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Director/Strategist (New York)

 

Company Description

 

maslansky + partners is a communication strategy firm grounded in a rigorous approach to messaging research. We work with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and public policy groups to help them address their most important communication and messaging challenges.  We’re seeking a Director / Strategist with strong analytical thinking, persuasive writing, and project management skills to join our team.

 

Job description

 

What you’ll do:
 

  • Manage client engagements and drive strategy:  Our clients come to us to communicate more effectively on challenging communication issues, including corporate reputation and branding; public affairs and issue advocacy; new product launches and repositioning.  We work with them to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential approaches to communication. 
  • Use market research to create meaningful, actionable and interesting communication advice for clients.
  • Mentor and help train junior staff members

 

Skills and experience

 

What you should bring:
 

  • 3-7 years’ experience in corporate strategy, communication, public affairs,  market research, advertising, marketing, or another field that you can convince us is relevant
  • An ability to juggle and prioritize simultaneous projects and responsibilities… while on the road
  • Experience with and ideas about compelling, persuasive, credible messaging
  • Strong analytic skills so that you can understand and synthesize perspectives that may be very different from your own
  • Strong writing and presentation skills (bonus points for cover letters that demonstrate these skills)


Every member of our team is:
 

  • A researcher – we conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understand how audiences respond to different ways of talking about something and why
  • A writer – we help clients engage and persuade their audiences by writing in a way that resonates and compels them to act
  • A strategist – anyone can find out what an audience thinks; we bring an analytic and strategic approach to messaging.
  • A consultant – we constantly imagine the world through the eyes of someone else: our clients’, what are their challenges externally and internally and how can we help them? Our clients’ audiences: how do we factor “their truth” into effective messaging?
  • Able to express a point of view.  We don’t really care what it is, as long as you have one, and can communicate it persuasively.  
  • A compelling speaker.  When we walk into a room, we want people to remember we were there.  We lead with substance, but you also need a demonstrable ability to present well.

 

Our firm is guided by the simple idea that it’s not what you SAY that matters, it’s what they HEAR. We use research to advise our clients what to say, what not to say, and why it matters.  We passionately believe that for PR, marketing and advocacy efforts to be successful, they must have the right words, phrases and framing. Though small, we have a large impact. We work on major communication challenges for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and public policy groups around the country and the world.


Send your resume and a cover letter to LanguageStrategy@maslansky.com
(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)

 

 

Vice President (New York)

 

maslansky + partners, a language strategy and research consultancy is seeking a Vice President to join its New York-based team. 
 

Our firm is guided by the simple idea that it’s not what you SAY that matters, it’s what they HEAR.  We believe in the power of words and language to drive sales, build (and rebuild) reputations, and win the hearts and minds of the public.  Combining research with our deep expertise, we provide strategic advice to clients about what to say, what not to say, and why it matters.
 

Though small, we have a large impact.  We work on serious communication challenges for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and non-profits around the country and the world.  We work across industries, but our focus is on food, finance, health, tech and energy – and any other sector where the message really matters.

 

•    We are language strategists – we bring an analytical approach to developing effective messages and treat it as a strategic discipline

•    We are writers – we help clients engage and persuade their audiences by identifying language that resonates emotionally

•    We are researchers – we conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understand how audiences respond to different approaches language and strategy

 

What you’ll do:

 

• Lead client engagements and drive strategy:  Our clients come to us to communicate more effectively on challenging topics. We work with them to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential approaches to communication.  Then we test these approaches for emotional resonance before recommending a language strategy derived from insights about their target audiences.  Working with a Partner and other members of our team, you will lead this process, from planning to strategic recommendation.  

• Develop new business opportunities:  Our business is built first and foremost by delivering exceptional work to our clients.  When we do that, they come back.  Beyond that, you will help us identify new targets, develop business proposals and participate in new business conversations. 

 

 

What you’ll bring:

 

• The right experience.  It can come from a lot of places, but it is likely to come from 7-10 years of work in strategic planning, branding, corporate communications, media relations, corporate marketing, political campaigns or market research.

• Some good war stories of how you helped address challenging communications or marketing issues

• If you have serious research experience, that’s great.  But experience working with research – as a client, agency, or otherwise – is a must. 

