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.
The New York office is seeking a Vice President who will play a pivotal role in the strategic direction of account work and new business activities. Working with senior leadership, the Vice President contributes to and leads the creation of strategies that strengthen our firm in areas such as professional development or strengthening our subject areas of focus for the firm. The Vice President is a trusted counselor to our clients, a standard-bearer of excellence in our firm and a role model of leadership to our staff.  Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Client Relations

  • Taking a leadership role in a practice area, such as public health, education or the environment, from project oversight to new business
  • Providing the highest level of substantive, strategist counsel to clients to foster the relationship of a trusted advisor
  • Ensuring that work produced by job team is of the highest quality
  • Providing day-to-day oversight of multiple large accounts including strategic counsel, quality control checks, and evaluation of account progress and client satisfaction
  • Ensuring that assigned clients receive regular status reports and budget updates
  • Conducting strategic planning for individual organizations and coalition movements
  • Writing contacts, grant proposals, high level strategy memos, and foundation reports
  • Overseeing the development of strategy documents, communication plans, memos, press kits, and other collaterals by staff
  • Editing press materials, including press releases, fact sheets and opinion pieces
  • Editing and advising on the creations of research reports
  • Pitching key reporters, prospective funders, and potential allies
  • Conducting media trainings for clients and other spokespeople
  • Advising on a range of public interest media campaigns
  • Managing client budgets for profitability for preventing overages
  • Ensuring direct reports meet or exceed weekly billings requirements
  • Providing budget projections for weekly financial meetings
  • Pitching and securing new business, focusing on potential clients who share Fenton’s progressive social perspective and commitment to sound environmental practices
  • Meeting revenue goals established in advance with Managing Director
  • Leading pitch teams
  • Reviewing proposals and budgets for new accounts
  • Developing and writing proposals
  • Managing job teams and individual staff
  • Assuming an office-wide role in training and mentoring staff
  • Projecting hours needed from staff assigned to your accounts, working with other senior staff to distribute billable hours among junior staff as necessary
  • Participating in regular strategy meetings with senior staff on organizational goals, growth and vision
  • Attending staff/job team meetings and providing input and feedback on business, including client service, staff development, and office procedures
  • Maintaining effective and efficient office structure through proper selection processes and coordination with Human Resources

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Minimum Bachelors’ degree in Public Relations, Communications, Advertising, Political Science, English or related field
  • 8-12 years’ experience in public interest advocacy, or demonstrated equivalent experience in advocacy/political public relations
  • Experience working in education reform and youth and families is highly preferred
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated issue expertise in one or more of Fenton’s issue areas
  • Experience in a public relations or advertising agency highly desirable; firm understanding of client billing process, client contracts and customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to manage client account and budgets
  • Demonstrated business development and public networking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to pitch and land new business skills
  • 5-7 years’ staff management and mentoring experience, including direct management of a staff of 2 individuals at varying careers levels
  • Excellent news sense and political savviness, as well as knowledge of print and electronic news media
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively – both verbal and nonverbal, with various levels of staff, clients, contractors and media
  • Strong experience writing proposals
  • Ability to interact and perform in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, optimism and flexibility in approach to project assignments
  • Strong computer skills, including use of Microsoft Suite, Lexis-Nexis, as well as research Internet skills

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.