Senior Director of PR (NYC Metro Area)

About The Wakeman Agency

Founded in 2003, The Wakeman Agency is a social change firm, providing support to progressive nonprofits and socially responsible companies. Known as “the people behind the people at the forefront of social change and innovation,” The​ ​Wakeman Agency serves as a trusted advisor to organizations around the globe. Our core services include public relations, special events, thought leadership development, crisis communications and strategic counsel.  

Job Summary

Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Director of PR will serve as a key member of the leadership team and a driving force in the agency’s continued growth. The Director will oversee the team responsible for all client-focused work in the areas of strategic communications, PR & special events. In addition to day-to-day team management and oversight of the communications and events budgets, the Director will work closely with the CEO to help set strategic priorities and ensure organizational goals are successfully achieved. The Director will be responsible for contributions to business development and oversight of the agency’s client portfolio, including media relations, event management, crisis communications, and some DEI work. He/she should be up-to-date on industry trends and best practices. Previous experience in an agency setting will be critical. 

Although we work remotely, the selected individual must be available locally in New York for in-person client meetings and events, when they resume. 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

  1. Proven experience in leading client engagements from ideation through execution 

  2. Developing, planning, and executing communications strategies that meet and exceed client goals

  3. Seven+ years in an agency environment to agency environment and/or combination of agency and corporate communications department

  4. Three+ years of leading and managing teams 

  5. Mentoring and developing staff in support of a culture of innovation, curiosity and excellence

  6. Understanding of fundraising events process 

  7. Help identify, engage and convert prospects for new business 

  8. Manage and delegate responsibilities for daily workflow of multiple projects at various stages of client engagement

  9. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines and with shifting priorities

  10. Strong emotional intelligence

  11. Strategic mindset

  12. Superior written and verbal communications skills, including extensive experience writing and editing.

  13. Experience in a nonprofit setting and a demonstrated passion for mission-driven work


To apply, please send a resume to [email protected]. In the subject line, please put: Senior Director of PR.