CLS News
September 14, 2017

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications firm, is currently seeking applicants for Managing Associate positions.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients – including Fortune 100 corporations, trade associations, foreign governments, international organizations and non-profits. Some are in the midst of regulatory and legislative challenges, or high-stakes litigation. Others are facing government investigations, reputational, or competitive threats. Most of our clients choose CLS because they have a terrific story to tell and wish to affect change, yet need help finding their voice, raising the saliency of their message, and engaging and persuading target audiences. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications. That’s where the team at CLS Strategies comes in, and where we thrive. 

Responsibilities of Managing Associate include:

  • Contributing to strategic planning and account execution for clients
  • Assisting in the day-to-day management and client reporting for multiple account teams
  • Managing specific projects and work streams for multiple account teams
  • Drafting op-eds, talking points, memos, social media content and other communications materials
  • Pitching stories, establish / cultivate media relationships, organize press events and other media relations activities
  • Supporting firm leadership in business development, including writing proposals and participating in pitches

Qualifications: Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams. Candidates must possess strong writing and research skills, experience in media relations, and ability to formulate creative communications strategies and messages. Three to six years experience in journalism, political campaigns, on Capitol Hill, a PR agency, or association is the kind of background that helps an application stand out. 

In addition to this Managing Associate role, we are seeking a Managing Associate for our Latin America clients, a position based in our Washington, DC office but that will require periodic travel to the region. Therefore Spanish speakers who meet these qualifications are also encouraged to apply.

CLS Strategies offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Employer-subsidized medical/dental insurance
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Optional Life and AD&D Benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Gym membership
  • And much more

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please send your resume to careers@clsstrategies.com with “Managing Associate” in the subject line. For more information, visit www.clsstrategies.com.

CLS Strategies. We don’t just raise the issue. We raise the game.

 

 


Hope Cummins is a rising junior at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, double majoring in Leadership Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.  She is a proud Chicagoan by birth, but does admit to loving the mild Richmond winters.  This fall semester, Hope will be studying abroad in Hungary at Corvinus University of Budapest.

Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

I took microeconomics the first semester of my freshman year, expecting to hate the course.  But, my professor, Dr. Maia Linask, was a phenomenal instructor and made the topic engaging and interesting to me.  I was challenged, and therefore when I finally grasped the subject matter, it felt like a huge success.  Dr. Linask also instilled in me a lot of confidence in my abilities, and encouraged me to continue studying economics. 

What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

I think it is incredibly important to be given responsibility as an intern, because that will ultimately demonstrate whether or not the field is one I am interested in.  Having responsibility can be a challenge, and if that challenge is enjoyable, that will prove to me that I want to pursue a similar career.

What are your long-term career goals?

My long-term career goal is to achieve a high-up leadership position at the firm where I work.  In order to get there, I will have to achieve a series of smaller goals along the way, but it is hard to say what those are at this point.  It is also a goal of mine to always make sure my career brings me happiness.

What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals? 

I am always surprised by how networking and random connections can make all the difference in the world when searching for career opportunities.  Networking is something that I am constantly told is important, and I have found that to be true in my personal journey.

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

To many companies, image is everything.  And sometimes, companies themselves cannot strategize well enough to preserve their image.  I am interested in the strategy and problem-solving aspect of public relations, which often serves to save companies’ reputations.

What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?

Time management has always been a skill of mine, and has been incredibly important during my internship.  It is nice to have already developed that skill, because I have never been worried about completing a project on time.

What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

On the flip side of my skill in time management, I sometimes tend to rush through my work.  As an intern, I always want to showcase my best work, and therefore I have had to monitor myself and ensure that I proof what I’m working on before sending it out.  It’s nice to know that someone will always look over my work as a second pair of eyes, as well.

What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?

My favorite thing about living in D.C. is that there is always something to do.  There’s no shortage of parks, museums, restaurants and random summertime events to go to, and my friends and I tried to take advantage of that while living here!

On our website we ask all of our staff to share three things about themselves. What are three things about yourself that we might not know?

  1. I teach indoor cycling classes at the fitness center at school.
  2. My favorite food is pizza – Chicago deep dish is the best in the world.
  3. I am in both a social sorority and a business fraternity on campus.

 


Haley Bowcutt is a rising senior at American University (AU) majoring in Film and Media Arts and minoring in Graphic Design, Marketing, and Business and Entertainment. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She competes in Division I field hockey at AU. Last year, her team won the Patriot League in 2016 and went on to compete in the first round of the Sweet 16.In her last internship, she helped produce a new show on Food Network called BacoNation (airing in August!). Haley is also the designer of a music, fashion and culture magazine called Nyota, and is currently the Vice President of Marketing at American University’s American Marketing Association.

Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

My mom has had the most impact on my academic career. Not in that she has inspired interest in one field or another, but she has taught me that any path I choose to go down, I can only go with the full intention that I am to do my absolute best. 

What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

I came here to learn as much as I could! Whether I was actively participating or simply observing, I came away from this internship with tons of new knowledge about public relations. As the digital production intern, it was a huge bonus to be able to take away new pieces I created here to show in my portfolio, and has also deepened my interest in working more with graphic design in the future.

What are your long-term career goals

My long term goal is to work as the creative director at an advertising agency. 

What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?

I am constantly surprised by how my experience in one area can be applied to or assist in my work in another area. I came into college not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, and I am still surprised at how I’ve picked up multiple minors, internships and jobs that have all given me very different experiences that have woven together in a way that sets me up well for my future career goals. 

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

Since I am more involved in the digital/creative side of public relations, I am most interested in the constantly changing ways to not only reach the public, but get and hold their attention. Today, there are so many different media platforms and tools that communicators need to always be thinking of new, appealing ways of holding the public’s ever-decreasing attention span for long enough to get their message across. 

What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?

Although not always the “easiest,” my most enjoyable work is when I’m given loose instructions to create something that serves a certain purpose and gets a specific message across, and then given creative freedom to turn that into anything I think looks good (with later edits from the team, of course)!

What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

My biggest challenge as an intern is handling multiple different projects from several different accounts at once. When I have a project in front of me, I often pour all my attention into that one thing until it’s completed to my liking. It can be hard to switch gears from one project to the next as needed, and then return to that project with edits in mind and refamiliarize myself with the style of that graphic once again.

What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?

My favorite part about D.C. is that there is so much to see and do for free, there’s no way you could fit it all in over one summer.

On our website we ask all of our staff to share three things about themselves. What are three things about yourself that we might not know?

• I know there is a lot of controversy around this topic, but I love pineapple on my pizza.

• Before I started playing field hockey I was a gymnast, and competed through level 7 by the time I was 10 years old.

• I am a crab dip connoisseur on the hunt for the best crab dip in America, so I have to get it every time I see it on the menu. So far the best crab dip is at McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar in Annapolis, MD. My grandma’s crab dip is a close second.  


Chinonso Achilike is a rising junior at The George Washington University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in communications. She is from New Jersey, but was originally born in Nigeria.  During her time at GW, she has held leadership positions in She’s the First GW, which supports girls’ education in developing countries, and Lemonade Day DC, which teaches children entrepreneurship skills.

Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

I don't think any one person has made the most impact on my academic or professional interests. The reason for this is that each person I have met has had a purpose in my life or lesson to teach me. From my family to my professors and mentors, everyone has shaped the career path I am interested in pursuing.

What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

My favorite part about having an internship is to be part of a group and having the experience of engaging with others in meaningful discussions or activities. This has taught me how to be an effective communicator, which in turn has strengthened my leadership skills and has helped to focus my pursuit on a career in business and the communications world.

What are your long-term career goals?

I would really love to have a career in which I can tie my business and communication backgrounds together.

What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals? 

I have found it surprising that I have grown an interest in so many different fields in the past few years. I am majoring in Business, and over the past year I have sparked an interest in communication, which led me to this internship. By pursuing these interests, I look forward to accomplishing my career goal of being happily successful in the workforce.  

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

Public relations is very interesting because there are so many different platforms that are used in this field that help make a company or person look or stand out in a positive way. I am interested in public relations because I would like to learn how to engage in business to business relations. I also want to gain a deeper understanding how one can go about being involved in the media to help businesses have better relations with their constituents.

What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?

Being able to develop  strong mutual relationships between my coworkers came easily to me as a CLS Strategies intern. The trust and respect we hold for one another enables us to better support and empower each other as we learn and succeed through this internship. 

What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

My biggest challenge when I started stating working as an intern at CLS was finding the right way to approach each task I was given. I was able to address this concern by asking my superiors for advice or direction.

What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?

My favorite thing about living in D.C. is that not only am I surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city life, but I am also able to take time to explore new things. Every now and then I enjoy taking a walk around the monuments and having a picnic by Georgetown Waterfront.

On our website we ask all of our staff to share three things about themselves. What are three things about yourself that we might not know?
·       I have a twin sister.
·       I'm a huge Leonardo DiCaprio fan.
·       My biggest dream is to be a contestant on CBS Big Brother!


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