Director - Corporate Communications
Company: AVANGRID, Inc.
Posted on: February 22, 2021
Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of
wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in
terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost
100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the
United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID),
Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France,
with a workforce of more than 35,000 people. Iberdrola is leading
the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its
investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy
storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most
advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean
energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions
and an international benchmark for its contribution to
sustainability and the fight against climate change. Header Job
Title: Director, Corporate Communications (internal and external
communications) Reports to: Vice President, Corporate
Communications Location: Orange, CT OVERVIEW: As one of the
cleanest U.S. utilities and a leader in renewable energy, AVANGRID
is at the forefront of the nation's transformational change in how
we generate and use energy. We embrace and develop clean and
innovative energy solutions that will transform and enhance the
economic, social and environmental value we deliver to our
customers, employees, partners and shareholders, while building on
our legacy of safely and reliably serving our communities for more
than a century. Our businesses - along with pursuing the nation's
first commercial-scale offshore wind project through joint venture
Vineyard Wind - are investing $20 billion over the next five years
in new, cleaner energy technologies in the U.S. and upgrading our
systems to provide safe and reliable energy to the customers who
have depended on our network of companies for more than a century.
We have been consistently recognized externally by Ethisphere,
Forbes, and others for our leadership in ethics, the environment,
the communities it serves and for being an employer of choice. We
were the first U.S. utility to set a goal for carbon-neutrality,
which we are on track to achieve by 2035. We also plan to increase
renewable installed capacity by more than 110 percent over 2015
levels by 2025, building upon a sustainable business model and
strategy that is centered on stewardship around ESG+F - the
environment, society, governance and financial strength. Purpose
Reporting to the Vice President, Corporate Communications, the
Director, Corporate Communications is a demanding and high-profile
position responsible for driving strategic communications that
support business objectives, focused on promoting, protecting and
enhancing the reputation of Avangrid. Specifically, this role is
responsible for overseeing employee communications, media relations
and sustainability communications at the corporate level as well as
communications for the AVANGRID Foundation. The Director will also
work closely with the corporate executive team as well as global
colleagues at Iberdrola S.A. in Madrid, Spain. Oversees team of
four direct reports, external resources, and partners with key
stakeholders to achieve timely execution of all programs/efforts.
Develops measurement protocols to determine effectiveness of
communications activities and ensure optimal use of resources to
achieve goals. Monitors industry and discipline trends, tools, and
technologies and implements innovative traditional, event and
social/on-line marketing initiatives. Responsibilities Responsible
for developing and executing internal and external communications
strategies that further and enable AVANGRID's business strategy and
help position the company as a top tier clean energy leader with
Develops and implements an integrated communications plan to
advance AVANGRID's reputation and broaden awareness of the
contributions and impact of the AVANGRID and its operating
companies in society.
Oversees external communications for AVANGRID building a strong
media relations program and executing strategies that position the
company and its executives as thought leaders on the important
issues of the day - from climate change to racial justice - facing
our industry and companies today.
Works closely with Chief Human Resources Officer and the HR
leadership team to develop and implement internal communications
strategies that support employee engagement and manage change.
Works closely with Investor Relations to coordinate communications
and position messaging with investors and the media. Supports
communications around earnings.
Works closely with Government Affairs colleagues to convey company
positions on key issues and public policy matters.
Oversees all communications around sustainability and corporate
giving, including the work of the AVANGRID Foundation.
Develops and maintains relationships with key media, both
traditional and digital, business and trade. Acts as company
spokesperson as needed.
Develops strategies for and manages crisis and issues
Anticipates, identifies and mitigates communications and reputation
risk. Monitors the development of issues that affect company
reputation, develops strategies for addressing each issue and
builds processes to ensure consistent response to events.
Coordinates communications initiatives with Iberdrola S.A as well
as Avangrid Corporate--in the U.S. to ensure consistency in
messaging and image.
Designs and develops processes and standards to effectively monitor
and analyze communications campaigns and efforts.
Manages, coaches and leads high performing team of communications
Manages US public relations agency.
Serves as member of Communications Leadership Team, working with
the VP of Corporate Communications and other CLT members to lead
the Communications function. Skills and Requirements Education &
Experience Required: Bachelors' Degree required with Master's
Degree preferred with a minimum of 10 years relevant
Demonstrated track record of developing and executing
communications strategy for a publicly-traded company, global
Employee communications experience and strong understanding of the
levers to drive employee engagement in an organization.
Change management communications experience.Crisis and issues
Experience counseling c-suite executives on communications
Extensive media relations experience and track record of strong
Experience managing high performing teams; particularly managing
teams in various locations.
Experience working in a highly matrixed organization managing
Experience as a spokesperson in positive and negative situations,
both for print and in taped and live broadcast interviews.
Understanding and interest in public policy, sustainability and
Knowledge of the electric/natural gas industry or regulated
industry is considered a plus. Skills/Abilities: Superior verbal
and written communication skills.
Understands how to translate complex ideas into simple
Able to work in high pressure and crisis situations with grace and
Strong ability to work effectively with and influence senior
leaders and other key stakeholders.
Ability to multi-task and quickly prioritize projects and work well
under pressure and tight deadlines.
Comfortable working in rapidly changing, ambiguous environment.
Collaborative and flexible style, with an approach to work that
motivates and energizes others.
Strategic thinker who isn't afraid to get into the trenches and do
the hard work.--
Strong team leader and cross-functional collaborator.
Attention to detail and an ability to plan and execute events and
meetings on strict timelines and budgets.
Ability to make reasonably quick, well-informed strategic
decisions.Must have the flexibility to travel.
- Develop Self & Others
- Empower to grow
- Collaborate and Share
- Be a role model
- Focus to achieve results
- Be agile
- Technical Skills Our Selection Process Avangrid employees may
be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system
emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular
schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work
in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD
Network and Corporate functions. This does not include those that
will work for Avangrid Renewables AVANGRID's--employment practices
and policies are geared to hiring a diverse workforce and
sustaining an inclusive culture. At--AVANGRID--we provide fair and
equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees
and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national
origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected
by federal, state, or local law. Learn more about equal employment
by following this--link If you are an individual with a disability
or a disabled veteran who is unable to use our online tool to
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Nearest Major Market: New Haven
Nearest Secondary Market: Hartford
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