May 03, 2018

Former Obama White House Press Secretary Earnest Joins United Airlines as Chief Communications Officer

Josh EarnestUnited Airlines today announced Josh Earnest has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Earnest brings to the company more than two decades of strategic communications expertise from the highest levels of politics and government, including as White House Press Secretary. At United, he will be responsible for developing the company's global communications strategy, leading a world-class team to execute it, working closely with the company's leadership to shape the airline's public image and serving as the company's chief spokesman.

Most recently, Earnest has been a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, making appearances on the network's leading news programs including the Today Show, Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News. Prior to that, Earnest served for eight years in the Obama White House, first as deputy press secretary before being promoted to White House Press Secretary in 2014. In 2015, Earnest was voted the "best White House press secretary I've worked with" by White House correspondents surveyed by Politico.

In addition to his work in front of the cameras, Earnest played a leading role behind the scenes to develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence to drive the Administration's agenda.

His two-decade career in politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest states and most competitive races in the country, including four presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and Mike Bloomberg's first campaign for Mayor of New York.

Earnest received his degree in political science and policy studies from Rice University. He will move to Chicago this summer with his wife, Natalie and their two children. Earnest's first day at United will be Monday, May 21. (United Airlines)


April 17, 2018

Veteran GOP Communicator Taylor Joins Forbes Tate Partners

Ryan Taylor
Forbes Tate Partners
(FTP) today announced that Ryan Taylor, who most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), has joined its strategic communications and public affairs practice as Vice President. Ryan joins FTP as the firm’s public affairs practice continues to expand rapidly, bringing over a decade of public sector and campaign experience with him.

In his new role as Vice President, Ryan will help lead the firm’s public affairs consulting teams and design winning strategies for advocacy campaigns in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Ryan brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor and communications strategist for four U.S. Senators and a Member of Congress. Ryan also worked as a policy advisor on federal regulatory issues for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Republican Policy Committee, handling regulatory matters related to Dodd-Frank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.

In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, Ryan has had significant success leading Republican campaign efforts. In 2012, he served as Senator Barrasso’s campaign manager, helping him garner an unprecedented 75.9 percent of the total statewide vote. In 2010, as Executive Director of the Wyoming Republican Party, he led the Party to the single largest election victory in 90 years.

Having worked for members of Congress from the Rocky Mountain West to the South – including Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY), and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – Ryan has a strong background on a wide range of issues, including national defense, telecommunications, infrastructure, energy, public lands, and healthcare. (PF tipster)


April 12, 2018

JOB OF THE WEEK: Atlantic Media, Communications Manager

Atlantic MediaGovernment Executive Media Group (GEMG) is the public sector division of Atlantic Media and the leading media resource serving the government and defense market.

We are seeking an experienced communications professional to join the Atlantic Media communications team in Washington, D.C. Working across all GEMG teams and departments, including sales and marketing, editorial, events, and research, the communications manager will develop strategies to support business initiatives, proactively promote editorial content, and protect the reputation of a nearly 50-year-old business-to-government media company. The ideal candidate will diligently maintain important internal and external relationships, devote strong attention to detail, and thrive in a collaborative, cross-functional environment.

The Communications Manager responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a strategic communications plan to support GEMG's business objectives;
  • Generating impactful content to reach clients, media, readers, and internal stakeholders alike;
  • Forming leverageable relationships with key stakeholders in the business-to-government industry;
  • Coordinating promotion for pivotal company initiatives such as events and new product launches;
  • Drafting materials on behalf of GEMG leadership to reinforce thought leadership within the industry;
  • Proactively promote all GEMG journalism across all relevant media.

Attributes of the ideal candidate include:

  • A can-do attitude and a willingness to learn, support, and collaborate with a fast-moving team
  • Courage and a high level of motivation that welcomes challenges and is not deterred by setbacks
  • Strong listening and presentation skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • An ability to plan comprehensively, work both independently and collaboratively, and manage and prioritize projects to satisfy competing deadlines

The job is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Atlantic Media and GEMG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  • Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


February 08, 2018

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: The 2018 Gridiron Reprise (Sunday, March 4)

For 133 years, a great Washington tradition known as the Gridiron Show has skewered Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists. The Gridiron Club and Foundation first regales official Washington at a white-tie dinner on Saturday night in March with satire and songs. The next day, the club puts on another performance – known as the Gridiron Sunday Reprise - for associations, alumni groups, friends and family. You have been invited to take part in this event on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Gridiron RepriseThe 2018 Sunday Reprise will be held in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes beer and wine, begins at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. and ends by 5 p.m. Dress is business casual.

