Communications Specialist

Deerfield, IL
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Jessica Wolcott

Job Description:

Aquent's Fortune500 client in Deerfield, IL is looking for a Communications Specialist for 3 a month assignment (40/hrs 5 days on site - some work from home options) with potential to extend beyond. 


Supports development of internal communications strategy and plans for assigned business areas and/or special projects. Executes against communications plan and updates as needed. Researches latest communications and related industry trends.
Writes and edits internal communications products, such as memos, reports, bulletins, newsletters, Web copy, and posters. Coordinates production as needed.
Manages creation, delivery and distribution of effective communications to district and store team members via print, electronic and other communications methods.
Supports planning and implementation of team member and community outreach events, such as town halls, road-shows and other meetings, also coordinating and preparing materials such as presentations, talking points, posters, etc.
Creates and manages editorial calendar and distribution lists.
Develops and/or updates communications standard operating procedures, RACI matrices, tools/templates as needed in consultation with Corporate Communications.
Collects stakeholder feedback and other data for ongoing evaluation of communications effectiveness; analyzes and summarizes results for incorporation into communications strategy and planning.
Serves as day-to-day communications contact for select internal stakeholders. Provides training on communications tools and strategies, as needed.

Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience in communications activities at a company/professional services firm OR a high school diploma/GED and at least 5 years of experience in communications activities at a company/professional services firm
At least 2 years of experience writing short, action-based communications and lengthy, strategic documents and presentations
At least 2 years of experience communicating to various audiences (company management, team members, work team) with a focus on internal, electronic, and print communications
Knowledge of communications best practices, such as design, development, and management of user-generated content (for example: blogs and social networking sites)
Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with varying completion dates
Experience developing ways of accomplishing goals with little or no supervision, depending on oneself to complete objectives and determining when escalation of issues is necessary
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling)
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: applying a theme, formatting character spacing, inserting a picture, changing slide layout and theme colors, adding transitions, customizing slide numbers, changing chart style and/or formatting font)
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns)

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a communications discipline (for example: mass communications, health communications, journalism, public relations)
Experience in editorial and production in print and electronic media
Experience in retail/store operations or pharmacy operations
Experience in healthcare communications