Director, Public Affairs and Communications

08 Jan, 2023


Director, Public Affairs and Communications

PLUS Communications
Arlington, VA



PLUS Communications, a public affairs firm based in Arlington, VA, is looking for a Director with strong media relations and communications experience to join its growing team.

This role will support a variety of client accounts – coordinating earned media opportunities, building reporter relationships, crafting concise written materials and messaging, and serving as a project manager.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Media Outreach + Strategy:
    • Serving as a media relations expert across a variety of clients, including coalitions, Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and non-profits
    • Supporting media relations efforts from booking television/radio appearances, pitching opinion pieces, coordinating press calls, among other tactics
    • Developing proactive media strategies that align with broader public affairs and PR goals at the national, state and local levels
    • Building and maintaining a rolodex of reporters, producers, bookers, bloggers
  • Materials + Message Development:
    • Crafting concise, persuadable communications materials, including talking points, opinion pieces, press releases, pitches, statements
  • Project Management:
    • Serving as a project manager for client accounts – managing deliverables, timelines, outside vendors
    • Supporting reporting, presentation development and tracking for key clients
    • Mentoring junior staff on communications strategies, tactics, and best practices


  • Ideal candidates will have 5-7 years of relevant PR experience, including PR agency expertise or experience directly engaging with press on Capitol Hill / in the Administration / in a corporate setting
  • Previous Capitol Hill experience, with either Republican or Democrat offices, is ideal
  • Proven relationships with the media across broadcast outlets, newspapers, blogs, and familiarity with the newest media outlets; experience pitching press across a variety of issues
  • Interest in public affairs and policy issues; ability to synthesize technical content into persuadable messages
  • Experience writing and editing materials for multiple voices – including elected officials, CEOs, and other C-Suite executives
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage several projects simultaneously working across a variety of issues
  • Ability to work under pressure to manage tight deadlines while juggling multiple projects and changing priorities
  • A team player with a can-do attitude and a willingness to work in the trenches


We offer competitive compensation, medical and dental insurance as well as a fast-paced work environment on a growing team with many opportunities for growth and advancement.


Job posted: 2023-01-08