Communications Coordinator

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Dec 14 '20Posted on:

Are you passionate about design and a natural storyteller? Join Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as a Communications Coordinator in San Francisco. 

Your core activities will include supporting key communications initiatives, including project storytelling, award submissions, and press releases. You will become an expert on SOM’s project portfolio spanning some of the most exciting buildings and urban plans of our time, through content creation, writing, and graphics styles. The ideal candidate should thrive on tight deadlines and share a passion for architecture and communicating these ideas in a collaborative team setting. 

We're looking for candidates who are detail-oriented, organized and experienced with project management.


  • Help shape SOM’s global communications strategy in collaboration with our communications experts around the world.
  • Create award submittals, including the coordination of graphics and narrative production as needed
  • Assist in the creation of project storytelling, narratives, press kits, and related content
  • Oversee and maintain SOM’s media and press clipping database and media monitoring software
  • Assist in liaising with the media, supporting SOM’s local, national and international outreach efforts
  • Coordinate internal communications initiatives and events
  • Assist in developing content for SOM’s internal communications platform,, and SOM social media channels 
  • Create and edit images and video for external and internal use
  • Maintain internal databases for images and data


  • 1-2 years public relations experience, developing and maintaining media lists, conducting media outreach and coordination, researching relevant media outlets and staying abreast of industry landscape 
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, or Premiere Pro
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, English or other related field of study

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Background in communications, marketing or public relations necessary, interest or knowledge of graphic design and architectural studies/history desirable
  • Ability to work accurately and effectively and with leadership in an environment with multiple deadlines and stakeholders
  • Ability to work positively and collaboratively with colleagues representing different points of view
  • Able to execute and prioritize project tasks efficiently and accurately
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong communication, writing, and editing skills, both technical and creative
  • Exceptionally strong visual/design skills used for developing collateral materials
  • Excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking, time management and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience working with digital content and public relations platforms preferred, e.g., Meltwater, Cision, MailChimp, Gather Content, or related platforms
  • Experience with video and photo editing preferred

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

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