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Senior Account Executive

About Derris

Derris is a full-service brand strategy and public relations agency headquartered in New York City. We think before we act, and believe that a brand’s story is just as important as tactics and execution.  We are defined by our dual-pronged approach:  first, we help clients shape their message, and then we help them communicate that story through media. We are industry and stage agnostic, and only work with people, companies and causes we believe in.

We are looking to add an experienced Senior Account Executive to the Strategic Communications division here at Derris.

The power of Strategic Communications lies in its ability to build brands across a wide variety of industries. While we specialize in traditional media relations, including corporate communications, crisis and reputation management, we have a deep and established knowledge in sports, venture capital, technology and non-profit, and domain expertise in newly disrupted fields including health insurance, finance and real estate. We are proud to work with pre-launch and public companies alike.

About the Position

The Senior Account Executive is responsible for ensuring the tactical execution on accounts while playing a key role in strategic planning across a variety of clients in the Strategic Communications division. The ideal candidate will have experience working across industries and be comfortable working with account teams with several team members. Further, we are looking for candidates passionate about contributing to company culture, as well as teaching our junior staff and investing in their growth.


Client Relations

  • Serve as day-to-day client lead
  • Lead client calls and meetings
  • Exhibit professionalism

Media Relations

  • Expert in tactical execution with a key role in strategic planning
  • Adept at pitching media across broadcast, print and online
  • Ability to focus on feature and high-priority pitching
  • Cultivates and maintains strong media relationships
  • Staff client interviews as needed
  • Proficient at drafting all client materials, including messaging and strategy documents


  • Communicate priorities and issues for team leaders
  • Delegate account projects to junior staff
  • Provide ongoing performance feedback to junior staff
  • Invest in the growth of fellow team members


  • 4-7 years of public relations experience
  • Agency experience preferred
  • Ability to think through communication strategies and deliver tangible results
  • Strong communication skills; both written and verbal
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, high energy, team-oriented atmosphere
  • Detail oriented, must be able to manage multiple clients and meet strict deadlines
  • Comfortable working across fields

Benefits of Working for Derris

Our office is located in the Flat Iron district and is an easy commute from most train lines.  We work in a beautiful, open space with natural light and communal working areas that provide access to all levels of the organization.  A cornerstone of our company is culture and we place a huge emphasis on growth, collaboration and professional development.  We offer top-notch benefits and perks.

Derris provides equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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