MANAGING DIRECTOR/PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

San Francisco, Full time

 

Who We Are:

Interdependence Public Relations is a full-service digital PR and integrated marketing firm supercharged by the most advanced technology ever in public relations to maximize consistent media placements in prestigious media and industry outlets. It's an experience that stands apart. We are a passionate group of professionals partnering with people and brands to look at the big picture and drive impactful results. Our performance-driven team consists of former journalists, communicators, marketers, creative experts and more. We embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, thinking outside of the box, expert storytelling, fierce collaboration and learning new things every day.

 

The Role:

Interdependence Public Relations is seeking to hire a Managing Director to play a leadership role in building the agency’s public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice globally and support the company’s rapid growth. The ideal candidate will be a public affairs, crisis, and government relations communications trailblazer, a thought leader who can help shape the voice of top brands and has a proven track record of successfully developing and managing a business base. The individual in this role will be responsible for business development, day-to-day operations, overseeing the growth and leading the agency’s growing  public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice. As a thoughtful, inspiring and engaging leader, the Managing Director will also oversee and manage the performance of communications teams across multiple locations and play a part in attracting new talent to help build the business. As a part of the senior leadership team you will collaborate with other practice heads and report directly to the agency’s Chairman.

 

The Responsibilities: 

Leadership Management –

·         Building the agency’s public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice with significant growth.

·         Oversee and understand the public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice financial objectives and actual performance

·         Provide forecasts of performance and meet the practice area’s public affairs, crisis, and government relations objectives

 

 

Client Service & Account Management –

·         Lead and/or contribute to key public affairs, crisis, and government relations accounts – help clients effectively tell their stories to their target audience and engage as lead counsellor in crises that arise where reputation risk is managed at C-Suite level

·         Monitor and course correct when necessary, client satisfaction for public affairs, crisis, and government relations clients

·         Manage profitability for clients, including account retention and staff billability

·         Lend support and direction to help individuals and teams realize their full potential while ensuring profitability, growth and creativity to public affairs, crisis, and government relations clients

 

New Business –

·         Drive significant growth of an already multi-million-dollar business category as an industry leader

·         Respond directly to new business opportunities

 

·         Play a leadership role in building Interdependence’s public affairs, crisis, and government relations into a top-tier worldwide offering

·         Build the agency’s presence as a major public affairs, crisis, and government relations

·         Be omnipresent in the market and promote Interdependence PR’s offerings

·         Plan and effectively execute new business strategies for the public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice

·         Collaborate with other business leads to set strategies in order to meet both internal and external goals, integrate and drive best results

 

People Development –

·         Oversee, lead and manage the performance of communications teams across multiple locations

·         Sustain the agency's growth by attracting and selecting staff for the public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice

·         Develop people through coaching, mentoring, and active team leadership

·         Improve staff engagement and retention

·         Further establish culture and practice vision in a positive way

·         Inspire other senior leaders, cultivate and retain large, cross-functional teams

·         Act as a thoughtful and engaging leader – provide opportunities to develop core skills and feedback

·         Provide channels for training and development of staff in the public affairs, crisis, and government relations practice

·         Act as a mentor and champion of your team members, encourage a high level of strategic thinking and creativity while providing guidance on daily activities

·         Have a strong understanding of the individual capabilities, strengths and opportunities

 

Knowledge & Professional Skills –

·         Be a thoughtful leader within the public affairs, crisis, and government relations and promote yourself as an expert within your area of specialization

·         Demonstrate deep understanding of public affairs, crisis, and government relations

·         Monitor the marketplace for new trends, opportunities and key players within the public affairs, crisis, and government relations space

·         Identify, quickly communicate, react to new insights and act upon “what’s next”

 

Qualifications:

·         Proven track record of successfully building an agency’s practice as an industry leader and managing a zero to 10M+ or 50 to 100-million-dollar business division expansion.

·         Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or similar applicable field is required. Masters’ degree considered a strong plus.

·         Requires 10+ years of public relations, marketing or related experience at a senior level

·         Minimum of 5 years of individual contributor and team management experience, including team development is required

·         P&L management experience required

·         Extensive communications experience in the public affairs, crisis, and government relations space, ideally in an agency environment

·         Senior strategist sought out by clients to provide counsel about communications in different aspects and ability to manage complex client relationships

·         Deep understanding of a wide range of communications channels, tools and vehicles spanning paid, owned and earned platforms, including social platforms

·         A sense of urgency, the ability to deal with ambiguous situations, a strategic view but also willing to roll up your sleeves and dig into the work to drive impact

·         Highly collaborative, diplomatic, ability to influence others, persuasive approach

·         Exceptionally strong analytical skills

·         Creative problem solver who is able to see and offer big picture perspective

·         Experience working globally or with colleagues in multiple locations

·         A team orientation, with experience leading and being a member of diverse teams in an engaging way

 

The Perks:

·         Outstanding benefits package—including medical/dental/vision support, vacation/sick time/paid time off for important holidays, 401(k), Work Out Wednesdays, flexible working arrangements (i.e. working from home)

 

 

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