Communications Director

21 Jun, 2022

Jobs

Communications Director

Lot Sixteen
Washington, D.C.

TL/DR 

Lot Sixteen is a bipartisan lobbying and communications firm looking for a Director to join our communications team and advocate for our clients’ interests.

 

THE FIRM 

Lot Sixteen is looking for a Director to join a smart and strategic team of communications professionals. In this role, ownership of and accountability for planning and executing work across a wide variety of functions will be required.

 

We are a proactive bunch. We translate our words into actions. We insist on knowing what we are talking about. We view the identification of a problem or task as only the first of many steps required to get results. We prioritize solutions, develop detailed work plans, secure approval to execute those plans, and get to work on implementation. We eat elephants, one bite at a time. We worry, so clients don’t have to. And we want this same approach from the person who takes this job.

 

We are also building an agency that feels like home, a team of friends who support each other as much as they challenge each other, and a client base whose trust and confidence in us is earned every day. At Lot Sixteen, we prioritize quality, we adore smart thinking, and we are committed to cultivating a great work environment. Accordingly, we strive to provide or exceed all the standard work perks and expectations, including:

 

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous benefits, including:
    • Health Plan
    • Dental Plan
    • Retirement Savings program (with company match)
    • Commuter Benefits
  • All-you-can-eat snacks and all-you-can-drink coffee
  • A work family that welcomes your real family & friends and recognizes that balancing both of those worlds is an essential ingredient to happiness
  • A downtown Washington, D.C. location on McPherson Square Park, near                 15th&K Streets NW

 

 THE ROLE 

A Director at Lot Sixteen shows initiative in client materials development, assists meaningfully in proposal writing, and makes a consistent effort to provide clients with ideas and information before they ask for it. Directors should exhibit intellectual curiosity, creative problem-solving skills, and an ability to juggle multiple timelines and deadlines while working independently most of the time. This role is more senior than Associate or Senior Associate positions, but not as senior as Vice President or Executive Vice President candidates.  Directors at Lot Sixteen have a fairly diverse set of responsibilities, including:

 

  • Managing the day-to-day relationships with client contacts
  • Leading interactions with clients and proactively responding to client needs
  • Developing, pitching, and overseeing the execution of earned media strategies for various clients
  • Writing press releases, media pitches and op-eds, social media copy, LTEs, talking points, blog posts, and presentations
  • Developing strategic messaging memos and presentations
  • Drafting and deploying paid social media campaigns on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Developing targeted media lists and conducting press outreach
  • Monitoring press mentions and headlines relevant to clients and producing corresponding recommendations for client communication tactics and strategies
  • Creating content using basic video editing and design tools (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Facilitating discussions and work with outside vendors including publishers, media buyers, and outside design teams
  • Collaborating with Lot Sixteen team members in order to consult clients on internal and external communications
  • Utilizing, creating and/or updating various databases 

THE CANDIDATE 

Did we just become best friends? Well… yeah… if you’re someone who:

 

  • Knows how to balance competing demands with composure, smarts and confidence
  • Enjoys writing, and is good at it (presentations, memos, media pitches, op-eds, general talking points, blog and social media posts and zinger txt msgs)
  • Feels an obligation to keep people in the loop, rather than cut them out of it
  • Prides yourself in looking around corners, evaluating scenarios and being prepared
  • Finds fulfillment in developing and implementing solutions to problems that feel unsolvable
  • Likes to lend a hand when you see someone who needs help
  • Finishes what you start, without anyone checking up on you 

You are most likely to thrive in this role if you have at least 2-3 years of experience in an agency doing account work, if you have worked in-house doing communications for a company, nonprofit or trade association, or if you have held a communications role on Capitol Hill or on a political campaign. We care less about where or how long you went to school than we do about how eager you are to continue learning. Equally important: a willingness to admit what you don’t know and go find the answers. The ideal candidate has knowledge of and abilities in the following:

 

  • Authoring and editing written content with excellent grammar, formatting, and tone
  • Strategizing, launching and monitoring paid social media campaigns on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Writing for different audiences and in different formats, from slide decks to speeches 
  • Running MS Office Suite and Google Drive; graphic design software (e.g., InDesign or Photoshop); WordPress or SquareSpace
  • Public affairs agency best practices, including those related to pitching reporters, finalizing project deliverables, and keeping clients informed

 

INTERESTED? 

Please email your resume, ten sentences about why you might be into us and/or why we should be into you, and a bulleted list of your favorite color, the band you’re most likely to add to the office playlist, the last book you read, your go-to pastime, and what animal you’d be – if you could be an animal – to Missy Deerin (missy@lotsixteen.com) with the subject line, “I’m interested in working at The Lot.”

 

 

 

 

Job posted: 2022-06-21