Careers at Forbes Tate Partners

At Forbes Tate Partners, our staff is an extended family. This mindset helps us build on each other’s expertise, seize unique opportunities, and work from a foundation of trust and collaboration.

We come from various backgrounds and communities, and together form a group of innovative, smart, and dedicated staff. We believe strongly in celebrating the achievements of our employees and clients.

Most importantly, our shared decision-making and camaraderie throughout all levels of staff have helped us reach common goals and have fun along the way.

Employment Opportunities: 

Vice President, Public Affairs

About Forbes Tate Partners

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan, federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over 100 clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are currently seeking a bright, focused and proactive individual to join our team as a Vice President in our Public Affairs practice. The candidate will lead and manage a diverse portfolio of clients, manage and develop staff teams, contribute to thought leadership activities, and participate in business development. This position is full-time salaried, with benefits and paid holidays. The Vice President reports to the Public Affairs Partners and works closely with senior leaders across the Public Affairs practice.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of professional experience in public affairs, strategic communications, and/or coalition management is required. Experience in media relations, advocacy, and grassroots engagement is a plus. The ideal candidate must be team-oriented, have a keen attention to detail, possess exceptional oral and written communications skills, have a proven track record of leading and managing both clients and staff, and ability to work well under pressure.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Proactively develop and execute fully integrated public affairs campaigns that support Forbes Tate Partners’ clients.
  • Build and/or manage coalitions, maintain relationships with third-party stakeholders, and mobilize like-minded outside groups to advance client priorities.
  • Accelerate the growth of the Public Affairs practice by identifying and seizing opportunities to add value through strategic innovation and service integration, coordinating proposals for business development, and identifying additional opportunities for departmental growth.
  • Manage client campaigns that combine coalition management, research, earned and paid media, polling, grassroots engagement, direct outreach to elected officials, and/or stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with members of the media.
  • Develop and maintain a general knowledge of legislation, government policy, and current events relevant to Forbes Tate Partners’ work and its clients.
  • Identify creative ways to engage on core issues and create new opportunities for clients to advocate for key priorities through events, meetings, and partnerships.
  • Deliver quantifiable and visible results on behalf of Forbes Tate Partners’ clients.
  • Oversee outside vendor activities and budgets.
  • Mentoring and developing team members and staying abreast of new industry developments.

How to Apply

Interested parties should send their resume, cover letter, and three references to careers@forbes-tate.com. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith References.

No calls, emails, or faxes, please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

Director, Public Affairs

About Forbes Tate Partners

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over 100 clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are currently seeking a bright, focused, and proactive individual to join our team as a Director in our Public Affairs practice. The Public Affairs team specializes in crafting strong and compelling messages, devising smart communications and advocacy strategies, engaging the right audiences, and influencing public opinion to deliver results for our clients. The position is full-time salaried, with benefits and paid holidays, and reports to Public Affairs Vice Presidents.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain general knowledge of legislation, government policy, media environment, and current events relevant to Forbes Tate Partners’ work and its clients.
  • Offer insights and recommendations to shape client team strategy.
  • Manage day-to-day execution of client projects, including strategic communications, research, digital, and grassroots activities.
  • Supervise Public Affairs Analysts in the production of content and collateral for client campaigns.
  • Manage recurring reports and deliverables to ensure deadlines are met and track campaign success.
  • Participate in client meetings, conference calls, and in-person meetings as appropriate.
  • Support departmental growth by contributing to project proposals.
  • Provide support to staff and vendors on client activities.
  • Provide mentorship and professional development support for Public Affairs Analysts.
  • Follow and report on new industry developments and best practices.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree. Relevant prior experience, such as work on political campaigns, in private sector communications, on Capitol Hill, within the executive branch, or for trade associations is required. Ideal applicants must have a keen attention to detail, demonstrated ability to effectively, simultaneously manage multiple projects, exceptional writing abilities, and effective interpersonal skills.

Additional required professional attributes include:

  • Familiarity with technological platforms including Microsoft Office Suite and major social media services.
  • Understanding of how public policy decisions impact clients’ abilities needs.
  • Strong desire to keep learning and taking additional recommended training as needed.
  • Passion for researching, writing, and editing content pieces while utilizing strong grammar skills.
  • Independent, strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity for teamwork, including the ability to effectively engage supervisors and subordinates under quick, tight deadlines within and across teams.

