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Req # 7732

Account Director

Location: Lake Oswego OR US

Job Category: Public Relations

Job Description:

We’re looking for a communications professional to join our public affairs team that focuses on legal issues and intellectual property (IP for short), particularly patents. This Account Director will manage multiple day-to-day client and agency requests across business groups in a dynamic team environment.


The ideal candidate will have a track record of technology issues-related initiatives that create awareness and incite action; the ability to manage multiple fast-paced communications cycles with accuracy and discipline; the capability to work successfully in a highly dynamic environment across multiple teams and in concert with multiple decision makers; the ability to be flexible based on a constantly changing business environment; demonstrated experience working with journalists; and experience generating creative and strategic campaign ideas that further business goals.


This job might be a good fit for you if:

  • You believe stories that connect with audiences can shift behaviors and change minds.
  • You love campaigns and worked on one for a political candidate or to raise awareness on an issue.
  • You dig the old Schoolhouse Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill,” and are interested in the legislative process.
  • You like to read publications like Politico, The Hill, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post (and sometimes BuzzFeed).
  • You get excited about brand reputation management.
  • You believe in the power of integrated communications and want to try new avenues for reaching audiences directly through social and digital channels.
  • You believe a picture is worth a thousand words and want to conceive of and help tell stories visually.


Influencer Engagement

• Manage relationships with key, senior level media/influencers

• Solicit & share feedback/perception from media & influencers regarding client(s), competition & position in the industry in order to counsel clients & inform actions

Digital & Social Media Acumen

• Establish social media objectives & goals across the account

• Partner with clients to establish the strategic direction for social media engagements

• Lead engagement with executives & support of their individual social media platforms

Client Engagement

• Provide strategic counsel to executive-level clients

• Ensure internal & external stakeholders are aligned

• Manage, influence & negotiate scope of work with clients

• Drive strategic communication planning process

• Collaborate with other business leads to integrate & drive best results for all parties

Business Acumen & Strategic Thinking

• Oversee team utilization, financial & resource management issues

• Contribute to agency strategic planning initiatives

• Educate & oversee team on cross agency activity

• Ability to detect & mitigate possible issues, conflicts & disruptions in the business

New Business Development

• Responsible for some existing account growth and diversification metrics

• Determine if prospective business qualifies for pursuit

• Lead preparation and delivery of organic growth or new business proposal content & in-person pitch meetings

• Begin coordinating & pursuing cross-account/practice & global business opportunities

People Leadership

• Oversee resource allocation across team including staffing/hiring/onboarding new talent

• Motivate staff with the goal of retention & development

• Help ensure team is cross-trained & have a broad understanding of other businesses



• At least 7 years’ experience in Integrated communications – in an agency &/or within applicable industry

• Minimum of 4 years individual & team management experience, including experience developing a team

• Minimum of 4 years PR management, crisis management & execution experience

• Demonstrated creative & strategic mindset

• New business development experience

• Strong organizational skills & ability to multi-task, work in a team environment, and meet deadlines

• Bachelor’s degree required & Master’s degree preferred in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English or related field




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