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VP Corporate Communications

Company: Woodward, Inc.
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description - VP Corporate Communications (2200655) VP Corporate Communications - 2200655 Are you ready to make your mark? If you're a Communications executive, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Reporting to the CHRO and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Corporate Communications will be responsible for the development of Woodward's internal and external corporate communication strategy and will contribute to Woodward's organizational strategic planning process. The VP of Communications will develop a world-class communications plan for Woodward, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization's brand. The VP of Corporate Communications will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of internal, external, and investor communication activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will need to build a broad range of external relationships. The VP of Corporate Communications will be responsible for Woodward's varied and integrated internal and external communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; web, social media, e-news and other online communications. What you will be doing

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance Woodward's brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Create communication strategies that will allow Woodward leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media, industry groups and key influencers.
  • Support the investor relations team with investor communication including press releases, presentations and Investor/Analyst Day.
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Serve as communications counselor to Woodward leadership.
  • Oversee development of all Woodward print communications including the annual report, corporate marketing, and electronic communications including Woodward's website and new media; manage relationships with associated vendors.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed.
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding Woodward programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects.
  • Create and oversee internal communications to increase awareness of Woodward initiatives, programs, and build pride in the Company
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development Team Development/Management
  • Recruit, develop and lead a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy -OTHER FUNCTIONS
    • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
    • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.
    • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments. What We Are Looking For
      • Ability to meet challenging time demands and deadlines
      • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with C-suite executives and Board members, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements
      • Extensive successful writing and editing experience (internally and externally focused)
      • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and brand programs to advance an organization's mission and goals
      • Creative and thoughtful on how new media and communications technologies can be utilized
      • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
      • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
      • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
      • Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of the C-suite and Board of Directors
      • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
      • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
      • Excellent and persuasive communicator
      • Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, investor relations and administration initiatives - EDUCATION OR FORMAL TRAINING
        • US - Bachelor's Degree in Arts/Sciences (BA/BS) Journalism, communications, or related field
        • US - Master's degree in Arts/Sciences (MA/MS) Advanced degree -EXPERIENCE
          • 10+ years Experience in a senior management role, either in-house or with an agency
          • 2-5 years Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications specialists
          • 5+ years Experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories TRAVEL
            • 20% Domestic and/or international travel What's In It For You At Woodward, our "employees" are called and treated as "members"---. and we've created a culture that appreciates and values the contributions of every member. It's a positive collaborative environment where members work together for outstanding outcomes. Woodward offers an extensive Total Reward package for this position, including:
              • Estimated annual pay: $230,000-$275,000
              • Annual cash bonus opportunity
              • Stock Options/Performance based Cash LTI Awards/Deferred Compensation Plan
              • 401(k) Match / Stock Contribution / Tuition Reimbursement / Employee Assistance Program
              • Sick Time / Short Term Disability / Bereavement / Adoption Assistance / Individual Disability Plans
              • Long Term Disability / Member Life & AD&D / Family and Medical Leave / Member Optional Life
              • Spouse/Child Optional Life / Optional AD&D / Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending
              • Home Auto Insurance / Whole Life Insurance / Critical Illness Insurance / Legal Plan / Military Leave This information is provided in compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and is the company's good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation range and benefits offered for this position. The compensation offered to the successful applicant may vary based on factors including experience, skills, education, location, and other job-related reasons. Woodward is an Equal Opportunity Employer EO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veterans Job Human Resources Management Primary Location

Keywords: Woodward, Inc., Fort Collins , VP Corporate Communications, Executive , Fort Collins, Colorado

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