CLS News
November 13, 2019

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

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. Four to seven years of experience in journalism, political campaigns, on Capitol Hill, a PR agency, or association is the kind of background that helps an application stand out. 

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 apply by clicking the button below, and don't forget to attach your resume. 


CLS News
November 13, 2019

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based mid-sized strategic communications firm is currently seeking applicants for Managing Director.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients focusing on public affairs, crisis and legal issues, and international matters. Our clients include 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 or reputational threats. Many of the firm’s clients come from the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage activity workflow for multiple client teams – we place a high bar on high quality work product delivered on time
  • Assist the agency leader (partner) or Senior Vice President in driving client account teams and in meeting the client objectives 
  • Support the firm’s business development, specifically through assisting with assigned opportunities
  • Manage and participate in client work, ranging from media relations, alliance development, coalition and campaign management, digital strategy, and content development.

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of experience in public affairs, political, corporate or crisis communications, are driven, self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly. Candidates must possess prior experience in managing communications at another agency, company, association, on Capitol Hill, or something similar. This experience should include a range of managing campaigns and team member deliverables, media relations, op-ed writing and placement, digital and social media strategy, budgeting, and 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 Director” in the subject line. 


CLS News
September 20, 2019



Alejandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she lived her entire life before deciding to move to D.C. last year to pursue her master’s degree at George Washington University in Nuclear Policy and Security. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico recinto de Rio Piedras, where she student Political Science with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and a minor in Foreign Languages. Alejandra speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
 

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

As far as academic impact goes, I would say my professor of International Diplomacy, Jose Rivera Gonzalez, my International Theory professor, Mayra Velez, and my professor in Theory, Raul Cotto, are all amazing human beings who have had the most impact on my own interests. They taught me such passion for International Affairs, and I am forever grateful for the education they gave me. Another professor that had a major impact on me was Dr. Kassenova, who works in the nuclear policy field and sparked my interest in nuclear studies.

2. 
What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

I always look for growth professionally and personally. Being able to have experiences that add to your growth will give you tools to achieve many things in your job but also in your life.  

3. 
What are your long-term career goals?

I would like to work on the Hill, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), here at CLS or another PR and communications firm.

4. 
What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?

Can I say everything? I’ve been surprised about essentially everthing I’ve seen myself capable of doing and learning.  

5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations? 

To be honest, I never imagined I was going to work in the PR industry. However, I’ve only been here a few days and I already love it. It takes so much research and precision to get everything right. I like working behind the scenes in the background, making sure everything is well played out.

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

Reading and studying all the materials for the different accounts, as well as doing research.

7. 
What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

Jumping in and catching up with all the information that has happened on the various accounts. To help with this, I really take my time between meetings and projects to get as up to date as I can, and by asking questions to team members.

8. 
What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?

Living where national laws are made and where all the political action happens.

9. 
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’m a professional binge watcher. I love television series and movies and talking about it constantly. Fun fact: I can study while having a series on in the background.
  2. I love yoga; I’ve been doing it for more than 2 years now.
  3. I’m a Star Wars fan, but I strongly dislike the new movies.

 


CLS News
August 5, 2019
 

 
Lindsey Bornstein is an incoming senior at the University of Miami studying Political Science and Journalism. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before joining CLS, she interned with Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) in Miami, FL, and with the U.S. Department of Energy’s marketing & communications team in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in political communications in the nation’s capital.  
 
1. Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?  
 
Several professional mentors, including the team here at CLS, have shaped my vision of the private sector as a function for good; in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, individuals and organizations can partner to affect direct, positive change that sometimes gets stalled under the hands of the government. In this way, my mentors have not only provided me with insight and opportunity, but also with a concrete professional direction.
 
2. What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals? 
 
When I sought to work in the nation’s capital, I looked for an organization where I could move quickly in many proverbial jars at once. However, professional development was also important to me, so I looked to CLS as a medium-sized organization which offered the chance to collaborate with the organization’s most accomplished team members as well.  To me, the value and nature of personal relationships is a crucial determination of future success in a company.
 
3. What are your long-term career goals?
 
Upon graduation, I hope to remain in Washington, D.C. with a focus in either political communications or public policy crafting. In the long term however, I’d love the opportunity to do political or legal advocacy for emerging causes across the globe.  
 
