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Job Snapshot
Category: Communications Employee Type: Full-Time
Location: US-IL-Chicago Experience: 4 to 6 years
REQ#: 2017-1614
Job Description
Overview: Morton Salt is seeking a professional with a passion for educating, inspiring and engaging audiences through powerful, culturally-relevant communications that elevate the brand in the workplace and marketplace.  The successful candidate will have a primary role leading internal communications and a supporting role in external communications.
The Communications Manager will lead internal communications strategy and execution to help transform and modernize the way we connect with our more than 3,000 employees, and play a leading role in improving our company culture. The individual will also play a vital role in external communications, partnering with our digital, social media, community engagement and brand marketing teams to develop editorial strategies and branded content that leverage emerging platforms and trends.
This will be a highly visible role within the organization that has direct interaction with company leadership and stakeholders across all areas of Morton Salt.  This position will report directly to the Senior Manager of Communications.

Responsibilities: Internal Communications

  • Lead strategy, planning and execution of internal communications programs to drive a more united workplace culture.
  • Develop a long-term strategy to modernize, grow engagement and improve employee perception of quarterly town hall meetings.
  • Plan and execute quarterly town hall meetings including managing agendas, event flow, content development, and in-person and webcast event logistics.
  • Serve as the editor-in-chief of our weekly internal e-newsletter; publishing consistent, modern and compelling content for our employees.
  • Manage the enterprise-wide rollout of a digital display network for all company sites in the U.S. , Canada and the Bahamas, and manage the development / deployment of corporate content for displays on an ongoing basis.
  • Create modern, compelling content across multiple channels including video, print, newsletter, company intranet/portal, quarterly meetings, Yammer and network video boards.
  • Write and edit materials, including organizational announcements, intranet articles, executive speeches, talking points, and company presentations.
  • Provide ongoing counsel and internal communication support to senior executives.
  • Develop strategy, editorial plans and content to support change management, employee engagement programs and cultural initiatives.
  • Manage internal communications analytics including reporting, growth targets and program evaluation.
External Communications  

  • Write and edit various external communications, including press releases, key messages, speeches, blogs, video scripts, executive talking points, byline articles, presentations, website content and related materials.
  • Support the development and execution of integrated marketing communication strategies and programs to promote our company, brand and products while driving positive media coverage and marketplace engagement.
  • Evaluate content, editorial plans and roll-out calendars for all marketing communications programming.
  • Manage master editorial calendar for all marketing communications efforts, including but not limited to campaigns, social media, internal events, company milestones and more.
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of progressive experience in corporate communications, marketing communications, public relations, publishing, social media or related field. Experience in a corporate environment preferred. CPG and B2B industry experience a plus.
  • Passion for storytelling, content and emerging platforms and the role they can play at Morton Salt with the ability to be a storytelling evangelist and thought leader within the organization.
  • Exceptional, articulate communicator with superior journalistic and business writing skills, as well as strong verbal and presentation skills.
  • Core understanding of editorial planning and content management systems (CMS) involving multiple partners and platforms.
  • Passion to learn and adopt the latest communications trends, strategies, platforms, technologies, tools, and techniques to improve communications effectiveness.
  • Creative acumen and understanding of how brands bring stories to life across all communication platforms.
  • Adept at communicating in innovative ways and across a wide range of channels and mediums, including print, video, web, and social media.
  • Proven track record of planning and flawlessly executing enterprise-wide communication programs with measurable results.
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to influence and drive alignment among stakeholders across all levels and functions, from front-line teammates to senior management.
  • Strong track record handling confidential/sensitive company information and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
  • Experience managing outside agency teams, vendors and third party partners.
  • Superior planning, project management and analytical skills, with a strong bias toward results, measurement and reporting.
  • Fosters effective and collaborative relationships across all levels of the organization.
  • Self-starter who is able to manage multiple projects, prioritize effectively and consistently execute with excellence.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and operates with a sense of purpose and urgency to meet the demands of multiple customers.
  • Photo editing and illustration skills - experience with Adobe creative suite a plus.
  • Proficiency in French a plus.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Business, Advertising, English or technology-related discipline. Will consider candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds who have the appropriate experience.

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Morton Salt is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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