Associate, Public Affairs

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

SKDK, an award-winning public affairs and political advertising agency, is looking for a driven, self-starter to join its public affairs team as an associate. With offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Albany, and Los Angeles, SKDK brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, political committees, and candidates. 

Whether it is creating a campaign launch video for a candidate, assisting a corporate client on establishing messaging around their corporate social responsibility strategy, or guiding a nonprofit through a crisis, SKDK is always at the forefront, leading the charge. There is no company better that understands the intersection of press, politics, and policy.

At SKDK, we are made whole by the diversity of our team. We are a firm that invites and celebrates the uniqueness of each member of our team and encourages individuals to bring their best selves into the workplace. Whether it is through participation in one of our Employee Resource Groups, serving on our DEI Council, opportunities to volunteer, or bringing a new perspective to client work, your individuality and experience matters. 

As an Associate you will work with a wide range of clients, including corporate, association, nonprofit and issue advocacy, and support the work of the firm to create deliverables that are creative, strong, and will help meet clients’ goals.

An Associate’s job responsibilities include:

  • Crafting communications materials including press releases, presentations, and social media content.
  • Owning pieces of research projects that will inform client work.
  • Building media lists.
  • Conducting media outreach and build relationships with reporters.
  • Media monitoring, including broadcast, print, online and digital. 
  • Successfully driving coverage for clients by pitching stories.
  • Supporting client relationship management, including organizing calls and managing the workflow with the client and team. 

A successful candidate will have:

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience in writing, research, and media-intensive positions such as political campaigns, in media, government, agency, or similar organizations.
  • Experience placing national print and broadcast stories, experience with diverse press is a plus.
  • Strong writing and research skills with thorough knowledge of AP Style.
  • A working knowledge of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • The ability to effectively manage multiple projects and handle competing deadlines.

SKDK is committed to pay equity. SKDK believes the target base compensation in this role is $58,000. In addition to base salary, SKDK considers other key components as part of total compensation, including but not limited to an annual discretionary bonus, commission on new business, and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual base compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors, such as skillset, level of experience, and location.

What we offer: 

SKDK provides a generous benefits package including excellent coverage for health, vision, and dental insurance premiums; paid parental leave; time off including vacation, holidays, and sick time; 401(k) with an employer contribution, reimbursement for cellular service, public transportation benefits, and additional benefits.

SKDK believes in the growth and development of all our employees and therefore we offer:

Professional development and career guidance

Opportunities for advancement

Participation in Employee Resource Groups 

A collegial and supportive office environment

Employment at SKDK is contingent upon the candidate's successful completion of a background check, reference check, and compliance with SKDK's COVID-19 policy. SKDK requires all employees to show proof of full vaccination, as defined by the CDC, prior to the beginning of their employment. Applicants who believe they need an accommodation of this policy because of a medical exemption or sincerely-held religious belief should inform the Director of Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

SKDK is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any protected category.