Public Affairs Director

The Herald Group is looking for a highly motivated, career oriented individual looking to gain further experience in public affairs and strategic communications.

A mid-level position, the director will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of client team activities with increasing client interaction, interfacing with client contacts, executing on new account programs, client initiatives and media relations projects, contributing to plans and strategies and overall servicing of client accounts in close collaboration with a Vice President. The candidate should be a team player and able to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

The Herald Group is a full service, bipartisan public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., that provides strategic communications counsel to major corporations, trade associations and other organizations seeking to advance public policy positions in federal and state legislative arenas. We provide a fast-paced, energetic work environment. This is a full time, paid position.

Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of communications experience. PR agency or public policy communications experience preferred
  • Ability to recommend and initiate work and projects with minimal direction
  • Energetic, self-starter and resourceful problem solver – gets things moving and keeps them on track
  • Good interpersonal skills, works effectively in a team environment, can negotiate approvals diplomatically, and maintain composure and quality under constant deadline pressure
  • Ability to illustrate a results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile for clients. Experience working directly with clients using appropriate verbal and written communications skills
  • A collaborative team member, with the ability to meet deadlines while managing and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely on short deadlines while varying writing styles to target audiences
  • Understanding of and experience working with traditional and digital news media, with demonstrated skill at pitching and placing stories in a variety of media outlets
  • Experience drafting content for clients, including internal memos, press releases, op-eds and blog posts
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Responsibilities:

Work may include, and is not limited to, any or all of the following:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communications programs
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of client programs and client relationships, including media monitoring, issue research, project updates and internal team management
  • Serve as primary contact and lead for certain client projects
  • Build relationships and position self and firm as a strategic partner with clients, colleagues and relevant external audiences
  • Manage and coach junior staff on accounts
  • Consistently produce high quality internal and external communications content, including traditional media correspondence, op-eds, letters to the editor, strategy memos and plans, as well as writing for social media and the web
  • Develop client proposals and media materials in collaboration with client leads, including plans, presentations, reports and communications documents
  • Assist leadership with development of new business proposals and presentations
  • Contribute strategic and creative program ideas for client campaigns

The Herald Group presents unique opportunities for advancement of innovative young professionals seeking to excel in a growing, fast-paced environment.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter with a resume to info@theheraldgroup.com, and may be asked to submit a writing sample or complete a writing test.

EOE M/F/V/D

Public Affairs Associate/Senior Associate

The Herald Group is looking for a highly motivated, career-oriented individual looking to gain hands on knowledge of public affairs and strategic communications.

The candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills, good writing and verbal communication ability, as well as excellent knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and social media applications. The candidate should be a team player and able to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

Experience and/or interest in health care is strongly preferred.

The Herald Group is a full service, bipartisan public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., that provides strategic communications counsel to major corporations, trade associations and other organizations seeking to advance public policy positions in federal and state legislative arenas. We provide a fast-paced, energetic work environment, and this position will have daily interaction with senior staff and clients. This is a full time, paid position.

The associate/senior associate will support client account teams in delivering high-quality strategic communications services. The ideal candidate will assist with the coordination and execution of client projects, as well as some administrative duties.

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of communications experience in a PR agency, corporation, association or as a Congressional press secretary. Public policy communications experience is a plus
  • Health care experience or interest is strongly preferred
  • Strong written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and attention to detail
  • Team-oriented with positive attitude
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely on short deadlines while varying writing styles to target audiences
  • Energetic, self-starter and resourceful problem solver – gets things moving and keeps them on track

Responsibilities:

Work may include, and is not limited to, any or all of the following:

  • Support client accounts by developing press releases and other content, attending meetings, managing and developing media contacts, conducting research, tracking action items and meeting deadlines
  • Write, edit and proofread materials ensuring quality and consistency
  • Identify and work with media to pitch stories and build relationships for client and firm
  • Use social media tools on a regular basis to amplify and monitor impact of client messages
  • Daily and ad hoc media clip reporting to identify opportunities for client engagement
  • Demonstrate understanding and implementation of social media tools
  • Participate in new business process including research, proposal and pitch preparation
  • Respond in a timely and professional manner to client requests or needs

The Herald Group offers an entrepreneurial work environment, opportunities for growth, and a competitive compensation package.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter with a resume to info@theheraldgroup.com, and may be asked to submit a writing sample or complete a writing test.

Salary commensurate with experience.

EOE M/F/V/D

Public Affairs/Public Policy Communications Intern

The Herald Group is looking for a highly motivated, career oriented individual looking to gain hands on knowledge of public affairs and strategic communications through a paid internship.

The intern should possess excellent interpersonal skills, good writing and verbal communication ability as well as excellent knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The candidate should be a team player and able to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

The Herald Group is a boutique public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., that provides strategic communications counsel to major corporations, trade associations and other organizations seeking to advance a policy position or raise awareness in Washington, D.C., or in state capitals. It is a fast-paced, energetic work environment, and interns will have interaction with senior staff, including partners.

The intern will support client account teams in delivering high-quality strategic communications services to our clients. While the role does involve administrative duties, the ideal candidate will assist with the coordination and execution of client projects.

Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student with an interest in communications and/or public affairs, as well as an interest in politics and policy
  • Strong written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Team-oriented and positive attitude
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Self-starter who will seek out opportunities to assist team members

Responsibilities:

Intern work may include, and is not limited to, any or all of the following:

  • Media list development
  • Daily and ad hoc media clip reporting
  • Internet research
  • Administrative projects/tasks
  • Media pitching
  • Press release drafting
  • Support of team leaders on activities and projects

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter with a resume to info@theheraldgroup.com, and may be asked to submit a writing sample or complete a writing test.

EOE M/F/V/D