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Area Communications Manager

Waste Management


Full Time

On Site


Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

About the Role

You'll be responsible humanizing our industry through storytelling as you draft, coordinate and execute both external and internal communication plans for the Upper Midwest Market Area (WI, MN, ND, SD, IA). Cultivates external vendor and internal business and department head relationships. Assists assigned internal partners with communication for targeted audiences. Under the direction of the VP Communications or Director, is accountable for the company's communication tactics as it relates to all media as assigned responsibility - social media, earned media, product placement and integration and internal media development and ongoing cultivation. Provides assistance to lower level communications professionals on the corporate team and in the field.

What You'll Do?

To be successful in this role, you'll be expected to:

  • Drafts, coordinates and executes internal and external communication plans and message development. Advises company management down to the site level on communications tactics.

  • Engages and assists assigned internal partners (business and department heads) with targeted communications to both internal and external audiences.

  • Cultivates the internal partner and external vendor relationships.

  • Escalates unusual requests to the VP or director level for approval.

  • Responsible for assigned organization's media responses and is proactive in media relations and tactics.

  • With consultation, develops external company message positioning on assigned issues and branding, and recommends delivery and timing of company messages to target audiences.

  • May serve as a corporate media contact for certain news releases and incoming inquiries.

  • Provides assistance to company personnel in preparing speeches, letters and articles which are to be made public.

  • Works with management to implement and maintain internal communications programs designed to contribute to the company's employee engagement campaign and the related behaviors to support a motivated workforce.

  • Provides less experienced communications professionals with assistance in developing content as well as defining the target audience and mode of communication.

  • Networks and communicates directly with field communicators to assist with the strategy implementation, delivery of tools and messaging.

  • Responsible for a portion of the overall Communications budget and the effective administration of the assigned budget. .

  • May coordinate and assist in the administration and planning of large company events.

  • May be responsible for creating and supporting internal communications regarding weather related disaster or crisis preparedness and aftermath.

What does it take to be a Communications Manager?

Below are the minimum requirements to be a fit for this role.

Education and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (accredited), or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and four years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience: Five years of relevant work experience in a communications department or agency (in addition to education requirement).

Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Some knowledge of finance and accounting helpful.

  • Strong storytelling ability

Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Normal setting for this job is: office setting and/or landfill/outdoor.

About our Benefits
At WM, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply."