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: Include the title of the position and the advertisement you are responding to in the subject line. (PF tipster)

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.


  • 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


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 or mail to: VP, Human Resources, NRF, 1101 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.  (PF tipster)

July 06, 2015

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:


  • 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 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 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)

June 02, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Director, Corporate Communications, Philadelphia 76ers

76ers logoThe Director of Corporate Communications will be responsible for implementing public relations plans for the Philadelphia 76ers off-court and business initiatives. The position will assist in the development of the public relations strategy that drives brand image, senior executive profiles, and key messaging for the Sixers business divisions, including corporate partnerships, sales, community relations and marketing.


  • Develop and deliver strategies that tell the 76ers’ overall narrative through traditional and unique media opportunities, on a local, regional and national level, with a focus on business initiatives.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key local, regional and national business and off-court media.
  • Work closely with corporate partnerships, sales and marketing to develop storylines for external use.
  • Oversee the writing and editing of internal and external communications, including press releases, memos and marketing material.
  • Manage and guide staff to successful earned media placements and event execution.


  • 8-10 years strong public relations experience including relevant experience in the sports and entertainment industry.
  • Strong relationships with media outlets across multiple platforms.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in marketing, public relations or communications.
  • Significant experience in special event development and execution.
  • Strong planning and project management skills with the ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to represent public relations department internally on cross-functional teams while developing and executing public relations strategies for marketing plans.
  • Experience in writing, editing and providing guidance for development of a range of PR and communication materials.
  • Outstanding communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

May 26, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: NETWORK, Media Coordinator (Application Deadline May 31, 2015)

NETWORK logoNETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby behind “Nuns on the Bus,” is seeking a Media Coordinator.

We are looking for a creative thinker and implementer, who will be responsible for overseeing organizational communications to the media, including preparing, pitching, and/or placing interviews, articles, press releases, letters to the editor, and other content initiatives. S/he actively seeks out, cultivates, and manages relationships with TV, print, and high-profile online reporters and producers.  The Media Coordinator integrates press and messaging strategies into all organization work, and is passionate about growing, nourishing, and connecting our network of justice-seekers.

A Catholic leader in the movement for justice and peace, NETWORK educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.  Founded in 1971 by Catholic sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II, NETWORK works to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.  Inspired by our founders and the leadership of the women who followed, we faithfully embody Gospel justice as we ignite hope in the world. We are rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition and open to all who share our passion.  Our staff is made up of a variety of faith perspectives. Read more.

Job Responsibilities

  • Effectively and strategically places NETWORK messaging in the media, including pitching articles, scheduling interviews, producing press releases/advisories, advising letters to the editor, placing op-eds, and creating and overseeing press events
  • Builds strategic relationships with media representatives, including cultivating, nourishing, and evaluating those relationships; effectively utilizes technology (Vocus) as needed
  • Manages the flow of news about the organization to the media and advocates on behalf of the NETWORK brand with the media across all communications channels and vehicles
  • Provides ideas and advice on the effect the organization's actions and legislative activities have in the media, strategizes about  what actions and campaigns will attract press attention, and integrates press/messaging strategies into NETWORK campaigns and major projects
  • Ensures organizational consistency in all aspects of communication; works to ensure NETWORK protects and promotes its image in an effective, coordinated, and consistent manner
  • Evaluates – and responds if necessary to – current events and media reports in key districts/states and the nation for their impact on NETWORK and its issues; remains abreast of current legislative and non-legislative issues about which the organization may be questioned
  • Provides talking points and tools for justice-seekers to connect with local media
  • Creates and utilizes metrics to measure effectiveness externally: utilizes media-tracking assessment tools (Meltwater)
  • Conducts media training for Board and staff
  • Has a role in other communication channels: social media, website, magazine, and eAdvocacy


