Account Manager, Social Good & Issues Advocacy

Washington, DC /
Public Relations – Social Good & Issues Advocacy /
Full-Time
Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis 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 have an immediate opening for an Account Manager on our Social Good & Issues Advocacy Team in the Washington, D.C. office. What does this mean? You’ve been doing this for about 6 years or so and are looking for your next challenge and opportunity. This is a role for someone who has an interest in dabbling in multiple industries – but are passionate about progressive causes and campaigns – from reproductive health to racial justice to voting rights to gun reform to everything in between. You consider yourself to be a “political junkie.” You’re someone who checks Politico Playbook as soon as you wake up. We’ll want to know who your evening news anchor of choice is! Are you passionate about your views and have a legitimate opinion on policy? You have all this energy, these great contacts and are ready to make an impact in the world through your work, we can help you do that! 

Responsibilities Include:

    • Leading account teams and managing projects from start to finish.
    • Developing, and executing comprehensive communications strategies.
    • Conducting regular and thorough research on various topics, flagging relevant news updates for teams/clients.
    • Creating, editing and proofreading materials including press releases, blog content, pitches, fact sheets, FAQs, briefing notes, and client correspondence.
    • Planning and executing media-specific events including influencer events and press conferences. Support would include developing invite lists, managing RSVPs, wrangling media on-site, drafting and distributing post-event releases, etc.
    • Partnering with senior managers on achieving deliverables for a full roster of clients (average of 4 – 6).
    • Developing an impactful and trusting relationship with clients
    • Managing media contact lists to build relationships with new publications and media contacts.
    • Participating in new business meetings, creating proposals as needed.
    • Regularly bringing new opportunities for clients – media meetings, key introductions, etc.
    • Proactively mentor and teach junior team members on account teams (really important for us)
    • Working with senior management to respond to client requests and ensure requests are taken care of in an efficient manner.

You Should Apply If:

    • You have at least 6 years of PR and media relations experience in community engagement, non-profit, public sector, politics, regulatory matters. Additionally, you have experience securing impactful press placements, developing and executing strategic media plans, thinking outside the box to create media moments and mentoring junior staff.
    • You have a clear sense of the political media landscape and are always on top of the latest breaking political news.
    • You are a strong writer – persuasive, concise, creative, and quick! (Also, must support the oxford comma.)
    • You have a growing list of relationships with media across a variety of verticals and know how to leverage those relationships to secure impactful media opportunities.
    • You’ve managed a client team with direct oversight for at least 1 year.
    • You understand almost all aspects of integrated communications (media relations, social media, creative, brand integration, talent integration)
    • You are a strategic thinker, bring new ideas to the table, and love a good brainstorm.
    • You have strong decision-making abilities and accountability; this is an important role, own it!
    • You have great judgment and can make "the call" as needed.
    • You have an innate curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit…have a suggestion on making something better? We encourage you to do it!
    • You are incredibly organized, detailoriented (see what I did there?), and able to excel at managing multiple projects simultaneously.
    • 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.

You don’t HAVE to have this, but it sure would be nice:

    • Experience on a political campaign or in the office of an elected official.
    • Experience working with advocacy causes or have been part of an advocacy campaign.
    • A track record of success with placing political or cause stories in national or regional outlets.
    • Relationships with cable news bookers and other political writers.
    • Interests beyond politics – we never like to stay in our lanes here and particularly like to combine entertainment and social good.
    • Previous experience using media research tools like Cision.
Benefits x Perks
We go well beyond the benefits that you’re looking for like medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with matching, annual merit-based bonuses, PTO, fertility, FSA for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses. Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis offers those benefits and many perks including, a flexible work schedule, Work from Anywhere program, Summer Fridays, Wellness Days, and a 4-week sabbatical or trip to celebrate select anniversaries. We love to socialize so, we have collaborative workspaces, some offices even have rooftops, celebrations, networking opportunities, and community volunteering. We frequently mark opportunities to listen, learn and act throughout the year (Juneteenth, Election Day, International Women’s Day, etc.).
 
SSM&L is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and ability. 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.
 
There’s more!
From day one, employees are carefully matched with a mentor to guide them on their path to success. Training and mentoring are a big deal here and since we are into promoting from within, we make sure to provide more than enough tools for you to learn and grow. We are proud to offer training throughout the year on topics for professional growth as well as personal growth. We have also developed a series of teaching workshops that are structured for each level of the company. Sunshiners also take love to take advantage of the monthly Meet the Media series where media contacts provide valuable insider info for pitching them and their colleagues.