Director of Brand and Communications at Ontic

| Austin
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Who We Are
Ontic is the first protective intelligence software company to digitally transform how Fortune 500 and emerging enterprises proactively address physical threat management to protect employees, customers and assets. Ontic’s SaaS-based platform collects and connects threat indicators to provide a comprehensive view of potential threats while surfacing critical knowledge so companies can assess and action more to maintain business continuity and reduce financial impact. Ontic also provides strategic consulting, multidimensional services, education and thought leadership for safety and security professionals at major corporations via its Center for Protective Intelligence. For more information please visit ontic.co

As Ontic employees, we put our mission first and value the trust bestowed upon us by our clients to help keep their people safe. We approach both our clients and each other with empathy while focusing on the execution of our strategy. And we have fun doing it.

Who You Are
To help support our fast-growing business, Ontic is looking for a seasoned Brand and Communications Director to drive strategic external communications in building our visibility, reputation and category position across key markets. This role will be based in Austin reporting to the VP of Marketing.

Leading a team of communication, marketing, and creative professionals, you will develop Ontic’s brand voice and maintain our brand integrity across all platforms. You will develop, execute and optimize Ontic’s content strategy in collaboration with subject matter experts in order to build a new category and establish Ontic as a leader in the protective intelligence space.

A strong collaborator and organizer, you will oversee our external creative and PR/AR agencies and contractors and also work closely with internal stakeholders including with marketing, partnerships, product teams, external clients and partners to bring Ontic’s brand narrative to life. 

Key Responsibilties

  • Direct internal teams, external agencies and partnerships to propel the brand and communications programs forward, coordinating Ontic subject matter experts and spokespeople to drive meaningful narratives and media opportunities for maximum impact
  • Oversee and maintain Ontic’s speaking and awards program, with support from our PR agencies, to bolster awareness of company innovation, product and partner program excellence, customer success, thought leadership perspectives and workplace culture, among others
  • Refine approach to media monitoring and social listening for reputation issues, campaign impact and reporting
  • Establish strong and collaborative relationships with the Revenue Marketing Team and throughout the company to ensure all external communications initiatives are aligned, consistent, synchronized and amplified to maximize reach of coverage
  • Build and execute timely strategic PR-led campaigns that showcase the company’s mission and values
  • Manage analyst relations plan and coordinate AR activities that include scheduling and staffing briefings, preparing presentations and spokespeople, counseling internal teams on messaging and sharing insights from reports
  • Build out and expand thought leadership and client reference programs translating client insights into compelling stories
  • Develop and oversee key external communications campaigns and materials, including campaign assets, press releases, Q&As, executive briefings and talking points
  • Strategically design and develop content that support organic SEO goals and growth
  • Identify additional areas of opportunity to advance the Ontic brand narrative and market positioning, including monitoring and benchmarking industry developments
  • Ensure that Ontic is featured in top industry awards and rankings
  • Lead, manage, and inspire a small team; create a culture of collaboration & learning
  • Set quarterly objectives / goals for local team members and agencies and problem solve and strategize to deliver against goals/ key KPIs

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years of external content and communications experience in enterprise tech
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • PR agency or in-house media relations experience preferred
  • Adept at picking up technical topics and distilling complex information for a variety of audiences
  • Able to think critically and offer strategic and executive counsel, even in high-pressure situations
  • Aptitude for multi-tasking and prioritization in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational and project management skills
  • Work as an individual as well as a team player
  • Ability to analyze metrics and present information in a meaningful way
  • Comfortable building a global program and team leveraging new approaches to communications/public relations in an evolving digital landscape
  • Knowledge of Cision and wire services a plus
  • Comfortable with regional travel to meet with local agencies + teams and attend activities (when needed)
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent required

About You

  • You are positive and committed with a 'can-do' attitude and a flexible approach
  • You are a self-starter who can work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • You are self-directed and engage in media opportunities with a sense of urgency
  • You are organized and with an eye for detail
  • You are able to work within tight deadlines, adjust to changes in priorities, and balance short term needs with long term strategic initiatives
  • You are able to work cross-functionally across teams, time zones and cultures
  • You are deeply passionate about Ontic’s brand vision and values: Do Good Above All,
  • Raise the Bar, Leading with Empathy, Walk the Walk and Keep Moving

Ontic Benefits & Perks
Competitive Salary
Medical, Vision & Dental Benefits
401k
Stock Options
HSA Contribution
Flexible PTO Policy
Monthly ME (Mental Escape) day for all employees
Generous Parental Leave policy
Home Office Stipend
Mobile Phone Reimbursement
Home Internet Reimbursement for Remote Employees
Anniversary & Milestone Celebrations

Ontic is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that celebrates diversity. We do not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors protected by applicable law.

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Location

We are conveniently located in Central Austin in the middle of everything and anything Austin. Plenty of options for food and drinks nearby!

An Insider's view of Ontic

What's something quirky about your company?

True to its Austin roots, Ontic is full of live music fans. Every time a new deal is closed, the Sales Director chooses a song to represent the new Ontic partner. The song is added to a playlist and the vinyl is even added to the office record collection to enjoy during happy hours.

Anna

Product Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about hitting new markets, new companies and accounts, and getting the word out. Another excellent happenstance at Ontic is that we are in 'category creation mode', and it is exciting being at the precipice of a new idea not just a new technology.

Peter

Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I originally joined Ontic as an SDR on the Sales team. As I began learning the industry and Ontic itself, I became really interested with the Security Intelligence team. My manager encouraged me to explore other teams and after doing some testing, I was promoted to Security Intelligence Analyst. This wouldn't have been possible without the support.

Jordan

Security Intelligence Analyst

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

As salespeople we're typically the folks who spend the most time speaking with new potential partners and understanding the ecosystems and strategies they and their teams employ. The feedback the Sales Team provides is taken into account immediately by other groups and these other teams nimbly shift approaches, priorities, and strategies.

David

Sales Director

How does the company support your career growth?

Ontic focuses on career growth in many ways, whether that's in meetings with direct supervisors or the team lead. Those conversations help to increase opportunities where we can grow together and support the business.

Megan

Marketing Specialist

What are Ontic Perks + Benefits

Ontic Benefits Overview

Competitive salary with a straight-forward compensation plan. We offer medical, vision and dental benefits. Stock options and a 401(k) plan.
HSA Contribution, flexible PTO policy, generous paid parental leave policy.
Mobile phone and internet reimbursement.
Home office stipend. Annual continued education stipend. Anniversary & milestone celebrations. Dynamic and casual office environment. Regular happy hours.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Ontic matches employee fundraising contributions.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Ontic has quarterly team outings, as well as an annual company holiday party and other events.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Ontic has weekly virtual happy hours.
Parking
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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