March 27, 2017

Landry Joins FP1 Strategies as Senior Vice President, Research & Communications

Jim LandryFP1 Strategies LLC (FP1) today announced that Jim Landry has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President of Research and Communications.  

Landry brings with him 15 years of research and strategic communications experience, having worked with national party committees, candidates, advocacy campaigns and non-profits.

He recently served as a senior communications adviser for a national non-profit and super PAC advising leadership on communications strategy on both policy debates and political campaigns. Prior to that, he led communications at American Action Network and American Action Forum shortly after their launch in 2010, developing paid and earned media strategies.

He served as Deputy Research Director at the Republican National Committee during the 2008 presidential campaign, guiding the day-to-day operation of a 30-person research team and advising on state-level rapid response.

He spent the 2004 and 2006 cycles at the National Republican Senatorial Committee working the legal, political and research departments. During the 2006 cycle, Jim led opposition research for several Senate campaigns and advised on earned and paid media efforts.

Jim grew up in Arlington, VA and has a degree in history from the University of Notre Dame. He is married with three children. (PF tipster)


March 26, 2017

FMR. OBAMA WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY COMMS DIR ALLEN JOINS GPG

Liz AllenStrategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced that Liz Allen has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President. Allen will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.

Allen comes to GPG with a decade of experience in government and politics, most recently serving as Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama. At the White House, Allen drove strategic communications planning for President Obama’s key policy initiatives and public appearances.

Allen served in several senior roles over eight years as part of the Obama Administration including Director of Message Planning in the White House communications office, Director of Public Affairs for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Vice President Joe Biden’s Deputy Director of Communications.

Allen, a native of Buffalo, New York, graduated from the State University of New York College at Geneseo Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Allen began her career in Washington, DC, working at the State Department on human trafficking and border security issues in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Allen also worked for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and the Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign. (PF tipster)


February 14, 2017

TIME RUNNING OUT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 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.

Gridiron Reprise

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

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive

The Leadership Conference Announces Inouye & Hernandez Join Comms Team

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced the addition of new senior staff members: Shin Inouye, Director of Communications and Media Relations; and Karely Hernandez, Communications Manager.

Shin InouyeShin Inouye is the Director of Communications and Media Relations. As an appointee in the Obama Administration, Inouye served the last two years as Press Secretary and Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to that, he worked for six years as the Director of Specialty Media for the White House Office of Communications, serving as a spokesman for media outlets that serve the AAPI, Faith, LGBT, Native American, Rural, Veterans and college communities, among others. He previously worked on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and was Communications Director for Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D. N.Y., and a Senior Legislative Communications Associate at the ACLU’s Washington office. He graduated with departmental honors from the Johns Hopkins University.

Karely HernandezKarely Hernandez is the Communications Manager. She most recently served on the Hillary for America campaign. There, she worked closely with the Coalitions press team as a national Hispanic media associate for the general campaign and as a Hispanic media spokesperson for the coordinated campaign in North Carolina. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Harry Reid, D. Nev., where she served as Press Secretary for Hispanic media. Born in Los Angeles, California, Hernandez is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Global and International Studies. (PF tipster)


February 13, 2017

Ayotte, Romney, RNC, Fox News vet Zelt Joins FP1 Strategies as Sr. VP of Comms

FP1 Strategies LLC announced the addition of Lauren Zelt as a senior vice president for communications. Lauren is officially returning to the firm after serving as deputy communications director for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Lauren ZeltZelt has worked in the media and communications for more than a decade. Prior to joining FP1 Strategies initially in 2013, Zelt worked as director of media affairs for Mitt Romney for President, at the Republican National Committee, and at the Fox News Channel as a segment producer and guest booker.

A Pittsburgh native, Zelt danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to attending Georgetown University and graduating Cum Laude. (PF tipster)


February 11, 2017

RNC Chair McDaniel Names Mahoney Comms Director

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced additional key senior staff positions, including Ryan Mahoney as Communications Director for the 2018 cycle.

RNC logoMahoney is a seasoned communications operative and takes over as Communications Director after serving as the RNC’s Deputy Communications Director during the 2016 election cycle.

He was a Regional Press Secretary for the RNC during the 2012 election and oversaw all regional communications for the committee during the 2014 cycle.

In 2014, Mahoney also spearheaded theRNC’s press efforts surrounding the committee’s site selection for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Prior to joining the RNC, Mahoney served as Communications Director for the Maryland Republican Party and held various positions in the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s communications and political departments.

He's a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.(PF tipster)


February 06, 2017

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 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.

