senior vice president

Position Overview

alignco, a boutique communications firm in Washington, DC, is seeking a Senior Vice President to help lead the health care advocacy and communications practice of our fast-growing firm.

alignco partners with foundations, non-profits, trade associations, and advocacy groups to bring their stories to life in the most relatable, compelling ways. Its team of strategists and changemakers have decades of experience defining, shaping, and elevating some of the most complicated and divisive issues of our day. Alison Betty and David Smith have created and directed award-winning advertising campaigns for major brands and national organizations as well as Democratic candidates at the federal and state levels.

The Senior Vice President will be a senior leader, collaborating with the Partners to build and grow new business, lead multiple accounts across a wide array of advocacy campaigns and philanthropic organizations, and manage teammates. The primary focus of the Senior Vice President will be to work with our clients in the health care policy space to advance issues around equity, access, affordability, and coverage. Our clients are engaged in many of today’s most pressing progressive policy priorities such as access to affordable health coverage, paid family leave, health care pricing, mental health supports for infants and toddlers, and more. We remain focused on breaking down barriers and systems rooted in structural racism, and elevating people and ideas that can help catalyze change on the road to an equitable recovery and an anti-racist future.

The Senior Vice President will lead a team of hard-working go-getters with a passion to make people’s lives better, healthier, and happier. Our team comes from all over – each bringing our own unique experiences, qualities, and true selves to our work. We believe diverse people, thoughts, and lived experiences make our team and our work stronger in every way. And we strive to foster a culture of inclusion, compassion, and adventure in everything we do.

Position Responsibilities

The Senior Vice President will:

  • Lead client accounts and oversee the creation, management, and execution of communications strategies across a wide array of advocacy campaigns and philanthropic organizations
  • Develop compelling messages and create content that turns complicated social policy problems and solutions into simple, powerful, and relatable stories
  • Oversee projects, including budgets, timelines, strategy, and deliverables
  • Serve as a primary point of contact and relationship manager with client leads
  • Lead account teams and mentor staff
  • Develop new business opportunities, including writing proposals and presenting ideas and strategies

Qualifications and Experience

  • 12+ years of relevant professional experience in strategic communications and campaigns
  • 8+ years of experience managing people, including demonstrated ability to successfully motivate, manage, and mentor a team to meet objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to lead large creative communications or media campaigns around policy or political issues
  • Proven commitment to progressive causes such as healthcare reform, criminal justice reform, combating climate change, addressing systemic inequities, and promoting supports for children and families such as paid family leave, childcare, Medicaid, and SNAP
  • Ability to take complex issues and quickly craft easily understood written material
  • General familiarity with modes of public opinion research such as focus groups, surveys, etc. that inform communications strategies, messages, and creative
  • Experience collaborating with producers, designers, and other creative professionals to bring stories and messages to life across media
  • Experience with media relations and demonstrated relationships with national reporters and/or bloggers
  • Experience managing finances and budgets
  • Strong understanding of digital strategy and experience using digital tactics
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, with all levels of clients, media, and staff members
  • Ability to stay organized and handle multiple assignments at once, work quickly, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in effectively editing staff materials and helping develop others’ writing skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience in a communications-related field

Personal Attributes

  • A deep level of personal commitment to social justice and progressive success
  • Strong curiosity and knowledge of the current political landscape and national dialogue
  • Low-ego, patient, and compassionate, with a desire to work collaboratively with junior and senior colleagues and clients
  • An inclusive and empathetic leader, with a passion for staff development
  • Enjoys working in a team environment that fosters staff growth
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • A strong sense of humor and fun

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this role is $175,000-$240,000. Actual salary is determined by a number of factors including skill set and experience relative to the requirements of this role. In addition, alignco provides a substantial benefits package, including:

  • comprehensive health, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401K with an annual employer contribution
  • 6 months parental leave, including 5 months paid
  • 5 weeks annual paid time off
  • paid sick time
  • annual stipend for professional development

alignco is currently offering a hybrid work model. Team members are expected to work from the DC office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and upon request for occasional meetings or events. Team members have the opportunity to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays and during select periods during the summer months. Our hybrid work model is subject to change.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume online at careers [at] alignco.us. Your cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline why you are the right person for this position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

alignco is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.