• Examples of strong persuasive writing.  Op-eds, blogs, presentations will do.  Press releases and academic papers probably won’t. 

• A point of view.  We don’t really care what it is, as long as you have one, and can communicate it persuasively.   

• Presence.  When we walk into a room, we want people to remember we were there.  We lead with substance, but you also need a demonstrable ability to present well.

 

The position includes all the standards like competitive compensation, health, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, bonuses, 401k plans.  Oh…and free lunch on Mondays! 

If you’re intrigued, you should have already checked out our website.  If you haven’t done so yet, we won’t hold it against you, but do it right now: www.maslansky.com.

 

To apply for the position, please email resume & cover letter to: VP@maslansky.com.

(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)

 

 

Associate Language Strategist (New York)

 

Job description 

What you’ll do: 

 

  • Work on a range of challenging communication issues, including corporate reputation and branding; public affairs and issue advocacy; new product launches and repositioning
  • Be part of a team of people who are focused on creating great strategies for great clients
  • Use market research to create meaningful, actionable and interesting communication advice for clients

 

Skills and experience 

What you should bring: 

 

  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in market research, corporate communication, public affairs, public relations, advertising, marketing, or another field that you can convince us is relevant
  • An ability to juggle and prioritize simultaneous projects and responsibilities… while on the road
  • Experience with and ideas about compelling, persuasive, credible messaging
  • Strong analytic skills so that you can understand and synthesize perspectives that may be very different from your own
  • Strong writing skills (bonus points for cover letters that demonstrate these skills)
  • Strong computer skills:  Proficiency in PowerPoint is table stakes. The ability to express ideas visually is a compelling differentiator
  • A mature demeanor, ready for client-facing situations
  • Social media engagement is a plus

 

In order to be considered for the position, a cover letter and resume are required. 


Company Description 

maslansky + partners is a communication strategy firm grounded in a rigorous approach to messaging research. We work with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and public policy groups to help them address their most important communication and messaging challenges.  We’re seeking Communication Strategists with strong analytical thinking, persuasive writing, and project management skills to join our team. 

Every member of our team is: 

 

  • A researcher – we conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understand how audiences respond to different ways of talking about something and why
  • A writer – we help clients engage and persuade their audiences by writing in a way that resonates and compels them to act
  • A strategist – anyone can find out what an audience thinks; we bring an analytic and strategic approach to messaging.
  • A consultant  we constantly imagine the world through the eyes of someone else: our clients’, what are their challenges externally and internally and how can we help them? Our clients’ audiences: how do we factor “their truth” into effective messaging?

 

Our firm is guided by the simple idea that it’s not what you SAY that matters, it’s what they HEAR. We use research to advise our clients what to say, what not to say, and why it matters.  We passionately believe that for PR, marketing and advocacy efforts to be successful, they must have the right words, phrases and framing. Though small, we have a large impact. We work on major communication challenges for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and public policy groups around the country and the world. 

 


+  send your resume to LanguageStrategy@maslansky.com.

(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)

 

Client Finance Manager (New York)

 

maslansky + partners is a language strategy and research consultancy that helps solve complex and high-stakes communication challenges for the world’s largest and most innovative companies, industry trade groups, and non-profits.  

Clients come to us to help them figure out how to stand out in the marketplace and increase sales. To win on issues and navigate crisis. To simplify the complex, and to find ways to better engage and retain customers.  

 

We specialize in reshaping their communication by combining proprietary research, a deep understanding of behavioral science, and decades of communications expertise. The result: clear, credible and compelling language strategies that help senior executives successfully address their business challenges.    

Four reasons to join maslansky + partners team:  

 

  • To be challenged and grow: We’re looking to hire someone who is always asking the question, what’s next? We offer a variety of opportunities to help build and develop your skills and help you grow in a way that will meaningfully contribute to the trajectory of your career.  
  • To make a contribution: maslansky + partners encourages you to explore every aspect of the business. Whether it’s contributing in a brainstorm or sitting in on a client call, we believe that the best way for you to do your job most effectively is to understand the larger picture of our business and we encourage it.    
  • To have an impact: Whether you want to help underprivileged students increase their chances of success, increase access to housing, support gender equality, reframe the debate about climate change, or pursue another passion, we actively look for opportunities to complement our corporate work with clients and pro bono opportunities with purpose.  
  • To have a good time: We do serious work but never take ourselves too seriously. The best work gets done when great people like working together so that is the kind of culture we’ve created. Lots of work and lots of fun to help you stay energized and engaged.  

