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Friday, September 16, 2011

Corporate Communications - Senior Manager, Executive Communications

Corporate Communications
Senior Manager, Executive Communications – Suburban Twin Cities, MN—UPDATED
Ref. # 0649

Can you communicate in the CEO’s voice?  Have you created communications plans for executives?  Experience communicating financial information? Background in agriculture and/or economics? Love to write? Quick study? Proactive in your business and communications approach?

Want to live in one of Forbes’ “Best Cities for Young Professionals”, Men’s Journal’s “Best Places to Live in 2010,” and one of the “Best Cities to Relocate to in America” (bestplaces.net)? Relocation support will be provided. 

Global company in suburban twin cities, Minnesota, seeks Senior Manager, Executive Communications to help craft c-suite messages, write speeches.  Key member of Corporate Communications team supporting executive communications.  Strategize and create communications for CEO and senior staff, multiple business units.  Lead financial communications projects.  Internal and external audiences.  Reports to Corporate Communications Director.

Qualifications:
8+ years’ experience in communications, B.A. in related field.  Must have very strong writing, including knowledge of A.P. style and desktop publishing.  Demonstrated ability to work with C-suite, including extensive speech- and presentation-writing.  Experience developing wide variety of communications (newsletters, speeches, press releases, columns, presentations, collateral, social media, powerpoint) for multiple audiences (internal, trade, financial community, general public).  Need speechwriting as a core competency.  Communications strategy experience required; media relations strongly preferred.  Experience in governmental and/or investor relations a plus.

Candidate should have strong research skills and strength to accept accountability for decisions.  Ability to prioritize and produce top-quality work under deadlines are key.  To be effective, candidate will build relationships with internal and external contacts, and subordinate staff.

Responsibilities:
Work directly with CEO and other senior staff on executive communications.  Develop strategies and plans well in advance in order to execute projects effectively.  Includes researching topics and opportunities, securing necessary approvals and meeting needs of executive clients.

Lead financial communications, including annual report and CSR report.  Work with financial and legal teams to create material for internal and external use.

Develop deep understanding of company’s business and competitive landscape, and maintain this knowledge in ever-changing business environment.

Support Director as backup for media/crisis/issues communications.

Edit team member’s communications and serve as writing coach/advisor.

Time breakout:
  • 60%:  CEO and Executive Communications.  With Director, research and write executive communications including speeches, articles, letters, and presentations.  CEO delivers 50+ speeches/year.
  • 35%:  Corporate and business unit communications.  Work directly with senior leaders on communications for their business unit.  Learn the competitive environment for each, and develop deep understanding of their business.  Develop corporate communications (internal and external) strategies, plans and messages.  Create specific communications as assigned, such as quarterly releases, collateral, presentations, etc.  Lead communications for projects as assigned, such as a recall response, annual meeting, etc.
  • 5%:  Crisis communications and media relations support

When applying, please refer to Senior Manager, Executive Comm., in your subject line.
Please forward your resume as a .doc and detailed cover letter with your current salary.   Include 1) number of speeches you have written, 2) titles of employees for whom you have written speeches, 3) speech format (ppt, script, e.g.), and 4) samples.  Send materials to Lynn Hazan, Lynn Hazan & Associates, corpcomm@lhazan.com. We appreciate a follow up call at 312.863.5401. Your follow-up will make a difference.