Gridiron Reprise

 

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

 

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

 

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive) 

December 23, 2016

RNC's Spicer Named White House Press Secretary

The most coveted job in communications, White House Press Secretary, has been earned by well-known and well-liked flack Sean Spicer (@seanspicer), who has served as RNC chief strategist and communications director over the past two presidential cycles.

Sean Spicer PEOTUSThe announcement was made Thursday by the Trump-Pence transition team in a brief news release.

In addition to Spicer, the following senior White House communications roles were announced:

Jason Miller, Director of Communications

Hope Hicks, Director of Strategic Communications

Dan Scavino, Director of Social Media

All four individuals will share “Assistant to the President” titles.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again,” President-elect Donald Trump said in the release.

Spicer’s road to White House Press Secretary includes several grueling years at the RNC, but his career did not begin there.

Spicer backgroundSpicer served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Media from 2006-2009.

Before that he worked on Capitol Hill, as Communications Director for the House Republican Conference from 2005-2006, as Communications Director for the House Budget Committee from 2002-2005, and as Director of Incumbent Retention for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

He holds a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Bachelor’s in Government from Connecticut College.

In 1999, Spicer joined the Navy Reserves, where he holds the rank of Commander.

He is a native of Barrington, RI. (The Hill / PF reporting)


April 25, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: NBC Universal, Director, Communications, USA & Syfy (New York, NY)

NBC Universal logoReporting to the Vice President Communications, the Director, Communications will lead select show campaigns for both USA Network and Syfy and work with the Sr. team to develop communication strategies and lead successful consumer program publicity campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop publicity campaigns and strategies for USA and Syfy programs and talent.
  • Pitch and secure key interviews, including electronic, radio and on-location press visits to support the launch and momentum for assigned series.
  • Create, edit and supervise the roll-out of all press materials and assets including all written press materials, electronic and traditional press kits, show clips and content, photos, digital extras and social content.
  • Create and supervise all press related event opportunities including satellite media tours, press junkets, festival and panel appearances, press receptions and red carpet events.
  • Create and implement out of the box event ideas to generate press for assigned shows.
  • Act as media strategist, campaign planner and spokesperson for assigned shows.
  • Develop positive relationships with talent, producers, PR agencies and representatives, agents, managers, production staffs, media and programming executives.
  • Media train and prep talent for interviews and speaking opportunities such as the bi-annual Television Critics Association Tour and Comic-Con.
  • Monitor competitive environment via daily review of competitive/industry news, and interface with other departments and entertainment cable channels on an as needed basis.
  • Manage assigned show publicity budget with an eye on ROI.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Basic Qualifications

-Bachelor’s Degree

-Minimum 7 years television publicity and hands-on media relations experience, with increasing levels of responsibility for campaign management.

Eligibility Requirements

-Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered

-Willingness to travel and work overtime; some evening and weekend work required

-Must be willing to work in New York

-Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

-Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary. Desired Characteristics
  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work autonomously, while keeping teammates and manager abreast of all activities.
  • Individual must exhibit strong interpersonal, pitching, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle and meet numerous deadlines and work on multiple simultaneous campaigns with varying timelines
  • Candidate must be proactive and able to multi-task, a creative and independent strategic thinker who displays strong external and internal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of the media, network executives, producers and talent.
  • Superior organization and creative skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


March 24, 2016

PERSONAL REQUEST: Help Me Raise $100,000 for Cancer Research

PF Readers -

Starting today, I have just ten weeks to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

LLS logoThis year I am honored to be a candidate for the 'Man of the Year' campaign benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose mission is to fund cutting-edge research and eradicate blood cancers.

In 2015 this campaign raised $9.8 million for blood cancer research.  My goal is to raise $100,000 during the 10 week fundraising period that began this morning and ends with the grand finale Gala on June 4th in Austin, TX. I am actively raising money through letters, emails, calls, sponsorships, proceeds from a charity polo event outside Austin on May 7, and finally by selling tables and silent and live auction items at our Gala in Austin on June 4.  If your employer matches charitable gifts, you can easily double your contribution.

This is personal for me.

Baby Suzanne and her dadI am raising funds to name a research grant in honor of my wife Suzanne's late father, former Shelby County Judge John Tomlin.  He died almost seven years ago from pancreatic cancer.  I never had the chance to meet him nor to seek his blessing for my marriage to Suzanne. This grant will live on in his name forever.

This year's LLS Boy & Girl of the Year are Archer Folterman (age 1) & Karen Andrade (Age 7), two brave children whose lives have been directly affected by a blood cancer.

I have learned a tremendous amount about Leukemia and Lymphoma since I was asked to do this.  There are 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with or in remission from a blood cancer.  But what's truly exciting is that the groundbreaking research that is being done with the funds raised by LLS has brought us closer to a cure than ever before.

