April 05, 2015

Communications Vet Sadosky Joins Forbes-Tate, will Start PR Practice

Jeff SadoskyPolitico’s “Daily Influence” first reported that Jeff Sadosky is joining lobby firm Forbes-Tate as Senior Vice President.

Sadosky is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was most recently serving as a Managing Director of the Biotechnological Industry Organization.

Sadosky worked on the 2004 Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign and as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Politico reported that Sadosky will “service the firm's government relations clients,” while also “building the firm’s communications and public affairs practice.”

He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and is a native of Huntington Beach, CA.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)


Hainen Named Vice President at Vox Global

Kristen HainenBipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm VOX Global has hired Kristen Hainen as a vice president in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Prior to joining VOX Global, Hainen was a Communications Director for LMG, Inc., where she managed and developed media strategies for clients in aerospace, technology, entertainment and defense.

Prior to her time at LMG, Inc., Hainen worked on several political campaigns and in Congressional offices developing communications strategies for candidates and elected officials in key battleground states including Colorado, Nevada and Virginia.  She has served as spokesperson, communications director and campaign manager for several campaigns.

Hainen is a graduate of Rockhurst University and received her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.  (PF tipster)


April 01, 2015

Phalen Named Communications Director for House Homeland Security Committee

Susan PhalenHouse Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) named Susan Phalen as the new Communications Director for the committee.

From 2011-2015, Phalen served as Communications Director for the House Intelligence Committee.

Before that she headed communications for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and spent eight years at the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  During that time, she deployed to Iraq nine times.

Before that she was Communications Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the OECD in Paris.  She also worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House early in her career.

She got her start in radio on the island of Guam.

She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  (PF tipster)


March 09, 2015

LAST CHANCE: Gridiron Reprise tickets (this Sunday)

Gridiron Club logoFor 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2 p.m. and the reprise starts at 3 p.m. The program will end by 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. (PF exclusive)


February 04, 2015

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets

Gridiron Club logoFor 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2 p.m. and the reprise starts at 3 p.m. The program will end by 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. (PF exclusive)


RNC News: Spicer Promoted, Moore Named Press Secretary, Short Leading Rapid Response, Kukowski to Walker

RNC logoThis week three announcements were made at the Republican National Committee.

Sean Spicer, who has served as Communications Director at the RNC since 2011, will now also serve as Chief Strategist for the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.

Allison Moore has been named National Press Secretary for the RNC, after working the 2014 cycle as Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) successful reelection campaign.  She previously worked in the Senate Republican Communications Center, first as Deputy Press Secretary, then as Broadcast Communications Advisor.

Michael Short has been promoted to Director of Rapid Response at the RNC for the 2016 cycle, after serving most recently as a Regional Press Secretary at the RNC.  In 2012 he was Virginia Communications Director at the RNC, in addition to working on Capitol Hill, at the NRSC and on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) 2008 reelection campaign. 

Moore is replacing Kirsten Kukowski, who has worked at the RNC for the past four years and is now joining Our American Revival, the 527 started by Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), as Communications Director.  Kukowski is a veteran of the 2008 McCain presidential campaign, the Mark Kirk’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign and as spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican Party. (PF tipster)


January 04, 2015

NRCC’s Bozek Named Communications Director for NRSC

Andrea BozekRoll Call broke the news that NRSC chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) named Andrea Bozek as the Communications Director for the 2015-2016 cycle.

Bozek served as Communications Director at the NRCC during the 2012 cycle.  She first worked at the NRCC during the 2006 cycle.

In between stints there, she worked as a Research Analyst and Regional Coordinator on the McCain presidential campaign in 2008, as Press Secretary for U.S. Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) both in his office and on his campaign.

She returned to NRCC in 2011 to serve as a Regional Press Secretary.

She is a graduate of John Carroll University and a native of Buffalo.  (Roll Call and PF reporting)


Sen. Thune Announces Staff Changes

U.S. Sen. John Thune (MTP)U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the 3rd ranking leader in the incoming U.S. Senate majority as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, announced several staff changes for the new Congress:

Brendon Plack, who has been serving as Sen. Thune’s Deputy Chief of Sstaff, has been named Staff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Plack will also continue to oversee operations in Thune’s DC-based personal office. Plack, a South Dakota native, has served on Thune’s team in various capacities for the past 10 years, including Thune’s Legislative Director, Policy Director for the Senate Republican Conference, and energy analyst at the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Ann Marie Hauser has been named Deputy Sstaff Director of the Senate Republican Conference. Most recently, Hauser handled public affairs strategy for the financial regulatory consulting firm Patomak Global Partners. Prior to that, she served as managing vice president at JDA Frontline, Communications Director for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid, Vice President of Corporate Communications at JPMorgan Chase, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce and spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the George W. Bush administration.