During the reprise, you are likely to see well-known faces that might include Jake Tapper of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President – or other member of the administration -  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.

Tickets are $80 each. Because the Gridiron Club is a 501© (3) organization, $56 of the ticket cost is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.

If you are interested in this fun event, please send a check by February 24 for $80 per ticket, made out to Gridiron Club and Foundation to:

 Carol Stevens

 3507 N. Ohio Street

 Arlington VA 22207

Tickets can be distributed to you before the show or held at Will Call outside the ballroom at the Washington Renaissance Hotel. (PF exclusive)


January 25, 2018

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: NFL, Senior Communications Strategist (New York, NY)

The Senior Communications Strategist will be responsible for proactively developing plans and strategies aimed at publicly positioning the NFL to key audiences through all communication channels, both traditional and emerging media. They will work closely with communications department leadership to create messaging to reflect the league's wide variety of priorities and expedite organizational decision-making.

NFL logoAdditionally, the strategist will:Provide crisis communications counsel to leagues executives.

  • Devise strategy and long term vision to strategically position the NFL in the sports marketplace.
  • Provide guidance to senior leadership, including executive vice presidents and COO to achieve desired reputational results and develop metrics to measure success.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field and a minimum of 8+ years of experience in communications or journalism with expertise in storytelling, issue management and long term planning
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to lead, participate in, and support cross-departmental activities.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, excellent organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the PR field including documented experience working in public, fast paced, high-pressure situations.

Other Key Attributes / Characteristics:

  • Strategic Leader: The successful candidate will think and act strategically as a valued member of the communications department and other NFL units.
  • Trusted Advisor: He/she will serve as a credible PR resource to clubs and league executives
  • An individual with intense and dedicated work habits. Someone who takes initiative, speaks his/her mind, and sets high standards in all he/she does.
  • An individual comfortable working in a diverse environment
  • A creative, imaginative individual who has the business acumen, curiosity and ability to define innovative strategy and deliver against it.
  • A person with the highest moral and ethical standards, who can be relied upon to always act in the best long-term interests of the League.
  • A person with the capacity to be a hands-on, sleeves-up team player.
  • Superior judgement and communication skills, as well as political sensitivity both internally and externally
  • Experience in corporate communications, sports or entertainment is preferred.

TO APPLY: Click here.

RELATED: NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart to step down at NFL after Super Bowl.


November 06, 2017

Myers Joins AHLA from NCGA

Jennifer Myers headshotFirst reported in the Politico Playbook Power Briefing, Jennifer Myers has joined the American Hotel and Lodging Association as Senior Director of Communications for Government Affairs. She previously led policy communications for the National Corn Growers Association.

Myers previously worked at Edelman as a Senior Account Supervisor, as Communications Director for Jon Bruning for Governor (R-NE) and as Project Director for Public Opinion Strategies.

She is a 2004 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and holds a Masters in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. (Politico / PF reporting)


Spotify Names Former Hill Flack Tucker New Head of P.R. in Advance of Public Offering

Dustee TuckerVariety reports: In advance of long-anticipated Spotify’s public offering — which is now expected in the first quarter of 2018 — the company has brought in a new head of public relations: Dustee Jenkins, who until recently held a similar role at Target. The move, which was first reported by Recode, was confirmed to Variety by a rep for Spotify.

Jenkins’ appointment is seen as an effort to streamline the company’s PR and messaging in advance of the public offering: she will report to chief marketing officer Seth Farbman, while veteran company publicist Graham James in New York and Angela Watts in London will report to her.

Jenkins will relocate to New York from Target’s Minneapolis headquarters. She served with the company for seven years, vacating in July. Previously she held communications roles with Hill & Knowlton PR consulting agency, with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under president George W. Bush, and with Texas Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Spotify, the world’s largest streaming service, passed 140 million worldwide users as both its revenue and operating loss grew significantly in 2016, according to the company’s annual financial statement released in June. The company announced in July that it had passed 60 million paying subscribers. Its closest competitor in the streaming market, Apple Music, announced in September that it had passed the 30-million subscriber mark.

