Senior Account Director, Events & Entertainment PR
Los Angeles, CA /
Public Relations – Entertainment /
Sunshine Sachs is proud to represent clients across many industries including entertainment, social good, tech and lifestyle and we tell their stories through a variety of mediums. We know that even during the toughest times, our responsibility to our clients and each other can bring meaningful and long-lasting impact for those affected the most. We’re proud of each and every campaign we execute, but you may be wondering why we don’t have more than a landing page as our website. While many of our clients are household names (you know them, we’re sure of it), our digital footprint is purposefully small. We fly under the radar and we like it that way.
If you are fired up and ready to do good, join us!
We are looking for a smart, scrappy, hardworking Senior Account Director to join our bi-coastal events and entertainment media relations team, located in our Los Angeles office. The ideal candidate has experience overseeing PR and communications for large-scale events such as awards shows, galas, sporting events, concerts, festivals and fundraisers. They know the ins and outs of events – specifically the media relations aspect -- but also how to develop strategic campaigns, cultivate out-of-the-box ideas, rethink traditional concepts, drive engagement online and offline, and establish opportunities for brands, talent and influencers to participate and support. They are passionate about bringing entertainment moments to life and they understand how to work with talent, partners, vendors, and other teams without skipping a beat. This candidate must have entertainment media relationships -- from People Magazine to Access Hollywood and they know who to pitch and how to get them to red carpet events, galas, awards shows and more!
In addition to events, the candidate will also work on larger entertainment and lifestyle clients, so it’s important that they be curious, open-minded and willing to demonstrate their capabilities. They see this as a challenge and opportunity to grow their skills.
This candidate should have experience managing people and will be expected to oversee media relations executives on their accounts. Our Senior Account Directors lead accounts with little-to-no oversight – this includes counseling clients, providing fresh ideas, motivating teams, ensuring goals are being met and…they still pitch!
Our agency is integrated, and our Senior Account Directors frequently work on accounts that involve aspects of brand integration, talent and influencer integration, digital strategy, etc. While we don’t expect you to be fluent in all of these areas, we anticipate that this will excite you!
A great Senior Account Director truly excels at leading client accounts and managing people. They show tremendous leadership potential at the company. They are a positive influence, a team player, patient teachers and mentors to junior staff. They empower junior staff and help them grow. They are honest with themselves and upper management about their work. They have good instincts and challenge the team to think bigger. They are creative and push their account teams and the company to do better and think out of the box. They are solutions oriented. They understand their clients’ business goals and are constantly mapping back to ensure our work is directly having an impact on them. They are not afraid to push back and challenge a client if the direction being given won’t result in the ROI they are looking for.
They delegate respectfully and effectively to junior staff. They are clear about deadlines, roles and responsibilities and expectations.
- Eager to network and continue building relationships across a wide range of media
- Inclusive, welcoming, honest, kind, empathetic, professional, mature.
You Should Apply If:
- You have at least 8 years of experience working in an agency setting or relevant industry
- You’ve managed a team with direct oversight for at least 3 years (of those 8 mentioned above) of 2-5 people and have a proven track record and developing them in their careers.
- You have experience overseeing events and working in entertainment
- You have established relationships with media
- You are comfortable leading an account with team members in other offices/geographies
- You are a skilled and highly-organized project manager
- You see and set big picture strategy at a higher level
- You live by the “we, not me” mentality
- You maintain a strong network of media contacts and has a track record of placing strategic high level stories
- You’re willing to work select evenings/weekends and travel when necessary – our clients often need us to GO, GO, GO!
- You enjoy overdelivering rather than meeting expectations and take genuine pride in being part of something good.
Sunshine Sachs offers medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k), annual merit-based bonuses, PTO and commuter benefits. Additional perks include, Summer Fridays, frequent celebrations, a flexible work schedule and company-organized volunteer opportunities. We frequently identify company-wide opportunities to listen, learn and act throughout the year (Election Day, International Women’s Day, etc.).
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, identity and expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
A Little More About Us:
Teaching and mentoring is an essential pillar at Sunshine. Through a company-wide mentor program, all Sunshiners are paired with both a mentee as well as a mentor who is invested in your success and growth. We organize monthly Meet the Media series during which media contacts visit the office to explain who they are, what they do and best practices for pitching them and their colleagues. We have also developed a series of teaching workshops that are structured for each level of the company. All Sunshiners participate by leading sessions for team members who are more junior to them.