New York

Permanent / Full Time

Fenton is the social change agency taking on the world’s toughest challenges in human rights, social and economic justice, environment, education and public health. Primed with deep issue expertise and powered by creativity and passion, we create strategies for clients to help build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Our communications experts combine creative skills with deep sector expertise to help changemakers maximize the impact of their work.
 
With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Seattle, we develop and execute strategic public awareness campaigns. Fenton has a culture steeped in social change and activism, with a collaborative work environment, excellent benefits and a strong sense of purpose and community across the agency.
 
Our New York office is currently seeking a communications savvy Senior Account Executive with a passion for making social change.  Preferred candidates will have 3-5 years of experience in project support, research, media relations and social media campaigns in public interest advocacy or social justice communications setting or demonstrated equivalent experience.
 
Fenton has a high-energy, challenging, and supportive environment that puts its clients first while taking professional development of its staff seriously. We want staff who want to work hard, work smart and learn how to be effective change-makers.
 
The Senior Account Executive is a significant contributor to client accounts and has a wide-range of management, editorial and creative responsibilities
 
Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 
 
Core Duties

  • Developing and executing advanced public relations tactics, including:
    • Overseeing media campaigns and contributing to strategic planning for clients
    • Pitching high level reports, editors, producers, and columnists
    • Writing, editing and reviewing press releases, fact sheets, op-eds and other press materials
    • Organizing and staffing press events and editorial board visits
  • Serving as primary client contact for small to mid-level accounts
  • Developing account strategy with senior staff which includes creating key client correspondence
  • Assisting in managing pieces of large accounts and may lead on smaller accounts as assigned
  • Managing client relations and building a positive client rapport
  • Developing and leading content development for materials such as collateral and client presentations
  • Contributing to proposal writing and strategy memos
  • Increasing levels of budget responsibilities such:
    • Managing client budgets for profitability for preventing overages
    • Anticipating and alerting VP/SVP of potential account budget issues
  • Participating in new business pitches as assigned including:
    • Writing portions of new business proposals
    • Development of new business decks
    • Leading proposal development processes
    • Contributing to new business strategies through providing program recommendations
    • Participating in business pitches
  • Developing and contributing minimum of two new business ideas per quarter
  • Training and mentoring junior staff
  • Delegating appropriate tasks to junior staff
  • Acting as a model of good citizenship
  • Attending and leading as appropriate staff and team meetings – providing input and feedback on business improvement, including client service staff development, and office procedures

 
Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelors’ degree in Public Relations, Communications, Advertising, Political Science, English or related field
  • Three to five years’ experience with public interest advocacy, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, campaigns or public affairs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards, principles, and techniques of public relations, communications and social activism
  • Demonstrated experience in traditional and digital media
  • Firm understanding of client billing processes, client contracts and customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to pitch and service clients
  • Ability to efficiently multitask under tight deadlines
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook/Entourage), LexisNexis, and internet research skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively – both verbal and nonverbal, with various levels of staff, clients, contractors and media
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, optimism and flexibility in approach to project assignments
  • Ability to interact and meet client and team expectations in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Knowledge of one of more of Fenton’s issue areas

Fenton is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to the affirmative hiring of women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. We strive to represent the diverse community reflected in our client work.