Kong Inc. is a leading developer of cloud API technologies and we’re on a mission to enable enterprises around the world to become “API-first”. We work with organizations around the world—from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises in over 35 different countries—to unleash developer productivity, help them build securely, and accelerate their time to market. We’ve raised over $171 Million, and our business recently topped $100 million in ARR.
So, if rock-solid growth appeals to you, then you’ve found the right company.
The Role
The PR Manager position at Kong will support day-to-day external communications, with a heavy focus on media relations. We’re looking for someone with great editorial relationships right out of the gate, who can crush enterprise product launches, corporate news, and big-picture research reports that you’ll help us build in-house. Your press placements will help the team drive an expansion of Kong’s brand visibility, thought leadership from our top executives, and recognition of our world-class products in-market.
This position will provide the right candidate the opportunity to build cross-functional relationships inside our marketing team, and across our product development and sales teams. You’ll also work closely with key executives to ensure that we’re at our best whenever we’re in front of the press. Come prepared with top-notch writing chops, as a big part of the job will be developing press releases, blogs, contributed bylines, as well as speaking and award submissions. You’ll also work with PR agency partners in the US to support and drive the program forward.
This is a phenomenal opportunity to work at a hyper-growth startup that has already achieved tremendous success and is fast-tracking to the next level of growth. You can help tell that story!
Why should you want to work at Kong?  
Market Opportunity – We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership – We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder – “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” – CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture – Come be a “Konger” and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
Building Great Products – Learn why the world’s largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What You’ll Do:

    • Work across Marketing, Product, and Sales to identify newsworthy storylines that can be the basis for trade or business press opportunities.
    • Execute on our existing PR plans to support the company’s business objectives and goals.
    • Work closely with our public relations firms in the US and U.K to manage high-priority PR campaigns, as well as the day-to-day work of pitching and managing press interviews, writing, awards submissions, and maintenance of our editorial lists.
    • Cultivate meaningful relationships with key journalists and analysts to position Kong as a “go-to” source for timely commentary and industry thought leadership.
    • Drive development, with agency support, of all media relations materials including briefing documents, press releases, media alerts, pitches, communications plans, award submissions, speaking proposals, and media lists.
    • Monitor and analyze media coverage, including competitor activity, and provide recommendations to senior leadership.
    • Support content creation for thought leadership, executive blogs, speaker/event attendance, and broadcast opportunities.
    • And any additional tasks required by manager

What You’ll Bring:

    • 5+ years relevant work experience at either a PR agency or on an in-house communications team, preferably with a focus on Enterprise SaaS. However, recent PR agency experience is a must-have.
    • Experience working with top-tier and trade media, especially in enterprise technology, Cloud-native technologies.
    • Exceptional storytelling, written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present ideas and information clearly to different audiences.
    • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including engaging with media, analysts, and industry influencers.
    • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and prioritize urgent and important initiatives effectively, especially in stressful and ambiguous situations.
    • Able to analyze and measure PR program performance, synthesizing coverage and conversations to inform and make recommendations to executives and partners.
Kong has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. Compensation varies depending on a wide array of factors, including but not limited to specific candidate location, role, skill set and level of experience. Certain roles are eligible for additional rewards including sales incentives depending on the terms of the applicable plan and role. Benefits may vary depending on location. US based employees are typically offered access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan, short and long term disability benefits, basic life and AD&D insurance, among others. The typical base pay range for this role in the US is $140,000 – 162,500.
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