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)


August 10, 2015

Margaritis Joins Hilton Worldwide as Executive VP of Corporate Affairs

Bill MargaritisHilton Worldwide today announced that William Margaritis will become the company’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs starting in late August, based in the company’s global headquarters in McLean, VA. Margaritis previously served for 15 years as Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Investor Relations at FedEx Corporation.

At Hilton, Margaritis will oversee internal and external communications, government relations and corporate responsibility globally. He will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide and will serve as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Margaritis comes to Hilton with 33 years of experience, having managed various facets of corporate and marketing communications, government affairs, investor relations and employee communications.  At FedEx, Margaritis led the strategic repositioning and rebranding communications programs for the company through an integrated customer and employee campaign.  He was also the architect of the Purple Promise, an award-winning internal cultural employee engagement multimedia initiative to create a common rallying platform for 300,000 team members across multiple operating companies around the world.  Margaritis implemented innovative strategic reputation programs that helped FedEx consistently earn top-tier rank in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and Great Places to Work lists. 

Prior to FedEx, he served as Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing Communications for Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia at Bechtel Corporation, based in London, UK. Previously he was the Manager for State Government Affairs for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and also served as a Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department in the Reagan Administration.  Margaritis began his career as a legislative assistant in the Michigan Senate and also served as the deputy director for the Reagan-Bush 1984 Presidential Campaign in Michigan.

He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in Business from Michigan State University and is a past chairman of the board of the Arthur W. Page Society, the professional association of chief communications officers.  (Release)


July 20, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: National Retail Federation, Director of Media Relations

NRF logoThe National Retail Federation (NRF) is seeking a Director, Media Relations to develop and execute short and long-term media campaigns to garner press coverage and awareness of NRF’s policy and advocacy agenda and support the organization’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities

  • Proactively builds press awareness of NRF campaigns, issues and events
  • Writes press releases, media advisories, Op-Eds, blog posts and executive briefing documents
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Washington, D.C. media contacts from traditional and emerging media outlets
  • Identifies targeted media opportunities to increase brand awareness and profile of the NRF brand and its senior leadership team
  • Maintains an acute understanding of policy issues including their history, current activity and future developments
  • Works with policy team to develop and maintain content to support PR and Advocacy sections of NRF website
  • Represents NRF to the public through a variety of media outlets as an association spokesperson
  • Manages the tracking and reporting of NRF media hits
  • Offers insight and understanding about leveraging new and emerging media technology to strengthen public awareness of key issues among target audiences
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in increasingly responsible staff positions handling multiple media relations duties on a full-time, daily basis with comparable direct experience handling federal government and policy issues.
  • Must have a portfolio of successful past media placements, specifically demonstrating results with political and government media.
  • Established relationships with Inside the Beltway and national media – including print and television producers.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze complex issues and situations and to provide thoughtful media relations strategy.
  • Outstanding judgment, writing, speaking, organizational and interpersonal skills; Must communicate effectively and persuasively in a variety of environments.
  • Ability to write about a variety of legislative issues for diverse audiences through multiple channels.
  • Background experience working on a political campaign, on Capitol Hill, at a trade association, and/or in print/broadcast media experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of social media platforms to enhance overall reach and breadth of messaging.
  • Proven excellence in successfully juggling multiple and often high-pressure deadlines with an extraordinary attention to detail.
  • Some travel required.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and one-page letter summarizing your interest, qualifications and salary expectations. Please reference the Director, Media Relations position in your cover letter. Please email your application to hr@nrf.com or mail to: VP, Human Resources, NRF, 1101 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.  (PF tipster)


July 19, 2015

Cruz adds Slobodien to U.S. Senate Office as Communications Director, Watson as Media Booker

Rachael SlobodienU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced on Friday that he has named Rachael Slobodien as his new Communications Director and Heidi Watson as Media Booker and Press Assistant.

Slobodien previously worked at The Heritage Foundation as Manager of Media Affairs where she led the regional communications team and crafted messaging and strategy for Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity.

She has previously served as Press Secretary to then-U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY), as Senior Media Associate at Heritage in 2010 and as Communications Manager at the National Taxpayers Foundation.

A native of Little Rock, Slobodien holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.  She is currently earning a Law Degree from The George Washington University.

