Account Director, Tech & Start Up PR

New York, NY / San Francisco, CA / Los Angeles, CA
Communications – Tech & Start Up /
/ Hybrid
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 Director. This role will work across high profile technology brands and exciting startups, leading a dynamic mix of corporate reputation efforts, consumer brand campaigns, executive thought leadership programs, and more. 
It’s yours if you’re passionate about building the next great Fortune 500 company and remain calm under pressure. You have an extensive media network and excel at managing client account teams. You’re the type of person who can read a room well, you know when you command and own it, and you also know when you take a step back. You’re also passionate about the industry -- you probably have TechCrunch, WIRED, and Forbes bookmarked on your browser.

Our candidate is curious, with excellent writing skills. We’re looking for someone who can learn quickly and touch a variety of clients  -- from high growth startups to established brands to VC firms. Our clients span hardware, creativity, gaming, virtual reality, fintech, heathtech, and more, so the opportunity is endless.

Our Account Directors counsel the client, provide fresh ideas, motivate the team, ensure goals are being met, and generate results through regular pitching.

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial spirit who is excited about contributing to our growing technology practice and leading integrated communications accounts.

Responsibilities Include:

    • Developing and executing comprehensive integrated media and communications strategies.
    • Producing clear, persuasive content, including messaging, media pitches, event submissions, awards submissions, and more to help tell client’s stories
    • Managing complex client issues and will see the client through stressful situations that will require thoughtful counsel.
    • Leading client accounts.
    • Contributing to business development, including new business and organic growth with existing clients 
    • Coordinating with other discipline experts (e.g. social media, paid media, design, crisis, brand integration, talent integration) as needed
    • Mentoring junior staff and help motivate and coach team members; managing up to senior staff and consistently provide feedback that helps drive efficiency
    • Responding to client requests and ensure requests are taken care of in an efficient manner.
    • Support administration of accounts including results reporting, agendas/recaps, budget trackers, and more.

You Should Apply If:

    • You have at least 8 years working in PR
    • You’ve managed a team with direct oversight for at least 2 years 
    • You have demonstrated passion and understanding of technology and venture capital landscape
    • You have knowledge of financial and corporate communications, capital markets, and/or investor relations
    • You have demonstrated success in securing top-tier press placements that have an impact on the client’s bottom line.
    • You know how to navigate financial stakeholders, thought leaders, and media.
    • You are a strategic partner with internal and external stakeholders and can think outside the box to create insightful and impactful media moments.
    • You are a strong writer – persuasive, concise, creative, and quick!
    • You are a strategic thinker, bring new ideas to the table, and love a good brainstorm.
    • You have strong decision-making abilities and accountability
    • You have an innate curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit
    • You are incredibly organized, detail oriented, and able to excel at managing multiple projects simultaneously.
    • You’re willing to work select evenings/weekends and travel when necessary 
    • You enjoy overdelivering rather than meeting expectations and take genuine pride in being part of something good.


    • Salary Band: $95,000-$110,000
$90,000 - $105,000 a year
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.