4. What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?  
 
As an incoming freshman, I had planned to study communications as a foray into the field of sports broadcasting. However, I very quickly realized a passion for political and legal communications instead, and I guess I’m surprised I haven’t kept more of a pulse on professional sports news.
 
5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations? 
 
One thing that’s surprised me about my time at CLS has been the enormous research burden that goes into political and professional communications. In order to develop public relations strategy for a Fortune 500 company, public policy campaign or legal endeavor, public relations professionals may devote countless hours to fully understand complex relationships, professional dynamics and regulatory history surrounding an issue to craft a short statement or press release. At CLS, I’ve been able to fully appreciate the level of detail and multifaceted understanding required of public relations experts.
 
6. What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?  
 
As a process-oriented individual, I appreciate the nature of CLS’s execution-focused infrastructure. Although I’ve gained a great deal of insight into branding and strategy, my true strength lies in the ability to take a project from its conception and turn it into a fully researched, polished product.
 
7. What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?  
 
The biggest challenge at CLS has been trying to fully understand the background required to accommodate each client’s needs; in addition to daily news briefings on each account, I spend a significant portion of time researching to gain a broader picture of relevant industries.
 
8. What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?  
 
No matter who I talk to, every individual living and working in Washington has an ambitious, earnest interest in making the world a better place. The collective drive consistently motivates me not only to work harder in my own career, but also to learn more about others’ pursuits that might not necessarily make front page news. 
 
9. 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 serve as the Executive Editor of UM’s lifestyle magazine, Distraction.
2. This past spring, I spent four months living with a host family in Seville, Spain and traveled to 10 different countries.
3. I finally got peer pressured into watching Game of Thrones after all eight seasons had ended (whoops).
 

                                                         


CLS News
July 26, 2019

 

Evan was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. After spending three semesters at Fordham University in New York, he transferred to George Washington University, where he currently studies political science and international affairs with a focus on the Middle East. After he completes his degree in December, he is looking forward to staying in D.C. to continue his career in political communications.

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

I took a political science class on a whim during the 2016 presidential elections, and my professor encouraged me to get involved with a campaign. I took her advice and decided to intern with Hillary For America’s communications team. I’ve always followed politics as a hobby, but this was the first time it intersected with my career. The experience encouraged me to major in political science and really made me interested in the field of communications. I loved working every day for a candidate and a platform I believed in, and it taught me the importance of putting my heart into everything I do.

 

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

I look for internships that will challenge me and provide me with hands-on experience. I work best when I’m busy, so I tend to gravitate towards fast-paced environments. I really value work experiences that involve a lot of collaboration and teamwork so that I get the chance to learn from as many people as possible.

 

3. What are your long-term career goals?

I would love to continue to work in communications so that I can use my voice and my abilities to make a difference. It would be great to get involved with another political campaign, but I’ll be happy wherever I end up as long as I get to work for a candidate or cause I believe in.

 

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

I never imagined I would be living in DC! When I began my academic and professional journey in New York, I wanted to major in English and creative writing. The past two years since I moved here have been a big adjustment for me, but I’ve loved every step along the way.

 

5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

This is a first for me. Prior to this internship, I worked in communications in a variety of settings, from campaigns to newspapers to advocacy organizations, but I had never worked in a public relations environment. My experience here has helped me sharpen my writing and become a more effective communicator, and I’m excited to continue to use and develop these skills in the future.

 

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

Research and writing projects come the easiest to me as an intern. I like diving into complex questions, finding answers, and organizing them in a way that benefits the rest of the team and our clients.

 

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

Being able to switch from one account to the next at a moment’s notice took some adjusting, since each one is unique. Things can get especially hectic when I have three or four meetings in one day, all for different teams. Keeping organized by staying on top of emails and tracking team projects has really helped me manage the diverse workload.

 

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

It’s so surreal to live in a city with so much history. From the museums to the monuments to the memorials, I love that every place has a story to tell.

 

9. 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 love to travel. My favorite vacation has been my trip to Australia, where I got to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
  2. Music is a huge part of my life, and I’ve played the piano for 15 years.
  3. I’m a big animal lover and the proud dog dad of three amazing labradoodles.