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Business Development, Manager – Public Relations & Communications

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on us for their most challenging legal and business matters. From offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals, our more than 1,000 lawyers collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions.
Job title
Business Development, Manager – Public Relations & Communications
New York
Business Development
Reports to

Director, Public Relations & Communications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (additional hours as required)

Position Summary

The PR Manager will play a central role in the execution of public relations and other external and internal communications activities that support the firm’s overall strategy and business development goals.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Helping to direct overall media strategy for the firm and its practice groups and lawyers, working closely with partners to develop effective public relations plans
  • Assisting with the firm’s day-to-day media relations activities, including fielding requests for comment from journalists and researching publications, journalists and topics of interest
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key business, legal and trade journalists
  • Providing counsel to lawyers on messaging and interview preparation
  • Drafting press releases and other external announcements and developing targeted media lists for distribution
  • Drafting and editing industry survey and award submissions and identifying/evaluating new opportunities
  • Researching opportunities for and facilitating placement of bylined articles
  • Drafting wide-ranging content for the firm’s external website and other communications vehicles
  • Assisting with various reports to management and research projects
Qualifications / Position Requirements
  • Exceptional written communication skills, including ability to draft creative and compelling copy capable of achieving the necessary tone and voice for multiple audiences and publications
  • Excellent organizational skills and very strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple, often time-sensitive, projects simultaneously and to prioritize competing deadlines
  • Proactive approach with ability to initiate and manage projects
  • Exceptional judgment and discretion
  • Highly collaborative, with the ability to form effective working relationships with individuals at all levels
  • Strong press contacts
Education and/or Experience
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in public relations, preferably in the legal services field
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

The expected base salary for this position ranges from $150,000 - $200,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, anticipated assignment, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter.

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This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.