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Communications and Government Affairs Director in Chicago, IL at Evraz North America

Date Posted: 10/19/2018

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Communications and Government Affairs Director

City: Chicago / State: Illinois                                                   


At EVRAZ North America, we manufacture engineered steel products for rail, energy and industrial end markets at six production sites located in the USA (Portland, Oregon; Pueblo, Colorado) and Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan; Calgary, Camrose and Red Deer, Alberta). We are the largest North American producer by volume in the rail and large diameter pipe markets, and we hold leading positions in the Western Canada oil country tubular goods, small diameter pipe and West Coast plate markets.

EVRAZ offers competitive wages and benefits along with training, apprenticeships and development programs to help you accomplish your professional objectives. We encourage our employees to continue their education by providing tuition reimbursement and training opportunities. And our open door policy fosters a culture of open communication that allows every employee to have a voice in the company. It’s how the best ideas come to light—and why the best people choose to work at EVRAZ.



Job Description and Responsibilities

We are currently seeking a Communications and Government Affairs Director to join our growing team. This position will be located at our Headquarters office located in Downtown Chicago. The Communications Director will be responsible for overseeing all Communications and Government Affairs efforts for EVRAZ North America. Partnering closely with our Executive Leadership Team, the person in this role will work with a variety of stakeholders to develop and deliver EVRAZ’s NA internal and external communications strategies and plans, as well as oversee local, state, provincial, and federal governmental affairs matters affecting the company’s commercial interests across the United States and Canada.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a background in internal communications, external communications, government affairs, as well as the capability and desire to function in both a strategic and tactical/ hands on capacity. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited:

  • Align communications strategy, plans and activities to the company’s big picture.
  • Provide strategic communications expertise, counsel and support to the organization’s C-Suite on messaging and development of PR plans.
  • Create compelling content for Executives across traditional and digital platforms.
  • Support outreach efforts for C-suite and Government Relations.
  • Manage inquiries and relationships with traditional media outlets.
  • Serve as the company’s spokesperson to the media and the general public; Develop and distribute materials that convey the company's policies or position on issues- issue press releases, arrange interviews and compile press kits as necessary.
  • Ensure EVRAZ North America’s employees are aware of changes and projects within the company.
  • Ensure CEO messages are well communicated and understood internally; Distribute executive messages, prepare presentations, internal memos and conduct meetings to share information as necessary.  
  • Develop print materials and branding strategies for employee use.
  • Draft and edit content for all Public Relations, Government Relations and Community Relations initiatives.
  • Oversee local, state, provincial, and Federal governmental affairs matters affecting the Company’s commercial interests across the U.S. and Canada;
  • Participate in U.S. and Canadian steel association public policy committees to shape priorities and drive advocacy of key issues with relevant government officials;
  • Participate in company-specific policy advocacy for relevant issues that impact Company product demand and open new market opportunities, including
  • Coordinate with Company political consultants to develop relationships with key state, provincial and federal political officials in our operating states to elevate the visibility EVRAZ in the community and advocate on issues of affecting the Company;
  • Prepare materials and craft messaging for CEO to utilize for meetings with government officials. Compile and update business statistics for advocacy use by CEO, investments, climate footprint, and import data;



Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, English, Journalism, Marketing, or related field of study required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 10-15 years’ experience in Internal and External Communications and Government Affairs required; Experience with mid to large size industrial/ manufacturing companies a plus.
  • Strong background representing an organization to the public and news media outlets.
  • Excellent communicator capable of synthetizing large amounts of information into clear, concise and effective messages for the target audience that form a coherent narrative.
  • Technology savvy with a keen understanding of various types of communication channels; Strong understanding of social media.
  • Expert level Microsoft PowerPoint skills.
  • Impeccable written and oral communication capabilities.
  • Developed research and proofreading skills to ensure all materials are high quality and accurate.
  • Strong problem- solving capabilities; practiced capacity to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Exceptional collaboration capabilities across all levels and cross cultural settings.
  • Self-starter with a high degree of confidence and assertiveness, yet diplomatic and composed.
  • This position will require at least 30% travel.

 

All applicants must be legally able to work in the USA without sponsorship.

 

EVRAZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans.

While we thank all those who apply, only those being actively considered for employment will be contacted.

 

At EVRAZ North America, we manufacture steel. We also manufacture excellence, drive success and build careers for our employees. Our people come from diverse backgrounds, but share a common set of values and the same goal of creating the best possible solution for our customers.

 

In addition to a competitive wage and generous benefits package, our employees share in the Company’s success through incentives like profit sharing. We provide opportunities for advancement and promote often from within—which means that a job at EVRAZ can take your career farther than you ever imagined.

 

With more than 4,500 team members in the U.S. and Canada, EVRAZ offers well-paying jobs and a comprehensive range of employee benefits. Our total compensation package includes benefits such as:

 

  • Competitive wages and bonus opportunities
  • Family medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage at minimal employee cost
  • Short and long term disability programs
  • Competitive retirement plans
  • Paid vacations
  • Apprenticeship and career advancement within the company
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness program

 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, English, Journalism, Marketing, or related field of study required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 10-15 years’ experience in Internal and External Communications and Government Affairs required; Experience with mid to large size industrial/ manufacturing companies a plus.
  • Strong background representing an organization to the public and news media outlets.
  • Excellent communicator capable of synthetizing large amounts of information into clear, concise and effective messages for the target audience that form a coherent narrative.
  • Technology savvy with a keen understanding of various types of communication channels; Strong understanding of social media.
  • Expert level Microsoft PowerPoint skills.
  • Impeccable written and oral communication capabilities.
  • Developed research and proofreading skills to ensure all materials are high quality and accurate.
  • Strong problem- solving capabilities; practiced capacity to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Exceptional collaboration capabilities across all levels and cross cultural settings.
  • Self-starter with a high degree of confidence and assertiveness, yet diplomatic and composed.
  • This position will require at least 30% travel.