures, responsible for collaborating with senior public relations executives to deliver media relations services, initiatives, and projects to assigned client groups.

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Functions as a general point of contact (for clients and internally) for public relations initiatives.

    2. Assists in the development of strategic PR plans and campaign development -- utilizing traditional, broadcast, social and digital media.  Executes strategic priorities for clients.

    3. Identifies and secures an array of high-level media placements for clients.

    4. Participates in with new-client onboarding; including developing agendas for discovery and analysis meetings, taking notes of meetings and/or conference calls, coordinating media trainings, coordinating with content to deliver messaging and communicating account details to other departments (media analysis, operations, etc.).

    5. Develops unique story angles and timely pitches to generate consistent client exposure.  Monitors, identifies and secures appropriate editorial calendar opportunities for clients.

    6. Develops/builds/expands effective business relationships with key media members.

    7. Assists internal team members and staff with other client, business development, and Company projects.

    8. Notifies the media analysis team of scheduled interviews and client submissions (bylines, Q&As, etc.).

    9. Acts as a steward of the JCPR brand, consistently representing and reflecting the Company’s core values, approach and high standards of excellence in all client, media and public interactions.

    10. Performs other duties as assigned.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    Education: College degree; or equivalent related business experience.

    Experience and Expertise: Minimum 2 years successful industry-related experience; with an emphasis on client relationship partnering with major accounts within the financial services sector.

    - Proven capability in proactively determining client requirements, developing new ideas, and recommending appropriate strategies and initiatives.

    - Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, detail-oriented, and deductive reasoning skills.

    - Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

    - Excellent organization and prioritization skills, with the ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines.

    - Working knowledge of various software applications; including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.


     

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