Assistant Account Executive

Ketner Group is seeking an experienced assistant account executive (AAE) to join our team. Our ideal candidate is a motivated and dynamic team member who is excited to launch a career in communications. An AAE at Ketner Group should be a team player but also highly dependable and adhere to project and client timelines on an individual basis.

The AAE will work on a variety of account teams and directly interact with clients. Ketner Group looks to AAEs to support account executives, senior account executives, account supervisors and the leadership team to execute on our clients’ communication strategies and tactics. AAEs report directly to the agency’s leadership team.

*The annual salary for this position in NYC is $56k-64k, depending on experience. In Austin, the annual salary for this position is $47k-$54k.

Who You Are:

  • Experienced in communications. You have direct experience in PR, preferably with an agency, and are confident pitching trade and national media contacts.
  • Articulate. You possess strong written and verbal communication skills. You may have a tendency to over-communicate; you can clearly articulate the status of campaign activities to clients in person, over the phone and via email. You have demonstrated content development experience, including drafting blogs, press releases, byline articles and case studies.
  • A diligent researcher. You have excellent research skills and can effectively find appropriate media contacts, collect supporting data for copywriting, identify client award and event opportunities, and conduct client competitor research.
  • Self-directed. You are a motivated learner who wants new experiences and is ready to work independently – a necessity in today’s remote work environment. You are highly self-accountable, self-motivated and proactive in staying on task with daily activities, which are often fluctuating based on client needs.
  • Curious. You want to know why things work the way they do; you’re curious about businesses, marketing practices and technology.
  • Highly attentive to small details. You get excited about finding an extra space between two words in a paragraph and you love a good spreadsheet. You’re highly organized and can manage multiple assignments while hitting deadlines.
  • Adaptable. You aren’t intimidated by technical language and new markets. You’re able to learn quickly and adapt to our team’s committed, yet laid-back work culture. You’re comfortable actively participating in internal meetings and team brainstorms.

What You Will Do:

  • Assist account supervisors, directors and agency leadership in ensuring success of communications campaigns across assigned accounts
  • Execute media relations activities: develop media lists, manage press release distribution, complete proactive pitching/media relations, develop and manage editorial calendars, and manage speaking/award research and deadlines
  • Develop relationships with Ketner Group’s existing and future press and analyst contacts, including trade publications and national media outlets
  • Cultivate new media relationships with appropriate media and analyst contacts on assigned accounts
  • Write content for clients such as press releases, articles, blog posts, long-form content (eBooks/whitepapers) and case studies
  • Participate in client calls and meetings
  • Help to brainstorm fresh, new campaign ideas for all Ketner Group accounts and the agency
  • Execute on client social media tactics (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook), as assigned
  • Support Ketner Group new business activities and marketing efforts, as needed

Your Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or related field
  • 1-3 years of PR and/or marketing experience (including internships), preferably in an agency environment
  • Experience with media relations, content development, social media and research
  • B2B communications or PR experience highly valued, but not required
  • Experience with Cision, Hootsuite, Harvest, or comparable platforms


  • Competitive salary
  • Group health and dental insurance with a 50% employer contribution
  • Matching 401K plan
  • Quarterly bonus plan
  • Generous PTO policy starting with three weeks paid vacation, seven days paid sick leave, a floating holiday and year-round “Summer Fridays”
  • Professional development opportunities

The best benefit? To be a part of an awesome, collaborative and supportive team that fosters an environment for you to grow and thrive in your PR career.

Who We Are:

Ketner Group is a PR and communications agency, with offices in Austin and NYC. We’re committed to creating a fun environment, while taking time to chat with each other about life, not just work. No matter the present environment, we offer the flexibility to work from home or remotely, and a casual, laidback work environment. We work with retail technology companies and our clients are both U.S.-based and international.

How to Apply:

Send the following to [email protected]; no phone calls, please:

  • Your resumé, tailored to this particular job.
  • A minimum of three writing samples.