CLS News
September 16, 2021

If you’re looking to make your next move, or to make your foray in Washington PR and public affairs, CLS Strategies may have the role you’re looking for. CLS Strategies is a privately-held, bipartisan strategic communications firm with a client success history that spans over 25 years working with many household names and Washington associations. We help our clients manage complex, high-stakes challenges across a wide variety of sectors and issues, including those that are regulatory and legislative, and we develop and execute integrated issue advocacy campaigns that help our clients win. While public affairs is a big part of what we do, so too is crisis and legal communications, and we can offer this candidate an opportunity to gain experience in those exciting and growing fields as well.

What we’re looking for:

  • 5+ years experience in communications, public relations, or in a policy or public affairs role. This includes work on political campaigns.  
  • Strong writing (Q&A, messaging, online content, op-eds), research, and media relations skills
  • Strategic thinking to help write and develop campaign plans
  • Digital fluency (reaching and engaging audiences online)
  • Someone who can help manage client relationships and assist in the daily work for multiple client teams
  • Versatility – Because we don’t operate in practice groups, this candidate should thrive in an environment where she or he works across sectors
  • A team player – You will manage team members who support your work, and manage up as well, to the agency’s leadership and clients

What we offer:

The CLS work model is hybrid and flexible. Because we appreciate the advantages of both work-from-home and in-person collaboration, we operate a hybrid work environment that includes a state-of-the-art office in downtown DC with a gym and rooftop that colleagues can use as they wish when they aren’t working from home or elsewhere. Because we don’t believe in anemic retirement savings plans, we offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, along with other terrific benefits, such as health insurance plans that come with a free Pelton subscription,   up to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave.

Every account at CLS is led by one of the agency’s principals or members of senior management, and we work closely with our team members to teach them, help them grow, and ultimately lead parts of the work. This is important, because our company’s success depends on your success. 

This position does not need to be based in Washington, DC.  Candidates outside DC who are interested in being a member of our remote team are encouraged to apply. Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@clsstrategies.com with “MA – Public Affairs” in the subject line.


 


CLS News
September 16, 2021

CLS Strategies is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm with a 25+ year track record of helping clients manage complex, high-stakes environments. We specialize in crisis and litigation communications as well as public affairs both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Notably, CLS offers a hybrid working environment. Starting in early October, we plan to re-open our Washington, DC-based office for in-person collaboration while allowing staff the flexibility to work remotely when needed or preferred.

We are looking to hire an energetic, hardworking and organized individual for the Managing Associate position to support the firm’s crisis and litigation clients. Ideal candidates will have five to eight years of experience in  crisis communications involving high stakes matters and a strong desire to do more. Litigation-related work is a plus.  Experience with a diversity of legal matters – e.g. product liability, securities, antitrust cases – and proven ability to work with litigation counsel is strongly desired.

Candidates must possess strong writing skills, experience in managing media relations, and ability to formulate effective and successful communications strategies and messages in a highly adversarial and fast-paced environment. Candidates who have worked closely with outside legal counsel and managed the development of materials that balanced legal and reputational interests will be especially strong candidates for this role.

Responsibilities for this mid-level position include:

  • Lead strategic planning and account execution for multiple clients facing crisis issues
  • Manage client business relationship
  • Oversee and/or draft content needed to support client and communicate its story
  • Lead efforts to pitch stories, and manage coverage as appropriate
  • Help build the firm’s crisis communication practice through thought leadership activities and business development
  • Support firm through active engagement in such activities as staff recruitment, training, mentoring.

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to careers@clsstrategies.com with “MA – Crisis & Litigation” in the subject line.

CLS offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance plus a 401(k) retirement savings plan. For more information about the company, visit www.clsstrategies.com.

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

 


CLS News
September 14, 2021

Are you eager to design compelling online visuals or produce videos viewed by millions? If so, then you should apply to join the CLS team. In this hands-on position, you would help produce creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual to join our team as a Digital Design & Production Associate. This is an opportunity to be a crucial part of our team by:

  • Designing ads, website properties, social media graphics and more
  • Creating campaign branding
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Creating quality deliverables in a fast-paced work environment
  • Communicating and collaborating with a team
  • Assisting with the day-to-day operations of the digital team

Candidates for this position should have 1-2 years of professional experience and an interest in creative services and public affairs, with an emphasis on graphic design. Candidates who have the following skills are a good fit:

  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Video editing software
  • Extremely detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Familiar with current design trends
  • Can provide a portfolio of recent design samples
  • Experience with HTML/CSS and various content management systems (CMS)

If you are eager to learn, enjoy coming up with creative solutions, and want to get real-world design experience with political and non-profit clients, you may be the right candidate! Interested applicants should apply by clicking the button below. Be sure to include a copy of your resume and design portfolio (or link to your online portfolio) in the email. 


CLS News
December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—  This week, PR News recognized two Managing Associates at CLS Strategies, Natalie Pavlatos and William Moore, as 2018 PR News' Rising Stars 30 & Under at an awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This honor is awarded to budding PR professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the field of public relations.

“Everyone at CLS Strategies is proud of Natalie and William for receiving the PR News' Rising Star award, which recognizes something we see from them at CLS each day – their hard work and dedication to their craft, our clients and fellow teammates,” CLS partner Juan Cortinas said.

