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Vice President, Organizational Communications

Job ID 4321008
Position Description

Save lives. Fulfill yours.

At the American Cancer Society, saving lives is our mission. We achieve our mission by drawing on our humanity. Humanity made up of courage, determination, innovation, passion, empathy, and caring. These are the values that give us the advantage over cancer.

Our work is important. And so are the people doing it. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled. We value our employees and nearly 2.5 million volunteers around the globe that have stood with us through the years, and we will not rest until the fight is won. And that day is drawing nearer.

The individual who holds this position plays a key role to advance the Society’s mission, goals and objectives by raising awareness and understanding of how the Society makes an impact in the fight against cancer. He/she serves as a strategic communications adviser to Society staff and volunteers. This individual leads a sub-department within Corporate Communications to develop and execute communications strategies and tactics on projects that have the highest level importance for the Society. He/she provides the full range of strategic counsel, including conceptualizing strategies, leading teams to develop action plans, overseeing the integrated planning, removing barriers and enabling execution to bring those strategies to fruition.

• Provides overarching direction to Internal Communication teams responsible for Society Talk, Society TV, Society Source, Society eNews, and live and virtual events such as summits, town halls, and Webinars.
• Responsible for enterprise wide strategy for effective engagement of staff and volunteers
• Monitors analytics and participation, deploying engaging tools, strategies and tactics for effective stakeholder engagement (staff and volunteers).
• Collaborates with Talent Strategy to manage employee facing projects related to improving staff competence and confidence in communicating the organization’s mission priorities.
• Provides counsel, guidance, plans and programs to improve delivery and engagement of internal partners on content relevant to staff and volunteer audiences. These departments include Governance and Corporate Services, Talent Strategy, OCEO, OCOO, OCFO, Legal, and Information Technology.
• Oversees and manages executive communications and presentations.
• Enhances two-way communication between the organization’s senior leaders, field staff, and grassroots

• Communications Counsel, Strategy and Execution – Serves on the nationwide Corporate Communications leadership team, providing communications counsel to the highest levels of the organization.
• Communications Strategy and Execution – Conceptualizes, develops and leads the execution of communications strategies and plans based on the enterprise wide communications scope of work and consistent with other enterprise business and communications plans.
• Management – Leads and manages a sub-department within Corporate Communications in ways that ensure accountability and achieve measurable results.
• Spokesperson – Represents the Society and Corporate Communications internally and externally.
• ACS Knowledge – Serves as a key source for Society information and news.
• Additional Responsibilities – Additional responsibilities include representing communications on interdisciplinary teams and with vendors, external partners, etc.; tracking progress and evaluating and reporting results; participating in Society events and activities; and handling other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or a related field. At least 11 years of experience in a communications-related field, including several years in a management/supervisory capacity. Additional formal knowledge and experience that would position this individual as a strategic communications leader for the Society are highly desirable. Such knowledge and experience may include experience in public health, health care or nonprofits; advanced degree; professional affiliations or other experience or training. Experience that contributes to the overall diversity of perspectives within Corporate Communications and the Society is highly desirable.

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• Limited physical activity required.
• Some travel may be required on as-needed basis.

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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