Watson most recently worked as Press Assistant for the House Committee on Small Business, where she led social media efforts and contributed to graphic design and messaging under Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

Watson moved to Washington, D.C. from Oklahoma in January 2015, she first interned for U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA). Prior to working on the Hill, her experience includes serving as Constituent Services Manager and Assistant Appointments Director for former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon. She also worked as Campaign Assistant during Shannon’s bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is a native of Ardmore, OK. (PF tipster)


July 12, 2015

Remainders: Gleischman to GPG; Mason to Albright-Stonebridge; Haulsee to Senate HELP Cmte; Litman to Google

RemaindersHere are some recent items that we missed:

  • Max Gleischman has joined Glover Park Group as Vice President.  He was most recently Director of Communications and Spokesperson for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  Previously, he served as Communications Director for then-Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and for former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI).  (PF tipster)
  • Julie Mason, currently the White House Director of Special Projects in the Office of Vice President Biden, has started working as Vice President for Communications at the Albright-Stonebridge Group.  Previously she was Communications Director for Dr. Jill Biden, spokesperson at AOL Time Warner and a communications staffer in the Clinton White House for five years.  (Politico “Playbook)
  • Pinehurst, NC native Taylor Haulsee has been named Deputy Press Secretary for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  She previously worked at FP1 Strategies.  (PF tipster)
  • Riva Litman has joined Google’s global communications and public affairs team in DC.  She was previously Communications Director for House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).  (Politico “Influence”)

July 08, 2015

Former Journalist and Obama Aide Douglass Named Global Head of Communications at Bloomberg

Linda DouglassBloomberg LP today that Linda Douglass will be joining Bloomberg Media Group as Global Head of Communications in September.

Douglass will oversee communications strategy and press relations for Bloomberg Media’s global multi-platform products, including digital, print, television, video, radio, and live events.

Douglass is a veteran in the fields of communications, media, and journalism.

She served most recently as the Senior Vice President for Global Communications at Atlantic Media, where she oversaw communications strategy for such initiatives as the digital transformation of The Atlantic and the launch of Quartz.

Prior to that, Douglass worked for President Obama in various roles, including Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform and senior advisor to his 2008 presidential campaign. She has had a long career as a broadcast journalist, covering politics and government.

Douglass has worked as a journalist in Washington D.C. and, earlier, in Los Angeles. She was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News, specializing in health care and campaign finance.

She later joined ABC News, where she spent eight years as the Chief Capitol Hill Correspondent, receiving the Everett Dirksen Award for Excellence in Coverage of Congress.  (PF tipster)


July 06, 2015

AP’s Pickler Joins Glover Park Group

Nedra PicklerStrategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) today announced that Nedra Pickler has joined as a Managing Director.  Pickler will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.

Pickler, a veteran journalist, joins GPG after spending 17 years at The Associated Press (AP), most recently serving as a White House reporter covering the second term of the Obama Administration. Pickler previously covered the second Bush Administration. In both of those roles, she covered breaking news, questioned both presidents extensively and reported from abroad on presidential trips across five continents.

Pickler also served as federal courts reporter in Washington, DC, and covered presidential campaigns for the AP during both the 2004 and 2008 election cycles. Pickler was part of the AP team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and received several awards from the AP during her tenure, including the John L. Dougherty Award for coverage of the Ford-Firestone tire scandal, and was twice the recipient of the global Beat of the Week award for breaking news reporting. She started her career in the Michigan bureau of the AP. (PF tipster)


JOB OF THE WEEK: Communications Manager, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University McDonough SchoolThe Communications Manager, reporting to the Director of Online Marketing and Communications, develops and implements online marketing and communications tools to raise the visibility of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

 

  • Primary duties include reporting on and creating social media content, coordinating social media and digital production calendars, monitoring social media accounts, analyzing our competitors’ digital efforts, and creating and analyzing metrics reports from various tracking sources.
  • Secondary duties include updating web pages, creating html emails, creating landing pages, writing copy & preparing online advertisements, shooting and editing videos for social media, being an advocate for social news dissemination, and teaching and training staff about social media.

Responsibilities & Qualifications:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - preference for business, marketing, communications, or journalism.
  • Some experience in journalism and reporting. 
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills. 
  • At least five years, though preferably more, of exposure to digital communications and updating websites.
  • Excellent management organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. 
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Technical expertiseinApple OS, Windows, HTML 5, CSS 3, Drupal  7, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, HootSuite, basic Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Google Analytic – as well as basic videography and editing, Finalcut Pro, IMovie, or Adobe Premier.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


June 22, 2015

BPC Announces Comms Vet Traynham as New Vice President of Communications

Robert TraynhamThe Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced the hiring of veteran communications professional Robert Traynham as Vice President of Communications.

Traynham will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program and leading a team to ensure BPC public relations, events, media, print and digital content are all aligned with the organization’s mission and to improve its reach.

He has previously worked in the private sector for Comcast as their Washington Bureau Chief and host of a public affairs show, and for 10 years in the U.S. Senate as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and the Senate Republican Conference. He was also a senior advisor for Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.

He is a native of Yeadon, PA.  He currently serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, Cheyney University and often appears on MSNBC as a political analyst. (PF tipster)


Elleithee Leaves DNC to Start Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown

Mo ElleitheeRoll Call reported that Democratic National Committee (DNC) Communications Director Mo Elleithee has left the DNC to serve as the first Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

He was a founding partner of political consulting firms Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media, from which he’s been on leave while at the DNC. He’s also advised countless Senate and gubernatorial candidates, working extensively with Virginia Democrats

In 2012, he was a media adviser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure campaign. Six years earlier, he ran the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure effort against then-U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-VA).