AshLee Strong, Sen. Thune’s national Communications Director, has been promoted to Senior Communications Director. She will continue to serve as Thune’s chief spokesperson and will coordinate Thune’s national message in his leadership office and across his committee assignments. Previously, Strong served as Press Secretary for Sen. Thune, Press Secretary for Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), communications aide for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and as an aide at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the George W. Bush administration.

Frederick Hill has been named Sen. Thune’s Communications Director for the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Hill most recently served as Deputy Staff Director for Communications to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hill has worked for Issa for the past 13 years.

In addition, Rachel Millard will continue to serve as Thune’s Communications Director for state press. Millard, a native of Chamberlain, SD, and graduate of Creighton University, has served on Sen. Thune’s personal staff for over five years and previously served as press secretary for Sen. Thune, internal communications adviser at the Senate Republican Conference, and legislative correspondent for Thune.  (PF tipster)


Jordan Departs House Small Business Cmte for U.S. Sen.-elect Lankford

D.J. JordanPolitico’s “Playbook” reports that D.J. Jordan is leaving the House Small Business Committee, under chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), and has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

Jordan previously served as a press aide for U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), as well as working for CNN and Fox News.

He is has a B.S. degree from Liberty University and a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

He is a native of Chesapeake, VA. (Politico “Playbook” and PF reporting)


Doheny Moves from House to Senate

Tom Doheny (color)Politico’s “Playbook” reports that Tom Doheny has been named Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Doheny has been Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC) since 2011.  Doheny took leave in 2014 to serve as Colorado Victory Communications Director for the RNC.  Before that he was Communications Director for the Delaware Republican Party.

He is a 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a native of Fairfax Station, Virginia.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)


Speaker Boehner Moves Fritz from Political Role to Speaker’s Office

Cory Fritz with BoehnerCory Fritz, a longtime aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has been named Press Secretary in the speaker’s office, with special responsibility for dealing with White House media.

Fritz has led communications for Boehner’s political committee for the past four years, serving as Ohio Press Secretary for Boehner before that.  Earlier he was Speechwriter for former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH).  (PF tipster)


Webb Hires Crawford as Communications Director

Craig CrawfordThe presidential exploratory committee of former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) announced on twitter that Craig Crawford has been named Communications Director.

Crawford ran The Hotline for National Journal from 1997-2003 and was Washington Bureau Chief for the Orlando Sentinel before that.  Since then he wrote a column for CQ and provided political commentary for MSNBC.  (PF tipster)


December 10, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: American Medical Association, Director, Leadership Communications (Chicago, IL)

AMA logoThe American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest professional Association of physicians, has a dynamic opportunity for the right individual as the Director, Leadership Communications in Enterprise Communications and Marketing (ECM).

This person will:

  • Provide strategic communications support to senior management and AMA Board of Trustees.
  • Write and manage other writers in the creation of speeches, presentations, talking points, scripts, blogs, op-eds, white papers and other communications, as needed.
  • Assist senior executives to succeed with internal and external communications that position them as thought-leaders, engage employees and external audiences, and solve their business and communications challenges.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Researching and identifying appropriate speaking venues in which to place the president or other senior executives;
  • Developing and/or overseeing development of speech outlines for executive approval and write, edit and guide others in writing speeches that compel audiences to think, feel or act in alignment with organizational goals;
  • Researching audience expectations, event agenda, topics and remarks of other speakers, physical space and need for audio/visual support, and assisting executives in focusing the purpose of each speech to tailor messages for audience appeal and impact
  • Working with ECM team to develop plans to expand reach of speeches to additional audiences via digital and print channels to increase range, penetration and reinforcement of messages, resulting in greater message visibility, recall and buy-in by targeted audiences

Requirements

To qualify for this position:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in communications, speech and/or creative writing.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of executive speechwriting with some experience in the health care industry strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years management experience in positions of increasing responsibility with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Proven expertise and experience in managing strategic communications including demonstrated examples of being immersed in a specific industry and accessing the history, products, services and corporate social responsibility activities of such industry.
  • Excellent relationship building skills and strong problem solving, written, verbal communications and presentation skills.
  • Best-in-class capabilities to remain current and aware of future-leading material for executive speeches, articles or op-ed pieces, by identifying and culling industry think tank and thought-leadership websites and publications.

TO APPLY: External applicants may apply by going to www.ama-assn.jobs and submit a resume. (PF tipster)


November 24, 2014

Former Boehner Flack Buck Returning to Work for Chairman Ryan at W&M Committee

Brendan BuckPolitico’s Jake Sherman reports that Brendan Buck is returning to Capitol Hill to serve as Communications Director for the House Ways and Means Committee, under incoming chairman Paul Ran (R-WI).

Buck previously served as Press Secretary for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and most recently was vice president at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).  Buck worked for Ryan as traveling press aide after he was named the vice presidential nominee on the Romney-Ryan campaign.

