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Vice President, Crisis at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description:

Edelman is a leading global Communications Marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was named one of Advertising Age’s “Agency to Watch” in 2014; one of Forbes’ “14 Most Influential Agencies of 2014”; and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year.” Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edelman’s San Francisco office has an exciting opportunity for an experienced issues management practitioner.  We are seeking a Vice President to join our Crisis & Risk Management team.  The successful candidate will be a communicator with demonstrated experience advising on critical corporate and societal issues; have deep expertise in managing accounts and building strategic new business proposals; and will be a strong mentor to team members and junior staff.   

This is a senior position within Edelman that will serve as a lead on existing client work; be equipped to serve as a subject matter expert and advisor; pursue new business opportunities, locally, regionally and globally; enhance and scale our practice capability in the Bay Area; and develop new specialties, offerings and capabilities to capture strategic growth opportunities.   

The position will work closely with leadership across the Crisis & Risk Management practice and the broader Edelman network. Proven expertise in crisis readiness and complex issues, such as legal and regulatory affairs, public affairs, and activism, is preferable.   

Some responsibilities of the Vice President:


  • Service and grow existing business, including both crisis preparedness and crisis response work  

  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities, in partnership with home office, region and practice  

  • Partner with other practices and offices in both client service and new business  

  • Manage team members and support Group Head with budgeting, business development and strategic vision  

  • Support practice reporting and training

Some of the qualifications we are seeking in a Vice President:   

  • A demonstrated track record in managing crises and complex, high-risk assignments    

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, including an aptitude in assessing and prioritizing incoming assignments, managing competing deadlines, and a willingness to work demanding hours as needed  

  • Experience working with legal teams, both in-house and outside counsel  

  • Experience working with news media, notably business and financial media and/or investigative journalists   

  • Ability to work as a self-starter, requiring limited supervision   

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, can-do attitude and ability to collaborate with colleagues across the network    

  • Poise and confidence to hold your own with senior executives and boards  

  • Attention to detail is a must  

Basic qualifications:    

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience    

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as English, Journalism or Political Science    

Basic Qualifications:

The vice president must have at least ten years of relevant experience in public relations and/or related fields including research, advertising, management consulting, media and publishing.


Preferred Qualifications:

The vice president should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and strong understanding of how to communicate with teams and work from both client and agency sides. S/he should have a track record of leading profitable programs that have advanced client business goals. S/he should be a superb people manager and have experience successfully managing resources and budgets as well as helping win new business. S/he will be entrepreneurial and professional and have the confidence necessary to manage a team.