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JOB #R2104799

Account Director, Consumer Public Relations (Freelance)

@ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. We've spent years building and integrating a set of best-in-class marketing and communications capabilities to be changemakers and drive cultural relevance. Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

ICF Next seeks a freelance Account Director, Consumer Public Relations with a preference for location in Minneapolis, Chicago or New York City, but may be open for the right candidate. At the center of this role is a passion for client service and account management and for bringing to life ideas and campaigns that earn media coverage and drive social conversation.

If you are right for this role, you have an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creative thinking, being agile, and pushing teams and clients to take risks. You marry those qualities with an appreciation for process, best practices and grounding in an understanding of the landscape of earned and social media and our clients' business.  And you will be motivated by the opportunity to play a key role in continuing to elevate a sought-after expertise across large consumer brand accounts.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide strategic counsel to clients across multiple projects

  • Build strong, trusted client relationships through an understanding of their business and challenges

  • Lead account teams to develop and execute campaigns while delegating workload and overseeing quality of ideas, execution and client service

  • Manage and mentor junior team members, guiding career growth and coaching to further elevate strategies and deliver flawless execution

  • Work closely with Account and relevant discipline leaders (Creative, Strategy, Analytics, Social Media, Corporate Affairs, Project Management) on day-to-day work delivery and growth opportunities, including process improvement, issues management, and other enhancements that drive the business, and the agency forward

  • Be an active and collaborative member of the clients’ integrated agency team, providing strategic counsel and building upon ideas

  • Show tenacious problem-solving skills and a curiosity for what’s possible from a creative and earned standpoint always thinking of new ways to break through while meeting client’s marketing challenges

  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and evaluate news and pop culture trends that impact our clients’ business

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of social and influencer strategies and how to bring earned, social and influencer strategies together to achieve client objectives

  • Grow current account business and develop new business for the agency

  • Be a cultural contributor

  • Adapt to ever-changing workloads and priorities within a changing media and consumer landscape

In this role, you’ll bring:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, public relations or communications and  8+ years of experience in multi-faceted social media, influencer and public relations

  • Experience leading PR strategy for consumer-facing brands

  • An understanding of the earned landscape and experience developing social and influencer strategies that can propel earned programs and/or drive earned conversation

  • An interest in bridging paid, earned and owned strategies by connecting dots and listening for opportunities

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Leadership instincts and the ability to identify and elevate great work from junior team members

  • Conflict management skills

  • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team and collaborate regularly with team members at all levels

  • Ability to oversee and manage third-party partners, from talent to event vendors

  • Ability to travel as required

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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Who is ICF Next?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.
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