How to Apply

Interested parties should send their resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (three pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.com with the subject line Director, Public Affairs. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails, or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

Analyst, Public Affairs

About Forbes Tate Partners

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over sixty clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are currently seeking a bright, focused and proactive individual to join our team as an entry level Analyst in our Public Affairs practice. The Public Affairs team specializes in crafting strong and compelling messages, devising smart communications and advocacy strategies, engaging the right audiences, and influencing public opinion to deliver results for our clients. This position is full-time salaried, with benefits and paid holidays.

Primary responsibilities

  • Conducting research to develop and maintain general knowledge of legislation, public policy, and current events relevant to clients.
  • Drafting content including press releases, one-pagers, case studies, op-eds, website copy, social media, grassroots action alerts and client reports.
  • Assisting in the development of social media campaigns (organic and paid).
  • Maintaining active communication, interface, and coordination with state field teams on specific client projects.
  • Providing support for client events including event planning, vendor outreach, logistics, and event staffing.
  • Supporting new business initiatives through research and proposal development in all formats including PowerPoint, narrative and memo formats.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree. Prior experience (minimum 1 year) including work on political campaigns, in private sector communications, on Capitol Hill, within the executive branch, or for trade associations is helpful.

Additional required professional attributes include:  

  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills including attention to grammatical detail, clarity, speed, and accuracy.
  • The ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and meet deadlines without sacrificing quality.
  • Willingness to be a team player that works well in a collaborative environment and is willing to take initiative when necessary.
  • Familiarity with technological platforms including Microsoft Office Suite and major social media services.
  • The ability to quickly synthesize information from multiple sources, identify salient points, and think creatively about how to communicate their significance.
  • Candidates are also encouraged to note any proficiency with data and media analysis tools or data metric analysis.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (3 pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.com. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment. 

 

Director, State Government Relations

About Forbes Tate Partners 

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over sixty clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are currently seeking a bright, focused, and proactive individual to join our team as a Director in our State and Local Government Affairs practice. The State and Local team specializes in advising clients on state and local government affairs issues, providing counsel on strategic objectives, and working with governors, state legislators, and other policy makers on an array of public policy issues. The position is full-time salaried, with benefits and paid holidays.

Primary Responsibilities  

  • Develop and maintain general knowledge of state legislation, government policy, politics, and current events relevant to Forbes Tate Partners’ work and its clients.
  • Manage day-to-day execution of client projects, including tracking progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Manage recurring reports and deliverables to ensure deadlines are met and client success is tracked.
  • Offer insights and recommendations to shape client team strategy.
  • Participate in client meetings, conference calls, and in-person meetings as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Governor’s offices, state legislative leadership and other statewide elected officials and state agency staff
  • Support departmental growth by contributing to project proposals.
  • Represent Forbes Tate and our clients at external meetings, conferences, and other events

 

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of professional experience. Relevant prior experience, such as work in state or local government, multi-client consulting firms, political campaigns, or for trade associations is required. Ideal applicants must have a keen attention to detail, demonstrated ability to effectively and simultaneously manage multiple projects, exceptional writing abilities, and effective interpersonal skills.

Additional required professional attributes include:

  • Ability to read and comprehend legislative and regulatory text 
  • Understanding of the legislative process in multiple states 
  • Willingness to travel
  • Familiarity with technological platforms including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong desire to keep learning and taking additional recommended training as needed
  • Independent, strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity for teamwork, including the ability to effectively engage supervisors and subordinates under quick, tight deadlines within and across teams. 

How to Apply

Interested parties should send their resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (three pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.com with the subject line Director, State Government Relations. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails, or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Senior Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis Department

About Forbes Tate Partners 

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over 200 clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are seeking a Senior Analyst to join our Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) Department – an individual who is interested in opportunities to ensure senior staff and clients have information to impact federal and state policies, and who can work on a range of bipartisan issues. The RPA Department provides fundamental support to FTP’s government relations and public affairs professionals by researching, interpreting, and analyzing federal and state legislation, key developments in the legislative process, public policy proposals, political dynamics of key topics, and media coverage of pertinent issues. The Department also contributes to firm growth by assessing markets and assisting in the development of business relationships. The RPA Department is central to all our work at FTP, from business development to building strategy to legislative and policy analysis at the state and federal levels.

The Senior Analyst reports directly to the Senior Vice President & Head of RPA.

