January 04, 2015

NRCC’s Bozek Named Communications Director for NRSC

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

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

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

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

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


Sen. Thune Announces Staff Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Doheny Moves from House to Senate

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

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

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


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

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

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


Webb Hires Crawford as Communications Director

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

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


December 10, 2014

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

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

This person will:

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

Specific responsibilities will include:

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

Requirements

To qualify for this position:

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

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


November 24, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·      Work with Corporate Communications team to execute organizational communications strategies

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

·      Monitor and aggregate local and national news mentions

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

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

·      Monitor general public relations requests via email

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

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

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

·      Track corporate awards, department assets and team archives

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

·      Maintain good punctuality and attendance

·      Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

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

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

·      Strong writing skills

·      Professional experience in editing/proofreading

·      Working knowledge of AP style

·      Working knowledge of basketball/NBA

·      Some experience with social media

·      Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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

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

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


October 31, 2014

Sen. Cardin Names Zink Press Secretary in State Office

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 28, 2014

Freire Joins Sen. Hatch as New Communications Director

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

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

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

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

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


October 26, 2014

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

Boston BruinsPosition Summary:

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

Additional Responsibilities:

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

Tdgarden3Qualifications:

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

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

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

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


October 22, 2014

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

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

SUMMARY

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

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

They include but are not limited to the following. 

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


October 08, 2014

Job of the Week: Washington Post, Communications Coordinator

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

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

Required Skills:

- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

- Careful attention to detail with good follow-through.

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

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

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

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

- Dynamic self-starter with strong decision making skills.

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

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

Experience:

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

TO APPLY: Visit here.

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


September 30, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Social Media and Communications Assistant (Washington, DC)

Carnegie Endowment logoThe Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented Social Media and Communications Assistant to join its communications team in Washington.

Primary responsibility will be to execute Carnegie’s day-to-day social media strategy, with a particular focus on Twitter and Facebook. Position will also assist with all aspects of communications including sending and proofing emails, updating Carnegie’s media and general contact databases, posting content to the website, preparing for events and meetings, and all other outreach efforts. 

Enthusiasm for social media is essential and an interest in global affairs is desirable. The ideal candidate should be organized with excellent attention to detail, possess strong computer skills, possess excellent writing and editing skills and be able to work independently to solve problems and complete projects quickly without sacrificing quality and accuracy. Knowledge of HTML and Dreamweaver a plus.

This is an exciting, entry-level opportunity for an energetic, goal-oriented person with a love of social media, communications, and international affairs.

TO APPLY: Please apply via the Carnegie Endowment website –

https://carnegieendowment.applicantpro.com/jobs/142919.html (Mediabistro)


September 29, 2014

Former McCain aide & Google Vet Hazelbaker Moves to Snapchat, Returning to U.S.

Jill HazelbakerPolitico’s “Daily Influence” highlighted a report in Re/code that Jill Hazelbaker has left Google to join Snapchat, to lead their communication and policy efforts.  She will relocate to the U.S.

Hazelbaker served as National Communications Director for the McCain presidential campaign from 2007-2008.

She served as Senior Advisor for Communications for the Bloomberg mayoral reelection campaign in 2009.

In January 2010, she joined Google, first at their Mountain View, CA headquarters as Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.  In April 2013, she moved into a different role overseeing Google’s product, corporate and internal communications across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while also leading Government Relations in the EU, overseeing a team of 100 people.

In 2014, Harvard Business Review called her the fastest rising executive in the Fortune 100.

She is a graduate of The University of Oregon.  (Re/code, PF reporting)


Ayotte Aide Grappone to Siemens

Jeff GrapponeJeff Grappone, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and top aide since her 2010 campaign, has joined Siemens in their media relations department, based in Washington, DC.  The news was first reported in Politico’s “Playbook.”

Grappone previously served as Press Secretary to U.S. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) and on the legislative staff of U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH).  In 2008, he was a spokesman for the presidential campaigns of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-New York City).

He's a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Concord, NH.  (Politico “Playbook”)


September 23, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Examiner, Social Media Strategist

                                          Washington Examiner

Overview

Seeking a dynamic, creative social media strategist for a pivotal role in the Washington Examiner’s digital first editorial team. The ideal candidate will be part strategist, evangelist and analyst. The ability to successfully leverage skills to engage with and educate our target audience on multiple social media platforms, as well as leverage social media to help achieve specific business and marketing goals is critical.

Responsibilities

Develop and refine social strategies and tactical social initiatives and campaigns in alignment with marketing objectives and target audiences

Create and manage social media editorial calendar to drive social activity around key messaging

Manage social media profiles across a variety of platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, Google+, etc. as well as our site

Write and curate content and create images optimized for engagement on social media profiles

Identify influencers and opportunities for engagement to drive meaningful dialogue, engagement and growth

Monitor the brand across social channels

Measure, analyze and report on outcomes based on engagement and growth

Research current trends in social media, and apply what you learn to social media efforts

Monitor, identify, interpret and capitalize on social media trends

Work with technology team to support social media asset development including social network pages, profiles, apps and widgets.

