Account Executive – Washington, DC

The Role

  • We are looking for an Account Executive to work for prestigious clients across our US operation.
  • We are looking for someone who is able to work both independently and as part of a team to implement corporate communication strategies. The individual will require a good understanding of US media.
  • The ideal candidate will bring a unique set of experiences and a well-developed point of view to our diverse communications team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Helping to coordinate and manage relationships with key clients;
  • Helping to devise and manage proactive and reactive media engagement strategies;
  • Monitoring international media, social media, and broad political developments;
  • Mapping and researching stakeholders and providing analysis for clients;
  • Developing and maintaining media and stakeholder databases for clients;
  • Drafting a range of materials from press releases and opinion articles, to memos and client reports, to social media and website content;
  • Supporting and, where necessary, coordinating and managing media sell-ins;
  • Responding quickly and accurately to client requests;
  • Helping to organise and coordinate events, press conferences, photo calls, and political or media contact programmes;
  • Where necessary, participating in pitches and suggesting new lines of potential business;
  • Undertaking ad-hoc research to support new business proposals and pitches.

Person Specification

Competences applicable to the post:

Providing a quality service

You must:

  • Have a good feel for communications work, with an interest in the daily news agenda and some experience of media handling;
  • Be organised with the ability to manage your own workload;
  • Have the ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of information to tight deadlines ensuring accuracy and relevance;
  • Have the ability to communicate confidently with Portland staff, clients and other stakeholders.
  • Have excellent writing skills.

Personal Effectiveness

You must:

  • Be logical, quick and flexible in the appraisal of problems;
  • Have the ability to present findings for clearly and accurately;
  • Be proficient in the use of database and Internet tools; spreadsheets, word processing, social monitoring tools.
  • Be comfortable operating in an international communications environment.

Team working and projects

You must:

  • Be able to work with and communicate effectively with others across the agency;
  • Be able to take direction and report progress on your work with others;
  • Be able to manage projects independently, with limited management direction, as required.

Qualifications and Skills

You must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, a research-oriented social science, or the arts e.g. politics, economics, history, geography.
  • Have at least 18 months of experience gained within a communications or political environment.
  • Be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about media, politics, and international affairs.

It will be advantageous for candidates to have:

  • Experience of journalism, blogging, and social media.
  • Foreign language skills.

What we offer in return

  • Portland offers a highly competitive package to our top quality staff.
  • Every person that works at Portland is eligible for our quarterly bonus scheme and annual profit share.
  • Our remuneration package also includes a wide range of employee benefits, such as our competitive pension scheme, company contribution to gym membership and free daily breakfast.
  • We are committed to staff development and have an open doors culture. Both through your client work, and through the structured training programme delivered by our strategic counsel, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business.
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