September 01, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury Public Affairs, Director / Vice President, Public Relations (Washington, DC)

Mercury logoPosition: Director / Vice President – Public Relations, International Division

Description: Mercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a sharp, driven, team-oriented strategist for its international team in the public relations division. The position will center on issues management and overarching strategy and messaging development as well as pitching press for all international clients.

The ideal candidate should be able to:

-Oversee multiple existing client accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-Develop connections with key media and other influencers

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable regarding:

-Traditional and digital public relations

-Project management, including the creation and execution of communications plans

-International relations and current foreign policy issues

-Experience pitching press

The ideal candidate should have:

-5-8 years of professional experience, particularly work in an agency setting

-A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism political science or international relations. Master’s degree in related field is a plus.

-An outgoing, outsized personality, with the desire to constantly build upon existing and create new relationships with media and secure media placements

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, federal government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

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

October 16, 2011

JOB OF THE WEEK: US-China Business Council, Publications Editor / Website Manager

USCBC logoThe US-China Business Council (USCBC) is seeking an experienced Publications Editor and Website Manager for a full-time position, available immediately.

USCBC is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of roughly 240 American companies that do business with China. Founded in 1973, USCBC has provided unmatched information, advisory, advocacy, and program services to its membership for nearly four decades. Through its offices in Washington, DC; Beijing; and Shanghai, USCBC is uniquely positioned to serve its members' interests in the United States and China.

Primary Responsibilities:

·         Maintaining and overseeing USCBC's two main websites, and

·         Working with USCBC's outside webhost, programmer and design vendor as well as USCBC staff to update USCBC's websites

·         Maintaining, maximizing and adapting USCBC content for websites, social media networks, syndication partners, and blogs

·         Assist with the writing and editing of China Market Intelligence, USCBC's biweekly e-newsletter

·         Writing, fact-checking, copyediting, and proofreading articles, data spreads, and columns for the China Business Review (, the magazine of the USCBC

·         Conducting research on topics of concern to U.S. businesses in China as needed


·         Excellent command of English grammar and spelling; editing experience preferred

·         Experience maintaining websites, working with outside vendors, and social media platforms

·         Relevant experience working with digital publication and communication platforms

·         Proven writing and editing skills

·         Understanding of SEO and CMS

·         Ability to communicate clear, detailed instructions orally and in writing

·         Good online research skills and excellent attention to detail

·         Relevant exposure to and interest in, economics, statistics, global trade, business, and US-China relations and commercial activities

·         Ability to work independently

·         Energy and enthusiasm for communications, business, media, and publications

·         Bachelor's degree required

·         2-3 years of experience

·         Reading and speaking knowledge of Mandarin a plus

·         US permanent work authorization (US citizen or lawful permanent resident)

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, salary expectations, and a brief writing sample by email to [email protected] with the subject line "Publications Editor and Website Manager”.  No phone calls, please. (PF tipster)

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