CLS Seeks Applicants for Managing Associate - Public Affairs

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September 16, 2021

CLS Seeks Applicants for Managing Associate - Public Affairs

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 with “MA – Public Affairs” in the subject line.


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