Senior Vice President, Communications

Leading Public Affairs Firm Published: May 13, 2016

Description

Chaloner is partnering with one of the nation’s go-to public affairs firms distinguished by its depth of talent, influential clients and winning track record. Battle-tested in the trenches of corporate reputation management and political campaigns, their clients include Fortune 100 companies, national political leaders, associations and nonprofits. We are currently seeking candidates for SVP, Communications who are strategic communications experts with a demonstrated depth of knowledge and expertise across a variety of industries. He/she will work with the leadership team to attract new business and grow existing accounts, ensure consistent delivery of excellent client service and work product, and attract, retain and mentor top talent.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage client engagements and provide strategic counsel to senior executives at client organizations.
  • Play a leading role in new business development efforts including prospecting, relationship management, and pitch and proposal development.
  • He/she will be able to identify and sign new clients, demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach, have strong networking skills in order to grow business, and is comfortable and familiar with business development processes (research, in-person meetings, proposals, pitches, etc.).
  • Supervise the development and implementation of strategic communications initiatives that incorporate traditional and digital communications channels and platforms, and that integrate earned, owned and paid media.
  • Knows and has strong relationships with national/New York media to pitch stories, shape coverage, and inform elite opinion.
  • Represent the practice and firm at relevant conferences and events, network with industry leaders, clients and prospective clients, and seek appropriate thought leadership and speaking opportunities to contribute to marketing the firm with an eye to ROI.
  • Coordinate the creation of a wide range of client-facing materials including strategic memos, presentations, media materials, and social media content.
  • Manage budgets and monitor utilization of team members to ensure effective and efficient application of firm resources.
  • Begin to take increasing accountability for meeting specific financial goals.
  • Oversee the professional development and mentorship of junior staff.
  • Play an active role in recruiting talent for the team.
  • Oversee the activities and work product of mid-level and junior team members.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills as senior strategic counsel internally and serve in a leadership role in firm-wide projects/initiatives as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of experience in strategic communications or public affairs within corporate, government, advocacy, or politics.
  • Experience managing strategic communications engagements with and on behalf of high-profile individuals as well as a range of clients in both the private and public sector.
  • Excellent reputation and proven track record growing existing client engagements and winning new business, including engaging one’s own network to establish and develop leads that result in new business success.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organization, prioritization and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams and managing operations, as well as managing and mentoring junior staff.
  • Ability to juggle multiple shifting priorities while maintaining a high-quality work product in concert with long-term client and company goals.
  • Experience devising and managing integrated communications campaigns that include earned, owned and paid media components.
  • Experienced strategist, tactician, and leader who has led multi-faceted campaigns that involve communications, research, grassroots and grasstops organizing.
  • Experience working in an agency environment is highly preferred.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required

Qualified candidates can send resumes to Kassie Wilner (kassie@chaloner.com).

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