  • 4-6 years of progressive professional experience working with traditional media, including 1-2 years working with elected officials, political campaigns, faith-based advocacy, or communications in the nonprofit world; entry-level applicants will not be considered
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a closely-related field preferred, but not required
  • Strong media and political instincts; a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. media and political landscape
  • Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills; Spanish fluency desired
  • Extensive experience with pitching stories and landing high-profile TV and print appearances
  • An excellent persuasive writer, a thorough fact-checker, and a highly-attentive editor
  • Experience in a detail-oriented position that required a high-level of organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, work independently and on a team, meet deadlines with quick turnaround and manage multiple projects
  • Familiarity with Catholic Social Teaching and/or experience with faith-based organizations is helpful, though not necessary. Experience with disadvantaged populations a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration, initiative, analytical thinking, customer service, relationship-building, flexibility, and leadership

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Managing Director. Starting salary in the mid-upper 40s. Generous benefits package available. 

TO APPLY: Send a résumé and cover letter – as attachments – outlining your qualifications to Please include “Media Coordinator” in the subject line.  You are welcome to include examples of – or links to – relevant past work.

First set of interviews will be taken from applications received by June 1, 2015.


May 20, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: TiVo, Public Relations Manager (San Jose, CA)

TiVo logoAs a material contributor to the TiVo Inc. Corporate Affairs and Communications team, you will lead TiVo’s consumer public relations and report to the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications.

With superior written and verbal communication skills, you will frequently interface with a wide array of executives across the company, manage multiple initiatives at any given time, regularly interface with members of the media and manage multiple retained public relations firms. This role is materially responsible for developing and executing communications plans for TiVo’s Consumer Retail, International, Service Operator, Advertising and Audience Research divisions and requires daily collaboration with TiVo’s relevant retained public relations firms and the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications.

Here’s what you get to do:

  • Collaborate with TiVo executives from different business units to develop communications plans surrounding all product launches and corporate announcements
  • Coordinate with appropriate members of the marketing team to leverage digital and social media platforms for various company announcements and communications strategies for product and service launches and updates
  • Work closely with TiVo business divisions to understand the product strategy and roadmap, to help position the communications strategy
  • Set up and staff ongoing analyst and media briefings during press tours, at press events and tradeshows
  • Develop the strategy for TiVo product announcements with international partners in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain and more
  • Work closely with consumer insights and other disciplines within the global marketing team to inform the PR and Social Media strategy, story development and content creation
  • Drive TiVo Research editorial calendar to ensure steady drumbeat of coverage pertaining to TiVo data while building a bigger narrative around TiVo’s thought leadership in viewing behavior and advertising
  • Contribute to the overall success of TiVo’s PR and Social Media efforts by investigating and assessing new tools and practices
  • Maintain and develop the PR budget and key communications programs such as product reviews, responding to the news, new campaign ideation and more
  • Manage other PR staff regarding the planning and execution of programs like executive speaking engagements and product reviews, development of briefing materials, press kits, distributing daily news coverage and more
  • Manage executive profiles through recommending and managing speaking opportunities, bio creation, headshot execution while building demand for executive presence  
  • Spearhead the product awards program to be sure TiVo is being recognized in all applicable categories, including working with partners domestically and internationally to support joint activities
  • Assist in corporate earnings preparation and grand-scale employee communications as needed
  • Consult with brand team on website maintenance and any redesigns as it pertains to TiVo PR, Communications and Investor Relations
  • Initiative recap content creation for dissemination among executives and board members
  • Provide other internal and external marketing groups with a sounding board for ideas and recommendations on media reception
  • Celebrity spokesperson management
  • Manage and execute corporate responsibility programs and charitable giving initiatives

Here’s what you’ll need to be successful:

  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience successfully executing a mixture of PR and media relations deliverables in a fast-paced and creative work environment   
  • A mix of agency and in-house experience preferred
  • Experience managing various agencies Extensive experience working with consumer brands driving consumer PR and social media programs
  • Demonstrated success using social media to grow a consumer brand through creative out-of-the-box thinking that drives measurable results
  • Media relationships with technology and consumer lifestyle influencers
  • An enthusiastic, can-do attitude; a problem solver; able to work autonomously; comfortable with strategic planning as well as implementing the details
  • Natural leadership characteristics and skilled at working across multiple organizations in a company to build teamwork and achieve results
  • Strong understanding and enthusiasm for PR and social media measurement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Academic credentials in the fields of business, communications, marketing and/or journalism

