Public Affairs Manager II

14 Nov, 2021


Public Affairs Manager II

Cedar Springs, GA


The Public Affairs Manager II will use internal and external communications to increase mill long-term value and understanding of Georgia-Pacific and the business. This includes planning, executing, and supporting a strong internal employee communications strategy and being a valuable member and resource of the mill’s leadership team. Externally, developing and sustaining positive external relationships with the community/region and local media is critical. The position reports to the senior manager of public affairs and communications for the company’s containerboard and cellulose operations with a strong dotted line to the Cedar Springs Operations’ vice president/general manager.

The public affairs manager initially will spend the majority of their time on internal communications, then public affairs (community relations and local government interaction) and then on proactive and reactive media relations. Additionally, this role will provide public affairs and communications support as required, for the company and other GP facilities in the region while coordinating with the corporate team.

The Cedar Springs mill is one of the largest containerboard facilities in the country with three paper machines that make different weights of brown & containerboard paper and over 500 employees. Located in Early County in the southwest corner of Georgia, CSO is 25 miles from Dothan, AL and less than a two-hour drive from two major capital cities, Tallahassee, FL and Montgomery, AL. To learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s packaging business please visit: and view the video How Paper Is Made.

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Develop, implement, and manage a strategic employee communications program at the mill, as well as internal communications support of critical mill and company initiatives, including use of best practices from the public affairs and communications team across other GP mills and in Atlanta.
  • Establish strong relationships with community members including local government officials, regulatory agencies, and community groups. Coordinate external issues engagement and activities with GP legal, governmental affairs, and corporate communications teams.
  • As part of the mill leadership team, advise mill management 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 and maintain the means to detect signals of company vulnerability in external and internal environments.
  • Develop a crisis communications plan for the mill and serve as a member of its crisis management team.
  • Develop strong relationships with reporters and editors who cover the community/region 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.
  • In support of the local community and to help create long-term value for our business, community, and customers, help develop and implement investment and volunteer opportunities for the mill that are aligned with the GP’s focus areas of education, environment, entrepreneurship, and community enrichment.

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five or more years of public relations or related experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with communications strategy and programs, including adapting and implementing best practices of other communications programs.
  • Experience writing, editing and general communication in a business setting.
  • Experience with news media and community relations.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Degree in journalism, communications, or public relations concentration preferred.
  • Exposure to a manufacturing environment.
  • Involvement with community groups such as chamber of commerce or other local business groups
  • Knowledge and experience working with elected officials.
  • Experience working with SharePoint and other web-based communication tools.
  • Experience with video production and editing.
  • Experience with social media communications.

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength – focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes – medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

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Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.  This employer uses E-Verify.  Please visit the following website for additional information:

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Job posted: 2021-11-14