March 13, 2014

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate & Vice President

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic strategic communications firm, is looking for Senior Associate and Vice President candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C.

Ideal candidates must have:

  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, in public affairs firms, for advocacy groups, and/or in journalism.
  • A proven track record of placing national print and broadcast stories.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Strong research and writing skills.

Ideal Senior Associate candidates have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience beating deadlines, drafting great copy and anticipating the next step.

Vice President candidates have 5 to 7 years of experience that includes leading teams, managing clients and/or directing communications campaigns. We are looking for leaders who thrive off of the campaign war room pace and are focused on winning our clients’ Election Days.

This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you want to join our team of smart, amazing PR pros, send your resume to us: Jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)

February 01, 2014

PR Firms Rasky Baerlein and Prism Merge

Rasky Baerlin logoRasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Inc. (RBSC) and Prism Public Affairs announced today that they are merging two of the leading, independent public affairs firms in the country. 

Prism logoThe new firm will offer an expanded suite of services combining RBSC’s reputation management, corporate communications and bipartisan government relations capabilities with Prism’s experience in public affairs, crisis and litigation communications.  RBSC and Prism’s senior strategists boast subject matter expertise in financial services, energy, healthcare, life sciences, higher education, defense, technology and telecommunications, which is matched with knowledge of an ever-changing political, legislative and regulatory landscape.

The firms will also combine their leading-edge digital public affairs and communications services. 

The combined entity will include operations in both Boston and Washington, D.C., with a team of 55 professionals and will ultimately be known as Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications.  During the transition period, it will operate in Washington, D.C. as Rasky Baerlein|Prism and will be managed by the senior team of Mr. Leibach, Prism’s Co-Founder and Managing Director Amanda Deaver, and David Tamasi, senior vice president of Rasky Baerlein.

Combined revenue for 2013 stands at approximately $15 million, making RBSC one of the top 25 independent public relations firms in the country by revenue.  Prism’s current partners – Dale Leibach, Amanda Deaver and Rex Granum – will join the Rasky Baerlein partnership, which recently announced the addition of George Cronin, Justine Griffin and Jim Cabot to the long-time RBSC partnership of Joe Baerlein, Ann Carter and Larry Rasky.

Rasky and Leibach enjoy a long history, having worked together on presidential and congressional campaigns.  (PF tipster)

VOX Global Hires Communications Vet Maine

Holly MaineVOX Global, a bipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm, has hired Holly Maine as Senior Vice President in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where she will advise Fortune 500 clients on new ways to increase their efficiency when executing digital campaigns.

Prior to joining VOX, Holly was a Senior Account Executive and Regional Director with Centro, where she worked with numerous public affairs firms and advertising agencies to design and execute innovative digital campaigns.

During her tenure with Centro, Holly worked with clients to create digital strategies designed to mobilize and persuade voters, raise brand or issue awareness and drive sales revenue for consumer clients. Holly began her career as an Advertising Director at National Journal. Her work there included multi-platform selling and creating integrated advertising campaigns for Fortune 100 companies.

Holly graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and Politics.

Holly joins VOX Global’s Digital Public Affairs practice group, joining VOX’s leading experts on digital campaign strategy. This team brings experience and insight to organizations interested in more effectively utilizing strategic communications to achieve their missions.  (PF tipster)

January 16, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Qorvis’ Reid Moving to NYC for IAVA

55733_10151156456817515_2046344087_oAfter three years on international flights advising clients in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, Qorvis Communications Partner John Reid is heading from DC to New York City to become Chief Communications Officer for The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA).

The not-for-profit advocacy group focused on the newest generation of veterans is rapidly expanding its national outreach and membership. Reid, 43, is former communications director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and then-U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) and as VP at the infancy of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC with founder Matt Mackowiak.

Reid is known to many from his time as President of the Senate Press Secretaries Association and previously spent 10 years as a Richmond, VA television news anchor. Recently he’s volunteered as an advisor to groups seeking GOP Congressional votes for the passage of ENDA legislation.

Reid starts work in New York next week.

He s a graduate of Baylor University and a native of Richmond.  (PF tipster)

September 10, 2013

Gartman to Head Chandler Chicco DC Office

Heather GartmanGlobal health communications agency Chandler Chicco named Heather Gartman as its DC lead.

Gartman has more than twenty years of experience in public relations and marketing communications for healthcare clients including patient advocacy groups, medical societies, trade associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and non-profits.  She has broad experience in crisis and issues management, advocacy relations, creation and management of public education campaigns, and pharmaceutical brand and corporate public relations.

