VP of Legal Advisory & Communications
Company: Advertising & PR, Washington, DC
Posted on: September 21, 2018
COMPANY is seeking a Vice President for our Legal Advisory and Communications Practice. The ideal candidate will have 10 to 15 years of experience. Writing Participates in new business presentations and writes strategic proposals for potential clients that are unique to the client’s issue(s) and needs. Is able to quickly and effectively review client deliverables, make worthwhile edits, and articulate the benefit to the client. Takes “first pen” on specific, customized client deliverables at client request, or if acting as direct COMPANY contact with legal representation (i.e. – employs personal legal knowledge in direct service of client-facing products) Listens to a client’s point of view and translates it into appropriate messaging that relevant audiences will understand and relate to. Coordinates all legal team review of COMPANY editorial products Proficient at reading a long, complicated document and reducing its major points to a simpler, cogent narrative. Writes almost any deliverable in a relatively short time frame with little supervision from a Senior Vice President. Instructs more junior staff on legal writing style and subject prioritizing based on legal preference Media Relations Articulately speaks to the media in person and over the phone about the client’s issue(s), message point(s), and digital initiatives. Knows how to appropriately correct a reporter when a story contains false information or other inaccurate or misleading content. Is able to effectively pitch a story or idea. Briefs reporters in person on the fly and in real time (at a trial, congressional hearing, interview, etc.). Takes the time to understand the media landscape in a particular trade, location, or publication, especially from a digital perspective. Works to instruct journalists on legal language, process and nuance, and/or directs journalists to independent, verifiable and accurate third-party information on the law, as it applies to a specific client issue Client Relationships and Client Knowledge Manages client projects/programs. Deals with the client on key opportunities, issues, and problems. Delivers top quality work to clients utilizing leading edge tools and technology. Helps develop client public relations programs. Has deep knowledge of relevant client media. Integrates digital and social media ideas into all client programs. Shows great judgment and maturity in dealing with clients, influencers, and the media. Understands the importance of stretch budget goals and tries to grow existing client business. Can easily and flawlessly step in to the Senior Vice President’s role in his or her absence. Acts as the chief coordinator in specific regard to litigation-related engagements. That is, is the central point of contact and organization for clients, internal and external counsel, other consultants etc… all in the service of team-accepted and employed uniform messaging Account Management Effectively oversees the time and productivity of account. Demonstrates an ability to internally manage both executive and junior personnel. Is able to appropriately delegate and distribute workload among a client team. Works with the Senior Vice President to plan weeks or months ahead of time and ensures all aspects of the account run on time. Is the client lead and primary contact point for the client. Coordinates administrative issues and communications between legal teams (external law firms) and the client, as requested Sales and Marketing Consistently creates new business through outreach to qualified COMPANY prospects. Participates in new business presentations and writes strategic proposals for potential clients. Promotes the firm and him/herself via the COMPANY blog and other social media platforms. Attends networking opportunities and actively researches and pursues possible new client leads. Assists Senior Vice Presidents and other executives as the second chair in any and all new business pitches and opportunities. Personal/ Internal Responsibilities Supervises the performance and career development of junior and mid-level colleagues with whom she/he works. Delivers strong, thoughtful career development reviews to direct reports. Guides and teaches direct reports in all areas; encourages their strengths and helps overcome weaknesses. Shows great judgment and maturity in dealing with more senior COMPANY executives as appropriate. Personifies the definition of a “team player”. Participates in management discussions on staffing. Manages time effectively and ensures there is an appropriate balance between billable work, new business, and managing internal teams.
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