He’s a native of Atlanta and a graduate of the University of Georgia.  (Politico)


DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma City Thunder, Corporate Communications Director (Oklahoma City, OK)

OKC ThunderThe Corporate Communications Coordinator will help the Oklahoma City Thunder reach out to its fans and partners and broaden the team’s impact by communicating the team’s marketing, sales, community and business messages across all media.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·      Work with Corporate Communications team to execute organizational communications strategies

·      Assist in tracking impact of corporate and partner messaging in news media, social media and other channels

·      Monitor and aggregate local and national news mentions

·      Assist in monitoring social media interactions and in aggregating reporting data, including tracking posts highlighting business partnerships

·      Update and maintain department and organizational resources, including department media lists and corporate news subscriptions

·      Monitor general public relations requests via email

·      Disseminate media alerts and news releases to promote initiatives such as community events, business partnerships, ticketing info and other organizational messages

·      During the season, fulfill game-night credential requests from the business office, including TV credentials

·      Assist in proofreading and editing of materials in support of messaging needs for other corporate departments

·      Track corporate awards, department assets and team archives

·      Work with Marketing/Events and Entertainment departments to find promotional opportunities for team entertainment assets, including Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls, Thunder Drummers, Rain Drops and Storm Chasers

·      Maintain good punctuality and attendance

·      Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

·      Bachelor’s degree required; emphasis in communications, journalism, public relations or related field preferred

·      2-3 years’ experience in PR/communications or media relations

·      Strong writing skills

·      Professional experience in editing/proofreading

·      Working knowledge of AP style

·      Working knowledge of basketball/NBA

·      Some experience with social media

·      Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

·      Highly organized and detail-oriented, with a high degree of professionalism and efficiency

This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Corporate Communications Manager.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


October 31, 2014

Sen. Cardin Names Zink Press Secretary in State Office

Ben CardinU.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has hired Tim Zink as Press Secretary, based in his primary state office in Baltimore.

Previously, Zink advised the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on communications strategies following oil spills and toxic releases in our nation’s oceans, most notably the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Before that he directed communications and marketing for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, a congressionally chartered non-profit organization, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a groundbreaking coalition of fishing, hunting and environmental organizations.

He also previously managed media relations for Trout Unlimited, the country’s foremost organization devoted to the protection of cold water resources.

Zink began his career as an environmental journalist, helping launch Blue Ridge Press, a syndicated column service publishing on environmental issues, and assisting the magazine and television operations of the National Geographic Society.

He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Washington & Lee University.  (PF tipster)


October 28, 2014

Freire Joins Sen. Hatch as New Communications Director

J.P. Freiere (suit)U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Friday that J.P. Freire will be joining his staff as Communications Director overseeing communications for the state of Utah and the personal office.

Freire joins Hatch’s staff after two years of serving as Communications Director and Speechwriter for U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS).  He previously worked as a Senior Communications Strategist in crisis communications, campaigns, and corporate defense for New Media Strategies following nearly eight years as an award-winning conservative journalist, including turns as Associate Editorial Page Editor at the Washington Examiner, Managing Editor at the American Spectator, and Researcher/Writer at the New York Times.  In 2009 he was honored as CPAC’s Journalist of the Year.

Freire holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University, where he also served as senior editor of the Cornell Review.

“J.P.’s experience as a policy-focused journalist, strategic communicator, and effective manager will be a major asset to our team as we coordinate our agenda for the Senate,” Sen. Hatch said.  “J.P. is an honest broker who knows how to discuss complicated issues with reporters, and I’m thrilled to have him as part of my team.”  

Freire is a native of Stamford, CT.  (PF tipster, press release)


October 26, 2014

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: TD Garden / Boston Bruins, Client Communications Specialist (Boston, MA)

Boston BruinsPosition Summary:

Manage the communication strategy for the Season Ticket Holder and Premium Club client communities, in collaboration with the Sales & Service teams, through the development and implementation of content across all channels.  Serve as the primary copy-writer and ensure suitability and optimization of content by channel type, consistency in style and tone, relevancy for target groups and adherence with organization-wide branding and messaging guidelines.  Monitor and track effectiveness of messaging and be an early adopter of emerging digital channels and content development for the organization.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Create and distribute unique content for the Boston Bruins Season Ticket Holder and Premium Club client communities through various channels, including but not limited to email, client websites, social media and traditional communication and collateral applications. 
  • Work with Sales & Service departments and Marketing department to develop new and unique ways to deliver content through our current channels and through new immerging channels.  Work with all organization groups to ensure consistent messaging across all brands.
  • Provide copy-writing expertise across all marketing, digital, sales and service functions.