Requirements

Five+ years experience working in social media.

Deep understanding of the social landscape, proven competency across multiple platforms and experience managing social media pages with proven success.

Passion and enthusiasm for digital marketing.

Measurable examples of success in social media against business goals.

Fluency in social data, analytics and metrics.

Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Superb written and oral communication skills

Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

Ability to create high-quality work within short timeframes.

TO APPLY: To learn more and/or apply for this position, send cover note and resume to Cristina Giroux at Cgiroux@mediadc.com.  (PF tipster)


September 10, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Brookings Institution, Communications Officer (Washington, DC)

BrookingsBrookings seeks to fill the position Communications Officer in the Metropolitan Policy Program.

Basic Function

The Communications Officer, in close collaboration with and under the supervision of the Associate Director of Communications, is responsible for developing and implementing effective communications strategies that increase the visibility of the work, impact, and brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and its Vice President. Facilitate and maintain relationships with journalists for the Vice President and other senior researchers within the program. Prepare the Vice President for media appearances, staff the Vice President, and serve as a key advisor to the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and others on communications-related activities. Implement digital media strategies, including social media that will ensure the Vice President and MPP program are using innovative tools to reach key audiences and support overall goals related to program visibility and impact. Work closely with the Central Communications department, ensuring that efforts to elevate the work of the program are coordinated.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • 70% Media Relations
    • With MPP leadership and the Associate Director of Communications, develop and implement strategy to maximize impact of media outreach efforts to elevate the work, the impact, and the brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
      Develop and cultivate relationships with targeted media, working closely with the Associate Director of Communications, the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and other scholars as warranted.
    • Pitch story ideas to reporters, editors, and producers. 
    • Work with reporters on their story ideas related to MPP priorities. 
    • Maintain thorough familiarity with key reporters, their beats, and what they are writing about in order to pitch them effectively.
    • Support Vice President in his efforts to maintain meaningful contact with reporters, editors, and producers.
    • Use knowledge of current events, MPP’s research, and Vice President’s interests to prepare Vice President for interviews and other media appearances.
    • Develop system to effectively track media outreach efforts. 
    • Write or oversee the writing of press advisories and releases, op-eds, blog posts, fact sheets and other materials used for public dissemination.
    • Develop background materials, briefings, Q and As, talking points, media analysis and other collateral material.
    • Support and assist with media training for MPP spokespersons as well as p-artners/ spokespersons outside of Brookings.
    • 20% Digital Media and Media Infrastructure
      • Manage digital media, including social media efforts for the Vice President. 
        Serve as resource on the latest in digital technology that could be incorporated into MPP’s communications efforts, advising other MPP researchers on effective new and social media tools.
      • Work in partnership with MPP communications staff to ensure that media-related materials are posted to the website in a timely manner.
      • Coordinate and serve as a contact for media efforts as appropriate with BI media relations team.
      • 10% Management
        • Assist with managing other members of Media Relations team, particularly staffers working on projects related to the office of the Vice President.
        • Assist in the management of relationships with key Metro Program partners. 
        • Serve as back up for Associate Director of Communications when needed. 

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Knowledge Requirements

Ability to foster creative ideas to help increase media coverage and create new opportunities for outreach and dissemination of MPP reports and research. Strong writing and editing skills; strong multi-tasking skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Can determine newsworthiness of key research and is able to track and respond to broad trends in media coverage. Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research; good organizational and strong interpersonal skills; and comfort working with a small team (5-member staff). An interest and familiarity with important urban and metropolitan issues and trends preferred.

Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in economics, political science, public policy or liberal arts; background in the field of public relations. At least six years’ experience in communications and/or media relations with extensive media contacts. Non-profit and/or agency experience preferable, but not required. Ability to speak knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, key and high level partners including state, local and federal policy makers and broad general audience. Experience working in digital communications preferred.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (Mediabistro)


September 08, 2014

DCI Group adds Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies

Suzanne ZurnStrategic public affairs and global issues firm DCI Group announced their recent hire of Suzanne Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies.

Zurn brings 20 years of experience using digital and social media to identify, recruit and engage stakeholders on public policy issues.

Zurn joins DCI Group as the firm continues to expand its digital practice. Zurn and Mark Szalay, Vice President of Technology, will head up DCI Group’s growing technology and digital offerings, moving client thinking past traditional public relations channels and generating powerful online grassroots and media campaigns.

Over the past two decades, Zurn has developed an expertise in public affairs campaigns through positions spanning the advocacy, agency and political communities. Zurn comes to DCI Group from The Prosper Group where she was general manager. Zurn’s digital campaigns have earned her many accolades including a Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for best nonprofit public affairs campaign. She currently co-teaches the Digital Strategy course at the GWU Graduate School of Political Management and is a former board member at Women in Government Relations.

Zurn earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, and graduated cum laude from Washburn University with a bachelor’s in political science and communications. (PF tipster)

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