Now Hiring: Public Relations Director for the Boston Office

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

O’Neill and Associates is a communications, public affairs and government relations firm providing services throughout the Northeast. O’Neill and Associates is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local employment discrimination laws.

O’Neill and Associates seeks to fill the role of director within its public relations division of its Boston office. The director responsibilities and qualifications are as follows:

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the vice chairman and other public relations senior management in servicing various clients
  • Seek out new client and business development opportunities
  • Collaborate with the public relations team to grow the practice
  • Develop and execute national media relations, PR and publicity campaigns
  • Contribute to overall strategic planning and campaign development for clients
  • Write premium content of all kinds with a high degree of skill and professionalism
  • Design and execute first-rate social media campaigns
  • Assist in event management for clients
  • Attend certain client and other events

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 3-5 years of public relations or related experience
  • Strong and proven communication, writing and research skills
  • Proven experience effectively pitching national media across a variety of programming types
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Advanced digital and social media practical skills
  • Ability to multi-task, shift priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent team player with ability to interact with all levels of management and staff

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by email to careers@oneillandassoc.com.

For a PDF version of this document click PR Director Job Description

Mass. PRIM Reports Strong Performance in Calendar Year 2017

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The Massachusetts state pension fund continues to be a category leader and one of the industry standards for performance, risk management and cost control. The Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) produced a strong 17.7 percent return in calendar year 2017 for the Pension Reserves Investment Trust Fund – besting others in PRIM’s peer group of funds the same size or larger.

The $72 billion PRIT Fund saw six of its seven major asset classes outperform their respective benchmarks in 2017 – producing an investment gain of $11.1 billion.

“It is important to put the recent market volatility into context.  The current bull market began in March of 2009 and has been one of the longest and steadiest on record,” said PRIM Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer Michael G. Trotsky, CFA, in remarks to the PRIM Board today. “Since the November 2016 election, we have enjoyed unusually consistent monthly gains: Through January of this year the S&P 500 rose for 15 consecutive months.  So, we believe that the recent February volatility really should come as no great surprise.  Markets do not go up in a straight line forever and … we have been preparing for some turbulence. Strong performance in both up markets and down markets is a strong indication that our strategies and risk control is working well.”

Five Questions on the 2018 Winter Olympics with Attorney David Evans of Murphy & King PC and Arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport

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The Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC, and Attorney David Evans, shareholder of Murphy & King PC, has some insight into the controversy surrounding the suspension of Russian athletes for violating the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) anti-doping rules. Evans serves on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that oversees disputes in a wide-range of sporting events including the Olympics.  The CAS, based in Lausenne, Switzerland, is often referred to as the “Sports Supreme Court,” is an international institution independent of any sports organization which provides for services to facilitate the settlement of sport-related disputes, through arbitration or mediation, by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sport world. David answered 5 questions about the 2018 Olympics and the CAS.

  1. What is the controversy about regarding the suspension of the Russian athletes for doping?

It’s an extremely complicated an unprecedented situation. Last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the Russian Olympic Committee from participating in the 2018 Olympics due to widespread, state-sponsored doping and falsification of test results at the Sochi games in 2014. The IOC left open the prospect of Russian athletes competing under a neutral Olympics flag if they could satisfy certain criteria. Since then, 169 athletes were screened and proven to be drug-free. A number of athletes banned from the games appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On Feb. 1, CAS found in favor of 28 athletes, concluding that the IOC had presented insufficient evidence. The IOC openly criticized the decisions (although the reasoned opinions have not issued), and stated that it would not “invite” the athletes to the games. Meanwhile, 45 athletes and 2 coaches barred from competing have lost appeals to CAS, including 13 athletes and 2 coaches effectively cleared by CAS for lack of evidence. CAS ruled that IOC had the right to set its own standards for who is eligible. CAS has established an ad hoc division at the Games for the sole purpose of handling anti-doping disputes. The rift between the IOC and CAS has created much tension, and a basis for Russia to argue that the IOC is politically-motivated.

  1. What role does the CAS have during the Olympic Games?

Besides anti-doping issues, CAS has an on-site ad hoc division that adjudicates all disputes that arise during the games – from complaints about scoring to equipment challenges.

  1. Why does it seem that scoring/judging is somewhat arbitrary in sports such as figure skating and gymnastics?

Anything that is not based on a clock is subject to dispute (and even some that are – remember the Russian-USA basketball fiasco decades ago). It is mitigated in some events by having many judges, and throwing out the high and low scores.

