I'm Interested
powertofly approved What APCO Worldwide Has to Offer:

APCO Worldwide is a global communication consultancy. We help the most innovative organizations adapt and thrive in this fast-moving, interconnected and complex world. We do this for all types of organizations, in all industries and in all situations. We partner with clients to guide them through a changing, complex global environment, enabling them to reach their business and societal goals. We bring our clients' work to life creatively and digitally through diverse thinking and a campaign mentality that embraces a variety of integrated tactics to achieve success. Our work impacts bottom lines; creates and protects jobs; defines issues important to society; improves workplaces and communities; gains visibility for and gives voice to those who may not typically be heard; and much more. Simply put, our work is impactful, meaningful, and problem-solving or opportunity-creating. APCO is a majority employee- and women-owned business.

APCO Worldwide, named "Public Affairs Agency of the Year" 2017 “Best Large Agency to Work For” 2013-2014 and one of the “Top Places to Work in PR” by PRNews, offers a collegial work environment, countless training and development opportunities, and a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Job Details

We have an immediate opening for an Associate Director to join our Crisis Management and Litigation Communication (CMLC) practice, headquartered in Washington, D.C.


  • Supports a wide range of fast moving crisis and litigation communication projects for high profile, globally recognized clients.
  • Executes client-ready written deliverables and research under tight deadlines.
  • Works in partnership with APCO client leads and clients to develop communications strategies and tactical stakeholder communications plans to help manage crises and mitigate legal risks for clients.
  • Supports the implementation of stakeholder communications plans, including writing first drafts of stakeholder engagement materials (e.g., press releases, fact sheets, and FAQS).
  • Supports digital strategy and manages all project media monitoring and social listening; analyzes media coverage and social media conversation; and judicial/regulatory developments.
  • Provides on-site support for client crises, including during trial.
  • Acts as a critical liaison between APCO client lead and APCO junior staff to ensure client expectations and deliverables are met.
  • Manages workstreams and keeps track of deliverables against deadlines.
  • Collaborates with an APCO team spread across multiple offices.
  • Takes ownership of developing and expanding client relationships.
  • Maintains deep understanding of industry topics, issues, or news involving client accounts in order to effectively deliver strong and creative communication strategies that are relevant to their needs and business objectives.
  • Supports several client projects at a time.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
  • 6-8 years of relevant experience in crisis, strategic, and litigation communication. Agency, consulting, or law firm experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with the legal system and legal documents is ideal.
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills and experience in stakeholder-focused communications and digital strategy.
  • Key Traits: Detail oriented, quick learner, ability to work independently, responsive to a rapidly changing environment, work well under tight deadlines, manage multiple complex projects and priorities simultaneously, be a self-starter, take initiative, and set priorities.
  • Solid project management experience.
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative team player.

Equal Opportunity Statement

As a majority women-owned business, diversity has been top of mind at APCO from the start. Our values of empathy and inclusion are core to how we operate internally and how we approach our work for clients—in 2020, APCO reaffirmed its commitment to fighting systemic racism through Accelerate What’s Right. APCO supports the following organizations as partners, members, sponsors or signatories and subscribes to their missions to improve diversity in our industry and the world beyond.

We're connecting diverse talent to big career moves. Meeting people who boost your career is hard - yet networking is key to growth and economic empowerment. We’re here to support you - within your current workplace or somewhere new. Upskill, join daily virtual events, apply to roles (it’s free!).
Are you hiring? Join our platform for diversifiying your team
Associate Director, Crisis and Litigation
I'm Interested