About Fireside Campaigns

Fireside Campaigns is a values-first firm that integrates public relations, digital strategy, data-driven analytics, and design to create full service communications for movement partners.

The firm supports exciting progressive candidates and non-profit clients across the country. You can read more about us and some of our clients on our website. Fireside Campaigns works to transform our country into one that truly lives by the best values that it professes. We’ve personally expressed our commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion through our work on behalf of progressive clients and movement partners since the day we were founded. We understand that we’ve sometimes fallen way short of ensuring that same diversity within the ranks of our own firm and are actively seeking to remedy it. That is why we are redoubling our commitment to promoting racial equity inside our organization, its operations and its management processes. We want Fireside to be a place where everyone feels welcome, everyone has an environment where they can feel confident and safe, and where everyone can succeed.

That is why equal employment opportunity is a guiding principle for us. We are committed to ensuring a workplace where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

About the Role

Starting Salary: $85,145.00

Reporting Structure: This position reports to the CommsPR Director of Staff. Senior associates and interns report to this position.

Primary Areas of Responsibility: Communications Strategy Development and Execution (60%), Team Management and Supervision (40%).

Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Union Position: No

This is not an entry level position.

Position Summary:

The Communications Principal manages the departmental team of Senior and Junior associates, ensuring a mentorship and training approach focused on professional growth. They are responsible for centering equity and inclusion in the management of the team, leading the execution of client work, implementing team-wide strategy, and managing team capacity and workflows. They may specialize in a certain skill or area of the department’s work and manage select client accounts.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

Communications Strategy Development and Execution (60%)

  • Provide expertise and support in booking and placements on TV, print, radio, and podcasts
  • Advise on & approve communications plans drafted by Senior Associates
  • Serve as a first chair on client strategy, leading internal team coordination meetings
  • Collaborate with other team members to develop strategies pertaining to materials that serve our clients
  • Manage the execution of client projects, ensuring that high quality work is delivered on-time and on-budget
  • Collaborate with other team members to develop integrated online advertising and acquisition campaigns
  • Proactively look for creative applications of new communications tools, techniques, and channels, keeping abreast of recent developments

Team Management and Supervision (40%)

  • Lead internal senior PR management meetings and morning check ins for the entire team, including creating agendas and moderating calls
  • Co-manage the team’s day-to-day work to edit, create, and write Comms/PR content by leading regular check in meetings, providing feedback, and approving final work product
  • Ensure a mentorship & training approach to management of a team of junior and senior associates and interns, with an emphasis on facilitating the team’s professional development
  • Coordinate the delegation of tasks and assignments, utilizing team members’ strengths and providing opportunities for team members’ ongoing development
  • Support managers in cultivating professional growth of their direct reports
  • Work to center equity and inclusion in the management of the communications team
  • Own administrative tasks, including staffing, programming, hiring, onboarding, and some business development

Required experience, skills, and competencies:

  • 5+ years of political communications experience, including senior leadership experience, within fast-paced contexts such as campaigns, Capitol Hill, independent expenditures, non-profits, labor, advocacy groups, and/or consulting firms
  • Commitment to electing Democrats, advancing progressive values within U.S. politics, and working on multiple campaigns and/or issues, including a strong interest in working with Fireside’s existing roster of clients
  • Demonstrated knowledge of political communications and best practices for maneuvering the related media markets including prior experience pitching reporters/setting up interviews, building press relationships, booking for TV/radio, etc.
  • Ability to draft and edit high quality writing for all forms of communication materials including press releases, talking points, op-eds, social media, etc
  • Strong proofreading and copyediting skills, with the ability to produce error-free, grammatically accurate materials that meet AP standards
  • Demonstrated ability to influence the news cycle, place stories at critical moments, and influence others to share and discuss your intended story, talking points, and/or narrative
  • Experience pitching and placing stories with reporters as well as established reporter relationships at either the regional or national level
  • Excellent time and project management skills, including the ability to delegate work effectively, juggle multiple projects at once, and deliver on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing diverse teams, with a well developed analysis of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Excellent communication and comfort working remotely with a distributed team across different time zones, using tools such as Google Docs, Zoom, and Slack
  • Commitment to learning and professional growth, both for yourself and your team
  • Comfort working in a highly collaborative environment, supporting your team, and celebrating success together
  • Commitment to integrity, ensuring that your actions match your words, and both addressing and learning from mistakes, especially as a leader and manager

We especially support applications from people who have these additional skills and experience:

  • Experience in any of these additional communications tools and technical skills:
    • Cision/Meltwater (or other online media monitoring software)
    • Action Network (or other email campaign platforms)
    • Hootsuite/Tweetdeck (or other social listening sites)

Salary, Benefits, and Work Environment

Salary: This position is salaried at $85,145.00. At Fireside Campaigns, to ensure pay equity, all salaries are set in bands according to the expectations of the role. In other words, the starting pay for this job is equal to others at the same level throughout the company. As a result, we do not negotiate salary.

Benefits: Fireside offers extensive benefits including a unionized workplace, unlimited paid time off, full coverage for health and dental and vision insurance, paid family and medical leave, a 401(k), and much more.

Location: Remote, anywhere in the U.S. We currently have an office in the Washington, D.C. area that is completely optional for staff in the area to work from.

Travel: There is no travel associated with this role until it is widely safe to do so. There may be domestic travel involved in the job in the future upon discussion.

How to Apply

In your application, we would like you to answer the following:

  • Why do you choose to work for Democratic or progressive causes?
  • How have you centered equity & inclusion in your own life?
  • Tell us about a time you managed a team -- what were some of the challenges you faced and things you learned?
  • Preferred start date
  • Location, for reference only

A cover letter is entirely optional and will be a small part of our evaluation.

Qualified candidates will participate in a series of interviews with a range of staff at Fireside Campaigns and possibly a timed skill exercise.

Fireside Campaigns believes that a diverse, inclusive staff is a fundamental strength. We’re committed to hiring people of all races, ethnicities, religions, ages, sexes, genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other minority or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.