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Director of Public Relations

ROCKVILLE

FOVNDRY seeks an experienced, trusted agency PR account manager who is ready to take the next step in their careers as the Director of our PR division. This is a full-time position based out of our Rockville office. The ideal candidate is fluent in PR agency initiatives and best practices; has a thorough understanding of how those practices work within and contribute to larger, integrated marketing strategies; and has a proven track record of successfully securing results and managing staff and clients.  The Director of PR  is a dynamic leader who is committed to our integrated team mentality and will be a key member of the FOVNDRY leadership team, responsible for sustaining and growing the PR division’s ongoing success. 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the agency’s PR division, including clients and staff:
    • Directly manage PR teammates (account managers and account executives), and monitor individual and team performance to ensure accountability in meeting internal and client expectations
    • Oversee the day-to-day management of PR client accounts, budgets, strategies, and resources
    • Mentor and empower teammates, elevating work developed by team members by providing guidance and fostering a collaborative environment
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key internal and external parties (staff, clients, referral sources, teaming partners, peers, media)
    • Grow FOVNDRY’s Public Relations account team, attracting and developing top talent and expanding our offerings
  • Execute PR strategies and tactics as needed on behalf of assigned accounts:
    • Lead and oversee internal planning meetings, brainstorm sessions, and the development of integrated communications strategies and media-based communications plans
    • Employ and maintain strong media relations to shape and control communications that are in line with overall account and company objectives
    • Meticulously track and report budgets
  • Lead strategic PR initiatives on behalf of the agency:
    • Establish, track, and meet annual performance goals
    • Oversee and sustain ongoing brand awareness for the firm via traditional and digital PR channels
    • Lead strategic thought leadership initiatives for FOVNDRY to increase awareness of the agency and to maintain and elevate the agency’s brand and credibility in target sectors and across various channels (e.g. webinars, marketing/speaking events, traditional and social media amplification)
  • Serve as a key member of the FOVNDRY leadership team:
    • Inspire progressive, on-strategy thinking across teams including creative, marketing, and PR
    • Promote and facilitate a culture of collaboration between the agency and our clients and partners
    • Work within and uphold adherence to established agency systems and protocols to manage personal and team workflows, schedules, and deadlines; working with the leadership team to evaluate, plan, and implement additional procedures and protocols as needed
    • Participate in agency planning and review meetings on behalf of assigned staff/department
    • Contribute to the evolving agency culture, providing new ideas and insights to help lead the team toward continued integration and growth

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of proven work experience as a PR Manager or in a similar PR role in a cross-functional agency setting
  • 3+ years of experience in a staff-management position
  • BA or BS in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, or a liberal arts discipline with a strong writing foundation
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication relationship-building skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation skills, with confidence to lead speaking opportunities
  • Proven experience managing staff and clients and providing mentorship
  • Proven ability to prioritize, accountability in meeting deadlines, and a willingness to take ownership
  • Extensive experience using agency digital platforms for timekeeping, project management, etc.
  • Expertise in managing online social campaigns
  • Committed to upholding our business ethics and reputation
  • Knowledge of AP style guidelines required

Benefits

  • Health, short-term disability, and life insurance
  • Professional and personal development program
  • PTO program, including federal holidays
  • Simple IRA with match
  • Summer Fridays
  • Team-building events
  • And more

Please send resume, cover letter, and portfolio/examples of applicable work to:

[email protected]