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Risk Communications Account Director

Ogilvy Agency
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
May 16, 2022

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**Flexibile to locations across the US, not limited to DC**

For nearly two decades, Ogilvy has been at the forefront of social change-advancing personal and public health and safety through innovative communication initiatives. We take great pride in deploying solutions that improve and save lives.

Ogilvy has a long-standing relationship with FEMA and has recently re-won the Community Engagement and Risk Communication Contract, which focuses on growing awareness of, and resilience towards, natural disasters in American communities. As the Nation continue to come to terms with the long-term effects of climate change, this work is of ever-increasing importance. 

Ogilvy seeks a highly driven, passionate Account Director with a strong background in risk communications to join this team. Candidates with particular experience in risk communications on climate change or climate resilience are encouraged to apply. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a federal agency encompassing a network of behavior change, disaster resilience, emergency management, community outreach, partnership building, community planning, and engineering experts to engage a broad array of national and local stakeholders around the issues of natural disaster mitigation, climate change adaptation, and capacity building to empower communities to drive resilience. This unique program functions on national, regional, and community levels, and is extremely dynamic with a large team and many moving parts.

Account Directors bring value to our clients by analyzing, solving and presenting viable integrated solutions to client problems. They identify and inspire new work streams and solutions that lead to client growth by collaborating with and drawing on the expertise of Ogilvy's vast resources and capabilities. They are valued advisors and partners to senior team members and clients, as well as agency leaders at similar levels. They identify and champion great work and understand the importance of flawless delivery. They are also exceptional leaders of teams who inspire others to act courageously.
  • Partnering with Ogilvy's capability experts to deliver integrated solutions, identify new business opportunities, scope of work and revenue
  • Immersing yourself in the essential dynamics, strategies, and drivers of your client's business
  • Foreseeing opportunities and formulating plans to manage and exploit them to drive/extend the business
  • Putting clients first, interfacing regularly with all client levels and constantly hunting for solutions and big ideas that are innovative and relevant
  • Demonstrating strong collaboration skills with internal teams, using Agency resources to effectively and seamlessly support client's business
  • Building strong, collaborative and trusted relationships with creative and strategic partners
  • Effectively navigating teams when there are conflicting priorities
  • Coaching, involving and inspiring the growth and development of junior Agency staff via providing consistent feedback, training and growth opportunities
  • Acting as an open and willing resource to team members in assessing ideas and directions, and providing guidance to push further
  • Monitoring and communicating POV on current marketing and industry issues
  • Demonstrating responsibility and accountability for overall agency performance and flawless delivery
  • 7 - 10 years of experience, including 3 - 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Interest in and knowledge of climate change, resilience and/or hazard mitigation at the local, state, or federal level
  • Demonstrated background in developing and leading risk communication initiatives or campaigns
  • Ability to translate highly technical information or concepts in ways that make them relevant and meaningful to broad audiences
  • Ability to train or otherwise build capacity with stakeholders on best practices for risk communications
  • Familiarity with or interest in equity-centered approaches to community engagement and program delivery
  • Account experience delivering programs in public relations, marketing, or communications with background in digital and social media, materials development, media relations, and partnership outreach
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work with and manage sub-contractors and vendor relationships
  • Curious, a lifelong learner
  • Proven consensus-building skills
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative and transparent environment
  • Demonstrated capability to get things done on budget and on time; established sense of business & financial acumen
  • An understanding of the dynamics and workings of the agency's process as it relates to the client's business; Demonstrable knowledge of client and agency operations and working knowledge of Ogilvy's capabilities
  • A good listener, someone who reads people and those in a (virtual) room well (and adapts their style and response accordingly)
  • Accountability and calm, confident presence
  • Experience working with a large government account, including understanding of budgets and contractual obligations a plus
  • Professional competency in written and oral Spanish a plus
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