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Vice President, Corporate Communications

Assurant

This is a Contract position in Spokane, WA posted November 22, 2021.

Vice President, Corporate CommunicationsThe Vice President, Corporate Communications reports to the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Communications, serving as the global leader of Assurant’s enterprise corporate media relations efforts, while also overseeing line of business external communications team.

The leader will conduct regular, proactive business media (print, broadcast, online) outreach on behalf of CEO and C-Suite level executives and has oversight of annual media relations/content plan.In partnership with other Communication leadership, the VP, Corporate Communications serves as spokesperson when necessary and communication advisor for Assurant corporate-level strategic initiatives (i.e., new investments, M&A transactions, and Assurant Cares/ESG-related news).

Supports content development for and social channels.

This can be a remote position.Responsibilities:Focus on external communications and media relationsServes as contact for day-to-day Assurant corporate media inquiriesAvailable when 24/7 support is required, in crisis situations to ensure effective external communication counsel and support for Assurant and its senior leadersDevelops the media relations and external communication strategy and plans for Assurant and corporate-led initiatives, including other key investments, M&A transactions, and ESG-related newsWorks closely with the investor relations team to oversee the creation of financial communications, particularly investor facing communicationsOversees and integrates corporate communications strategy with line-of-business (LOB) strategy and planningCultivates relationships with writers, editors and/or producers at targeted major media and key industry trade outlets to generate and participate in stories related to AssurantOrganizes op-eds and bylines related to global and key corporate issues and initiativesExercises independent judgment in selection and pursuit of media opportunities and engagementsIdentifies and develops appropriate agency and third-party relationships and partnerships to help Assurant create an effective communication infrastructure and achieve desired outcomes that enhance the reputation of the company and its leadership.Conceives, writes, schedules distribution, and facilitates approval of various corporate and financial news releases, as well as sequencing and approval of business-level news releases and announcements to maximize strategic impact for AssurantResponsible for writing key messaging and certain executive presentations in support of financial and strategic corporate initiatives, including but not limited to quarterly earnings announcements, Investor Days and other corporate-led initiativesOversees development of company’s Annual ReportDrafts, and /or edits primary communication materials including financial or enterprise-related news releases, annual report, message panels, talking points, blogs, and social media posts across various channels to advance and reinforce Assurant’s strategy among key external stakeholdersReviews and facilitates approval of all business-level news releases, bylines, white papers, and other public information to ensure adherence to AP Style and company policies and proceduresTracks, analyzes, and measures penetration of messaging in external media on a quarterly basis and reports effectiveness to senior leadershipActs as senior leader and communications resource in crisis and issues management; drafting statements; managing media inquiriesLeads and develops other team members across global locationsCoordinates and organizes global external communications team efforts as well as managing global PR firm efforts.

Leads strategy and execution of LOB communications team leads for Mobile, Auto and Renters (not International)Maintains budget oversight for key agency relationships.

Works in conjunction with International Communications lead to manage the overall budgetOversees budget management of media monitoring, tracking tools and related distribution service (s), i.e., BusinessWireOther duties as assignedBasic QualificationsBachelors’ degree10-15 years of related work experience with media relations track-record (either agency or corporate
– some corporate experience preferred)Previous executive level experience, AVP level and aboveMust demonstrate successful media relationships/interaction with high-level business and broadcast mediaMust have previous direct C-Suite and/or CEO direct interactionHas handled crisis and issues management at a corporate levelPrevious experience managing or coordinating with global team membersExperience working with or leading an outside PR agency relationshipP&L management, financial and budget understandingHigher level media relations skills””contacts and communications with national level reportersExperience leading and managing teamsUnderstanding of B2B business modelAbility to communicate effectively with C-level ExecutivesExcellent written and verbal communication skills; able to deliver presentations effectivelyPreferred QualificationsBachelors’ degree with concentration in public relations, communications, journalism or marketing preferredKnowledge of financial services, insurance industry and technology with ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in easy-to-understand communication materials for key stakeholdersAbility to maintain calm demeanor and positive attitude amid competing demands and tight deadlines; ability to work independently and as part of a larger, collaborative team to accomplish defined goals and timelinesAssurant is a global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that help leading brands grow revenue, manage risk and deliver a great experience for their customers.

We protect, connect, and support over 300 million consumers worldwide, helping people get more value from their connected devices, vehicles, and homes.

Assurant is a proud member of the Fortune 300, with decades of experience in the industries we serve.For more information, please visit is committed to providing a competitive rewards package which goes beyond the value of your paycheck.

We offer an array of market-competitive benefits and resources to support your physical, emotional, financial, and social wellbeing goals.

These include programs to help you invest in your financial future such as savings programs, as well as competitive health and wellbeing benefits to support you and your family.Health Coverage Starting Day One: We offer competitive health and wellbeing benefits to support you and your family.

You can choose from a range of health and dental plan options, as well as health plan accounts.Disability and Life Insurance: We provide short
– and long-term disability insurance, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.Retirement: Assurant offers retirement savings plans globally.

U.S.

based employees are offered a 401(k) plan in which Assurant matches 100% of every dollar contributed, up to 6 percent of eligible pay.Employee Stock Purchase Plan: Assurant’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) allows employees to purchase shares of Assurant, Inc.

stock at a 10 percent discount with funds contributed through after-tax payroll deductions.Career Development: Assurant offers a variety of internal courses, workshops, special projects, coaching and mentoring programs.

Tuition reimbursement and other professional enrichment opportunities are also available to encourage continuous learning.Work-Life Balance: We strive to provide a work environment that encourages work/life balance.

Options depend on job responsibilities and may include flexible work schedules, telework, paid time off and part-time employment.Equal Opportunity StatementAssurant is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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