Tdgarden3Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or a related degree.
  • All candidates must have minimum of 2-3 years professional experience developing communications and content strategies in the digital space for business.  Experience with sales/service and or membership-driven business preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all levels within the organization.
  • Conveys leadership qualities and a team player disposition with collaboration and influential skills.
  • A self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, who can thrive in a fast paced and constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Exceptional written, communication and organization skills. Copy-writing samples required.  Creative thinker with experience developing engaging content across all media.
  • Strong working knowledge and history of optimization of all social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+.
  • Candidate is required to possess a working knowledge of and experience utilizing marketing automation and CMS platforms.  Experienced with design tools including Adobe Photoshop

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

Do you have 2-3 years of developing communications and content strategies in the digital space for business? Yes/No

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


October 22, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: National Association of Manufacturers, Director of Media Relations

NAM logoThe National Association of Manufacturers, headquartered in Washington, DC is seeking an experienced Director, Media Relations to join its award-winning and nationally recognized Communications Department. Details of this exciting opportunity are below. 

SUMMARY

The Director, Media Relations reports to the Senior Director, Media Relations and is an exempt level position in the Communications Department. This position is an integral part of the strategic communications team who acts as a spokesperson for the NAM. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Media Relations, the Director collaborates with all divisions of the NAM, including the Manufacturing Institute, and understands how to marry the NAM’s goals and messaging with a dynamic news cycle. The Director possesses strong relationships with reporters, columnists, editorial writers, producers, bookers and bloggers. In addition to building and maintaining a press network, the Director is a fast, savvy writer who drafts releases, blog posts, tweets and other communications for the NAM’s diverse audiences. This position requires good judgment, agility and discipline in order to juggle multiple internal clients, projects and deadlines. Candidates with on-the-record experience and a successful track record of working with reporters, producers and bookers will be given strong preference.

Additionally, the Director participates in the NAM’s numerous issue advocacy campaigns by developing and implementing press strategies that will increase the level and quality of the campaigns’ visibility or legislative advocacy. These tactics are measured by earned media coverage, which the Director will track. The Director also will work with the team to make recommendations on adjustments to campaign and legislative communications strategies as needed – drawing from a strong sense of how to package a story based on publication and reporter, tailor messages to target audiences, and utilize NAM member companies and third party surrogates. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

They include but are not limited to the following. 

  • Works with policy staff to develop and communicate manufacturers’ positions on public policies to members of the media.
  • Build and manage relationships with press corps covering issues on which the NAM is engaged; field and evaluate requests from national and regional media; seek out opportunities to generate earned media opportunities for NAM executives and policy experts.
  • Understand all social media platforms and use them effectively.
  • Writing and editing with skill and speed whether press releases, blogs, opinion editorials, letters to the editor, briefing memos, or tweets.
  • Demonstrate ability to translate information about complex issues for broad audiences quickly and succinctly.
  • Develop relationships with key NAM staff, representatives of member companies and policy coalitions, master subtle nuances of policies and advance the NAM agenda.
  • Serve as staff support to NAM President and other senior officers during press events, which may include travel.
  • Work collaboratively, perform well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively.
  • Show attention to detail and accuracy, as well as good judgment in situations with the media, NAM leadership, staff and member companies.
  • Provide strategic communications advice and earned media support.
  • Set up and manage press events.
  • Track media coverage in real-time and manage NAM earned media records.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, English or related discipline;
  • 5-8 years of communications experience;
  • Experience as a press secretary and familiarity with both legislative and executive branches preferred, but not required;
  • Collaborative style and demonstrated effective written and verbal communications skills essential;
  • Experience interacting with and briefing high ranking officials and executives;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and handle pressure in a deadline driven environment;
  • Ability to travel domestically in support of NAM principals.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


October 08, 2014

Job of the Week: Washington Post, Communications Coordinator

Washington PostThe Washington Post seeks an organized, energetic and detail-oriented Communications Coordinator to provide support to the Public Relations team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: event planning, research, report generating, database management, entry-level publicity, set up and producing TV and radio live shots, and telephone coverage. The right candidate must be able to anticipate project needs, take initiative, discern priorities and meet deadlines, and must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Candidate should understand event management, be able to provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional and be able to build strong internal and external relationships.

Required Skills:

- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

- Careful attention to detail with good follow-through.

- Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff, including helping to plan and execute events.

- Willingness to work at events after hours or to work extended hours when required; assist with managing on-site production and cleanup for events as necessary.

- Strategic thinker who can adapt and prioritize moment to moment.

- Customer service-focused; can easily establish rapport and develop credibility from internal employees and external business partners.

- Dynamic self-starter with strong decision making skills.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing, proof reading and speaking.

- Expertise with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.

Experience:

- Bachelor’s Degree - 0-3 years related experience

TO APPLY: Visit here.

**Interested candidates must attach cover letter with application. (WashingtonPost.com)

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