Account Director, Arts & Culture Public Relations

BerlinRosen

BerlinRosen is a fast-growing, full-service communications firm, now with 300+ communications and campaign strategists in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and an Orchestra company. Since being founded in 2005 by Valerie Berlin and Jonathan Rosen, the firm has expanded far beyond its roots in public affairs to provide a full range of communications services including digital, creative, strategic communications, branding and positioning, crisis communications, paid media and political campaign strategy to thriving practices in hospitality, travel, social impact, philanthropy, issue advocacy, labor, real estate and consumer technology.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in New York, USA ⚠️

Please note that we are not actively hiring for this role. If this role sounds interesting, please submit an application and you will be on the top of the list for consideration when this position opens up.

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ABOUT BERLINROSEN

BerlinRosen is a fast-growing, full-service consulting and communications firm with more than 300 communications and campaign strategists in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Since its founding in 2005, BerlinRosen has powerfully expanded its presence in corporate, social impact/ESG, nonprofit, entertainment, media, racial justice, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, architecture, design, urbanism, land use, lifestyle, technology, issue advocacy and workers’ rights communications. They have received more than 50 awards and recognitions, including being the only agency to be named #1 on Observer’s PR Power List for three consecutive years, PRNews’ Large PR Agency of the Year (2023; 2021), PR News’ Digital Firm of the Year (2023) and 5/5 Stars on Forbes’ latest Best PR Agencies in America list.

People of color, people with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. BerlinRosen is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff, and recognizes that its continued success depends on hiring and retaining high-quality, creative professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Opportunities for advancement exist, and we are committed to helping all staff develop and grow.

ABOUT THE CITIES TEAM

BerlinRosen’s Cities practice comprises over 70 communications professionals who bring a unique campaign-style approach to strategic communications. We work with visionary clients in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities across the country on issues ranging from urban planning, affordable housing, issue advocacy, social impact and progressive policy, public affairs, healthcare, higher education, real estate, travel, lifestyle, arts & culture and more. Whether it’s winning community and political support, policy change, elevating new projects and brands or launching some of our city's most visited attractions, we help our clients shape the future of cities.

The Arts & Culture team focuses on clients that will shape the future of New York and beyond -- from the built environment and design of the future, to the cultural institutions that make our city one of the most dynamic and exciting urban environments on Earth. We help visionary companies in the arts, architecture, design, higher education and real estate that are shaping the future of cities. We are working in partnership with some of the most forward-looking institutions in and around NYC, including the Queens Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, BAM, Lincoln Center, 92NY, The Juilliard School and the Brooklyn Public Library, among many others.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

BerlinRosen is seeking an Account Directorto join our growing Arts & Culture team. In this role, you will create strategies and promote programs that drive media and consumers to attend events, exhibits and openings. You will work with a team of expert colleagues and lead the day-to-day account flow by managing junior staff and client relations.

Role location: This role is based in ourNew York, N.Y. office on a hybrid basis. The Cities team is in-office 2 days per week.

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

As an Account Director on the Cities team, you will…

  • Lead development of large-scale communications strategies along with teammates
  • Drive high-touch, daily client communications with the same client leads: brainstorming, flagging concerns and problem-solving
  • Manage a team of junior staff on each account you lead, strategically influencing deliverables’ quality and staff development by delegating, modeling smart practices and providing feedback
  • Conceptualize and drive new story angles and other media opportunities for clients: such as landing feature stories even when there is no news to announce, or drafting a persuasive and compelling pitch on behalf of a client for a high-profile interview, award or conference
  • Work closely with senior team leaders on capacity planning to ensure that the team is running efficiently
  • Place numerous stories through persistence and creativity, identifying new targets and trying new approaches until the story lands
  • Contribute to business development and growth efforts

Essential skills:

  • At least 6 years of experience working in strategic communications in the arts and culture industry with a PR agency, media outlet or in-house communications team
  • Understanding of the art world and a demonstrated personal interest in visual and performing arts
  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to provide examples of pitches and other materials that clearly demonstrate these capabilities
  • At least 1 year of experience managing a client team or equivalent
  • Versatile writer who is comfortable and well-versed in writing in an informal, conversational tone and addressing people more formally when necessary
  • Savviness and creativity in media relations and pitching, social media content ideation and influencer engagement with the knowledge to identify new targets and thoughtful angles until the story lands
  • Ability to confidently communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, with varying levels of staff, clients, the media and is comfortable thinking on their feet
  • Organized and used to a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple assignments at once, work quickly and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to become a savvy and nimble student of the “news” and quickly identify new media opportunities and narratives to insert our clients’ voices into the news cycle

Note: Interested in this role but it’s not quite the right match? Applicants who meet some but not all or exceed the above criteria are still encouraged to apply! We are eager to speak with candidates with diverse backgrounds and can assess role leveling on an individual basis.

WORKING AT BERLINROSEN

Compensation philosophy: BerlinRosen offers competitive industry rate salary bands with the goal of retaining and growing talented individuals. We regularly review and adjust our compensation structure as needed to ensure equity across teams and levels.

Salary range(commensurate with experience and skills): $110,000-$130,000

Account Directors are eligible for end of year bonuses based on firm, team and individual performance.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents
  • Pre-tax Health Savings Account Savings Plan (HSA-SP) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Mental health assistance with company-sponsored memberships to Talkspace and Calm
  • 401K with a 4% employer match and no vesting period
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • 20 vacation days, 10 wellness days, 1 day for your birthday, collective PTO between Christmas and New Year’s Day, plus 11 holidays
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Mobile phone reimbursement for data and minutes
  • Employer-funded life insurance
  • Discounted annual bikeshare membership
  • Corporate discounts through Tickets at Work

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BerlinRosenberlinrosen.com

Full-service communications firm specializing in strategic campaigns and public affairs.

Working Week

We work 5 days per week but offer 41 days of vacation per year.

Our Vacation Policy

We offer generous paid time off including 20 vacation days, 10 wellness days, 1 day for birthday, collective PTO between Christmas and New Year’s Day, plus 11 holidays.

Remote Working Policy

We work hybrid remotely, with 2-3 days in-office per week.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Dentalcare
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Yearly bonuses
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 340 across 14 departments:

  • sales
    67
  • media and commmunication
    19
  • arts and design
    7
  • finance
    7
  • business development
    5
  • consulting
    4
  • human resources
    4
  • operations
    4
  • legal
    4
  • +5 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Strategic communications
  • Client relations
  • Team management
  • Media relations
  • Pitching
  • Storytelling
  • Writing
  • Organizational skills
  • News analysis

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