Senior Account Executive

Southwest Strategies

Senior Account Executive (Public Relations/Public Affairs)

Company: Southwest Strategies

Job Status: Full Time

Job Type: Employee

Job Location: San Diego, CA


Southwest Strategies is seeking a full-time senior account executive to assist with community outreach, media relations and social media for the agency’s wide range of development, transportation, infrastructure and energy clients. Applicants should be thoughtful, engaging, creative, motivated, technologically savvy and highly organized with a passion for building and maintaining strategic relationships with community members, members of the media, civic organizations, elected officials and staff, and other stakeholders.


Southwest Strategies is a full-service public affairs, outreach and strategic communications firm, specializing in coalition building, public outreach, government relations, media relations, multicultural outreach, crisis management, marketing and social media/digital advocacy. The agency provides comprehensive communications strategy and outreach support to public and private companies across a broad range of industries, including energy, transportation, water, retail and housing. Through the development and implementation of strategic programs, the company assists clients in building productive relationships with stakeholders, elected officials, public agencies, media and the community.


Job Description:

Assist with development and implementation of comprehensive strategic communications and community outreach programs
Cultivate community support for projects through targeted outreach, canvassing, one-on-one meetings, group meetings and events
Plan public meetings, open houses, workshops, supporter events, special events, briefings, news conferences and media briefings
Develop engaging and innovative content for social media, advertising, videos, websites, fact sheets, presentations, newsletters and other collateral
Coordinate with graphics team for development and production of creative collateral materials, advertisements and websites
Provide insight and analysis on community to clients
Connect with influential media outlets and journalists to place stories about client initiatives
Plan and implement engaging social media campaigns and track success
Interface and build relationships with elected officials, community leaders and media
Provide excellent client service

3-4 Years previous Public Affairs, Public Relations or Community Relations experience required

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Digital Media, Political Science, Public Affairs or Public Administration required


Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Superior organizational and multi-tasking skills
Ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast paced environment
Dynamic and creative thinker
Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities
Confidence to take initiative and problem solve
Participation in community or industry organizations
Interest in social media and technology

Proven success in organizing coalitions and public support for projects, initiatives, elected officials or ballot measures
Experience working with neighborhood groups, elected officials and community organizations
Relationships with key San Diego- and California-based media outlets
Understanding of San Diego political landscape
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook & PowerPoint)
Familiarity with AP Style and standard rules of grammar

Understanding of integrated marketing
Social media and digital advocacy expertise, including management, advertising and targeting

Fluency in Spanish
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