Overview

The Director will work closely with senior leaders to provide critical communications support to the firm’s clients across practice areas. This individual will be responsible for leading multiple small to mid-sized accounts and assisting in new business activity.  The Director takes a leadership role in the growth and development of junior staff. This position is based in our New York City office.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

  • Serve as the day-to-day or lead client contact and keep client engagements on schedule, effectively drawing from relevant teams and resources to deliver best-in-class service
  • Draft written materials (e.g., communications plans, strategy memos, rollouts, press releases, message tracks, pitch letters, Q&As, etc.) typically require little editing.
  • Keep senior staff appropriately apprised of client issues, deliverables, and feedback
  • Ensure client teams are proactive and highly responsive to client needs, anticipating upcoming deliverables and taking accountability for proper execution
  • Build relationships with media, including top tier relationships

 

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Manage relationships with clients and creates and manage teams on small or medium accounts with some assistance from senior staff
  • Help to operate accounts within budget framework
  • Write effective, compelling materials

 

BUSINESS AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Participate in new business development for the group and collaborate among practice areas around the firm to support new business pitches.
  • Actively build a professional network
  • Serve as direct manager for one to three junior staff, working closely with them on their professional growth and development
  • Evaluate staff performance, actively engages staff to work on achieving developmental goals, and recommend and implement solutions should performance problems exist
  • Participate in the recruiting and hiring process by interviewing candidates, providing feedback, evaluating writing assignments, and making recommendations to hire
  • Participate in pro bono work
  • Take an active role in the life of the firm (e.g., Practice Area groups)

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of nine years of relevant experience in communications (agency), legal, public affairs, journalism, or related areas
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and critical thinking skills, including a strong ability to think strategically
  • Ability to synthesize information, set and execute strategic and tactical objectives
  • Possesses a strong understanding of how to navigate various types of communications challenges and opportunities and demonstrates analytical strength and focused creativity
  • Thrives under pressure, with the ability to handle multiple projects in a demanding, deadline-oriented environment while maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Familiarity with current economic events and news trends
  • Organized, proactive, and self-motivated; anticipate upcoming client projects and deliverables
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and clients with changing priorities independently and meet deadlines in a dynamic, high-stakes environment
  • Articulates thoughtful strategies for clients using input from Partners and other colleagues
  • The role requires significant flexibility and availability, subject to client demands
  • Ability to travel up to 20%
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