Social Justice Director of Public Relations (NYC Metro Area)

Director of Public Relations (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 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 projects, 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 ownership of the agency’s client portfolio, including media relations, event management, crisis communications, and some DEI work. The candidate 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. 


  • Proven experience in leading client engagements from ideation through execution 
  • Develop strategic communication plans, including media opportunities, tactics, and timelines consistent with the overall PR strategy
  • Develop and approve agendas, press materials, pitches, status reports, recaps and other materials
  • Mentoring and developing staff in support of a culture of innovation, curiosity and excellence
  • Help identify, engage and convert prospects for new business 
  • Manage and delegate responsibilities for daily workflow of multiple projects at various stages of client engagement
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines and with shifting priorities
  • Execute and advise on PR strategies and collaboratively develop strategic media plans
  • High frequency of communication with clients
  • Provide guidance and leadership to junior-level staff on team issues, account workflow and general account issues
  • Participate in the development of materials for new business opportunities including proposals, capabilities decks and case studies


  • Seven+ years in an agency environment to agency environment and/or combination of agency and corporate communications department
  • Three+ years of leading and managing teams 
  • Experience in a nonprofit setting and a demonstrated passion for mission-driven work
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills, including extensive experience writing and editing
  • High level of emotional intelligence  
  • Ability to thrive in a face-paced environment
  • Positive, professional, and flexible attitude that lends itself to superior service.
  • Comfortable and artful at managing client expectations

If the idea of working in PR on behalf of progressive organizations that endeavor to change the world is appealing, then we’d love to hear from you.  Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply. 

This is a full-time position with eligibility for benefits including paid vacation and holidays, paid sick leave, performance bonus, health insurance and retirement savings. Salary is within the range of $130,000-$165,000. 


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