Applied Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in insurance technology, is seeking a Director of Communications with considerable management experience. In this position, you will be responsible for developing the external and internal communications strategy, including company and employee positioning and perception of the company. The Director of Communications is responsible for developing marketing and communication strategies, understanding the importance of timing and setting, responding to crises and setbacks, overseeing a team of diverse communications roles and ensuring that information released is consistent with the strategy at large.
The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills including active listening, understanding audiences, curiosity about finding and delivering compelling stories, and the ability to develop effective working relationships cross-functionally. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have experience within the B2B technology marketing arena and promoting a corporate brand. Important traits to bring: a willingness and ability to roll up sleeves to create materials and oversee projects and deliverables to deadline.
Develops and maintains our internal communications strategy in collaboration with the People organization to create a consistent and vibrant internal voice that reinforces our culture and drives employee engagement, increase awareness of strategic initiatives company-wide, and encourage push-pull relationship of information sharing. Manages team responsible for delivering internal comms programs, such as newsletters, releases, email announcements, planned publications, on-line, intranet, video, special projects and assignments.
Drives corporate message, positioning, and external comms, including media and analyst relations, awards, social media, and supporting industry relations activities.
Oversees company’s external speakers’ bureau program, including securing speakership, developing content, providing executive coaching and creative assistance to team members and business leaders for external speaking engagements and key internal presentations.
Manages crisis communication planning and execution.
Works with executive leadership and colleagues in Sales, Product, Operations, Customer Experience, etc. to develop and execute the overall Communications calendar.
Actively contributes to quarterly and annual planning and leads in the execution of plans in accordance with Product Marketing direction.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS JOB
BA in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing or similar
10+ years communications experience.
Extensive list of media contacts.
Awareness of and proficiency with communications technologies.
Experience in stakeholder/community engagement.
Experience in internal comms, intranet management.
Clear and concise communication with team members and senior management.
Strong and confident leadership.