CLS News
September 16, 2019

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications firm is looking to hire an energetic, hardworking and organized individual for an opening as a Senior Associate.

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 or reputational threats. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

Candidates should have a passion for communications and public affairs, the ability to masterfully juggle a broad range of tasks and excellent attention to detail. The Senior Associate will need to write persuasive materials, conduct research, pitch the media and assist with digital advertising, monitoring and analytics. This ideal candidate will also think strategically and be able to grasp complex issues across multiple clients.

Qualified candidates should have at least two to four years of experience in public relations, public affairs and/or politics. Experience with litigation and/or crisis communications is a plus.

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please apply with “Senior Associate” in the subject line. 


CLS News
August 28, 2019

CLS Strategies is seeking a managing associate in our digital department to plan and oversee online initiatives with the goal of shifting public opinion, building coalitions, and influencing legislative policy. The position requires a comprehensive understanding of the digital ecosystem, which includes online advertising, social media campaigns, audience identification and targeting. Applicants should have experience clearly communicating to clients the strategy, management and performance of online campaigns, and how these efforts fit within the client’s overall communications strategy. This job is located in Washington, D.C.

The successful applicant will be asked to:

  • Develop, execute, and analyze digital strategies on behalf of clients. Also, provide strategic counsel on what will work best, and for which audiences.
  •  Manage in-house digital advertising (Display, Facebook, Twitter, AdWords, etc), and work with vendors for select large-scale campaigns.
  • Research and define digital audience targeting tactics that will help move the needle on client issues.
  • Serve as the point-person on design and web production projects, managing vendors and designers, meeting deadlines, and at times producing content using Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Analyze and report on campaign performance from display, SEM, and social media promotion platforms, and convey results in a meaningful and clear manner to clients.
  • Lead occasional digital fluency efforts within the firm, specifically when it comes to new technology that can benefit clients.

We’re looking for creative, self-motivated digital professionals for who have:

  • At least 5 years of experience working with digital teams on political or issue-advocacy campaigns, or on behalf of trade associations or corporations within an agency setting.
  • Experience creating and managing online advertising campaigns, including an understanding of display and social media advertising capabilities and limitations.
  • An eye for design and experience developing digital creative content that connects with audiences. Proficiency in the Adobe products is a must.
  • Experience with digital analytics and reporting tools.

If you are interested in joining an agency so that you can have a chance to work across multiple issues and different types of clients, we’re interested in meeting you!

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

To apply, click the button below. Don't forget to include your resume and cover letter. 


CLS News
August 28, 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
August 28, 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
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).