Communications Director

Start Date

Immediate

Location

Boston, MA

Description

We're looking for a talented and passionate senior-level interim Communications Director to be based at the headquarters of our Life Sciences client located in Cambridge, MA. The Communications Director will be part of the communications teams that will execute a communications strategy for the client’s Global Real Estate, Facilities and Procurement Department. Candidate will provide communications support to the Head of the Department as well as the senior leadership. The role will largely focus on internal communications as well as employee engagement related to the department’s support model and satisfaction. Some external communication support may be provided in tandem with the Corporate Communications team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Internal Executive and Employee Communications:
  • Partner with the communications leads for human resources and data, digital & technology to ensure message consistency and harmonized delivery
  • Collaborate with the global internal communications, functional communications leads, as well as external communications on external-facing messages as needed, including media advisories and releases
  • Develop creative/interactive ways to inform and engage employees throughout the duration of the project, using and assessing existing channels
  • Leverage internal digital communications tools to promote projects and encourage feedback
  • Write, edit, and design communications, including leadership updates, email messages, PowerPoint presentations, internal social media posts, internal newsletter articles, and messages for digital displays.
  • Engage and manage vendors to produce videos and graphic material to support the execution of the communications strategy
  • Provide communications strategy and writing support to the Head of the Department including executive reports, presentations, and regional business updates
Employee Engagement and Events Management:
  • Part of team that will support activities for internal events related to the client’s global locations projects, such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies and building openings. Event management would include all pre-event, event, and post-event activities such as logistics, speaking programs, invitations, collaboration with project leads, event photography, and coverage of the event to distribute through multiple internal channels
  • Align Communications to contribute to the central calendar and cadence for key communications or events related to projects

Requirements

Experience, Skills, and Attributes
  • Executive level support experience
  • Experience with change management communications preferred
  • Excellent writing skills - able to distill complex, technical, and lengthy topics into simple, compelling communications
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport with colleagues across the organization and get up to speed on organizational structure, culture, programs, policies, etc.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work in teams and to partner and collaborate across functions
  • Ability to generate creative approaches and solutions through knowledge of communication tools and techniques and channels
  • High degree of accuracy, attention to detail, and quality control
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • Proactive nature with refined people/team management skills
  • Maintain a big-picture perspective; able to link programs, activities, and communications in ways that support a cohesive employee experience
  • Advocate for employees to ensure messaging is accessible and relevant, and factors in their perspective
  • Poise and a high degree of professionalism
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English, or a related field
  • Minimum of five years in communications or equivalent experience with excellent writing, copyediting, and proofreading skills
  • Communications experience in a PR agency or healthcare organization (pharmaceutical, biotechnology) is preferred
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and PowerPoint. Graphic design experience is a plus
Location
A minimum of 3 days working onsite in Kendall square is required with flexibility to work remotely on the remaining days. Candidates must live within a reasonable commuting distance to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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