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Kivvit Public Affairs Principal - NY in New York, New York

Kivvit is seeking a Public Affairs Principal specializing in strategic communications to join our team, where you will lead a diverse array of mid to large-size client accounts.

As a Principal, you’ll serve as the account manager and lead strategist for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies and global brands to the country’s top universities, non-profits, causes and foundations. You will oversee all aspects of client accounts – including research, strategy development, creative direction, reporting and budgets. You will play a key role as a campaign manager on client teams and the position requires your strategic vision and in-depth knowledge of paid media, public opinion research, media relations, digital strategy, grassroots advocacy and more.

The Principal position is an opportunity for a strategic, creative and hard-working individual to join a team that values innovative ideas, professional growth and creative solutions to tough challenges. You need to thrive in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment within a constantly changing industry, and have the drive and results oriented mindset to achieve goals that support our team, growth strategy, and campaign objectives.

This position will be located in our New York City office.

As a Principal at Kivvit you will:

  • Serve as the account lead for a portfolio of clients across a range of sectors and issues, directing day-to-day client interaction and strategy implementation.

  • Oversee the development of campaign strategies that integrate public relations, earned media, digital and social media, grassroots organizing, events and other innovative tactics.

  • Deliver regular work plans, account budgets and client updates to firm leadership and client teams.

  • Work closely with our digital team to develop cutting-edge online marketing and advocacy campaigns.

  • Manage, mentor and cultivate junior staff to deliver high quality work products and foster professional development.

  • Aid in new business generation, and lead proposals and presentations.

  • Direct day-to-day client interactions and be the primary voice leading calls or informal meetings with small-to mid-size accounts.

Desired qualifications and experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in public relations, corporate communications, agency, newsroom and/or political campaigns.

  • Track record of managing teams, time-sensitive workplans and expansive budgets.

  • Excellent writing, research and presentation skills.

  • Serve as an expert analyst in public affairs and expertise in at least one issue area or industry of focus for Kivvit, including media & communications, campaign strategy, real estate and land use, labor, technology, education, energy & environment, health & life sciences, transportation & infrastructure.

  • Fluency in standard practice digital communications strategies and tactics including paid media, organic social media, email/mobile campaigns, etc.

  • Understanding of reporting and analytics tools, and an eagerness to use in-house research tools to glean valuable campaign insights to ensure campaigns are constantly optimized.

  • Ability to build trust and relationships with clients and clearly communicate strategies and tactics.

You are a great fit for this role if you:

  • Are a strategic thinker and quickly understand and analyze complex client challenges.

  • Are curious, ambitious, entrepreneurial, comprehensive, relentless and committed.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of social, political, and economic issues relevant to client work in a high-profile environment.

  • Clearly communicate strategies and tactics using compelling written and visual materials.

  • Manage timelines, budgets, vendors and personnel in a highly organized and efficient fashion.

  • Strategically engage journalists, government officials and staff, corporate executives, advocates and other public affairs stakeholders.

  • Are an organized project manager with the ability to quickly prioritize a dynamic and changing task list and are adept at managing vertically and horizontally to achieve organizational and campaign-level objectives.


  • High-level role with an award-winning firm leading the way in pioneering innovative and cutting-edge public affairs campaigns, while offering:

  • Competitive compensation

  • 401K match

  • Company paid health care

  • Continuing education stipend

  • Generous PTO policy

  • Collaborative culture and unique perks


Kivvit is a nationally recognized, award winning and fast-growing public affairs and strategic communications firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, New York City and Washington, D.C. The firm’s entrepreneurial culture is led by professionals with decades of experience in government, politics, journalism, non-profits, industry and advocacy campaigns.

We are committed to building the agency of the future and invested in creating a culture that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation across our teams. Our success delivering on these priorities has earned Kivvit significant recognition as Public Affairs Firm of the Year (Reed Awards), Most Innovative Agency (Bulldog PR Awards), Provoke North American Digital Agency of the Year, and a PRovoke Best Agency to Work For.

Kivvit cares about our team’s quality of life outside of work. That’s why we offer a uniquely rich benefits package that includes:

100% Company-paid medical, dental and vision insurance

Paid maternity and paternity leave

401(k) match and profit sharing

Annual wellness stipend

Flexible work arrangements

12 paid company holidays per year, 22 days individual paid time off

Early close every summer Friday

Kivvit prides itself on the kind of innovation that is only achieved through inclusive collaboration and equal opportunity. Maintaining a diverse staff of first-class talent (including those from BIPOC, LGBTQ communities, and others from traditionally underrepresented groups), and conferring a sense of value and belonging of each team member is central to our mission as expert communicators. Candidates need not possess every attribute listed above to qualify for a role. If you identify with this profile but don’t quite meet all of the criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply to join our winning team!

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