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Senior Program Communications Manager



Full Time

On Site


Deerfield, Illinois, United States

Job Summary

This role designs and manages a comprehensive communications strategy for a large fast-paced program within the Company and is responsible for the planning, development and execution of major program communications, including drafting and deploying multi-channel communications to a wide set of internal audiences. Develops communications plans and materials to support major milestone announcements to internal teams. Provides executive communications support to program leaders, which includes developing presentations and internal messages for key stakeholders. This role reports into a centralized strategic Communications team to uphold company branding and standards.

Job Responsibilities

  • Designs a comprehensive communications strategy for large, fast-paced initiatives within the company. Develops the internal Program communications strategy and execution plan. May manage and oversee the vendors in support of strong and frequent internal communications to the Program team, as well internal WAG and WBA communications.
  • Drafts and deploys multi-channel communications to a wide set of different stakeholders. Develops talking points and helps prepare leaders for cascading key information to their teams.
  • Creates feedback loops and evaluates the effectiveness of messaging with different audiences. Reports into a centralized strategic Communications team to uphold company branding and standards.
  • Directs the creation of, or creates, strategic program communication plans, projects, and messaging for major initiatives to influence the early adoption of strategy throughout the business, engage team members and enhance Company reputation and positive image amongst the communities we serve.
  • Serves as a leading communication strategist for the program(s) supported. Directs the completion of, or creates program communications, speeches, and presentations for a wide variety of audience, including Program Executives.
  • Leads the development of communications strategies and messages for major, enterprise-wide initiatives and programs. Partners closely with the Corporate Communications team to ensure successful communications execution and cross-functional execution.
  • Responsible for close coordination and partnership with the Change Management team to help incorporate and bring to life “change”-best practices into communication initiatives.
  • Collaborates closely with Communications and other internal partners to ensure alignment and integration between the company’s communication efforts.
  • Maintains a series of metrics on the function’s performance against best practice standards; monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of efforts.
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Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least four (4) years of experience in internal, executive or corporate communications OR a High School Diploma/GED and at least seven (7) years of experience in internal, executive or corporate communications.
  • Experience crafting and editing strategic communications programs.
  • Experience building communications plans to support business units and business goals
  • Experience coaching business leaders in the appropriate delivery techniques and methodologies related to delivering executive messaging through a variety of media.
  • Experience synthesizing complex and/or abstract ideas into meaningful and strategically focused communications and messages
  • Experience assessing and measuring the impact and effectiveness of communications strategies and tools.
  • Willing to travel up 10% of the time for business purposes (in-state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or MBA.
  • Agency experience.
  • Experience in both internal and external communications functions.
  • Experience managing agencies.
  • Experience in the Retail Pharmacy industry.
  • Experience in technical and change management communications.
  • Experience working in an organization that has experienced significant change.