  1. Do you expect that there will be challenges to scoring during the winter Olympics?

Probably not many challenges per se, but lots of complaints. It’s a reflection of the broader geopolitical picture.

  1. The IOC President is reportedly at odds with CAS, is that expected or has animosity worsened recently?

It’s orders of magnitude worse than I’ve ever seen. In my view, it is disgraceful for Thomas Bach (IOC President) to criticize an adjudicatory process (without even seeing the reasoned opinions) and calling for structural changes at CAS “to better manage the quality and the consistency of its jurisdiction.”

A Reflection on the Blizzard of 78

By: Tom O’Neill 

Blizzard of 78February 5, 2018 marked forty years since the infamous Blizzard of 78 struck the northeast. In 1978, I was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and very clearly remember the challenges former Governor Michael Dukakis and I faced in the wake of such a paralyzing storm.

Snow began to fall on a Sunday afternoon at over an inch an hour. I was at the Garden, where Boston College was playing in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament, losing 12 to 5 to Boston University, our longtime rival. As I watched the defeat of my alma mater, neither I nor the fans around me realized the disastrous conditions that awaited us outside. I was fortunate enough to be able to make it out of the Garden, but hundreds of Beanpot spectators ended up stranded there for days, unable to leave because of the debilitating weather and whiteout conditions. On the precarious trek back to Beacon Hill, I stopped frequently to help stranded drivers push their cars out of snowdrifts. The state soon implemented a travel ban to help protect any more individuals from becoming trapped in their cars away from shelter, as many were.

Early the following morning I boarded an Army helicopter with the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration (today known as FEMA) to spend the week crisscrossing the Commonwealth, checking in with towns and cities as they dug out, and seeing first responders and volunteers help stranded motorists. Despite advance warnings, most in Massachusetts could not fully anticipate the intensity and duration of the storm.  As I traveled the state, I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the lengths that residents across the Commonwealth would go to in order to help friends, neighbors, and even strangers in times of need.

Over the past year we have seen similar selfless acts following devastating natural disasters. There was Darryl Hudeck, who rescued a mother and her 13-month-old son from flood waters in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Then there was Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Christopher Sanchez, who deployed to Puerto Rico and helped a young, disabled girl find a new wheelchair after losing everything in Hurricane Maria. These simple acts of kindness that transcend generations from the Blizzard of 1978 to present day, reminding us that even in the snowiest of winters, or the most challenging of storms, we are one community.

New Hire Spotlight: Welcome Ashley Lokken and Chase Schaub

 

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O’Neill and Associates welcomes Ashley Lokken and Chase Schaub as two additions to our Boston office.

Ashley Lokken is an account coordinator in our public relations practice. In this capacity Ms. Lokken provides client support to the public relations team. Ms. Lokken also assists the company with day-to-day operations.

Before joining O’Neill and Associates Ms. Lokken was a legislative intern for State Representative Paul Brodeur at the Massachusetts State House. Previously, Ms. Lokken was a social media intern for The Esplanade Association and a communications intern for WGBH and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Ms. Lokken graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In college she was the social media director for Emerson’s student publication The Berkeley Beacon. She currently resides in East Boston.

Chase Schaub is an account executive within the O’Neill and Associates communications practice. In this capacity, Mr. Schaub provides client support, including messaging and branding, media relations, marketing, and social media strategy and implementation.

Mr. Schaub is an alumnus of O’Neill and Associates’ internship program, where he assisted the public relations division in creating social media content, conducting research, and drafting and distributing press releases.

Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Mr. Schaub was a Real Estate Portfolio Planning and Research intern at Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Mr. Schaub worked on a variety of projects including a “GenZ” real estate and workplace strategy.

Mr. Schaub will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Communications from Boston College in May 2018 and will join the firm full time in June. Mr. Schaub is involved in the Marketing Academy, The Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, and WZBC Sports Radio. He has also written for The Heights, Boston College’s student newspaper. Mr. Schaub currently resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

 

CEO Thomas P. O’Neill III on the 2018 State of the Union address

Dear Friend,

Like many Americans, I watched President Trump give his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. In his address, the President called for unity.  The words, when read from a Teleprompter, offered the impression of a changed man. But the call stood in stark contrast from the policies his administration has pursued. In his single year as president, we have witnessed passionate resistance provoked by the actions and tweets of the President. From the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter to those who protested against the violence in Charlottesville and voted to change a senate seat in Alabama, people in blue states and red states are organizing anew and taking a stand for American ideals. True to the old saying, the President’s divisive actions speak louder than his rehearsed words about unity. Calls to set aside differences mean nothing if not backed by action.