This position is full-time salaried with benefits and paid holidays, based in Washington, D.C. This position describes the general nature of the work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Analyzing legislation and regulations and providing strategic policy and political advice to senior staff and clients at the state and federal levels
  • Drafting public-facing research documents to support ongoing issue advocacy campaigns and meet client needs
  • Assist team in summarizing the events that occurred in Congress and the Administration over the week
  • Assisting in business development and marketplace assessments to support client development
  • Guiding Analysts and RPA interns in the conduct and completion of general research assignments
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other analysts and senior staff on cross-cutting issues affecting client concerns and needs
  • Being prepared to immerse themselves in new policy issues that may arise
  • Assessing new tools for research and helping to integrate them into the research process
  • Performing other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the Department

Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (such as political science, history, and public policy). At least two years of professional experience (policy analysis, political science research, legislative or executive agency policymaking, data science, or government affairs consulting). A master’s or law degree is preferred but not required
  • Strong research and analysis skills, ideally in the policy or political arena
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of both policy and politics, including direct experience with policy dynamics within and among political parties, and the intersection between policy, politics, and communications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the workings of Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies
  • Flexibility and ability to take on and identify emerging issues in policy
  • Familiarity with policy research tools such as Quorum, PoliticoPro, BGOV, CQ, LexisNexis, etc.
  • Experience working with local, state, and/or federal policymakers is plus
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite, including the use of forms, functions, and data visualization tools in Excel

Competencies

  • Ability to be a flexible and positive team player
  • Ability to be a self-starter and carry out client requests with minimal oversight
  • Strong verbal communications skills, including experience with public speaking
  • Ability to convey complex information in writing in a way that can be understood easily
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple
  • Ability to work under pressure and provide quality deliverables quickly when needed
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and operate independently
  • Eager to fully support the firm staff and clients
  • Desire to work in an ideologically diverse, bipartisan environment

How to Apply

Interested parties should send their cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (two pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.com with the subject line Senior Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis Department. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails, or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis Department

About Forbes Tate Partners 

Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) is a full-service public affairs consultancy specializing in bipartisan federal and state government relations, strategic communications, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, issue campaigns, and corporate development. As a mid-sized firm, we have the breadth and depth of personnel and experience to manage a portfolio of over 200 clients, but also the flexibility to provide our clients with attentive and highly personalized support.

Position Description

We are seeking an Analyst to join our Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) Department – an individual who is interested in opportunities to ensure senior staff and clients have information to impact federal and state policies, and who can work on a range of bipartisan issues. The RPA Department provides fundamental support to FTP’s government relations and public affairs professionals by researching, interpreting, and analyzing federal and state legislation, key developments in the legislative process, public policy proposals, political dynamics of key topics, and media coverage of pertinent issues. The Department also contributes to firm growth by assessing markets and assisting in the development of business relationships. The RPA Department is central to all our work at FTP, from business development to building strategy to legislative and policy analysis at the state and federal levels.

The Analyst reports directly to the Senior Vice President & Head of RPA.

This position is full-time salaried with benefits and paid holidays, based in Washington, D.C. This position describes the general nature of the work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Analyzing legislation and regulations and providing strategic policy and political advice to senior staff and clients at the state and federal levels
  • Drafting public-facing research documents to support ongoing issue advocacy campaigns and meet client needs
  • Assist team in summarizing the events that occurred in Congress and the Administration over the week
  • Assisting in business development and marketplace assessments to support client development
  • Guiding RPA interns in the conduct and completion of general research assignments
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other analysts and senior staff on cross-cutting issues affecting client concerns and needs
  • Being prepared to immerse themselves in new policy issues that may arise
  • Assessing new tools for research and helping to integrate them into the research process
  • Performing other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the Department

Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as (such as political science, history, and public policy). At least one year of professional experience (policy analysis, political science research, legislative or executive agency policymaking, data science, or government affairs consulting) or a law degree is preferred but not required
  • Strong research and analysis skills, ideally in the policy or political arena
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of both policy and politics, including direct experience with policy dynamics within and among political parties, and the intersection between policy, politics, and communications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the workings of Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies
  • Flexibility and ability to take on and identify emerging issues in policy
  • Familiarity with policy research tools such as Quorum, PoliticoPro, BGOV, CQ, LexisNexis, etc.
  • Experience working with local, state, and/or federal policymakers is plus
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite, including the use of forms, functions, and data visualization tools in Excel

Competencies

  • Ability to be a flexible and positive team player
  • Ability to be a self-starter and carry out client requests with minimal oversight
  • Strong verbal communications skills, including experience with public speaking
  • Ability to convey complex information in writing in a way that can be understood easily
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple
  • Ability to work under pressure and provide quality deliverables quickly when needed
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and operate independently
  • Eager to fully support the firm staff and clients
  • Desire to work in an ideologically diverse, bipartisan environment

How to Apply

Interested parties should send their cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (three pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.com with the subject line Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis Department. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails, or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

