Vice President, Washington, D.C.

Abernathy MacGregor, a leading strategic communications advisor, is looking for an experienced professional to join its Washington, D.C. office as a Vice President. Our clients include many of the world’s leading companies and organizations, which come to us for help communicating their stories to policymakers, regulators, investors, customers, employees and other key audiences. The optimal candidate will have corporate or agency experience, a political background as well as exceptional writing and media relationships and skills. Candidates will be asked to help manage client projects, provide tactical support, help pursue new business activities and help provide advice and counsel directly to clients.

Technical requirements

  • Four to seven years of public policy, communications or government affairs experience, exceptional writing skills, and strong knowledge of at least two, and preferably more of the following areas including:
    • Corporate public relations
    • Stakeholder communications
    • White House, congressional or regulatory affairs
    • Strategic advising and planning
    • Business leaders and employee communications
    • Issue advocacy communications and engagement
    • Corporate transformation/reputational building
    • Digital and social media
  • Advanced capability in:
    • Media Relations
    • Public Policy
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrable advanced writing and analysis skills, g., ability to draft longer, strategic planning documents, client memos, thought leadership pieces, key messages, speeches, op-eds, Q&A, social media messages and strategy memos.
  • PowerPoint skills.
  • Ability to help with client development including ability to analyze research reports and prepare pitch materials.

Operational capabilities should include ability to:

  • Adaptable to supporting the team in a range of disciplines and needs
  • Work calmly and collaboratively with colleagues to deliver high-quality advice often in times of high stakes client change
  • Build trust and work effectively with primary client contacts
  • Distill pertinent information from multiple workstreams
  • Work effectively with reporters and news media on behalf of clients
  • Work effectively with equivalent team members from law firms, investment banks, other advisors
  • Develop a personal network of peers in above constituencies
  • Serve as a firm ambassador in external marketing functions
  • Identify potential new business opportunities and contribute meaningfully to business generation initiatives, including with existing clients
  • Serve as a project manager for high intensity projects such as crisis situations
  • Contribute meaningfully to new business presentations and client strategy sessions
  • Manage projects for quality control, timeliness, respect for internal and client processes and budget
  • Mentor and supervise the work of junior team members

How we measure success

  • Demonstrate a collaborative personality, working with different people across different geographies, seeking and successfully achieving buy-in on project approaches and concepts
  • Be a sought-after internal partner, known for sound advice, reliable and on-brand performance and respect for both Abernathy MacGregor and client approval processes
  • Superior quality, reliable and timely work and commitment to a 24/7 work environment when needed

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter to LinkedIn or send both documents to careers@abmac.com. (A complete application will include both documents.) We will review your application and contact you if you are selected for an interview.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

About Abernathy MacGregor

Abernathy MacGregor (abmac.com) is a leading strategic communications firm with offices in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.  We specialize in advising CEOs, board directors and senior executives on effective stakeholder communications, engagement and advocacy initiatives amid changing expectations and demands from a range of internal and external stakeholders.  The firm has a proven 36-year history helping clients build and preserve value, seize opportunities and solve problems.

We create communications and engagement strategies for pivotal business events from crisis management and litigation to M&A and shareholder activism to CEO transitions, both planned and unexpected.  We also help clients create and maintain day-to-day, best-in-class communications and engagement practices.  These include reputation management, investor relations and media relations counsel, government affairs and governance support.

Abernathy MacGregor is a member of Havas SA, which is one of the largest global advertising and communications groups in the world.  We are also a founding member of AMO (amo-global.com), the leading international network of strategic communications consultancies.

Abernathy MacGregor is an equal opportunity employer.  We value and welcome employees of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and viewpoints, including race, religion, national origin, gender identity and sexual orientation.  We believe this diversity contributes meaningfully to the quality of the counsel we provide and enriches the culture of our firm.