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The strategic policy and communications needs of our clients depend on thoughtful, innovative approaches and a deep commitment to their issues. At Widmeyer, I have the opportunity to tackle big issues, while working with smart and talented clients and colleagues. My interests lie very much at the intersection of the policy and communications worlds. I am incredibly fortunate to work in an environment that combines both passions in such a meaningful way.
Outside of the office I can be found wandering DC’s Eastern Market, listening to NPR on the weekends or hopelessly believing that the Buffalo Bills can someday win a Super Bowl.
Andrew Brenner is an assistant vice president in Widmeyer’s PreK-12 education practice. Brenner has an eclectic work background in communications, policy and politics – with a passion for smart public policy and effective communications strategies. At Widmeyer, Brenner uses his policy and communication expertise on behalf of the National Center on Education and the Economy, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the First Five Years Fund, among others.
Most recently, Brenner worked as a senior consultant at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided communications and consulting support to several U.S Department of Defense clients. Previously, Brenner was a senior associate at Kennedy Communications, a DC-based boutique political communications firm, providing strategic communications guidance and qualitative political research. At Kennedy, Brenner managed and contributed to accounts across the firm, including paid communications efforts for the American Federation of Teachers, the New Jersey Democratic Party and Joe Sestak for Senate (Pa.).
Brenner also spent time on the ground in the campaign world – for the New York State Democratic Party in 2006 and Obama for America in 2007-08. Brenner holds a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, where he was a Teacher’s Assistant to Prof. Theodore Lowi. At Cornell, Brenner also spent time as a Summer Fellow with an NGO in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina helping to develop an international development education initiative.
Brenner graduated cum laude from Le Moyne College with a B.A. in political science. Throughout college and graduate school Brenner was active in journalism and writing – serving as an editor for three separate publications and contributing to numerous professional publications, including The Post Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) and The News Media and the Law magazine
Finn Partners, a growing global communications firm, intends to grow its research practice, and is presently recruiting for a top senior position—Research Director-- in addition to potential hires of a Senior Analyst and Associate Analyst. Finn, and its subsidiary, Widmeyer Communications, currently handle a wide range of research for colleges and universities, foundations, corporate/consumer clients and government agencies. The ideal candidate for the senior position should have experience managing employees, and leading business development efforts. This is a terrific position for an experienced researcher, combining rigorous analytical skills with entrepreneurial opportunities.
Responsibilities for Research Director position include:
• Representing Research internally and externally
• Project and team management
• Identifying new business opportunities
• Developing research plans and proposals
• Designing research instruments
• Moderating focus groups and interviews
• Providing data analysis
• Writing reports and strategic recommendations
• Presenting findings to clients
• Minimum 8-10 years’ experience in public opinion research
• Master’s degree (or higher) in social science or related discipline preferred
• Excellent writing, verbal and analytical skills
• Demonstrated experience in developing communications strategies
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Communications agency experience a plus
• Ability to travel
The senior analyst position would be someone with 5-plus years experience in polling/market research and would have experience moderating focus groups, presenting data, and be in a client facing role. The associate analyst position would be someone with 1-3 years experience in polling and market research and would support the leadership team in research as well as handle vendor and admin tasks.
About Finn Partners/Widmeyer Communications: Finn Partners is a dynamic, rapidly growing young public relations agency. We have strong teams focused on serving clients in technology, consumer tech and consumer, education, healthcare, tourism and economic development, public affairs, global issues and the environment, and the arts. Today the firm has a staff of 300, with offices in NY, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, London, Paris, Munich and Jerusalem. At the core of the Finn Partners philosophy is a commitment to collaboration and partnership, both internally among our colleagues and with our clients. We are also very focused on creating a “best place to work” environment, and were very pleased that in 2013 Finn Partners was named Best Agency to Work for in North America by an industry trade publication, and this was based on a survey of 5,000 employees who work at approximately 60 US PR agencies. While we appreciate the interest of all candidates, we will only respond to those with whom we have a greater interest.