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NW Natural Director of Corporate Communications in Oregon

Director of Corporate Communications

Non-Union Position

Corporate Communications; 250 Talyor, Oregon (US-OR)

Regular FT

Posting # 2748

The Role:

NW Natural offers a Director of Corporate Communications opportunity to interested applicants. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Marketing Officer, this position will be responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s external, internal and executive communications strategy and execution to key stakeholders such as the general public, news media, customers, shareholders, regulators and employees. This person will lead a strategic, collaborative and team-focused department, and forge strong inner-company, cross-departmental relationships. The following is a summary of the position specifics.

Day to Day:

This position will oversee the following areas:

External Communications:

  • Work directly with senior executives to convey the company’s key environmental, safety and business objectives across all channels.

  • Knowledge of the Company's strategic plan, Low Carbon Pathway, as well as company policies, procedures, and practices and federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.

  • Stay current with industry trends and regulatory developments to ensure external environmental factors are considered in all communications recommendations and decisions.

  • Oversee team of Public Information Officers to execute on the following:

  • Help ensure that fair, balanced and accurate information about NW Natural is reported by the news media.

  • Develop responses to media inquiries and strategies for proactively communicating the company's messages externally.

  • Oversee company’s crisis management and play leading role in ensuring its effective execution when needed. Manage team to create a variety of external materials, including press releases, presentations, talking points, website copy, and other public facing materials.

  • Manage communications and research consultants and external partners and memberships on a variety of projects and topics as needed.

  • Responsible for departmental budget and project budgets.

Internal Communications:

  • Develop and oversee implementation of company’s internal communications plan, including various written publications, the Intranet site, digital signage and special events.

  • Support internal communications manager to make sure all internal stakeholder needs are met through effective employee communications.

Executive Communications:

  • Provide counsel to officers on communications strategy for the news media, customers, employees and shareholders.

  • Provide leadership and execution on key executive presentations to major stakeholder audiences externally and internally.

Come on your first day with:

  • 10 to 15 years of experience in communications, including extensive media relations and professional writing experience.

  • Experience in a professional/corporate communications/agency environment.

  • A demonstrated ability to manage crisis communications.

  • Experience working closely with finance and/or investor relations teams.

  • Knowledge of news media strongly required.

  • Knowledge of Incident Command Team structure strongly preferred.

  • Leadership and teamwork skills to provide input into policy decisions, and to mobilize resources to produce desired business results.

  • Knowledge of utility industry preferred, but not required.

  • Previous experience with managing staff and budgets required.

  • Communication and interpersonal skills to manage and motivate employees, use oral and written communication to communicate objectives and action plans.

  • Brand management and project management experience with demonstrated success preferred.

  • Requires strong writing, speaking, proofreading skills and keen attention to detail.

  • Pager duty shared with the team required (2 weekends every quarter)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field required, Master’s degree is a plus.

What we offer:

Work life balance

  • Up to 21 Vacation Sick Time Days

  • 11 paid holiday which includes 3 floating holidays.

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • 3 weeks paid parental leave

  • 1500 Sq foot exercise facility, onsite yoga classes, massage, and secure bike room.

Financial

  • Generous 401K company contribution and match.

  • 15% Discount on ESPP

  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement

Discounts

  • 20% off natural gas service

  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center

  • TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees

  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless

Base salary range: $130,100.00 - $180,100.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.

https://careers.nwnatural.com/search

Deadline: 04/23/2021

All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any federal, state or locally protected class.

We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.

NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

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