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Strategic Communications Consultant - Remote

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*This is a long-term contract role* Must in Eastern time zone

Our Fortune 500 Financial Services client is hiring a Strategic Communications Consultant with experience in strategic planning, writing and communications (they will be interfacing with all levels of team).

Responsible for communications/public relations strategy and support for a small business or a business segment to support the achievement of business goals and maintain/improve the company's image. Consults with senior managers to understand communication needs. Develops communication goals, objectives and plans to best communicate management's position or message. Identifies communications opportunities and the design/medium/channel for execution. Analyzes information regarding team member or public opinion and recommends organizational position to management. Manages complex and/or sensitive communication projects. Negotiates with vendors and manages complex vendor relationships. Serves as designated spokesperson on a variety of issues, including highly sensitive issues. Position may include responsibility for overseeing or conducting civic/community relations activities; providing training and guidance to less experienced consultants; and/or leading a small team of communication consultants including selection and development of staff.: 6+ years communications experience.

Candidate will possess very strong writing, editing and consulting communications skills. Ability to lead and manage communications, approvals and distribution in fast-paced environment, with compressed timelines. Ability to excel and innovate with flexible solutions in an often ambiguous environment is critical.

Requirements include:

• Continue the HR onboarding processes and communications for North America team members that joined organization through a 2016 acquisition.
• Consult with senior HR and business line managers to understand HR communication needs.
• Identify communications opportunities and the design/medium/channel for execution. Leverage best practices established.
• Develop communication goals, objectives and plans to best communicate HR information to transitioned team members.
• Partner with various HR subject matter experts to identify and develop pertinent information, ensuring team members from acquired organization receive appropriate HR Communications at the appropriate time to ensure a positive transitioning experience for the team members.
• Partner with International HR Communications team to ensure connections are made with communications underway to existing team members in same geographies.
• Partner with Line of Business Communicators to ensure connections are made with other line of business communications.
• Partner with communications contacts to understand LOB, local and/or cultural considerations and disseminate information prior to and/or following acquisition close date.
• Negotiate with vendors/manages vendor relationships as needed to implement communications (translation vendor, printing, etc.).
• Ensure documents meet company core brand standards (use of branded templates, images, voice, disclaimer language, etc.)

Preferred Background:

• 8-10 years of professional communications experience
• HR Communications experience (benefits, payroll, policy, etc.)
• Mergers and Acquisitions communications experience

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