SVP, Marketing & Communications and Events, New York

General Information

Job Title:

SVP, Marketing & Communications and Events


5 Bryant Park
New York, NY, 10018
United States

Employee Type:

FullTime Exempt

Minimum Experience:

15 Years

Manage Others:



This role leads the Marketing & Communications practice addressing marketing & communications and events. The leader will develop and lead a comprehensive and dynamic marketing and communications strategy for the 4A’s including conferences and events. This includes promoting its value to member agencies, the advertising & marketing communications industry including marketers, prospects, ecosystem partners like related associations, and media companies.

Qualities that will help you thrive in this role:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Passion for the marketing industry and the agency community
  • Strong understanding of the changing dynamics of the agency business
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ability to lead a multifunctional team
  • Strong business acumen with financials including P&L
  • Member service mindset

Position Responsibilities:

Practice Area Leadership:

  • Develop and execute a fully comprehensive strategic marketing plan for the organization and mobilize the marketing & communications team to deliver with efficiency and flexibility
  • Ensure the 4A’s message and branding is strong and consistent in every marketing tactic, and that the story is professionally communicated with creativity and impact
  • Create and maintain a master content calendar to effectively manage all 4A’s communication messages (collaborate with practice area leads to ensure inclusivity)
  • Develop the content of 4A’s marketing materials and oversee the creative aspect
    • Ensure accuracy and consistency in messaging for all materials including member communications, presentations, publications, 4A’s conferences & events, collateral materials, executive communications, branding, etc.
  • Support EVP,  Strategy, Insight & Innovation addressing the Member Experience to express the 4A’s unique and compelling brand voice to key constituents via thought leadership opportunities
  • Collaborate closely with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to ensure that all communications are on target, distributed in a timely manner to the appropriate audience(s), and in the most appropriate communication format
  • Provide editorial advice and guidance to all practice areas of the association
  • Further develop and oversee 4A’s relations with the media, providing proactive, expeditious, and concise message delivery of the association’s services, activities, involvement in industry initiatives, events, and staff/ Board announcements
  • Lead creation, management, marketing, and stewardship of 4A’s conferences & events with programming support for 4A’s subject matter expert leaders as well as handling press relations and communications support leveraging PR agency
  • Support Strategic Partnerships team with conferences & events regarding deliverables and commitments as well as MarComms needs
  • Support 4A’s VP of Marketing & Communications with the leadership of the 4A’s Agency Communications Committee
  • Partner and lead the external PR agency to create a robust communications plan and ensure proper resource allocation and delivery of communication needs including strong relationships with the editorial community

Financial Leadership:

  • Oversee budget development and management of the marketing communications budget for the team and PR agency
  • Develop budget and deliver revenue for conferences & events to meet financial goals
  • Contribute to revenue growth through programs that support member retention and new membership as well as drive conference and event attendance

Team Leadership:

  • Oversee and provide leadership and guidance to the Marketing Communications team with the objective of developing a highly effective, organized, and professional support team for the association
  • Mentor and coach direct reports: VP, Director of Marketing & Communications; VP, Director of Conferences & Events; Executive Assistant
  • Support the growth and professional development of the overall team

Qualifications & Position Requirements:

  • 15+ years of experience
  • A comprehensive network of industry connections, press, and related contacts who may be relied upon to extend the reach and messaging within and across the advertising and marketing community and beyond
  • A strategic leader with a deep understanding of traditional and innovative marketing strategies including events (in-person and virtual)
  • Thorough knowledge of marketing principles, digital marketing, brand, and business development
  • A business leader with success in leveraging social media to amplify messages and grow a brand
  • A change agent with strong decision-making skills
  • Heightened interest, passion, and curiosity in the industry overall
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to author documents on behalf of the 4A’s; strong communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated project management ability and stellar organizational skills
  • Exceptional management and interpersonal skills; a problem solver
  • Comfortable working both independently and within a team
  • Diplomatic, fair, and inspiring to staff
  • Ability to manage and develop staff while handling multiple projects
  • Experience managing budgets, delivering targets and making financial decisions

About the 4A’s

The 4A’s was established in 1917 to promote, advance, and defend the interests of our member agencies, employees, and the advertising and marketing industries overall. We empower our members to drive commerce, spark connections, and shape culture through infinite creativity. With a focus on advocacy, talent, and the value of creativity and technology to drive business growth and cultural change, the organization serves 600+ member agencies across 1,200 offices, which help direct more than 85% of total U.S. advertising spend.

The 4A’s includes the 4A’s Benefits division, which insures more than 160,000 employees; the government relations team, who advocate for policies to support the industry; and the 4A’s Foundation, which advocates for and connects multicultural talent to the marketing industry by fostering a culture of curiosity, creativity, and craft to fuel a more equitable future for the industry.

4A’s is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports, inspires, and respects all individuals and in which personnel policies are applied without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military service status, citizenship, or other protected characteristic.