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Senior Director, External Communications

Company: Adtalem Global Education
Location: Chicago
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Director, External Communications The Senior Director, External Communications is responsible for the development and implementation of Adtalem Global Education's external communications strategy, leading all external stakeholder communications, reputation management and key public affairs initiatives with a focus on alignment with Adtalem's overall strategic messaging and reputation management.--Reporting to Adtalem Global Education's Vice President, Global Head of Communications, the Sr. Director, External Communications is a strategic leader with deep experience in reputation management, public affairs and corporate communications. In this role, s/he will manage a team of communications professionals, both direct and indirect across the organization as well as outside agencies and other resources to drive the enterprise external communications strategy and enhance and protect the company brand. Responsibilities Communications Strategy and Leadership

  • Develops and oversees execution of an integrated external communications plan, directly managing proactive communications strategy and activities that advance Adtalem Global Education's reputation and brand among key external stakeholders.
  • Creates a public relations strategy that will allow Adtalem Global Education to cultivate meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including media and key influencers.
  • Provides strategic communications counsel and leadership to Adtalem Global Education's CEO, executive leadership team and institution leaders positively positioning the organization and its institutions.
  • Identifies challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization; works with Vice President, Global Communications and teams across Adtalem Global Education institutions to recognize and deliver solutions to communication risks and opportunities.
  • Serves as an ambassador for the organization, building constructive relationships with external--stakeholders.
  • Works closely with Government Relations, Compliance, Investor Relations and Communications teams at the institutional level to ensure positive and consistent messages to all external stakeholders
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement; supports and demonstrates Adtalem Global Education's TEACH values.
    Communications Operations
    • Oversees the development of all Adtalem Global Education and Institution external communications.
    • Directs the activities and oversees ROI of all external communications consultants/vendor relations.
    • Exercises judgment in prioritizing media strategy and opportunities, directing and preparing talking points and key messages, speeches, executive-level presentations.
    • Serves as spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote or impact the organization.
    • Leads the external Adtalem Global Education communications team, also has indirect management responsibility for Adtalem Global Education institutions' press, media management.
    • Directs external communications strategy for all institutions within the company's to key vertical markets, Healthcare and Financial Services, ensuring a leading position in share of voice among all competitors.
    • Directs the day-to-day activities of the external communications function including budgeting, planning and colleague development.
    • Establishes and monitors team performance and development goals, assigns accountabilities and objectives, establishes priorities, conducts annual performance appraisals and compensation reviews.
    • Completes other duties as assigned.
      • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or related field is required, an advance degree is preferred.
      • Minimum 15 years of experience in the communications business, with special emphasis on media relations, digital/social and crisis/issues management. Experience in Higher Education a plus.
      • Experience in strategic communications leadership, including the development and implementation of comprehensive communications programs and reputation management.
      • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top-tier media, and in successfully positioning subject matter experts with the media to achieve high-impact results.
      • Experience leading and developing successful teams, reporting directly and indirectly (on a centralized and decentralized basis).
      • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.
      • Energetic, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives.
      • Extensive writing and editing experience; strong writing, critical thinking, creative and organizational skills.
      • Experience working with all levels of management, including senior executives.
      • Ability to operate as an effective tactical professional as well as a strategic thinker and leader.
        EEO We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. At Adtalem, we welcome everyone and have a strong commitment towards diversity and inclusion. We encourage our Colleagues to be their true authentic selves and support laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We also maintain a drug-free workplace. Who We Are At--Adtalem Global Education, we seek to empower students and members to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem is a leading workforce solutions provider that partners with organizations to proactively address future workforce needs and empowers career development with access to world-class academic curriculums, certifications and training programs across the medical and healthcare and financial services industries. Adtalem institutions and companies include: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine,--Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.--(NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) For more information, please . Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion We pride ourselves in nurturing a culture that encourages everyone to bring their full selves to work each day. To us, diversity and inclusion needs to be intentional to be impactful. We don't just welcome differences, we celebrate them.--#WeAreAdtalem To learn more about our commitment to--Diversity and Inclusion,-- click here --to visit our Diversity page. The trademarks / service marks used herein are owned by Adtalem Global Education or one of its subsidiaries / divisions.

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