Rather than a traditional IPO, Spotify is expected to launch a public offering, whereby it will list shares directly to buyers. The move has been anticipated for several years but has been delayed as the company shores itself up, not least by closing new licensing deals with the three major labels and the independent label collective Merlin; it completed the last of those, with Warner Music, in August. (Variety)


Former Obama Admin vet Esser Joins GPG as Managing Director

Victoria EsserLeading strategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced today that Victoria Esser has rejoined the firm as a Managing Director. Esser will work in the Strategic Communications division, providing strategic and media counsel for a broad range of firm clients, including in the technology and financial sectors.

Esser returns to GPG after serving for six years in senior roles in the Obama Administration, including as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of State. In her most recent role at Treasury, Esser was the principal communications advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and oversaw all strategic positioning, media relations and stakeholder engagement for the agency on issues ranging from international affairs, to economic and tax policy, and sanctions and illicit finance.

Esser previously held various leadership positions at GPG from 2004 to 2011, having served most recently as Managing Director. She co-led GPG’s International Affairs practice, and was a trusted advisor on corporate reputation and strategic positioning issues, financial communications and complex, global issues management efforts.

Esser graduated from Colby College and received an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Esser is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. (PF tipster)


October 18, 2017

Top DHS Spokesman Lapan Leaving Trump Administration for BPC

David LapanCNN reports that David Lapan, the Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is departing at the end of October to become Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Regarding the timing, CNN reported: 

While the move comes on the heels of the announcement of a new nominee to be DHS secretary, top Kelly staffer Kirstjen Nielsen, Lapan said the move is unrelated, has been in the works for some time and is a personal decision.

CNN's report continued:

Lapan came to DHS at the request of Kelly, with whom Lapan had worked for more than a decade in the Marine Corps. The longtime Marine had also worked in the Pentagon press shop but had left government service and retired from the Marines to work in the nonprofit world when Kelly asked him to serve once again and join the administration. (CNN)


June 20, 2017

JOB OF THE WEEK: ITIF, Communications Director

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a communications director to increase its exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as America’s most influential science and technology think tank. This position reports to ITIF’s chief operating officer.

ITIF logoITIF has earned its standing as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on technology and innovation policy by nimbly producing high-caliber research reports, policy analysis, and commentary, and by staging a rich program of panel discussions and other events, which it hosts in its Washington, DC office and other locations. The communications director’s primary responsibility is to publicize all this activity. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations and strategic-communications professional with previous experience in public policy to deepen their expertise while helping to influence debates on important technology-related issues.

Duties:

  • Plan and execute an ongoing communications program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers through media relations, digital media, events, and direct outreach.
  • Measurably increase media coverage by cultivating new relationships and deepening existing ones with reporters, commentators, editors, and producers in the business, technology, and political press—including national newspapers, trade publications, broadcast outlets, and influential blogs.
  • Drive promotion of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
  • Expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Partner with ITIF’s COO to manage editorial calendar of reports, op-eds, blog posts, and other content, and to produce ITIF’s widely disseminated weekly email newsletter.
  • Partner with ITIF’s event coordinator to execute public events.
  • Partner with ITIF’s design and digital media manager on collateral materials and website updates.
  • Track media coverage and other communications performance metrics, and provide regular reports to staff and ITIF’s board.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust communications programs.
  • Strong track record of achieving measurable results through media outreach, including placing op-eds and generating coverage for topical research reports and events.
  • Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Vocus, knowledge of technology issues, and existing relationships with technology, business, and economic policy reporters is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website content management.
  • Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
  • Strong understanding of public policy is essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or in the Washington office of a public relations or public affairs agency would be a plus.
  • A personable and collaborative team player with exceptional organizational habits and a proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

TO APPLY: Please send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@itif.org. Please note in your subject line that you are applying for the “communications director” position, and please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing ITIF’s reputation through an ongoing strategic communications program. (PF tipster)


March 31, 2017

FORMER OBAMA, BIDEN AIDE BEDINGFIELD TO WORK FOR LEONSIS

Kate BedingfieldKate Bedingfield, former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, is joining Monumental Sports & Entertainment as its vice president of communications. Monumental Sports owns the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Verizon Center. Bedingfield will report to founder Ted Leonsis. (Politico “Playbook”)


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)

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