Specialist, Communications

24 Mar, 2021


Specialist, Communications

Saks Fifth Avenue
New York, NY


What This Position Is All About:

The Communications Specialist provides support to the overall Communications Department in executing the company’s corporate and internal communications strategy. This position reports into the Senior Manager, Communications.


Who You Are:

  • Deadline driven with an understanding of journalist timelines and requirements
  • A high level of professionalism with the ability to appropriately handle sensitive and/or confidential information
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to be mindful of the details while seeing the ‘big picture’
  • Sound judgment when engaging with media, colleagues, business partners and executives
  • Superior writing skills, including an ability to simplify concepts and tailor messaging for specific audiences
  • Strong researching, editing and proofreading skills, including strong grammatical skills
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to produce high-quality content while managing multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Basic understanding of social media platforms, including LinkedIn
  • Ability to respond quickly to internal demands and a changing workload
  • A strong sense of ownership and personal responsibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively across all levels of the organization.
  • A positive, can-do attitude with the ability to work well both independently and as member of a team
  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, evolving environment
  • Above average computer skills, including strong expertise with MS-Office applications.
  • Team player – focused on customer service
  • Must be flexible in working, nights, weekends and holidays, if needed


You Also Have:

  • 1-3 years of experience in corporate or financial communications, agency experience preferred
  • 1 year of experience working directly with the media (keen understanding of the business/financial media landscape an asset)
  • An understanding of working with executive management and complex organizations, as well as journalist timelines and requirements
  • Superior writing skills, including an ability to simplify concepts and tailor messaging for specific audiences
    • Writing samples required
  • Strong researching, editing and proofreading skills
  • Above average computer skills including strong expertise with MS-Office applications
  • University degree in Communications, English, Journalism or a related discipline or diploma or/certification in corporate communications or public relations


As The Specialist, Communications, You Will Be Tasked With:

  • Managing and executing media monitoring
  • Developing and tracking metrics and KPIs to measure the impact of media coverage, internal communications messages and LinkedIn
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of larger scale projects
  • Supporting senior members of the team in working with internal stakeholders to meet their communications needs
  • Coordinating company-wide communications to internal audiences (e.g. organizational announcements, executive team messages, business updates, weekly newsletter)
  • Supporting cross functional teams on their internal communications needs, including counseling on communications strategy as well as editing and distributing messages
  • Ensuring that communications advice and solutions are aligned with Saks’ corporate goals and core message platform
  • Writing and editing materials that adapt to a variety of audiences and formats (presentations, key messages, website content and articles
  • Supporting media relations efforts, including development of briefing documents and fact checking
  • Researching, writing, editing and proofreading content for various types of materials including media statements, speeches/talking points, press releases, backgrounders and social content
  • Owning communications calendar for the department – rollup of all Saks corporate, business, internal, competitor and industry activities
  • Conducting in-depth research on issues, industry news, etc., as needed
  • Researching on reporters/editors, summarizing for upcoming opportunities
  • Building and maintaining database and media lists
  • Providing real-time recaps for major company initiatives

Your Life And Career At Saks:

  • Exposure to rewarding career advancement opportunities, from retail to supply chain, to digital or corporate.
  • A culture that promotes a healthy, fulfilling work/life balance
  • Benefits package for all eligible full-time employees (including medical, vision and dental).
  • An amazing employee discount

Thank you for your interest with Saks. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Saks provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Saks 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, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Saks welcomes all applicants for this position. Should you be individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.

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Job posted: 2021-03-24