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Southwest Strategies

Senior Account Executive

– San Diego, California
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

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
  • Detail-oriented
  • 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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