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Location: Orange, Connecticut
Company: AVANGRID Service Company (ASC) Department: Corporate Communications Job Title: Director – Corporate Communications Reports to: Vice President - Corporate Communications Location: Orange, CT (ASC-CT-Orange) Cross Company Responsibility: Yes
Title: Director - Corporate Communications (ASC 39070) Orange CT Key Job Responsibilities: JOB SUMMARY: Scope of Work - Main duties, settings, geography, reporting relationships, other relationships: Reporting to the Vice President, Corporate Communications, the Director – Communications is a demanding and high-profile position responsible for driving strategic communications supporting AVANGRID’s business objectives with external stakeholders and employees. Position will also work closely with parent company representatives (Iberdrola S.A.) headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Main areas of responsibilities include media relations, external communications and some varying communications. Oversees direct reports, external resources, and partners with key stakeholders to achieve timely execution of all programs/efforts. Develops measurement protocols to ensure effective use of resources and performance data to determine effectiveness of programs and implementations. Monitors industry and discipline trends, tools, and technologies and implements innovative traditional, event and social/on-line marketing initiatives. MAJOR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Scope of work - range of responsibilities): 1. In collaboration with key stakeholders and in alignment with a global strategy responsible for strategically developing communications to achieve the AVANGRID objectives. 2. Responsible for building image and company reputation working in collaboration with all necessary departments and business functions. 3. Responsibilities also include a focus on other communications related to company positioning, strategic initiatives, executive level support, corporate earnings and other corporate matters. 4. Oversees external communications including developing press releases, interacting with media, preparing executives for media interviews and a variety of other projects, including internal and external events, etc. 5. Responsible for crisis communications and adept at managing complex and sensitive business issues. 6. The Director will work with employees at all levels throughout the organization and is relied upon to provide decisive recommendations and strategic counsel as needed. 7. The Director will be responsible for relationships with key business, financial and other influential media that cover the company, the energy industry and other areas of interest to AVANGRID; handle proactive and reactive media relations efforts in a quick and efficient manner to ensure positive media coverage for AVANGRID and its subsidiaries. Act as company spokesperson as needed on behalf of relevant communications programs and issues. 8. The Director will coordinate communications initiatives with Iberdrola S.A and AVANGRID Renewables in the U.S. to ensure consistency in messaging and image. 9. The Director will, at times, serve as a representative in several capacities, including making statements to the media, either giving (or media training other senior executives for) interviews and serving as gatekeeper for any and all company information that is to be disclosed to the public. 10. The position requires the ability to quickly facilitate all media requests, including but not limited to, specific questions on performance, executives, strategy, products, policies and historical perspectives, among others. 11. Effectively manages communications staff for high performance; Manages budget. Additional Information: JOB REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience Required: • Bachelors’ Degree required with Master’s Degree preferred with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience preferred. • Thorough understanding of communications strategy and be able to handle external communications and media relations. • Superior writing and editing skills for all forms of communication needs and detailed information for senior executives. • Strong relationship builder with solid budgeting and managerial experience. • Knowledge of the electric and gas industry a plus. Skills/Abilities: • Superior verbal and written communication skills, writing, editing and project management skills. • Strong strategic and analytical capability. • Keen ability to manage change and crisis communications issues. • Strong ability to work with and influence senior leaders and other key stakeholders throughout the company on communications opportunities and issues. • Ability to multi-task and quickly prioritize projects and work under pressure and tight deadlines. • Self-starter, independent worker, strong team and cross-functional collaborator. • Attention to detail and an ability to plan and execute events and meetings on strict timelines and budgets. • Create, maintain and foster relationships with key media, both traditional and digital, business and trade. • Requires a high level of strategic thinking, creativity, comfort with digital/social media and superior attention to detail. • Demonstrated ability to function as spokesperson as needed, both taped and live media interviews in positive and negative situations. • Ability to make reasonably quick, well-informed strategic decisions. • Excellent leadership and collaboration skills in effectively managing staff.
Note: This position is eligible for a level 3 employee referral bonus. AVANGRID is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. AVANGRID shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, protected veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. The Company is committed to a policy in all of its employment practices of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other protected status. If you are an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who is unable to use our online tool to search for or to apply for jobs, you may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting our Human Resources department at 877-387-9061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.