Vice President

August 21, 2018
Job Type


Chaloner has partnered with pioneering social change communications firm Fenton on a search for a Vice President to join the Washington, DC office. This is an exciting moment of growth for the firm as they are seeing strong growth across all agency offices: Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles.

They develop and execute strategic communications campaigns that make a difference for social justice, the environment, health and other issues in the public interest. Over the past year, they have worked to:

  • Fight for public lands and protection of national monuments
  • Turn out racist DA’s and prosecutors and elect pro-reform candidates
  • Support women’s access to birth control and a right to choose
  • Engage dreamers and their allies in the fight for immigration reform
  • Launch a bold video and advertising campaign to engage young voters in the 2018 election.

The firm also works on projects that involve media relations, branding, communications planning and digital media development.

Fenton is looking for a well-networked strategic thinker who understands what it takes to conduct winning issue advocacy campaigns. This person will be good at building relationships; a great project manager; and well-versed in the “blue wave” of 2018 and progressive politics. The VP reports directly to the Managing Director in the Washington, DC office, works collaboratively with senior leadership across the firm, plays a pivotal role in new business activities and provides day-to-day oversight of assigned accounts and high-level strategic counsel to clients. The Vice President is responsible for project, budget and staff management.

Candidates must have some media relations and/or messaging/strategic experience and preferably will have strong media contacts in national politics. Ideal candidates have expertise in politics, social justice and other progressive issues. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting strategic communications planning for individual organizations and issue movements
  • Writing new business proposals, strategy documents, communications plans and other client-ready materials
  • Developing strategy, communications plans, memos, press kits and pitch plans
  • Overseeing media relations work for key national and state media outlets
  • Managing client budgets and work plans to ensure profitability
  • Coordinating online and offline campaigns and strategies
  • Leading new business pitch teams
  • Managing and supervising job teams and individual staff
  • Participating in meetings with DC senior staff and staff across Fenton on organizational goals, growth and vision

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ten+ years experience in public-interest communications, or demonstrated equivalent experience, with preference for political, advocacy or agency experience (Please specifically show this level of experience in your résumé and cover letter.)
  • Demonstrated staff management and mentoring experience, including direct management of staff at varying career levels (Please specifically describe this level of experience in your resume or cover letter.)
  • Demonstrated issue expertise in one or more of the firm’s issue areas
  • Experience in public relations, including firm understanding of client billing processes, client contracts and client service
  • Successful ability to manage client accounts and budgets
  • Superior writing skills
  • A well-established network
  • Demonstrated business development and networking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to pitch and land new business

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Beth Kitzinger (

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