Public Affairs / Public Relations Specialist

23 Dec, 2021

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Public Affairs / Public Relations Specialist

Belfort Group
Boston, MA

The Belfort Group is seeking a motivated, adaptable Public Affairs / Public Relations Specialist to assist our growing Public Affairs practice. The candidate will work independently and with other members of the BG team to rally grassroots support, engage with local communities, and analyze the political landscape on behalf of our clients. Additionally, the candidate will support efforts to secure media coverage, develop messaging and narratives for clients, and handle crisis communications needs as they arise.

The Public Affairs practice, through our proprietary BG Strategies methodology, offers clients a way to win the votes, permits, or rezonings needed to achieve their goals. In many cases, the practice also offers clients with urgent or unexpected messaging needs the tools to successfully navigate media or political crises. The Public Affairs Specialist plays a key role in that process, helping to develop and execute successful political/public opinion campaigns among stakeholders across New England.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Assess client needs and assist in the formation of strategies to meet them
  • Aid senior management in execution of campaigns and outreach efforts
  • Provide insight and analysis of political and public opinion landscape in client target markets
  • Provide regular updates to internal team and clients on campaign activities and next steps
  • Manage and support client accounts outside of the public affairs practice as needed
  • View, attend, and summarize offsite hearings and votes, some of which may take place outside of traditional work hours
  • Act as ambassador to community groups, influencers, political officials, and stakeholders in jurisdictions relevant to clients
  • Develop and promote pitches to reporters advancing narratives related to client goals
  • Support crisis communications efforts for clients facing urgent messaging needs
  • Assist the Public Affairs practice in identifying and securing new business opportunities
  • Assist the Professional Services and Education practices as needed

Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Political Science, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, or similar.
  • 5+ years of experience in politics, community engagement, campaigns, advocacy, or similar fields
  • Understanding of municipal government, especially as it pertains to zoning and land-use
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively in a variety of styles, especially in a manner appealing and accessible to voters
  • Understanding of media relations and communications strategies
  • Experience with high-pressure communications situations
  • Creative and strategic mindset
  • Leadership and proactive attitude
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task in a team-oriented environment

Do you feel qualified for this position? Email a current resume and cover letter to jobs@thebelfortgroup.com.

Job posted: 2021-12-23