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)

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)

June 22, 2015

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)

May 29, 2015

Subbotin Sillin Heads West to San Fran

Melissa Subbotin SillinMelissa Subbotin Sillin has left Washington, DC, where she was Communications Director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), to join her husband Nat Sillin in San Francisco.

She will work for strategic communications form Larson Communications.

Before OGR, she was Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Press Secretary for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, MN and Press Secretary for former Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV).

She’s a graduate of San Diego State University.  (PF tipster)

May 19, 2015

FleishmanHillard Hires Naylor, Roth

FleishmanHillard today announced that Administration, campaign and Capitol Hill veteran Nathan Naylor and public affairs specialist Caroline Roth joined the firm’s public affairs practice in Washington, D.C.

Nathan NaylorNaylor comes to FleishmanHillard after serving as the Vice President for Global Communications at BSA|The Software Alliance and leading Public Affairs and Communications at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Naylor is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and a former Assistant Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore.  He is also a veteran of the Presidential Advance office and has led teams both nationally and internationally on behalf of then President Clinton, First Lady Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore.

He is a graduate of American University.

Caroline RothRoth comes to FleishmanHillard from Rasky Baerlien|Prism and previously worked on Capitol Hill for then Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and served as a staff writer for National Journal’s Hotline.

She earned her master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in 2010 while clerking for the public relations team at BGR Group.  She began her career as a communications specialist for the DuPage County Board in Wheaton, IL.  (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 internationaljobs14@gmail.com. Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

April 05, 2015

Communications Vet Sadosky Joins Forbes-Tate, will Start PR Practice

Jeff SadoskyPolitico’s “Daily Influence” first reported that Jeff Sadosky is joining lobby firm Forbes-Tate as Senior Vice President.

Sadosky is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was most recently serving as a Managing Director of the Biotechnological Industry Organization.

Sadosky worked on the 2004 Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign and as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Politico reported that Sadosky will “service the firm's government relations clients,” while also “building the firm’s communications and public affairs practice.”

He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and is a native of Huntington Beach, CA.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)

Hainen Named Vice President at Vox Global

Kristen HainenBipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm VOX Global has hired Kristen Hainen as a vice president in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Prior to joining VOX Global, Hainen was a Communications Director for LMG, Inc., where she managed and developed media strategies for clients in aerospace, technology, entertainment and defense.

Prior to her time at LMG, Inc., Hainen worked on several political campaigns and in Congressional offices developing communications strategies for candidates and elected officials in key battleground states including Colorado, Nevada and Virginia.  She has served as spokesperson, communications director and campaign manager for several campaigns.

Hainen is a graduate of Rockhurst University and received her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.  (PF tipster)

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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