Careers

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, corporate development, and technology strategy.

Our seasoned team works together closely to consistently meet clients’ needs and expectations. At FTP, we have a special focus on executing high-profile, integrated campaigns at the national and local level and a proven record of generating positive results for our clients.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Analyst, Research and Policy Analysis Department

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

Analyst, Public Affairs

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.

Vice President, Public Affairs

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.

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.

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.

Analyst, Insights

FTP offers robust audience insights to help develop and execute campaigns and measure progress toward success. From campaign planning to message development to execution – and every step in between – there are more opportunities for insights and measurement than ever before. Everything we do is oriented toward direct decision-making that helps advance our clients’ goals. We recommend and conduct research only when we are confident that additional insights will be directly actionable and useful. 

Our team uses a full suite of tools and approaches, including qualitative and quantitative opinion research, social and earned media analysis, and advanced campaign analytics to be sure that you target the right audiences with the best message delivered most effectively. If a campaign tactic is working, our insights help improve it — and if it’s not, our findings inform our course corrections. 

We are currently seeking a bright, focused, and proactive individual to join our team as an Analyst in our quickly growing Insights and Analytics practice. The Insights and Analytics 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 

  • Summarizing and outlining findings through presentations, data visualizations, or memos following focus groups, polls, or other data analysis to help clients and colleagues understand and apply research findings. 
  • Managing and coordinating details for focus groups and managing fielding of polls. 
  • Contributing to the development of media analysis, survey design, and focus group facilitation. 
  • Developing and understanding media measurement, opinion measurement, and how it correlates to campaigns and initiatives. 
  • 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. Prior professional experience (minimum 2 years) including work in survey research, political campaigns, or public affairs is desired. Ideal candidates will have 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. 

Bonus 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. 

Full Stack WordPress Developer, Digital

We are seeking a talented Mid-Level WordPress Developer to join our Digital team. As a WordPress Developer, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining WordPress-based websites for our clients. You will work closely with project managers, designers, and other developers to ensure the successful delivery of projects. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain WordPress websites based on client requirements. 
  • Write clean, well-designed code that is optimized for performance and scalability. 
  • Collaborate with project managers, designers, and other developers to ensure the successful delivery of projects. 
  • Ensure that websites are responsive and perform well across different devices and platforms. 
  • Develop custom themes and plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress. 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues with WordPress websites. 
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in WordPress and web development in general. 
  • Attend team meetings and contribute to discussions on project requirements, development strategies, and best practices. 

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in WordPress development 
  • Proficiency in PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery 
  • Experience with MySql databases (comfortable using phpMyAdmin or something similar) 
  • Experience with custom theme and plugin development 
  • Strong understanding of WordPress architecture and best practices 
  • Experience with Gutenberg or other visual page editors 
  • Basic knowledge of version control using Git (branching, merging, and resolving merge conflicts) or similar tools 
  • Experience working in a team environment and collaborating with other developers, designers, and project managers. 
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 

Bonus Skills

  • Experience with frameworks such as Twig and Timber 
  • Experience with template engine Twig 
  • Experience with CSS preprocessors such as SASS or LESS 
  • Knowledge of website optimization techniques such as caching, lazy loading, and asset optimization 
  • Familiarity with server administration and hosting environments 
  • Experience with Vue JS framework 
  • Experience using SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) 
  • Experience using Algolia 

Senior Analyst, Digital

FTP is seeking a Senior Analyst to join our Digital team of innovative public affairs professionals in the Public Affairs Department. This position has two main responsibilities. Firstly, to assist in leading our digital project management team, acting as a central point of contact between our clients and the design, development, and strategy teams. Secondly, to work closely with our paid advertising, strategy, and creative teams to create, implement, and evaluate intricate digital campaigns for our clients. If you’re interested in teaming up with Fortune 500 companies, leading advocacy organizations, and the nation’s top trade associations to deliver winning solutions in a fun, fast-paced environment—we want to talk. 

Our ideal candidate possesses exceptional communication skills and is adept at managing high-profile clients. The candidate should be a creative thinker, a passionate storyteller, an organized doer, and an enthusiastic team player. The role requires a deep understanding of project management, and the ability to anticipate client needs and coordinate multiple tasks and deadlines. This position will manage projects internally and communicate directly with clients, organizing project documentation and testing products against technical specifications. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for representing the project to the client, answering their queries, explaining design and development choices, and managing their timelines. The right person for this job will use all of these talents and thrive in a collaborative team environment. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Work closely with team members across the business to bring the client’s vision to life; 
  • Plan, execute, and analyze effective digital marketing campaigns;
  • Meet deadlines across multiple phases, projects and clients;
  • Keep projects organized despite shifting priorities and updates to documentation;
  • Produce campaign reporting;
  • Manage the development of email, advertising, and social media content;
  • Manage multiple editorial calendars;
  • Translate client goals into product documentation like creative briefs, sitemaps, user flows, and competitive analyses;
  • Perform quality assurance testing on products by verifying success criteria and assuring browser and device compatibility on new features before deployment;
  • Provide quality assurance testing and verify success criteria on new development build before deployment;
  • Work seamlessly with our executive, strategy, and creative teams;
  • Foster relationships with clients built on outstanding service and trust. 

Qualifications 

  • A minimum of 2-5 years’ experience in an agency or internal product team; 
  • At least 2-3 years direct experience managing paid campaign placement and optimization through Facebook Ads Manager, LinkedIn, Twitter, and programmatic platforms a plus; 
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills: dynamic and charismatic; 
  • Excellent social media and content marketing strategy skills; 
  • Deep understanding of and experience with leading email marketing platforms; 
  • Experience with leading web content management systems like WordPress; 
  • Experience in successful client-facing presentations and pitches; 
  • Understanding of the current federal public affairs and legislative environment; 
  • Basic knowledge of SEO best practices and security principles; 
  • Experience with basic data analysis and Excel; 
  • Experience in Google Analytics and GA4 and tracking metrics using these systems; 
  • Innovative spirit with a desire to constantly improve; 
  • Superior writing skill; 
  • Organized and cool under pressure. 

Bonus Skills 

  • Familiarity with basic development principles like version control and database structures 
  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and browser compatibility; 
  • User experience design education or experience; 
  • Knowledge of basic user experience and design principle; 
  • Know your way around Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch or Figma; 
  • Experience with InVision or other prototyping tools; 
  • Any Project Management certifications. 

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 InsightsPublic 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. Please click here for the Insights Intern application. 

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. Please click here for the PA Intern application. 

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. Please click here for the RPA Intern application. 

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. Please click here for the State Intern application. 

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 2024.

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

2024 Internship Sessions

Spring SemesterSummer SemesterFall Semester
January 8 – May 17May 20 – August 9September 3 – December 13
Applications Accepted:
October 16 – November 17, 2023
Applications Accepted:
March 11 – April 5, 2024
Applications Accepted:
June 17 – July 19, 2024

Forbes Tate Partners is an equal-opportunity employer.