This role will work with the support and mentoring of the public affairs manager in Savannah, Georgia, focusing on using internal and external communications to increase mill long-term value and understanding of GP and the business. This includes developing a strong employee communications program and being a valuable resource to the mill leadership team and maintaining a positive relationship with the community and local media. The position reports to the public affairs manager at Georgia-Pacific's Savannah River Mill with a strong dotted-line to the Muskogee Mill vice president – operations. The public affairs manager initially will spend approximately 60% of his/her time on internal communications work, 30% on public affairs work (community relations and government interaction) and 10% on proactive and reactive media relations.
A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
Develop, implement and manage a comprehensive employee communications program at the mill, as well as internal communications support of critical mill and company initiatives, including use of best practices from public affairs and communications managers at other GP mills.
Establish and maintain the means to detect signals of company vulnerability in external and internal environments; develop communications plan for crises and serve as a member of the crisis management team.
Advise the mill management team of issues, attitudes and opinions both inside and outside the company that could affect mill operations. This includes establishing a climate of cooperation with employees and implementing or helping support necessary programs to maintain GP's position as a leader in a highly competitive industry.
Establish strong relationships with community members including local government officials, regulatory agencies, and community groups. Coordinate issues and activities with legal, government affairs and corporate communications.
Develop strong relationships with reporters and editors who cover the community and participate in the process of gathering and disseminating news. This includes serving as company spokesperson where appropriate and facilitating interviews by providing background, details and explanation.
Help develop and implement programs and volunteer opportunities in support of the local community that are aligned with the focus areas of education, environment, community enrichment and entrepreneurship, and add long-term value to our company, community and customers.
What You Will Need:
Minimum of 7 years of public relations or communications experience.
Experience with communications strategy and programs, including adapting and implementing best practices of other communications programs.
At least 4 years of writing and editing experience in a communications role
Experience with news media and community relations.
What Will Put You Ahead?
Exposure to a manufacturing environment
Experience with supporting leadership communication and employee engagement efforts
Bachelor's degree with a focus in journalism, communications, or public relations concentration
Involvement with community groups such as chamber of commerce or other local business groups
Knowledge and experience working with elected officials.
Experience working with digital communication tools including video, social media SharePoint or other web-based communication tools