Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

17 Jun, 2020


Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Vigor LLC
Portland, OR/Seattle, WA

Vigor Values

Vigor expects all employees to enhance the atmosphere in which they work by living the Vigor Values every day.

Truth: We seek the truth, and we speak the truth
 We act on what we know is right
: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world
 We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in

About Us

Vigor repairs ships and builds things, amazing things like bridges, dams, ships, missile silos, even butterfly habitats and salmon resting places. In short, whatever our customers need to succeed and projects that make the communities where we live and work better. We have seven facilities across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and our values include caring about the world we live in, so communications is a big deal at Vigor. If you are ready to work for a company that builds cool stuff, learn, grow, lead and make a difference, read on.

About the Job

We are looking for a storyteller, a strategist and a communicator who is equally comfortable talking to a craftsperson, a reporter, or a CEO. We value creativity and flexibility and someone not afraid to face change and evolve as new situations arise. We’re all about people who embrace a culture that believes in speaking the truth, even hard ones. People who have a strong sense of responsibility to act on what they know is right. People who push themselves and embrace the concept of evolution, which for us means seeking mastery and adapting to our changing world. Most importantly we want people who care the about the people they work with and the world we live in.

Living and communicating the values of Truth, Responsibility, Evolution and Love is at the core of the Corporate Communications job. Your role will be developing meaningful relationships with external partners and media, communicating the amazing stories hidden within Vigor, building strategies that connect our diverse locations and people in our common purpose and that unite us internally.

A Typical Day

  • Let’s start by saying there is really no such thing, so a typical day is managing the diverse array of communication needs that advance the goals of the company.
  • That said, you’ll work closely with our Senior VP of Public Affairs to lead the day-to-day implementation of Vigor’s internal and external communication efforts.
  • You’ll develop relationships with external media and serve as their point of contact, including serving as a Vigor spokesperson at times.
  • You’ll coordinate with Vigor stakeholders to develop press releases and responses to media questions.
  • You’ll look for strategic opportunities to deliver the Vigor story in local and national media.
  • You’ll track media stories around Vigor areas of interest and keep Vigor stakeholders advised where relevant.
  • You’ll monitor social media for appropriate messaging and responses consistent with the Company’s core values & business priorities; verify facts involving employees; frame technical information in lay terms; produce written and visual materials.
  • You’ll develop approaches to enhance and positively promote the company values, branding, products,and messaging inside and outside of the company.
  • You’ll develop content and manage a variety of communication channels on a wide range of subjects including business strategy, organizational changes, benefits, policies and practices and other information that’s important to a diverse group across multiple locations.
  • You’ll seek and advance innovative solutions for employee engagement.
  • You’ll engage in meaningful conversations at all levels in the company from craftspeople to top executives to understand communication needs and develop strategies to fill those needs, maximizing and delivering effective messages.
  • You’ll partner with business line leaders to plan, create and communicate internal and external news and announcements.
  • You’ll plan and coordinate company events that support business transparency such as Town Halls and other employee engagement events to develop greater connection with and understanding between employees at all levels of the company.
  • You’ll prepare routine communication to connect all employees: new hires, promotions, org changes, company initiatives and results, business and employee success stories, company position/response to labor issues, M&A activity, crisis response, etc.
  • You’ll enhance the effectiveness of our Vigor communications through writing, developing and overseeing a wide range of high-quality print, online and interactive products including our monthly newsletter, Vigor Vibe, our intranet, Voyager, VigorVision communication screens placed at all locations and our corporate website,
  • You’ll direct and oversee the work of communication and design consultants and graphic designers to assure the message and artwork are consistent with the overall company brand and strategy, delivering the best return for the cost.
  • You’ll track communication expenditures; evaluate progress toward achieving communication priorities and alignment with Company goals and adjust or modify programs as indicated.
  • You’ll coordinate with the business development team to ensure message and brand consistency and work proactively within Public Affairs to support overall communication needs.

The Right Fit

We’re looking for a seasoned and creative thinker and a doer; a roll-up-your-sleeves change maker and collaborator to help us take our communications to the next level.

We need someone who thrives in a fast-paced, ever-changing and evolving environment with can-do approach; someone who knows how to navigate the challenges busy executives face while still getting the information they need to effectively communicate their vision; and someone with the media experience and savvy to drive public narratives.

We need someone who is committed and understands this is a job which may require travel, working evenings and weekends, and extended hours to accomplish assigned work. This position is on call 24/7 to provide assistance with any emergent situation to assist as needed in responding to media or other communication demands.

Preferred Education & Experience

A BA degree is preferred. Effective accomplishment of the job duties requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with major course work in public affairs, communications, journalism or a related field and a minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in public affairs or communication. Background in political communications is a plus.

Essential Knowledge

Knowledge of principles, methods and practices applied in design and implementation of public information, marketing and communications; methods and techniques of writing for a variety of purposes and diverse audiences; principles of business communications and employee engagement; correct English usages, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; research techniques including internet and database resources; current trends and methods in public information; intranet development methods and techniques; media markets, social media and sources of information.

Essential Skills

Ability to create a diverse and varied communication strategy; adapt key messages for consumption by multiple audiences; operate a computer and use various software applications such as word processing, presentations, spreadsheets; understand and translate the Company image and message to others; apply writing style and techniques appropriate for differing business and journalistic/public relations purposes; interact tactfully and effectively with other technical professionals, employees and the public; understand and interpret new and complex concepts and information applicable to assigned projects and responsibilities; communicate effectively in writing and in person with wide array of audiences from highest level executives to hourly craftspeople and with external audiences including media. Operate a motor vehicle and travel to/from various work locations.

Work Environment And Physical Demands

The physical demands for this position are moderate. Much of the work is performed in an office setting. The work also requires the ability to move throughout the shipyard and other heavy industrial facilities as the work may necessitate. This component of the work can be demanding and potentially hazardous due to the nature of the shipyard. Work involves a high activity level and pace, competing time demands, and interaction with others. Essential tasks require the use of keyboarding, phone and other office equipment usage, reading, writing, editing, and speaking.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veterans, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, benefits, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

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Job posted: 2020-06-17