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

May 18, 2015

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: San Francisco 49ers, Coordinator of Corporate Communications (Santa Clara, CA)

San Francisco 49ersPosition Overview:

The five-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers are seeking a Coordinator of Corporate Communications to assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications in the development and execution of corporate communications initiatives for the team and Levi’s Stadium. The ideal candidate is an outgoing and innovative communications professional, experienced in project management and proactive media pitching. A thorough understanding of the live sports and entertainment industry is beneficial. Experience managing multiple clients – specifically consumer brands, corporate social responsibility initiatives or cause-based marketing – for a public relations agency is preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications with operational oversight of all 49ers and Levi's Stadium corporate communications responsibilities and the management of a department intern
  • Lead the development and execution of strategic communications planning for all 49ers community relations efforts and the 49ers Foundation, along with other assigned media initiatives and press functions
  • Proactively pitch 49ers and stadium-related story ideas to media, including the 49ers Museum, the 49ers STEM Education Program, the Levi’s® Stadium Tour Program and the Bourbon Steak & Pub restaurant
  • Manage media monitoring and internal reporting for key 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium corporate communications initiatives as directed
  • Write feature articles for 49ers publications and website as well as press releases on topics related to core competencies
  • Support publicity efforts for non-NFL events scheduled at the stadium when deemed necessary, coordinating with event organizers and promoters to garner desired coverage
  • Support the development and management of an organizational key messaging and coverage document, managing ongoing maintenance by the department intern
  • Work closely with the marketing and digital media departments to execute strategic communications plans and promote brand development
  • Develop and maintain local and national media lists for key media contacts in core functional competencies: technology, sustainability, education, community relations, marketing and sports business

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with proven problem solving abilities
  • Strong teamwork and relationship management skills
  • Works effectively with all personalities and skill levels
  • Creative, outside-the-box thinker
  • Efficiently meets internal and external deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and attentive to details and process
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion while maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to be flexible and resourceful in response to changing priorities and duties
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to continuously acquire new competencies and accept new challenges


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2-4 years of experience managing business and event communications for a public relations agency, a major brand and/or sports/entertainment organization

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)

May 07, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury, Director/Vice President – Public Relations (International Division)

Mercury logoMercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a public relations specialist for its Washington, D.C. office, working predominantly on international accounts. The role would focus on developing and executing public relations strategies, including media pitching/securing media placements, message development, and crisis communication. The role will require someone who is able to work long and at times unusual hours and to occasionally travel internationally without advanced warning.

About the ideal candidate:

-S/he should have 5+ years of experience working in PR and media relations

-S/he should be able to balance multiple accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-S/he should be highly organized, results-driven, a self-starter, and capable of working under pressure

-S/he should work well as part of a team

-S/he should have relationships with key members of the media or other influencers, and should be able to expand that network/build new relationships as needed

-S/he should have proven ability to secure prominent media coverage on behalf of clients

-S/he should have strong writing skills

-S/he should have a background or strong interest in international relations and/or foreign policy

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. Mercury has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, California, and 10 other locations across the U.S.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

April 29, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Communications Director

2015-Final-Square-LogoThe 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.

The communications director’s primary responsibility will be to publicize all of this activity. It is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations professional to deepen their policy expertise and influence important public debates.


  • Plan and execute an ongoing media-relations program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers by measurably increasing its press exposure.
  • Build new relationships and deepen 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 coverage of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
  • Partner with ITIF’s digital media specialist to expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  • A minimum of five to seven years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust media-relations programs.
  • Strong track record of getting 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 policy reporters is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.
  • Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website 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.

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 Please note in the subject line of your email 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 its reputation through an ongoing media-relations program.  (PF tipster)

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