Public Affairs Associate or Analyst

Washington, DC /
Hamilton Place Strategies /
Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) is an analytical public affairs consulting firm. HPS uses substantive analysis to understand complex topics, and creative public affairs tools to explain issues to audiences and reach critical stakeholders. We achieve our clients' goals by enhancing understanding of issues, products, and companies, and ultimately, improving outcomes.

HPS is engaged at the highest levels on debates such as the role of finance in the global economy, U.S. trade policy, the future of work, health outcomes, energy innovation, technology's role in society, and other issues across a broad range of sectors. Our clients include corporations, trade associations, non-profits, and charitable foundations.

Summary of Position:
HPS is seeking entry-level associates and analysts to join our dynamic team. They will benefit from immediate client exposure and opportunities for professional development, while working in a fun, fast-paced, and challenging environment. Associates support partners and directors on client teams, as well as contribute to internal firm projects. A successful candidate has strong writing and time-management skills, and a curious, proactive, high-achieving attitude. Recent graduates or applicants with up to three years of post-graduate work experience are encouraged to apply. 
Distinction Between Roles:
While the daily responsibilities are similar in nature, analysts and associates bring different skillsets to HPS. Analysts typically have a background in conducting research, data analysis, and modeling, whereas associates typically have more experience in writing and creating communications products. Over the course of the two-year program, analysts and associates will be trained to perform the full suite of research and communications responsibilities. For the purposes of this application, a candidate should apply for the role that best reflects their background.

Duties & Responsibilities:
+ Write communications products like press releases, media advisories, opinion pieces, and social media posts
+ Develop a strong understanding of reporters, policy experts, and policymakers relevant for clients' issue areas
+ Draft explanatory materials on complex policy issues and write concise memos that summarize research, detail a policy landscape, and highlight key findings
+ Develop and manage digital campaigns on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, and synthesize results 
+ Assist with executing events, including press conferences, speaking engagements, editorial board meetings and media trainings
+ Research and monitor clients' business and industry to maintain a current knowledge base and keep team apprised of new and ongoing developments
+ Collect, conduct, and present quantitative and qualitative research and analysis in a variety of communication vehicles, including presentations, reports, infographics, and fact sheets
+ Inform communication and advocacy strategies with policy expertise
+ Perform statistical and economic analyses
+ Provide feedback to managerial insight/analysis
+ Write both short- and large-scale reports, white papers, and blog posts, among other products

+ Bachelor's degree in Economics, Public Policy, Political Science/Government, Business, Finance, Journalism, or related fields 
+ For associates: experience with drafting communications products for a variety of audiences at a communications agency, publicly traded company, media outlet, a federal agency or on the Hill
+  For analysts: experience conducting research and performing financial or economic analysis and writing and distilling complex ideas and concepts into a digestible format at a financial services or consulting firm, policy/research shop, publicly traded company, or think tank
+ Expertise and interest in a specific policy field, broader business and economics trends, politics, and the legislative process
+ Willingness to learn new skills and participate in new projects
+ Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing assignments
+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills
+ Strong data management and analytical skills
+ Ability to take initiative; motivated and self-starting
+ Solid presentation skills and strong attention to detail
+ Proficiency – and ability to grow skills – in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining Excel models that combine multiple data sources is a plus
+ Experience creating graphics and data visualizations is a plus, as is an openness to learn basic graphic-design skills

Associates and analysts at HPS participate in a two-year leadership program focused on training and learning. The program combines formal training sessions for soft and hard skills with on-the-job learning through work on client teams and non-client related research projects. In addition to this overall program, associates enjoy the following benefits:

+ Competitive salary and compensation structure
+ Excellent health care benefits, with 100% of individual employee and 50% of dependent health premiums covered
+ Competitive retirement benefits with 401(k) matching
+ Twelve weeks paid parental leave
+ Generous paid time off and holiday schedule
+ Formalized mentorship program for first six months of tenure
+ Frequent firm-wide social events, networking activities, and educational opportunities
+ Excellent environment for learning and growth
+ Monthly stipend for cell phone
Start Dates & Locations:
For this position, we are primarily considering applicants in the greater Washington, D.C., area. However, there may be limited opportunities for our New York office.
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Hamilton Place Strategies values diversity and inclusion, is committed to equal employment opportunity, and to compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws. We also comply with District of Columbia law, which prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, applicants for employment and interns based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, reproductive health decisions and breastfeeding), national origin, disability, age (18 and over), personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation (e.g., being enrolled in a college or university or in a business, nursing, professional, secretarial, technical or vocational school), political affiliation, genetic information (including family medical history), lawful use of tobacco products, unemployment status and status as a victim or the family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking.