Seeking a Communications Specialist
Public Blueprint is an Austin, Texas-based public affairs firm specializing in government relations, communications, digital and grassroots advocacy. Through a combination of deep relationships in and around the Texas Capitol, unrivaled work ethic, and a passion for innovation, we provide our clients with the counsel, planning, and execution necessary to achieve their public policy goals.
Here’s what you should know if you want to be a Communications Specialist at Public Blueprint:
As a critical addition to our team, the Communications Specialist will be in charge of planning and executing traditional communications strategy for all of our clients. Sound simple? Guess that depends on you. Whether its drafting press releases that break through, generating coverage of a new client initiative, identifying or creating earned media opportunities for clients, setting up successful press conferences, or securing placement of opinion-editorials or letters-to-the-editor in target markets, our Communications Specialist must be a dynamic, creative, self-starter who is relentless in their work.
Our ideal candidate will have existing relationships in the Texas press corps or the ability to foster them quickly through excellent interpersonal and professional skills. They will have previously conceptualized, developed and refined, and ultimately executed an external communications campaign—preferably something we can review.
Our Communication Specialist loves working with other creative people and has the ability to take whiteboard ideas and turn them into real deliverables for the client. They will work closely with the lobby, digital, and grassroots members of our team, so having a basic understanding or passion for the political process and public policy, and a healthy respect for our state’s institutions and leaders, are musts. High energy and a positive attitude will also contribute greatly to their success. Believe us.
And most importantly, our new Communication Specialist understands that we’re a burgeoning start-up and they’re going to be the lead on a one-person communications team. Sound exciting? Good. That’s what we needed to hear.
On any given day you might:
Monitor all media channels, providing rapid response when necessary to protect or advance our client’s communication goals and interests.
Foster strong relationships with key national, regional, local and industry media contacts and outlets.
Conceptualize a prospective client’s traditional communications efforts for pitch proposals.
Bootstrap an on-boarding client’s traditional communications efforts by creating custom press lists, initiating reporter and editor outreach, and helping develop a branded press kit.
Identify publications and other news outlets in target Designated Market Areas or legislative districts that are essential for a new public affairs campaign’s success.
Serve as our firm’s primary point-of-contact on communications issues with the press.
Create earned media opportunities for the firm and our clients by identifying “the story” and/or flipping what may initially appear to be a negative into a positive.
Organize and execute press conferences, speaker panels, and other events.
Prepare an Interview Brief for a client in advance of a sit-down with a reporter.
Research, develop, and write public communication material in coordination with other team members; such materials include press releases and statements, letters-to-the-editor, opinion-editorials, blog content, etc.
Maintain and refine media distribution lists.
Supervise and manage our firm’s public-facing channels and PR efforts, including strategic development and implementation of day-to-day PR initiatives such as securing and coordinating story and interview opportunities, developing bylined articles or other industry-relevant content, developing and distributing news release and pitches, etc.
Do absolutely anything necessary that may arise to ensure the continued success of our small, thriving firm (we all wear a lot of hats and do what needs doing; no one here is above any task, big or small!).
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university; preferably in communications, journalism, marketing, advertising or another related field. Don’t have one? Find a way to wow us instead. We’d probably prefer it.
Two-to-five years experience in public affairs, public relations, political campaigns or other communications-adjacent work.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Nice to Have’s:
Extensive relationships with Texas press.
Experience working at a creative agency or firm, specifically with tangible experience managing multiple clients.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position in Austin, Texas only. At this time, we are not accepting contract, remote, freelance, or other part-time work.
Salary commensurate with experience, plus commission and bonus opportunities.
Downtown office with parking.
Our team enjoys perks such as company-sponsored lunches and outings, opportunities to attend educational workshops, and unlimited paid time off.
Or submit cover letter, resume, and references to Elliott Griffin via e-mail at Elliott@publicblueprint.com Please note that due to time constraints, only qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.