This is a full-time, in-house position. We will not consider
freelancers or recruiters.Gard Communications is looking for a public relations and
public affairs account manager with a strong sense of craft, and excellent
management skills. Someone who enjoys challenges and is willing to take
ownership. This position reports to the Director of Public Relations. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE•          A minimum of
5 years related experience•          Excellent
interpersonal and verbal communication skills including through email, phone
and in-person•          Experience
collaborating with a team •          Experience
developing and implementing PR plans•          Ability to
set strategy for a client •          Strong
writing skills including with press releases, PR plans, op-eds, bylined
articles, pitches and talking points •          Strong media
pitching and media response skills (proactive, reactive and defensive) •          Assumes role
of spokesperson for clients, as required•          Manages and
coordinates production of materials such as media kits, brochures and
advertising•          Experience
working in public affairs. Knowledge of local business, community and elected
leaders, and understanding of how to build             support for a client and manage an
issue with dynamic stakeholders. •          Knowledge of
the media landscape (locally, regionally, nationally)•          Builds and
maintains effective relationships with community, business members and media
important to clients•          Uses
technology and online resources to generate opportunities for clientsRESPONSIBILITIES•          Manage and
participate on PR & PA teams assigned to specific accounts. The ideal
candidate will be comfortable in all aspects of the             work from strategy to calendar
listings to media calls.   NICE TO HAVE•          Experience
working with clients in similar industry sectors as Gard’s•          Experience
with crisis communications HOW WE SUPPORT YOU•          We are a
helpful, responsive, collaborative lot, and we support each other to bring the
best to each client•          We’ll help
you grow professionally by providing an environment in which you can continue
to explore and learn. We also offer             professional development support such as
for conference attendance, and membership to professional associations•          We’re an
established firm with a track record of retaining employees for many years. We
understand that a sustainable work environment             is one that offers stability,
and values and supports each individual with respect•          We value
initiative and self-motivation•          We are
committed to work-life balance. We stay focused on the work and manage our
client projects with efficiency, so that overtime is             very rarely requiredREMUNERATIONGard offers a competitive salary and premium health and
dental benefits for you and your family. Employees qualify for 401K,
disability, and life insurance plans after 6 months.ABOUT GARD COMMUNICATIONSEstablished in 1979, Gard provides advertising, public
relations, and public affairs services to clients primarily in the sectors of
healthcare, transportation, education, and energy. The work we do has depth, and often the power to change
public thinking. We are centrally located downtown in a bike-friendly area
right on the light rail. We are one block from the art museum and tree-filled
parks, and Portland’s largest food cart pod is nearby.


The application deadline is midnight, October 19, 2018. Email your PDF resume, cover letter and three writing
samples you feel proud of to Writing samples may
include press releases, PR plans, op-eds, bylined articles, pitches, talking
points or more. Include “PR & PA ACCOUNT MANAGER” in the subject line.