 

Analyst, Insights

Position Description

We are currently seeking a bright, focused, and proactive individual to join our team as an Analyst in our quickly growing Insights practice. The Insights team plays a central role in our public affairs strategies and government relations practice, and a successful candidate will be part of one of the fastest growing shops in Washington. This position is full-time salaried, with benefits and paid holidays, based in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Developing and understanding media measurement, opinion measurement, and how it correlates to campaigns and initiatives.
  • Summarizing and outlining findings through data visualization or memos following focus groups, polls, or other data analysis to help clients and colleagues understand and apply research findings.
  • Coordinating details for focus groups and managing fielding of polls.
  • Contributing to the development of media analysis, survey design, and focus group facilitation.
  • Conducting media tracking by following events and stories close to our clients and colleagues.
  • Supporting new business initiatives through background research and proposal development.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree, 2-5 years of professional experience, and a strong interest in both traditional and new methods for gathering and analyzing data including focus groups, polling, and media analysis. Successful applicants must be curious and driven – excited by digging deeper into each new data set and developing a deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of data generation and analysis.

Additional required professional attributes include:

  • Baseline understanding of both traditional and new methods for gathering and analyzing data.
  • The ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and meet deadlines without sacrificing quality.
  • Eagerness to translate data into clean, actionable findings for clients and colleagues, not a 100-page PowerPoint deck.
  • Proficiency with data visualization in PowerPoint, Tableau or related software.
  • Experience with any data analysis platforms (SPSS, Stata, or R) or media analysis platforms (Netbase, Cision, Brandwatch, Quid) is a plus.

 Additional Desired Skills

  • Be energized by the opportunity to help build a smart, strategic insights function and get to serve blue-chip clients on day one.
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem-solving skills to adapt to an ever-changing research landscape.
  • Look forward to joining a firm whose employees have a wide diversity of skills and opinions in a fast-paced and fun DC atmosphere.
  • Be creative in design and approach to research, and eager to find new methods to solve old problems.
  • Be prepared to link your work directly to ongoing issue and advocacy campaigns from start to finish.
  • Recognize that some of the best data come from existing sources, including public data, syndicated services, social media feeds and others — and is prepared to use any and all available data as part of the insights process.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (3 pages or less) to careers@forbes-tate.comwith the subject line Analyst, Insights. Please save each attachment with your full name (first and last name) and document title. For example: John Smith Resume, John Smith Cover Letter, John Smith Writing Sample.

No calls, emails or faxes please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. FTP is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Internship Opportunities:

The FTP Internship Program offers students and recent graduates substantive, practical, and hands-on experience working at the nexus between the public and private sectors. Our program exposes interns to the daily workings of a highly reputable government relations and public affairs firm and affords them the opportunity to work specifically with our Insights, Public AffairsResearch and Policy Analysis, or State Government Relations Teams.

Insights – Interns contribute to the development of media analysis, survey design, and focus groups. Interns should be excited about digging deeper into the nuts and bolts of data generation and analysis. 

Public Affairs (PA) – Interns conduct research, write analyses, draft media content (including social media posts), prepare memos for meetings, and assist principals with client-facing projects.

Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) – Interns conduct legislative and policy analyses, attend and report on congressional hearings and briefings, and draft a broad array of research memoranda on issues including health care, tax, energy, natural resources, financial services, and more.

State Government Relations – Interns conduct policy research, track client deliverables, analyze state legislation and regulations, track state political and issue dynamics, write analyses, and assist principals with client-facing projects. Interns should have an interest in state government policy and politics across all 50 states.

FTP hires paid interns each spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interested applicants can send a resume, cover letter, and two professional writing samples to internprogram@forbes-tate.com. Writing samples should be no more than 3 pages in length. Items should be sent as an attachment labeled with your name (ex. John Smith Resume) with the subject line Internship Program – Spring 2023

Click here for the application for the Spring 2023 Insights Internship.

Click here for the application for the Spring 2023 Public Affairs Internship.

Click here for the application for the Spring 2023 Research & Policy Analysis Internship.

Click here for the application for the Spring 2023 State Government Relations Internship.

Please note that applications are only accepted during the dates listed. Session dates, application availability and deadlines are below:

2023 Internship Sessions

Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
January 9 – May 19 May 22 – August 18 September 5 – December 15
Applications Accepted:
October 17 – November 18, 2022
Applications Accepted:
March 13 – April 15, 2023
Applications Accepted:
June 19 – July 21, 2023

Forbes Tate Partners is an equal-opportunity employer.

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