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Director, Audience Development

Atlantic 57 is the client-facing agency division of The Atlantic. We draw lessons from The Atlantic’s 162-year history to make organizations essential to their audiences. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, strategic leader to scale recognition of our brand and elevate Atlantic 57 as a standout industry leader. The person in this role will shape and promote our brand story across a number of channels, from editorial strategy to media relations, social media, web, event strategy, and awards. They will be a fearless guardian of the Atlantic 57 brand, with a relentless drive to grow our brand’s footprint.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and manage our communications strategy and external-facing experiences throughout the year. This includes top-level oversight of our editorial calendar as well as leading flagship publishing initiatives that tie to our core value proposition.
  • Develop and execute a media relations strategy for launches, awards, new work, speaking opportunities, campaigns, insights, and events.  
  • Transform Atlantic 57’s external-facing platforms to reflect our rich legacy and market differentiators. This includes oversight of our social channels, newsletter products, and website.  
  • Launch an engagement strategy to recruit top industry talent, in partnership with Human Resources. 
  • Serve as a guardian of the Atlantic 57 brand across all external-facing touchpoints.


  • 8+ years experience in communications, marketing, publishing, and/or PR roles, at least some of which are in an agency setting
  • Proactively identifies compelling angles and hooks for press, events, and awards
  • Strong industry/trade press relationships with proven record of story placement
  • Management experience and a desire to coach junior team members
  • Robust knowledge of industry conferences and awards
  • Experience working with C-level executives and senior industry partners
  • Passion for the media industry and understands the intersection of brand, editorial, and experience design
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
  • Strong writing skills
  • Entrepreneurial leanings and a penchant for strategic experimentation
  • Relentless pursuit of the highest standard of excellence


  • Fame

    • Placement and reach in key industry outlets

    • Reach and engagement growth across owned channels

    • Event attendance by top prospects

    • Caliber of event attendees and content audience

  • Business

    • Inbound RFPs

  • Loyalty

    • Repeat engagement with content, newsletters, events

    • Qualitative feedback on content

  • Talent

    • Increase in qualified job applicants and hires

  • Accurate and timely completion of timesheets


Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  1. Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  2. Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.

Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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