Heather joins from Ruder Finn where she opened and oversaw the DC office, and focused on new business development and strategic oversight for many of the firm’s healthcare brands.  Prior to Ruder Finn, Heather served as managing director and head of healthcare for Zeno Group in DC for seven years.  Her other agency experience includes Euro RSCG and Earle Palmer Brown. In the public sector, Heather has consulted for many government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services and State.  (PF tipster)

September 03, 2013

Former RNC Communications Director Francis Joins JDA Frontline

Trevor FrancisFirst reported in Politico’sPlaybook,” by Mike Allen, “Trevor Francis, a veteran communications strategist, has joined JDA Frontline as an Executive Vice President and Managing Partner.

Francis joins the firm from FleishmanHillard where he was a senior vice president and partner of public affairs.

Previous roles include serving as Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, and Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

JDA Frontline includes Kevin Sheridan, Ann Marie Hauser, Adam Temple and Bill McQuillen.

He is a native of Montville, NJ.  (Politico “Playbook”)

August 13, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Chlopak, Leonard, Schecter & Associates (CLS), Associate

CLS logoChlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates (CLS) is looking to hire an energetic, hardworking and organized individual for an opening at the entry-level Associate position. Candidates should ideally have internship/work experience in journalism, public relations, public affairs or politics.

The right candidate will have a passion for communications and public affairs, the ability to effectively juggle a range of tasks and excellent attention to detail. The Associate position’s responsibilities include writing persuasive materials, conducting research, media pitching, and presentation development.  This person will also be expected to think strategically and grasp complex issues across multiple and varying clients. Along with account work, the Associate will also be expected to provide some administrative support. Experience with social media, Wordpress and HTML is preferred.

Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates is a highly regarded mid-sized communications/public relations firm that focuses on public affairs, corporate, international, and crisis communications. CLS has a roster of clients that includes Fortune 100 companies, leading trade associations, non-profits and international organizations. CLS offers a competitive salary, and health and retirement benefits.

For more information, visit our web site at www.clsdc.com.

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to clsjobs@clsdc.com and indicate you are applying for the “Associate” position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

June 09, 2013

Remainders: Items We Missed

Sorry we missed youCatching up on some important flack items we missed:

  • Justin DeJong is the new Vice President, Editorial and Channel Strategy at the American Medical Association.  He was the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing media relations for the third largest federal department, including for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.  DeJong is a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office.
  • Todd Winer is the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).  He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
  • White House flack Clark Stevens is the new Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Stevens was an Assistant White House Press Secretary and from 2009-2010 was first Press Secretary at FEMA, then at DHS.  He previously worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Jennifer Hoelzer launched an LA-based public affairs firm, IOC Strategies, Inc.  Hoelzer has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has consulted on the HBO series, “Veep.”  She previously worked for U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and as a writer/producer for The McLaughlin Group.

May 30, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Keybridge Communications, Director

Keybridge CommunicationsKeybridge Communications, a DC-based public relations firm that specializes in op ed writing, media placement, web development and design, located in Georgetown, is seeking a bright, energetic, self-motivated college graduate with at least one year experience in public relations or communications for a Director position.

Responsibilities include: Interfacing with clients; managing projects and contractors; pitching journalists, writing/editing press releases and opeds, assisting as needed, and performing other public relations tasks.

Must have strong organizational skills, exceptional attention to detail, and an interest in current events and public policy. 

Salary: $47,000

TO APPLY: Visit here.  (Mediabistro)

May 22, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Chlopak, Leonard, Schecter & Associates, Managing Associate

CLS logoChlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates, a boutique Washington, D.C.-based communications firm, is currently seeking applicants for mid-level positions.

CLS serves a range of clients – including Fortune 100 corporations, high-profile individuals, foreign governments and international organizations, trade associations and non-profits. Some need to protect their reputations from intense threats. Others are trying to shape new laws. All are looking for creative, outside-the-box solutions that bring together politics, public policy and media/communications.

Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with strong ability to work well within teams. Individuals should have 5+ years of experience in public affairs, corporate and/or crisis communications. Candidates must possess strong writing skills, experience in managing media relations, and ability to formulate creative communications strategies and messaging. Political experience (such as campaigns or Capitol Hill) is strongly preferred. Experience in the media, a PR agency, association or non-profit is desirable. Fluency in Spanish a plus.  Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to careers@clsdc.com or for more information, visit www.clsdc.com.   (PF tipster)

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