 

What we’re looking for:  

We’re seeking a full-time client finance manager (CFM) to oversee the financial and operational management of our client relationships, including onboarding, negotiation, compliance, revenue and staff planning, reporting and analysis.  

 

What you’ll do:  

 

Oversee Client Onboarding – Partner with client teams to get projects started effectively and efficiently. Responsibilities include the following:  

  • Commercial and legal negotiations (partnering with CFO/legal and/or M+P CEO/Partners as needed), of contracts, NDAs, SOWs
  • Project onboarding & setup including staffing as well as engagement of operations team members

 

Client Contract Compliance – support and guide the project teams to ensure the company receives the full value of all work completed. Responsibilities include the following:  

  • Work doesn’t commence without proper client authorization
  • Project teams are briefed on SOW / staffing assumptions and any contractual obligations (travel, other policies)
  • Effective use of vendor (3rd party) POs to support client pricing estimates and supplier spend obligations
  • Billing & payment timeliness and accuracy including oversight and direction to Financial Analyst & MARC SSC
  • Ad-hoc training of project teams as needed  

 

Commercial Best Practices – Responsible for establishing, improving and executing processes for:

  • Working with Financial Analyst for timely revenue forecasting and updates
  • Regular account / project reviews with variance analysis (actuals vs. estimate)
  • Billing & budget tracking
  • Project profitability and other ad-hoc reporting / analysis needs
  • Timely project reconciliation and close-out
  • Staff training  

 

What you’ll bring:

  • 5-7 years’ experience in finance, with a focus and background in PR, consulting or other relevant marketing services industries.
  • Strong communication skills with a proven ability to motivate others
  • Ability to motivate quickly, someone who takes initiative and actively seeks opportunities
  • Organization and planning skills with strong attention to detail
  • An ability to juggle and prioritize simultaneous projects and responsibilities
  • Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint

 

+  send your resume to LanguageStrategy@maslansky.com.

(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)

 

Product Manager / Behavioral Scientist - Dynamic Response (New York)

 

Company Description

 

maslansky + partners is a language strategy and research consultancy that helps solve complex and high-stakes communication challenges for the world’s largest and most innovative companies, industry trade groups, and non-profits.  

Clients come to us to help them figure out how to stand out in the marketplace and increase sales. To win on issues and navigate crisis. To simplify the complex, and to find ways to better engage and retain customers.  

We specialize in reshaping their communication by combining proprietary research, a deep understanding of behavioral science, and decades of communications expertise. The result: clear, credible and compelling language strategies that help senior executives successfully address their business challenges.    

 

Four reasons to join maslansky + partners team:  

  1. To be challenged and grow: We’re looking to hire someone who is always asking the question, what’s next? We offer a variety of opportunities to help build and develop your skills and help you grow in a way that will meaningfully contribute to the trajectory of your career.  
  2. To make a contribution: maslansky + partners encourages you to explore every aspect of the business. Whether it’s contributing in a brainstorm or sitting in on a client call, we believe that the best way for you to do your job most effectively is to understand the larger picture of our business and we encourage it.    
  3. To have an impact: Whether you want to help underprivileged students increase their chances of success, increase access to housing, support gender equality, reframe the debate about climate change, or pursue another passion, we actively look for opportunities to complement our corporate work with clients and pro bono opportunities with purpose.  
  4. To have a good time: We do serious work but never take ourselves too seriously. The best work gets done when great people like working together so that is the kind of culture we’ve created. Lots of work and lots of fun to help you stay energized and engaged.  

 

Dynamic Response

Dynamic Response™ is a proprietary software platform that automates the use of best practices when composing crisis response communications. The cloud-based application parses a comprehensive knowledgebase of crisis responses and outcomes built on

principles of academic behavioral science research and extensive real-world messaging research.

