Job Posting: Client Director, Southern California

Convergence Targeted Communications is seeking a progressive/Democratic political operative for full-time employment as Client Director, Southern California. The position would be based in Southern California and report to the firm’s Vice President and President.

About the company: Convergence is a boutique strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC, focused on electoral politics. We create and produce targeted communications (including but not limited to direct mail and digital advertising) for political campaigns and forward-thinking causes and coalitions. We’re proud that our client base encompasses a full spectrum of reform-oriented progressive/Democratic Party vision, as does our corporate and nonprofit/advocacy work.

We’re a small company with big reach – our clients have ranged from candidates for City Council to President, and we’ve worked in 40 states (so far). For a boutique DC-based firm, we have extensive experience in California, working on legislative and municipal candidate campaigns/IE’s, from Humboldt to San Diego and many places in between.

About the job: We’re hiring an proactive staff member to help with every facet of our business. In partnership with Convergence’s President, you’ll identify and cultivate new business opportunities in Southern California. You’ll interface directly with clients and help define campaign and targeted communications strategy. You’ll work on nearly every phase of the communications process, from determining the right audience for our messages to drafting communications, working with our design team and clients to edit and produce top-notch, error-free work.

At a larger firm, you might work in one particular ‘silo,’ but at Convergence, you’ll have the opportunity to do a bit of everything, while enjoying a laid back (though still professional) working environment and a “bureaucracy-free zone” that you won’t find at larger firms.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Commission on business generated and a performance and profitability-based bonus are also part of the package. Convergence provides 100% reimbursement for health insurance, and reimbursement for reasonable, pre-approved business development expenses.

About you: You have experience in politics, either on campaigns or in political communications. You’re passionate about results-oriented politics; you’re progressive, but not dogmatic. You’re self-motivated, responsible, honest and accountable for your work. You’re a business-developer and don’t require daily in-person supervision. You want to do good while doing well, and you don’t mind working odd hours (only) when necessary. Ideally, you have some experience with social media, design, or with political or traditional marketing writing.

You “know people” in politics. An important part of your role will be business development. Working with the President, you will identify and pitch new business opportunities in Southern California, including but not limited to candidate campaigns, independent expenditures, local and regional ballot measures, advocacy and/or corporate/public affairs work. As our “ambassador” in the region, you’ll be expected to network among the political community to generate and secure new business opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3-4 years of professional experience in communications or political campaigns
  • Established political contacts/network in Southern California that can be cultivated for new business development
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Record of attention to detail in an occasionally stressful environment

If you have experience with any of the following, please let us know: Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator; Votebuilder/Targetsmartvan; Nationbuilder; PDI; Labels and Lists (L2); any database software; Facebook Business Manager.

How to apply: Email a resume and a writing sample to socaldirector@convergencetargeted.com. That writing sample can be a cover letter, short published or unpublished work, or anything that demonstrates your ability to clearly express yourself in short form.

Convergence Targeted Communications is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Posting: Senior Strategist

Convergence Targeted Communications is seeking a Senior Strategist for full-time employment through the 2022 election cycle, preferably in their Washington, DC office. The Senior Strategist reports to the Vice President.

About the company: Convergence Targeted Communications is a boutique strategic communications consultancy based in Washington, DC, focused on electoral politics. We create and produce targeted communications (including but not limited to direct mail and digital advertising) for political campaigns and forward-thinking causes and coalitions. We’re proud that our client base encompasses a full spectrum of progressive/Democratic thought, and of our corporate and nonprofit/advocacy work.

We’re a small company with big reach – our clients have ranged from candidates for City Council to President, and we’ve worked in over 40 states (so far).

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Lucky Number Seven

This cold Presidents’ Day weekend marks Convergence’s 7th birthday. We made it to second grade! Alas, school is virtual for the time being. But I want to thank you, our political playground pals, for helping us get this far. We can’t wait to trade fruit roll-ups and Doritos again as soon as public health allows.

Here’s hoping seven is a lucky number for all of us this year!

PS — Isn’t it nice to have a Presidents’ Day without having to read nauseating tweets from the President congratulating himself for being such a great President?  #Refreshing! 

Note from Chris – Silver Linings and Lemonade

Friend, What can be said about 2020 that hasn’t already been declared, muttered, cursed, or screamed by all of us multiple times this year? As a group exercise that doesn’t require Zoom, I invite you to verbalize your favorite/least favorite 2020-ism at this point …

Now that we got that off our chests, we at Convergence would like to express our sincere gratitude to our clients and friends who helped make lemonade out of lemons this year.    You know it’s a strange political year when one of the most important actions in the history of our democracy since 1776 — defeating Donald Trump — seemed like a “meh” moment for some. And yes, there is much to “unpack” (another 2020-ism) about why there weren’t more victories this time. I tend to look for silver linings in political clouds, because if you don’t, then what the hell are you doing in this business? So here are a few I found, both personally and professionally, in the mire of this mostly-awful year:  

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For a fifth straight year, Convergence wins big at the Reed Awards

At Thursday night’s Reed Awards in Atlanta, Convergence was proud not only of the four awards we won, but of what it says about our clients and our company’s mission. First, we won an award for our municipal mail for the fifth straight year, taking home a trophy for a large-format map showcasing Charleston, SC Mayor John Tecklenburg’s accomplishments across the city. Read some local coverage of this mail piece, and our award, at the Charleston Post and Courier.

The interior of our direct mail piece on behalf of Charleston, SC Mayor John Tecklenburg.

We were also awarded for best cross-platform campaign for our work with Mayor Tecklenburg. True to our firm’s name, we brought together direct mail and digital strategies and executed both, pursuing the same message and the same voters across multiple media, as part of a successful re-election effort.

Finally, we were award for most innovative tactic in direct mail for our work in Phoenix, Arizona, where we sent more than 250 different full-color versions of a piece of mail highlighting local opposition and local impact of a pair of ballot initatives that we helped defeat last August.

The cover of our localized direct mail piece highlighting the consequences of two ballot initiatives in Phoenix, AZ.

An outstanding record of municipal campaigns; a convergence of traditional direct mail and digital advertising; a relentless pursuit of innovative new tactical and strategic approaches. Those are three pillars of our mission, and we’re pleased to have been awarded by our peers for it.

As an added treat, our mail for Mayor Tecklenburg was also awarded “Best of the Best” by the political mail team at the US Postal Service. Each year, their team reviews every submission to the Reed Awards and chooses a single entrant from across all categories that they feel is the best direct mail piece submitted.  We’re proud to say that our work was chosen for this honor.

Our WinsReed Awards
Best Mail Piece for Mayoral – Non-partisan: Re-Elect Mayor John Tecklenburg, “Map”
Best Cross Channel Ad Campaign: Re-Elect Mayor John Tecklenburg
Innovation In Direct Mail: No On 105 and 106, “Local Impact”

US Postal Service “Best Of The Best”
Re-Elect Mayor John Tecklenburg, “Map”

Happy 5th Birthday to Convergence!

Today, we’re five! That means we can tie our shoes unassisted, stand on one foot for more than nine seconds, and flip seats from coast to coast. It’s been a fun five years of learning, growing, and helping some truly stellar candidates make this country a better place.

The next five years for Convergence will be even more exciting than the first. As the political communications landscape continues to evolve, we’re ready to make the changes necessary to keep the progressive victories rolling in. Our talented team is using the off-season to learn some new skills that will make us even more of an asset to our clients.

Thank you to everyone whose stood with us these past five years—we couldn’t have done this without you.

Chris

PS: For those of you who we’ll see in Austin next week at the Reed Awards, we prefer tacos to cupcakes 😉