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Travel & Hospitality Director

Public RelationsFull-Time


Wagstaff Media + Marketing is an integrated public relations and marketing agency devoted to the culinary, travel and wine and spirits industries. We offer a comprehensive suite of communications, digital marketing, and branding services for our restaurant, hotel/resort, travel destination, wine and spirits, and hospitality lifestyle clients.

Wagstaff is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming team. We operate on the belief that we are stronger together. At Wagstaff, you will be a part of an intrepid, transparent, genuine, and sharing culture where we strive to make things better for our team members, clients, and communities.

ABOUT THE Travel & Hospitality Director POSITION

We are looking for a dynamic Travel & Hospitality Director to join our team of versatile storytellers and marketers who are professionally dedicated to their passions for food, wine, and travel.


• Client-facing, strategic lead on multiple client teams
• Work with leadership team to curate client teams for maximum profitability and expertise
• Guide, and provide direction to, account managers, associates, and coordinators - monitoring team hours to ensure efficiencies
• Manage multiple clients and projects - Communicating client goals, vision, and values to teams
• Lead sales initiatives, updating CRM, and actively participate in the new business process
• Attend and lead client meetings
• Develop and implement strategic direction for client accounts
• Execute strategy in specialized areas such as social media strategy, earned media and proactive media pitching, partnership development, influencer marketing, travel trade strategy and engagement, etc.
• Attend relevant events/FAMs/media opportunities/etc.

• 5-6+ years of experience working with travel, hotels/resorts, culinary and hospitality lifestyle brands in a public relations agency setting
• Effectively work with remote team members
• Ability to manage multiple, cross-functional projects and teams simultaneously
• Holds self and others accountable
• Fundamental understanding of social media, and/or other marketing platforms
• Passion and patience developing and executing strategies in a fast paced and changing business environment
• Excellent people leader capable of directing, coaching, and supporting an outstanding team
• Holds strong relationships within industry contacts and client
• Curious, driven, compassionate and collaborative with an overall passion for the hospitality lifestyle industries - restaurants, travel/destinations/hotels, wine and spirits.
• Must be able to communicate in a clear and professional manner
• This role is remote in the sense that you will be working from home, however, this role requires you to be based in the Chicago area to attend occasional in-person client and team events

Wagstaff offers a nurturing work environment where creativity and professionalism are abundant, dynamic and independent thinkers thrive, and intrepid work inspires. Additionally, Wagstaff provides a variety of benefits and perks including medical, dental, vision, flexible-spending, and life insurance plans as well as 401(k) match, ample PTO, hospitality allowance, remoting capabilities and more.

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Due to the large response we typically receive to this posting we will only be responding to those candidates we are moving to the next round. No phone calls please.