Director of Communications

| Austin
Who We Are
Bestow is a digital life insurance company built on full stack technology and AI. In a world in need of greater financial resilience and protection, Bestow democratizes access to smart financial products and powers some of the world’s leading consumer platforms. We are reimagining and rebuilding a 400-year-old, $7 trillion industry to create a brighter future for millions of families. And we’re just getting started.
The Bestow team is a diverse band of first principles thinkers on a mission to do good. We’re fortunate to be backed by leading investors and partners including Valar Ventures, NEA, 8VC and MunichRe.
The Job 
We’re looking for a passionate, strategic, results-driven Communications Director to build, lead and execute a targeted media and public relations strategy. But isn’t that what all the Comms job descriptions say? We’re looking for so much more. 
We need a truly creative thinker. Someone who is able to connect our life insurance product, the mission behind it, and the interests of the mainstream media. Someone who sees opportunity everywhere. There are tech stories here, human stories, edifying stories, financial stories, adulting stories, stories about the disadvantaged, stories about stay at home spouses—stories upon stories, waiting to be told. We are looking for someone who sees all this, and more.
This isn’t a “set it and forget it” role. We’re looking for an action-oriented leader who will run through walls and who can deftly advise and execute across traditional media publicity, events, digital and video communications; social and influencer activations and brand partnerships.
It is also an individual contributor role, reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, so we’re looking for someone who’s ready to make an impact at scale. Someone who is passionate about culture and delivering great work that is creative while delivering on the business objectives. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and execute annual communication plan to drive strategic brand goals.
  • Developed and implement media relations strategy and plan, seeking high level placements in print, broadcast and online media with goal to elevate the brand awareness in the marketplace.
  • Create an innovative, powerful earned media strategy: developing tailored pitches, hyper-targeting media contacts, media outreach and placement of stories.
  • Create press materials: brand messaging, customized pitches, press releases, media training/briefing books
  • Strengthen overall knowledge of our product, internally and externally - convey brand messages accurately and articulately to media, consumers, influencers, suppliers, partners and colleagues. 
  • Develop and enhance influencer relations for new exposure areas in the insurance and financial industry, and other select passion areas. 
  • Create captivating brand narratives and series of soundbites
  • Work closely with brand and strategy team to develop messaging regarding the mission-driven nature of our company, to enhance the reputation of our brand. 
  • Identify thought-leadership opportunities inclusive of leadership speaking opportunities and op-eds.
  • Develop KPIs and ensure measurement tactics in place to quantify exposure.

A Little About You

  • Solid, 5+ year-specialist PR experience (from a PR/Communications agency or client-side Communications role).
  • Proven expertise developing a breakthrough PR programs inclusive of earned, paid and owned media strategies to build brand awareness and allure.
  • Proven track record of A-level media results and established network of media relationships (local and national).
  • An energetic, self-starter; works independently, and is able to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Awareness of latest trends, cultural happenings and lifestyle fields. 
  • A gifted writer and communicator with a flair for compelling stories that command attention.
  • Knowledge of key influences and influencers in the digital and social media space. 
  • A deft negotiator with major writers, editors and producers during the pitch, engagement and fact-checking process.
  • Bachelors Degree in Communications, or related field.

What We Can Offer to You

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible schedule and work/life balance
  • 100% company-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Choose your own computer setup (Mac or PC)
  • Office snacks and weekly team lunches
  • Team building events and activities

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 
Bestow does not currently sponsor applicants for work visas.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • Python 3Languages
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    • ReduxLibraries
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    • PostgreSQLDatabases
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    • AbstractDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
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Location

209 West 9th Street, Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701

An Insider's view of Bestow

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe can be hectic at times and mellow at others. I feel I am in the good company of others that are trying to create something significant; no one is ever too busy to allocate time in their day for your comments or concerns. I consider a good office atmosphere, one where healthy discourse is encouraged and Bestow Austin has it in spades.

Mikhail

Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success is delighting people in unexpected ways. For example, we had someone apply but wasn’t eligible. Our team researched a company that might fit their specific case and helped them apply even though it wasn’t with us! This person was literally brought to tears because they were so grateful. We made a difference for someone. That’s success.

Grant

Director, Customer Experience

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Engineers are most engaged when they have the autonomy to make decisions on how things get built. We provide an environment where they can propose ideas, validate them and safely get to production with minimal friction. We don't micromanage decisions. We give people freedom to bring their good ideas to reality.

Brian

Vp, Engineering

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Bestow, you are not only free to define your own career path, but encouraged to step outside the boundaries and think outside the box on a daily basis. There are no limits placed on your work and you are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to identify what problems need to be solved and how to solve them.

Lexie

Senior Analyst

What are Bestow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Caring for our own by covering 100% of employee medical insurance.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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