Noteworthy Americans who have died from Lymphoma include Fred Thompson, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Joey Ramone.  Among those who have died from Leukemia are Larry Hagman, Alan Shepard, and Nora Ephron.

But Leukemia has a more personal connection for me:  it was a death sentence for Victor Ojeda, the younger brother of a schoolmate of mine in the mid-1980s.  It was a devastating and heartbreaking thing to watch.  Just 30 years later, Leukemia is treatable and essentially curable if it is diagnosed early enough. This is where cancer research needs your help.

Any donation, large or small, is your pledge to help me achieve the $100,000 fundraising goal. Blood cancer research has led to treatments for many other kinds of cancer, which affects us all.

There are many ways to you can contribute by making a tax deductible donation:

    1. You can donate online at: http://www.mwoy.org/pages/sctx/austin16/mmackowiak

    2. You can mail a check made out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

ATTN: Matt Mackowiak's Campaign

8001 Centre Park Drive #150

Austin, TX 78754

    3. You can support us through a corporate sponsorship, which includes buying a table at the fabulous Grand Finale Gala on June in Austin (contact me for more information, matt.mackowiak@gmail.com or 512-423-6116).

    4. You can donate a silent or live auction item (contact me at matt.mackowiak@gmail.com or 512-423-6116).

    5. You can raise money through your employer if they double match charitable donations.

 

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I need your help however you are willing. Please contact me directly with any ideas or questions (512-423-6116 or matt.mackowiak@gmail.com).

This opportunity to raise money for cancer research is a "once in a lifetime" experience for me and I want to raise as much as possible, so I may end this effort with absolutely no regrets.

My long-term goal is a world without cancer. A world where no other family has to hear the words, You have Lymphoma. You have Leukemia. You have cancer. I don't want cancer to take your family member or close friend away as it did the father-in-law that I never met or little Victor Ojeda.

With love and so much gratitude,

Matt Mackowiak

 

512-423-6116 cell

matt.mackowiak@gmail.com

@MattMackowiak

 

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Corby Alfred

The Hon. Greg Ball

Brett & Kelly Buller

Alberto & Norma Cardenas

Nate & Lauren Day

James & Lynda Dickey

John & Mandy Drogin

Ed Espinosa

Patrick & Elizabeth George

John A. Hay, III

Brian & Jenna Hege

Trace Hight

The Hon. Harvey & Tracey Hilderbran

Jeff & Jennifer Jones

Dr. Nimesh & Bina Palnitkar

Jonathan Saenz

Clayton Stewart

Colin Strother

Caleb & The Hon. Ellen Troxclair

Michael Wilt & Hillary Sotello


February 23, 2016

LAST CHANCE: EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

For 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 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)


DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Minnesota Timberwolves, Senior Corporate Communications Manager

Minnesota TimberwolvesNBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves is hiring a Senior Corporate Communications Manager.

Position Summary/Objective: In addition to strategic planning, the responsibilities of the Senior Corporate Communications Manager will include: key message development, crisis communications, development of internal brand building and communication tactics, pitching business-related story ideas to media, and drafting communication plans for key stakeholders including season ticket members and corporate sponsors

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform these essential functions:

  1. Develop relationships with members of the local and national media
  2. Manage media opportunities/requests for team’s business operations, including executive staff members.
  3. Develop strategies around the implementation of season ticket member communication plan.
  4. Create and successfully manage a strategic plan surrounding all facility related public relations/communications, including but not limited to Target Center renovation.
  5. Work with Vice President of Communications to develop key messages and talking points for the entire staff related to various organizational business efforts.
  6. Distribute key messages and talking points on regular basis to entire staff as well as departmental-specific messages when necessary.
  7. Assist Corporate Partnerships in developing standardized messaging for sales presentations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other:

  1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) is strongly preferred.
  3. Ability to develop and proactively pitch team business-related stories to local and national media.
  4. Ability to work nights, weekends and potentially holidays.
  5. Strong team leadership skills preferred.

Experience: Minimum five (5) years of experience working in Public Relations. Experience working in an agency setting and/or with consumer-facing brands preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility, if any: This position does have supervisory responsibility.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


February 01, 2016

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Jacksonville Jaguars, Manager, Media and Promotions

Jacksonville JaguarsThe Manager, Media and Promotions reports to the Director, Marketing & Brand Strategy and manages the media advertising and promotional campaigns for the Jacksonville Jaguars focused on increasing ticket sales and maximizing fan interaction with the team based on defined objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage execution of Jaguars traditional media planning and buying (including aiding in the negotiation of trade and barter opportunities to maximize efficacy of the team's ad budget, creative trafficking and management of budget)
  • Manage relationships with all secondary television and radio affiliates
  • Oversee growth of affiliate network
  • Coordinate all tactical aspects of marketing promotions (creative development, legal requirements, cross-department coordination), and manage execution in-market, including communication of program through social media (jaguars.com, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), email, radio and TV and print to cascade message
  • Coordinate all marketing of Jaguars ancillary events including cross-department collaboration, planning and support
  • Oversee  Jaguars fan clubs (i.e. Junior Jags, Women’s Club, Cub Club, Booster Club)
  • Oversee Grassroots Marketing program  

