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Internal Communications Specialist

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Dec 07, 2018

Houston TX

Freelance

Job #: 141547

Job Description

This position is a short-term, onsite contract position for 3-4 months that will begin immediately. The communications specialist assists the corporate communications manager with formulating and implementing communications strategies and tactics to advance the company’s business objectives with internal audiences. This position reports to the corporate communications manager. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Serve as primary point of contact for message development and communication planning of department-specific initiatives. 
Develop, execute, manage and monitor internal communications programs and strategic communications targeting employees including announcements, reports, presentations, flyers, brochures, ads and content for the company’s intranet site and digital signs. 
Participate as part of the editorial team to identify, write and edit feature articles that promote company strategy, culture, initiatives, accomplishments, awards and employee achievements. 
Develop and maintain strong internal relationships to identify and manage critical issues with communications impact. 
Maintain a collaborative editorial calendar to manage assignments, flow and measurement. 
Ensure quality through the approval process, fact checking and proofreading. 
Assist in the development and execution of internal communications products and channels. 
Collaborate with the creative team to create engaging pieces that support communication goals and uphold Company’s brand. 
Publish approved content directly to digital communications channels. 
Support other corporate communications initiatives as directed. 

CORE QUALIFICATIONS 

Minimum three years’ experience in communications or related field. 
Strong personal work ethic: Demonstrates integrity, responsibility and a professional demeanor in all interactions. Client/customer-focused. Flexible personality and quick learner who operates with a sense of urgency. Ability to take initiative and be accountable for work produced. 
Communication skills: Ability to communicate and work effectively with all levels of the organization. 
Writing skills: Ability to communicate in writing clearly, with clarity and with proper pronunciation, grammar and style. Knowledge and ability to apply AP style. 
Influencing and negotiating skills: Ability to develop strong networks and build credibility within the organization to drive projects forward. 
Project management: Ability to manage the entire lifecycle of multiple projects with competing demands for limited resources, on time and within budget. Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills. 
Organization: Must be flexible and solution-oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills. Employs highly structured methods for managing tasks and information. 
Document for collaboration: Enables collaboration through thorough and detailed documentation of instructions, processes, decisions and status updates in the department’s digital asset management system, reference files and project management tools. 
Attention to detail: Triple checks work, and seeks input from others, before submitting it. Particularly careful when examining documents and proofing communications. 
Team player: Ability to perform well in a team environment. Is enthusiastic, constructive, mature, eager to assist and collaborative. Willingness to roll up his/her sleeves to chip in to get the work done or go the extra mile. 
Process-oriented: Diligently follows established rules and guidelines and holds others to them. Looks for ways to increase overall efficiency. 
Self-motivated and resourceful: Takes initiative to identify options when confronted with challenges. Is creative in identifying solutions. Ability to embrace change and work in a fast-paced environment. 
Results-driven: Ensures that strategies drive the required business results, persistently seeking to improve business performance, with energy and tenacity to address bottlenecks and barriers. 
Computer skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and a willingness to learn new software programs as needed. Knowledge of SharePoint and Adobe CS a plus.