Vice President - Senior Strategist
VP - Senior Strategist
My client is a leading U.S. strategic communications firm that produces Sustainability/ESG reports and Annual Shareholder Reports for Fortune 500 clients. Their client partners include some of the most well-known corporate names and brands in the U.S., including Wal-Mart, General Motors, UPS, Caterpillar, Mohawk Industries, Entergy, MassMutual, Delta Airlines, The Campbell Soup Company and Hilton.
This creative firm specializes in offering a to produce creative and compelling stakeholder communications that meet clients’ strategic objectives. These long-form communication vehicles range from a few pages to tens of thousands of words in length, in both digital and print formats. The work encompasses research, disclosure strategy, writing, design, interactive development, print production and more.
The firm has expanded its service beyond its traditional reporting niche to offer a more comprehensive range of sustainability communication services, such as materiality assessments, stakeholder engagement, sustainability strategy development and communications (social media, blogs, corporate narratives, etc.), as well as support for corporate responses to other third-party disclosures (ratings, rankings, surveys).
We are looking for a highly experienced communications professional who will responsibility for analyzing, concepting, organizing and writing reports. This position works collaboratively with art directors and our account service team and other professionals to take a project from initial concept to final delivery.
In addition to working on designated reporting projects, this position will also be a key part of the strategy team and contribute expertise and thought leadership for the broader range of services described above. As the firm expands, it is possible that this role could evolve to areas of expertise that this person is enjoys.
In this client-facing role you are skilled at interacting with and providing guidance to a range of clients, from corporate communications, IR and sustainability professionals to members of senior management, including CEOs. You know how to ask intelligent, detailed questions of subject matter experts and identify the most relevant and compelling information they provide. You are resourceful and can devise effective solutions when faced with insufficient information or uncertain client direction. Working in conjunction with the client service team, your strong presentation skills will be used to present concepts for print and interactive design and editorial organization, incorporate client feedback and secure approval of the creative approach for each report.
You possess a strong working knowledge of all aspects of CSR/sustainability reporting and communications, including reporting principles (such as materiality), ESG topics and reporting frameworks (such as GRI, SASB, etc.). You have a strong interest in staying abreast of evolving communication and reporting trends and enjoy providing counsel to clients on these matters.
You also have a strong interest in business strategy and enjoy learning the unique dynamics of companies and their industries. You are thoughtful and articulate, with the ability to counsel clients about their communications needs, work well in a team environment and thrive in a deadline-driven setting.
A passion to understand, interpret and communicate business/financial/CSR strategy
Insight and creativity to develop a compelling narrative aligned with unique client needs
Seven years or more of communications experience in an agency or corporate setting
Excellent proven long-format writing skills as demonstrated by previous business writing experience in a corporate or agency setting
Strong organizational skills, with the ability to synthesize vast research and source materials, including financial and CSR metrics, into clear and cohesive editorial content
Skilled at interviewing SMEs and interacting with clients at all levels, including C-suite executives
Comfortable with deadlines and fast turnaround assignments, and with managing projects that extend over many months
General knowledge of business strategy, financial reporting and/or ESG topics (climate change, environmental strategy, workforce diversity, labor rights, ethics, governance, etc.)
Previous experience with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and/or Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and other sustainability disclosures extremely helpful
Client-focused with a passion to exceed expectations
Team-oriented, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced agency setting.