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or business; MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of marketing experience
  • Extensive knowledge of marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, social media, creative process
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects and timelines

Applications are being accepted online only.  Please do not call to apply for this position.  Please provide complete information.  An incomplete application may affect your consideration for this position.

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

  1. Yes/No: Do you have a Bachelor's degree in marketing or business? 2. Yes/No: Do you have a minimum of 3 years of marketing experience? 3. Yes/No: Do you have relevant media planning and/or buying experience? 4. Please describe in narrative (500 words or less) your relevant experience in marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, social media and the creative process. 5. What are your compensation expectations? 6. Why do you want to work for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

TO APPLY: Click here.


January 24, 2016

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

Gridiron_Club_(logo)For 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 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)


January 21, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: AAA, PR Manager (Washington, DC)

AAA logoAAA is looking for an energetic and experienced PR Manager to serve as a national media spokesperson, pitch reporters and develop communications strategies for the Association’s priority issues.

The PR Manager will join AAA’s award-winning media relations team, which regularly earns mentions in 150,000 news stories per year on topics as diverse as traffic safety, infrastructure, fuel prices, travel and automotive technology. Requirements: -Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience in public relations or journalism. -A dynamic self-starter who enjoys developing new story ideas and pitching them to the media. -Experience writing and implementing communication plans, news releases, talking points, pitches and messages. -On-the-record experience with television, radio, and print media. -Experience working with government affairs/public affairs staff. -Knowledge of transportation, automotive engineering, traffic safety and energy issues a plus.

TO APPLY: Please visit: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AMERAUTO&cws=1&rid=138 (Mediabistro)


Former Walker, RNC flack Kukowski to Manage Communications at 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland

Kirsten KukowskiKirsten Kukowski has been named Communications Director for the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland.

Kukowski was Communications Director for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign, and served as Press Secretary for the RNC and on Mark Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois.


January 20, 2016

Former Clinton WH Press Secretary Lockhart joins NFL at EVP, Communications

Joe LockhartFirst reported in Politico’s “Playbook,” Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary in the Clinton White House, is leaving Glover Park Group (GPG) to join the NFL as Executive Vice President of Communications.

According to Politico’s Mike Allen, GPG has been a consultant to the NFL for several years. He will join the NFL in New York after the Super Bowl. (Politico “Playbook”)


January 18, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker is looking for candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C. The senior associate position work with account managers on a range of corporate, association, nonprofit and issue advocacy clients. Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams. Other qualifications include:

  • Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, as well as other communications documents.
  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Candidates should have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in a related positions. Candidates with robust media relations experience are preferred. This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in joining the SKDKnick team, send your resume to: jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)


October 30, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker is Hiring (Senior Associates, Vice Presidents)

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker is looking for mid-level candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C.

Senior Associates and Vice Presidents work with account managers on a range of corporate, association, non-profit and issue advocacy clients.

Ideal candidates are driven, self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams.

Ideal candidates must have:

·         Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, and drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements, as well as other communications documents

·         Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns

·         A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns

·         Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle multiple deadlines

·         Strong research and writing skills, and a strong knowledge of AP Style.

Candidates should have four to six years of relevant experience in writing, research and media intensive positions. Candidates with robust media relations experience are preferred. This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: Send your resume to us: jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)


August 16, 2015

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: Widmeyer Communications, Multiple Openings, Education Advocacy & Communications

WidMeyerFinnPartnersDC-based public policy communications and advocacy firm Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company, seeks energetic, self-motivated candidates from the Senior Account Executive to Assistant Vice President levels to join their growing team. Candidates must have between 5 and 15 years of agency or other relevant communications experience with a requirement of some experience in the early childhood education communications/advocacy sector.

Candidates should possess strong media strategy and outreach experience, digital and social media expertise, excellent writing and organizational skills, a keen eye for detail and the ability to meet strict deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic account team committed to delivering outstanding public policy and cause-related advocacy, public affairs and communications services. Widmeyer’s motto: We “do well by doing good.”

Widmeyer offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits package. 

TO APPLY: Please send resume with cover letter and writing samples to: jobs@widmeyer.com. Include the title of the position and the advertisement you are responding to in the subject line. (PF tipster)

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