In contrast, while Representative Joe Kennedy III’s response to the State of the Union invoked a similar message of unity, his words were backed by a compassionate policy platform that seeks a better life for everyone in this country.  Kennedy’s call to leave no American behind was uplifting and inspiring. He rejected the impulse to pit groups against each other, the notion that policy outcomes are a zero-sum game in which some must lose if others are to succeed. His words carried meaning because his plans support them.

Elected leaders should commit that 2018 be a time to search for opportunities to set aside differences. Words are not enough. It’s time to do what’s right for all our people.

Sincerely,

Tom O’Neill

Three questions with John Cahill, Vice Chairman, Federal Relations

webres_120403_oneill_johncahill-0108In the State of the Union, President Trump called for “at least 1.5 trillion in investment.” Is there a path forward for his plan?

The framework of an infrastructure plan was shared in the media a few weeks ago and the reaction to it was quite reserved on both sides of the aisle. Historically, infrastructure is one area that gets bipartisan support, but that will prove difficult in the current political environment. The framework would leverage $200 billion in direct federal dollars over 10 years with the remainder of the $1 trillion plus investment coming from states, municipalities, and the private sector. In practical terms, most Congressional authorizations don’t extend 10 years. Furthermore, most cities and states don’t have these extra dollars available. Mayors and Governors would have to raise tolls or other fees to find the revenue. Rural states with smaller populations and fewer users of highways or transit systems would be disproportionally affected. The formula doesn’t really make sense in its current form – what governor is going to raise fees in order to get a smaller share of federal infrastructure dollars? We will be monitoring the Committees and Subcommittees as they work to craft actual legislation. With 2018 being an election year and so much partisanship around federal spending already, it’s difficult to see a comprehensive infrastructure package moving forward.

We are quickly approaching the next deadline to fund the government. Will we have another shutdown?

The upcoming deadline to reach a new deal to keep the government open is February 8. There is increasing talk of another stopgap measure that would fund the government for another 30 days – and the possibility that this one-month-at-a-time plan may be what the Republicans continue to do going forward. There’s discord over this within the Republican majority, however. Freedom Caucus members want more on the table to strengthen budget caps and restrict immigration. Another shutdown is possible, but it’s more likely that we will see a short term deal instead. Another factor is the impact of tax reform on the debt ceiling. The revenue shortfall will likely require action to raise the debt ceiling in addition to finding agreement on a Continuing Resolution.

There’s talk of the House of Representatives possibly restoring the practice of earmarks. What’s happening here?

Recently there’s been a flurry of comments and activity on whether it’s time to bring back earmarks or Member-directed spending. The House eliminated earmarks in 2011 following several instances of excesses and political pressure to reduce federal spending. Some believe that the elimination of earmarks contributed greatly to partisan divide as Members were no longer compelled to make deals with one another in order to secure funding for projects in their districts. It’s too soon to tell what will happen, but we expect that the possible return of earmarks will get serious consideration before the November elections. Even so, the outcome is uncertain.

February is National Heart Health Month: Medical Device Company Abiomed is Recovering Hearts and Saving Lives

Abiomed LogoFebruary is National Heart Health Month and Massachusetts-based Abiomed is transforming the lives of tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. and around the world with its breakthrough technology: the world’s smallest heart pump, called the Impella.

Smaller than the width of a pencil, the Impella can be inserted through the leg and assists the pumping function of the heart during cardiac procedures so that it can rest and recover. Abiomed is the only company with FDA approval for heart recovery – helping some patients heal their hearts and avoid the need for a transplant.

Abiomed is also one of the fastest growing medical device companies in the world and is proud to call Massachusetts home. Last year, the company completed a major 120,000 square foot expansion of its global headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts. The new space doubles the size of its global headquarters and provides additional research and manufacturing capabilities, as well as the new Heart Recovery Institute for clinical education. Abiomed is bringing physicians from around the world and U.S. to train in the new field of heart recovery.

Abiomed has supported more than 65,000 patients in the U.S. with the Impella® platform, which is FDA approved as safe and effective to treat patients in cardiogenic, right side heart failure, or during high-risk procedures.

Throughout the month, Abiomed will be hosting Heart Recovery Reunions across the U.S., which are events that bring together patients with the physicians, nurses, and hospital staff who treated them and contributed to their heart recovery.

Stay tuned later this month for more updates on Abiomed!