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Associate Director, Strategic Communications - New York

INTRODUCTION

About FGS Global -

FGS Global is a strategic advisory and communications consultancy, with over 1200 multidisciplinary experts across the world’s major financial, government, business, and cultural centers. The firm is an acknowledged leader in crisis, corporate reputation, public affairs and capital markets, M&A advisory and boardroom communication counsel. FGS Global supports its clients in addressing a myriad of stakeholder concerns by leveraging its research and insights, media placement, content, digital, and data capabilities. The company was created in December 2021 by combining Finsbury, Hering Schuppener, The Glover Park Group, and Sard Verbinnen & Co. FGS Global serves its client base from 27 cities worldwide, including U.S. Offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, South Florida, and Houston.

FGS Global is seeking a full-time Associate Director to join our Strategic Communications team. Working at the intersection of business, finance, public policy, and media, the Associate Director position is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in strategic communications, public relations, and crisis management to develop research, writing, and media skills at a prestigious firm with high-profile clients.

Associate Directors work with clients in all industries on both long-term communications assignments such as profile raising, media relations and investor relations; and on special situations such as mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and management changes, investor-related issues, issues and crisis management, corporate governance matters and litigation support.

The Associate Director position is hybrid with an expectation of at least three days per week in the office, based in our New York office.

The ideal candidate must be a strategic thinker with strong writing and analytical skills, along with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and present complex stories within a clear and compelling messaging framework. While this professional may come from any number of backgrounds, some knowledge of or experience in financial and corporate communications; capital markets; and/or investor relations is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day execution of both long-term communications assignments and special situations for clients in all industries (e.g., M&A, restructurings, investor-related issues, crises, corporate governance, litigation support, etc.).

  • Act as an account project manager, including assigning responsibilities, anticipating account needs, and ensuring activities are completed on-time, while providing strategic and tactical support to senior team members.

  • Serve as the center for information on accounts with knowledge of everything that is going on with the account.

  • Ownership for developing materials (e.g., strategic communications plans, press releases, investor presentations, shareholder letters, talking points, Q&As, etc.).

  • Build and manage media relationships, including responding to inbound inquiries and serving as a spokesperson for clients.

  • Be a mentor and role model for junior account staff by leading through actions – being prepared, proactive, and available, with a “can do” attitude.

  • Engage directly with clients and advisors, representing our recommendations or position on issues that have a financial, brand, and/or business impact.

  • Support new business opportunities in the market and working to strengthen and expand existing client relationships with compelling ideas and excellent service.

  • Embrace and embody the FGS value proposition, which combines total candor with sophisticated judgement gained through experience.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in financial services, strategic communications, investor relations, or a related field.

  • A bachelor’s degree.

  • Client focused, with a high bar for quality and results.

  • Outstanding writing skills, including excellent proofreading skills.

  • Highly collaborative, with strong communications skills, and able to work well in teams.

  • Strong time management and organizational skills, and an ability to seamlessly balance multiple assignments and client situations simultaneously.

  • Confidence and presence to work effectively with senior members of account teams and client in high-stakes situations.

  • Well-rounded, adaptable, and detailed-oriented individual comfortable working through challenges.

  • Solid judgment and the capacity to accurately assess complicated situations and ask the right questions.

  • Highly motivated and calm under pressure.

  • The ability to oversee and help mentor junior staff.

  • Well-honed project management skills.

  • Mature, with good judgement with the ability to engage with people at all levels.

  • Technological proficiency, well versed in Microsoft Office, experience with Bloomberg a plus.

  • An interest in business, public policy and regulatory issues.

  • A quick learner, who is prepared to jump in at a moment’s notice.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. and not require work authorization sponsorship now or in the future.

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation package.

  • Great health benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance.

  • 401(k) with a 50% matching program.

  • Generous time off benefits.

  • A collaborative group of smart, passionate and highly motivated people.

  • Team-oriented work environment structured to provide opportunities for professional growth and development.

In addition, this is an outstanding opportunity to interface with the media, corporate, financial, and legal communities in various special situations.

New York City Salary Range

$100,000—$120,000 USD

We offer medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability and AD&D plans, 401(k) with company matching contribution, technology reimbursement, discretionary bonuses, and paid time off to eligible full-time employees.

FGS Global provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to United States federal law requirements, FGS Global complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

When you submit an application, we collect certain personal information about you for the purpose of evaluating your qualifications for the position. For more information about our privacy practices, please visit our privacy policy at https://fgsglobal.com/privacy.