Natalie Pavlatos began her career as an intern at CLS Strategies in 2014 and quickly rose through the ranks to Managing Associate. She specializes in public affairs and international work, with an expertise in digital communications and media relations.

Since joining CLS Strategies in 2016, William Moore has become a key member of CLS Strategies’ international and high-stakes litigation communications teams. Moore began his career in strategic communications in Bogota, Colombia, before his move to CLS Strategies. 

CLS Strategies has a long history of PR News' Rising Stars 30 & Under honorees. Managing Director Meghan Keane and Managing Associate Dan Smith were honored in 2017, Managing Director Tim Hogan was honored in 2016 and Partner Ray De Lorenzi was honored in 2015.  Read more about the PR News Award ceremony here.

 


CLS News
November 12, 2018

New, specialized consultancy will focus on assessing and mitigating threats to brand reputation related to the transformational changes on the horizon caused by artificial intelligence (AI)

NEW YORK (November 12, 2018) – Omnicom Public Relations Group (OPRG) today announced the launch of the AI Impact Group, a specialized consultancy that helps clients assess and mitigate the risks to brand reputation arising from the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The launch of the AI Impact Group coincides with the release of the first comprehensive AI Risk Index, which integrates several layers of research to identify and score the reputational risk of industries and companies adopting AI.

The AI Impact Group will offer strategic consulting engagements to assess the communications challenges, brand vulnerabilities and other internal and external risks associated with a company’s adoption of AI. The cross-agency team can apply robust research and advanced analytics to create proprietary reputation-focused risk assessments for any company deploying AI. Armed with research and a deep knowledge of AI across a variety of industry sectors, the Group’s consultants and communications experts can also craft a tailored AI Roadmap for any business.

Led by Andrew Koneschusky, partner at CLS Strategies, the AI Impact Group fuses the collective experience and subject matter expertise of several OPRG agencies: CLS Strategies, FleishmanHillard Ketchum, Maslansky + Partners, Porter Novelli and VOX Global.  The group is fuelled by a passion for technology, deep understanding of the perceptions of AI and world-class capabilities to meet any communications challenge.

“We are in the midst of the biggest technological change in recent history,” said Koneschusky. “Companies that plan for AI and communicate effectively around it will be well positioned to take advantage of the many benefits the technology brings, including cost savings, improved customer service, rich data insights and other efficiencies. On the other hand, there are serious consequences for those who blindly chase the benefits of AI without understanding the risks. We are already seeing examples of backlash against AI, and the technology is still in its infancy.”

“AI and machine learning present many exciting opportunities that organizations will want to consider and take advantage of – now and into the future. At the same time, these developments represent a new and relatively unexplored threat to brand reputation, and many companies and brands aren’t sure how to assess their risk,” said Karen van Bergen, chief executive officer, Omnicom Public Relations Group. “The AI Impact Group brings together top AI talent from across OPRG communications agencies, delivering a seamless, specialty solution to clients who need to equip themselves for AI’s future. We’re proud to bring this first-of-its-kind offering to market and look forward to helping our clients navigate this uncharted territory and set themselves up for success when it comes to AI.”

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on AI will reach $57.6 billion by 2021 – more than quadruple the $12 billion spent in 2017. As businesses large and small make significant investments in AI and race to embrace its benefits, they need to assess and plan for the risks lurking in the shadows. Given the massive changes afoot, Forrester Research, in a November 2017 report on AI-enabled automation, recommended that companies invest in change management internally and PR externally.

To coincide with the launch, the AI Impact Group has released topline findings from its first comprehensive AI Risk Index. This initial index is focused on the retail, manufacturing and transportation industries; future studies will examine other industries. The inaugural study quantifies a brand’s risk based on the company’s positioning related to AI and the perceptions of various stakeholders – consumers, industry employees, policymakers, activists and industry analysts. It also provides guidance to help business leaders understand where top companies are performing best and where those at risk of falling behind are failing. Scores range from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates less risk preparedness and 100 indicates higher risk preparedness.

Overall, the study data revealed that while some industries and companies have less reputational risk than others, no industry or company is fully prepared for the transformational changes on the horizon. AI poses serious risks for all three industries studied—and even the most forward-thinking technology companies still have work to do.

The retail industry is the least prepared for the impacts from AI, earning the lowest overall industry score of 44.0, followed by the manufacturing industry at 49.3 and transportation industry at 55.3. Within each industry there is considerable variation amongst companies:

  • Retail: the company least prepared for the risk earned a 27.9, the most prepared for the risk a 52.6
  • Manufacturing: the company least prepared for the risk earned a 33.3, the most prepared for the risk a 62.0
  • Transportation: the company least prepared for the risk earned a 37.7, the most prepared for the risk a 68.8

For more information or an in-depth briefing on the work of the AI Impact Group and the AI Risk Index results, please contact Tricia Whittemore or Allison Haley.

About AI Impact Group

The AI Impact Group, comprised of specialists from CLS Strategies, FleishmanHillard, Maslansky + Partners, Ketchum, Porter Novelli and VOX Global, is a specialized consultancy with the capabilities and experience to meet any AI communications challenge. In a world where AI is everywhere around us, the human impact of this technology continues to take shape. We help companies begin or continue their AI journey, armed with proprietary data and risk analysis, so they can identify, plan for and mitigate challenges to brand reputation that may occur along the way. To learn more, please visit: http://www.ai-impactgroup.com.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group

Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,300 public relations professionals in more than 370 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.