The product is used by communicators at major corporations and other organizations, allowing them to react quickly, have confidence in their messaging and achieve better results in crisis situations.

 

 

What we’re looking for:  

 

The Dynamic Response™ Product Manager will own all aspects of the product’s roadmap, development and customer support. He or she will communicate executive leadership’s vision to the development teams and represent the customer when defining and prioritizing features for development.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Define and evangelize the value proposition for Dynamic Response™ based on an understanding of the client’s marketplace, goals and values
  • Become a subject matter expert on the data and algorithms used in the Dynamic Response™ application including a deep understanding of crisis and issue messaging
  • Manage Dynamic Response™ Content and Data and ensure continued expansion of our proprietary database and framework library
  • Manage the product roadmap in collaboration with executive leadership, clients and stakeholders
  • Survey and/or interview clients to determine the application features and functionalities which would be most valuable when composing crisis communications
  • Document the product’s specifications by writing user stories based on client surveys and interviews
  • Work with the development team to translate user stories into actionable product requirements documentation
  • Own the product backlog and prioritize the development of features to deliver the optimal amount of value for clients
  • Lead sprint planning, standup and retrospective meetings
  • Manage development sprints
  • Manage user acceptance testing
  • Publish release notes

 

Qualifications (Entry Level)

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, behavioral science/behavioral economics, rhetoric, marketing, advertising, or other discipline with an emphasize on the drivers of human behavior.
  • Computer or Library Science degree a plus
  • 2 or more years’ experience in public affairs, crisis, issue advocacy, politics, or relevant social science research. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects from inception to completion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Basic understanding of software development processes
  • Strong desire to learn software product management

 

Qualifications (Experienced)

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, behavioral science/behavioral economics, rhetoric, marketing, advertising, or other discipline with an emphasize on the drivers of human behavior.
  • Computer or Library Science degree a plus

 

 

  • 2 or more years’ experience as a software project or product manager
  • Experience in public affairs, crisis, issue advocacy, politics, or relevant social science research a plus 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with JIRA, PivotalTracker or similar issue tracking software
  • Experience creating user stories and functional requirements
  • Experience managing software development teams
  • Project Management or Agile/SCRUM certification a plus

 

What we’ll bring

 

In case you can’t tell, we’re pretty excited about our company. We work hard, travel to great places, and have a lot of fun together. We offer competitive compensation that rewards you for your success, health, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, bonuses, 401k plans. Oh…and there’s free lunch on Mondays.  

 

+  send your resume to LanguageStrategy@maslansky.com.

(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)

 


Language Strategist Intern (New York)

 

  • Filing papers.
  • Getting coffee.
  • Making copies.
  • Organizing closets.
  • Answering phones.
  • Working for free…

 

Sound like a great internship?

 

We don’t think so either.

 

maslansky + partners is a language strategy firm that believes it’s not what you say that matters, it’s what your audience hears. As a firm with political roots, our approach combines behavioral science with proven communication principles to develop an actionable language strategy for our clients.

 

At our internship, you will utilize analytical skills regularly, help strategize during brainstorming sessions, and work on products that ultimately make it into the hands of clients at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and political agencies.

 

As part of our intern team, you will handle a diverse range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • contributing to new business pitches
  • developing client presentations
  • researching public policy issues
  • creating comprehensive industry audits
  • assisting with focus group preparation, execution and follow-up
  • monitoring media coverage of current and potential clients

 

maslansky + partners offers part time opportunities during the school year and summer. Interns receive hourly pay and are required to work 2-5 days per week, but hours are flexible. Oh… and free lunch on Mondays!

 

WHO IS A GOOD FIT?

 

Who is a good fit for our company? Bright, driven, independent students interested in gaining real-world experience in a small, fun office in NYC. We look for interns who are driven and willing to get involved in every area of our projects.

 

Relevant skills include:

  • online research techniques
  • strong written and verbal communication
  • proficiency with the full Microsoft Office Suite

 

Please note that we accept applications for internships on a rolling basis:

  • For spring semester internships: starting on October 1
  • For summer internships: starting on March 1
  • For fall semester internships: starting on June 1

 

+  send your resume and cover letter to NYinternship@maslansky.com.

(Please include your last name and the position in the subject line)