Director, Public Affairs

24 Aug, 2023


Director, Public Affairs

Bryson Gillette

Who We Are

Bryson Gillette is a California-based, minority-owned, intentionally-diverse strategic communications and public affairs firm dedicated to serving the needs of its clients and delivering results. With expertise in strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, and political consulting, we develop tailored strategies that shape narratives around the issues that matter to clients and address their most pressing communications needs.


We work with nonprofits, progressive organizations, major companies, national law firms, and political candidates. Our partners and vendors are also leaders in their fields. We are based out of Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and are currently working remotely. Although we are an entirely remote firm, our preferences are for either DC-area or California-based applicants.


We are also a fun, smart, collaborative group who care about the world around us and seek to make positive change at home and across the country. We are experts without egos and creatives without control issues. Come work with us and you’ll learn a lot, make an impact, and have fun doing it.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and/or veteran status.


Bryson Gillette is a mandatory vaccination employer for COVID-19. We require employees to be fully vaccinated as of their start date. If you require medical or religious accommodation, we will engage in an interactive process with you.


Who You Are

You are a smart, kind, and friendly individual who works hard and well with others. You are an exceptional communicator who produces excellent, strategic, and creative work, while also bringing a lot of heart to everything you do. People describe you as a self-starter and problem-solver, who multitasks well and thrives in a fast-paced environment. You bring a diverse perspective to every conversation, while also listening and empathizing. Above all, you want to leave a lasting, positive impact on the world around you.


What You’ll Do


  • Communicate clearly: You will lead on public affairs campaigns by developing and executing high-level strategic communications plans. You will discover and understand the needs and goals of each client and create a tailored communications approach for each. We pride ourselves on creating bespoke campaigns; we want you to be creative, responsive, and a strategic partner. You are an expert at writing a range of communications, including media advisories, talking points, proposals, op-eds, ad concepts, scripts, social media content, and other content.
  • Engage media: You will create and execute earned and paid media strategies. You know what makes a good story and how to communicate with reporters, which is something you hopefully have done in a previous role. Ideally you have existing relationships with reporters and editors or you have run paid campaigns or advocacy campaigns.
  • Lead and run campaigns: We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients. You will lead numerous client teams, ensuring that long and short term goals are achieved and deadlines are met. You will manage multiple projects at once and ensure that no balls are dropped. To be successful, you’ll need to stay exceptionally organized and be comfortable managing up and down. 
  • Build relationships with stakeholders: It will be important for you to build relationships with clients, team members, and vendors, and to do so in a remote environment. Building rapport over the phone, zoom, and email is crucial. Upholding a strict level of confidentiality, while establishing and maintaining trusting and warm relationships both internally and externally is key.
  • Be a team player and grow: We are currently a mid-sized team but are continually growing. We have an all-hands-on-deck approach in a remote working environment. To be successful in this role, you will be comfortable working both independently and with teams. 


What Skills and Experiences You’ll Bring

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet changing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and organized
  • Strong ability to work effectively with senior management and senior-level clients
  • A growth mindset

What Would Be Great to Bring

  • At least 5-15 years of work experience in communications, in government, or public affairs 
  • Experience working on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and/or social or racial justice advocacy 
  • Spanish speaker and writer and/or experience with multicultural media outlets
  • Good sense of humor
  • Agency experience is preferred


Compensation & Benefits

  • The salary range for this position is an annual salary of $90,000 – $120,000. For clarity, this is the starting range for the position; it is not an indication that you are capped at that range once you’re in the position. 
  • Bryson provides insurance coverage for employees and their dependents, which includes fully paid monthly premiums for PPO health plan, dental, and vision coverage. 
  • 401(k) Plan w/ Employer Match 
  • Flexible Time-Off policy with no vacation caps
  • Generous, paid parental leave 
  • Discretionary, year-end bonuses



Application Deadline: August 20, 2023

Interested candidates should upload the following to the HR Business Partner, Raúl Hernández, via our website.


  • Please upload:
    • Resume (Naming Convention: Last Name. First Name_Resume)
    • Cover letter (Last Name. First Name_Cover Letter) answering the following questions (in no more than one page, 11 point font):
      • Why are you interested in this position? 
      • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
      • Where did you learn about this opportunity?

Job posted: 2023-08-24