He’s worked on four presidential campaigns, most recently as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 spokesman.

Georgetown feels like home for Elleithee. A proud and vocal Hoya fan, he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1994. Since 2011, he’s been an adjunct professor at McCourt, where he teaches a class on campaigns.

Elleithee is a native of Tucson, AZ.  (Roll Call)


Berger Named VP of Outreach Strategies

Abby BergerOutreach Strategies, LLC (OS), a mission-driven communications and public affairs firm focused on advancing sustainability, social and environmental solutions, has named Abby Berger as Vice President.

Berger joins OS from her role as Director in Golin’s Washington, D.C., office, where she focused on energy and corporate sustainability as part of the public affairs practice. During her five years with the global public relations firm, Berger led media, social marketing and stakeholder engagement programs for corporate and government clients including Dow and The Virginia State Corporation Commission’s energy conservation education campaign, Virginia Energy Sense.

Prior to her time at Golin, Berger managed marketing efforts as a consultant to federal agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Small Business Administration and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Berger also held on-site communications roles with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Berger earned a B.S. in Communications Studies from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. She began her career in sustainability as an intern for the London-based Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group. (PF tipster)


June 17, 2015

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: PRSA-National Capital Chapter to host “The Challenges and Rewards of a Career in Public Affairs” on June 26 (Reston, VA)

PRSA logoThe Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) National Capital Chapter (NCC) will host a special event on Friday, June 26 from 8am-10am.

With the economy getting stronger, jobs in the public sector are starting to open up. In this workshop, you'll hear from a panel of public affairs experts who will tell you about this interesting career choice. Learn how they made the transition from private-sector to public-sector PR and their advice to others seeking a similar position.

Schedule:

8:00 to 8:30am - Networking/Breakfast
8:30 to 10:00am – Program

Panel:
Bridget Serchak, Chief, Public Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Department of Defense
David Barnes, Public Affairs Liaison, Inspector General for Tax Administration, Department of Treasury
Kyle S. Richardson, Public Affairs Specialist, FirstNet
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, Public Affairs Specialist, National Science Foundation

Moderator:  Robert Deigh, RDC Public Relations LLC

Location:
Northern Virginia Community College Reston Center
1831 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190
Directions: http://www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/maps.html

Cost: (Open to the public)
$28 PRSA and WWPR Members
$38 Nonmembers
$15 Students
$5 more at the door (space permitting)

For more information, visit here.  (PRSA-NCC)


June 14, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Aspen Institute, Senior Associate, Public Affairs & Social Media)

Aspen InstituteThe Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Public Affairs office within the Communications Department is responsible for media relations and communications support of Institute programs. The team manages the external communications efforts including media placement and response, editorial writing, and communications counsel to Aspen Institute programs.

The Senior Associate, Public Affairs & Social Media supports the VP/Chief External Affairs Officer and Director of Communications & Public Affairs with all facets of social media, media relations, event planning and execution management, and external communications activities for the Aspen Institute at large and its programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist VP/Chief External Affairs Officer and Director of Communications & Public Affairs in all aspects of the Communications department’s work, with a particular focus on social media
  • Create content and post/schedule multiple times each day to Institute Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media accounts. During select seasons, manage and post to satellite accounts, including the Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Co-manage regular meetings on social media content and strategy, in order to plan social media strategy for Institute at large
  • Consult with various policy programs, in coordination with the Senior Manager, Public Affairs and Policy Program Communications, on their social media presences
  • Lead meetings and instructional events to promote best practices among social media practitioners at the Institute
  • Support social media needs for myriad public events, on and off site
  • Coordinate with underwriters on social media plans and efforts
  • Draft and distribute written materials such as news releases, press kit documents, fact sheets, bios, and related correspondence
  • Help coordinate myriad events and symposia
  • Support and assist programs with planning and executing their press outreach
  • Perform research (fact checking, media information, etc.)
  • Stay actively informed of activities of the Institute

Interacts routinely with Communications team members, Institute employees at all levels, members of the media, and external constituents.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, political science, or related area, with two (2) to five (5) years of related experience
  • Experience working on social media accounts in a professional capacity required
  • Working knowledge of media directories, related services, and other media relations tools helpful
  • Outstanding writing skills with a focus on detail and accuracy
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to complete projects and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and well with a diverse group of people throughout the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Web savvy
  • Flexible and versatile work style
  • Superior computer skills: proficient Microsoft Office; desktop publishing skills a plus

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budgetary authority

TO APPLY: Visit the Aspen Institute’s career page at www.aspeninstitute.org/about/jobs and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should highlight applicant’s specific qualifications for this position. Applications without a cover letter may not receive full consideration.

If you have trouble uploading any portion of the application processes, please try using the escape key to exit the screen. Your document should then safely upload.

No phone calls or emails. (PF tipster)

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