Free PR Salary Tip of the Week …

First Data has long had a reputation as being a tough place for PR people to work, and it looks like the KKR acquisition hasn’t made it any easier. The Denver Post profiled the company this weekend and noted that additional layoffs are likely, and yet today Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List has a Director of Communications position open there. But typical First Data — they are lowballing the salary at $75-$100K.

Here is our free PR salary tip of the week: you should be able to negotiate $150K+ for a Director of Communications position at a sizable company such as First Data.

With that, the others hiring this week include Pure Brand, Xcel, Western Union, Arrow Electronics, Colorado Ballet, Digital Globe, Jackson Life Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Regis Jesuit High School, Rose Medical Center, and U.S. Paralympics.

Is Johnny Knoxville Headed to Microsoft?

You had to figure that dramatic changes were coming to Microsoft’s advertising when the company selected Boulder- and Miami-based Crispin Porter + Bogusky as its AOR for its consumer account. After all, you don’t bring in one of the edgiest advertising agencies just to have them riff on processing speeds. Valleywag reports that Microsoft is considering Jackass‘ Johnny Knoxville as its next pitchman.