Program Lead

Alexandria, VA or Chicago, IL

About Purple Strategies

Purple Strategies is a corporate reputation and strategy firm that combines the creativity and discipline of brand communications with the speed and strategy of political campaigns to help leverage or reduce pressure on a business, brand or issue. We help build and defend reputation and brand value and serve Fortune 500 companies, associations, nonprofits and some of the most recognizable brands in the world.


Purple helps the world’s most important organizations address their toughest challenges. We operate in a highly collaborative environment and apply integrated, team-based approaches to help clients: 

  • ANTICIPATE reputation challenges and opportunities; 

  • COMPEL change through business actions and transformation; and  

  • NAVIGATEreputation issues, acute crises, key business choices and policy/regulatory changes to inform decision-making. 


About The Position

This is a Director level position in Purple Strategies’ Client and Campaigns Expertise Group. We’re looking for smart, curious leaders with 8+ years of experience in any of the following areas:

  1.  Political campaigns or state/federal communications-focused roles

  2.  Fortune 500 corporate communications

  3.  Public relations, issue communications or public affairs agency experience


In This Position, You Will

Client Team Management and Leadership

  • Serve as client management and internal team leader who can motivate teams and clients
  • Develop and execute project plans that support the integration of work across various Purple functions, including research, paid, digital and earned media
  • Provide clear direction and support to colleagues at all levels in service of executing high-quality work
  • Work with and provide a point of view to senior-level executives on the work, opportunities for client growth and colleague development


Strategy and Execution

  • Produce thoughtful, client-ready work that supports stated project objectives and reflects an understanding of client challenges and opportunities
  • Contribute directly to the execution of campaigns, owning the creation of client strategy presentations, client and campaign written communications, and tracking campaign performance
  • Provide clear and thoughtful feedback to colleagues at all levels of the organization and on numerous types of deliverables
  • Operate with strict attention to detail and ensure that deliverables meet client expectations and are error free
  • Anticipate and identify opportunities to advance client goals
  • Contribute to Purple’s growth and success outside of role, such as assisting on new business proposals and drafting thought-leadership materials


Qualifications and Experience You Need To Be Successful In This Role

  • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience
  • Strong project and time-management skills
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to problem solve under pressure
  • Proven writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Independently motivated with ability to prioritize multiple projects at once
  • Clear and confident verbal communicator, both in conversations and in formal presentations
  • Collaborative and respectful team player who is receptive to feedback and open to different points of view


Work Location

This is a full-time position based in either our Alexandria, VA headquarters or our Chicago office.  Purple Strategies offers a hybrid model and seeks employees who are comfortable working in the office for a portion of their workweek. Purple values the camaraderie, connection, inclusion and professional development that in-person interactions provide, yet still recognizes the importance of flexibility and balance in our employees’ lives.


How To Apply 

Please submit your resume and cover letter online at www.purplestrategies/   


Purple is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.