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Vice President, Legal & Crisis Communications



Marketing & Communications, Legal
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024


BerlinRosen is a fast-growing, full-service communications firm with more than 300 communications and campaign strategists in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Since its founding in 2005, BerlinRosen has powerfully expanded its presence in real estate, architecture, design, urbanism, land use, social impact/ESG, nonprofit, fine arts, education, media, racial justice, healthcare, hospitality, lifestyle, technology, issue advocacy and workers’ rights communications. We have received more than 50 awards and recognitions, including being the only agency to be named #1 on Observer’s PR Power List for three consecutive years, PR Week's Outstanding Large Agency (2023), PRNews’ Large PR Agency of the Year (2021) and 5/5 Stars on Forbes’ latest Best PR Agencies in America list.

People of color, people with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. BerlinRosen is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff, and recognizes that its continued success depends on hiring and retaining high-quality, creative professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Opportunities for advancement exist, and we are committed to helping all staff develop and grow.


BerlinRosen’s Legal Affairs & Crisis Communications team combines advocacy for some of the most important causes of our day—defending civil rights, combating gender and race discrimination, advocating for gun violence prevention—with more traditional crisis communications helping institutions, companies, nonprofits and high net-worth family offices and individuals defend themselves from reputational threats by shaping the narrative swirling around them. Our team regularly works both for and with many of the country’s largest law firms, helping their clients navigate challenges that often accompany legal hurdles, threats from within, regulatory matters and government investigations. The team also maintains close contacts at top media outlets and leverages those connections to help clients mitigate damaging stories before and after they are reported.


BerlinRosen is seeking an experienced communications strategist to join us as a Vice President. In this role, you will counsel clients across our practice through comprehensive communications strategies that advance client goals, mentor and manage junior staff and actively engage in business development. As a core leader of the team, you should thrive in a fast-paced environment, demonstrate thoughtfulness in creating a collaborative culture, and have expertise on team capacity planning and business development.

A key focus of this role will be working with many of the nation’s (and the world’s) largest law firms. Part of this work will revolve around helping firms profile-build across key practice areas and for key attorneys; part will be supporting law firms’ representation of their own clients in matters that have a reputational component in addition to a legal one.

Role location: This role is based in our New York, N.Y. office on a hybrid basis. The Legal & Crisis team is in-office 2-3 days per week.


As a Vice President on the Legal & Crisis team, you will…

  • Set and advance the communications strategy for multiple high-profile law firms and clients
  • Develop and oversee integrated campaigns that leverage public affairs, media and digital tactics to reach key audiences and achieve client goals
  • Engage and maintain strong relationships with key reporters, specifically across legal trades
  • Write and edit persuasive external and internal documents such as press releases, op-eds, fact sheets, talking points, editorial board memos and communications plans
  • Mentor and lead staff through consistent feedback, monitoring results and supporting professional growth
  • Drive business development and lead RFP responses

Essential skills:

  • 7+ years of experience in strategic communications in relevant spaces (legal affairs, crisis communications, law firms); PR agency and/or law firm marketing department experience preferred
  • Thoughtful people management skills with experience leading diverse and inclusive teams and the ability to support professional growth through individualized techniques
  • Creative problem-solving approach to strategies with an eye for each client’s unique history and goals. Each client has a specific history and goal, your strategies take their uniqueness into consideration
  • Exceptional client-service skills that makes each client feel like they’re your highest priority
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with impeccable editing eyes and can skillfully adapt your presentation style depending on your audience
  • Expert multi-tasker with the ability to handle multiple assignments at once, work quickly and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while paying close attention to details

Note: Interested in this role but it’s not quite the right match? Applicants who meet some but not all or exceed the above criteria are still encouraged to apply! We are eager to speak with candidates with diverse backgrounds and can assess role leveling on an individual basis.


Compensation philosophy: BerlinRosen offers competitive industry rate salary bands with the goal of retaining and growing talented individuals. We regularly review and adjust our compensation structure as needed to ensure equity across teams and levels.

Salary range (commensurate with experience and skills): $130,000-$150,000

Vice Presidents are eligible for end of year bonuses based on firm, team and individual performance.


  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents
  • Pre-tax Health Savings Account Savings Plan (HSA-SP) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Mental health assistance with company-sponsored memberships to Talkspace and Calm
  • 401K with a 4% employer match and no vesting period
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
    • 20 vacation days, 10 wellness days, 1 day for your birthday, collective PTO between Christmas and New Year’s Day, plus 11 holidays
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Mobile phone reimbursement for data and minutes
  • Employer-funded life insurance
  • Discounted annual bikeshare membership
  • Corporate discounts through Tickets at Work


We're part of Orchestra, the first communications company built for today’s media landscape. Since early 2022, it has grown into a network of eight strategic communications and marketing agencies including BerlinRosen, Derris, Glen Echo Group, Inkhouse, M18, Message Lab, Onward and Brightmode.

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