Communication Specialist

PNW Search


This position is part of the HR Team and will also be expected to actively engage with other departments regarding internal communications as addressed herein.


The primary focus and time commitment of this position is internal communication activities and initiatives that pertain to employees, operations and corporate culture. The person in this role is an active participant in positively and supportively communicating the strategic plan and the culture change efforts through the various communication processes and other leadership development efforts.  In accomplishing the duties and responsibilities of the role, as well as the individual goals of the position, all facets of media may be utilized as relevant to the scope of the role. This will include verbal, written and electronic communications internally and coordination with external communication approaches. When potential crossover with public relations or marketing occurs, the expectation is that the internal communications specialist will work collaboratively to address and resolve the overlap.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The Company Culture

Participating as a member of the HR Team

Participating in communication aspects and collaboration with HR related activities, e.g., coordination with HR staff on some specific project or task

Presenting communications-related training to sites and departments as a specified segment of the leadership training process

Maintaining internal news, updates and community involvement via company intranet and reader boards

Participating in HR related communications and efforts relative to ongoing culture change, e.g., social media activities and use

Collaborating on employee survey and results communication and follow-up

Coordinating town halls and similar large group internal communication as requested

Participating in achieving the goals of the HR organization

Modeling company core values


Internal Communications

Developing and maintaining E-newsletter, including writing and coordinating articles, updates, etc.

Developing and maintaining “The Company” News, including writing and coordinating articles, updates, etc.

Editing assigned internal communications to ensure effective communication, persuasive impact, clarity of message, and professional substance and format as appropriate for each individual communication

Serving as liaison and point of contact with IT staff on internal communications aspects of company intranet

Collaborating and assisting on internal announcements relative to various company changes, staffing, etc.

Assisting benefits and other departments on effective internal communications, ongoing messaging and updates

Coordinating internal use of logo deployment

Collaboration and coordination with the public relations director and marketing department to ensure consistent messaging and a unified approach to communication

Community-Oriented Activities

Communicating and collaborating on specific internal employee activities with various community groups and activities, e.g., “The Company” Gives Back

Coordinating corporate giving at each plant, including gathering input on each plant’s community activities and commitments

Assisting with employee giving campaign, including training for site coordinators, internal communications and related activities

Participating in the communication process for Sons and Daughters Program

Assisting with internal company meetings and events as specified, e.g., Christmas luncheon







Additional Duties and Responsibilities


Executing corporate social media strategy and campaigns in collaboration with marketing department

Assisting with ongoing employee recruitment efforts

Serving as internal consultant for drafting internally focused communications by departments, sites, etc.

Engagement as requested in Executive Team discussions relative to broadening communications related technology

Serving as one conduit for collecting employee input on Company related activities and decisions through input and responses received via intranet and other internal communication forums

All other tasks, duties and activities as assigned by the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Labor or the Executive Team, or PR Director relative to specific initiatives

Travel up to 15%


Required Qualifications


Four (4) year degree in verbal or written communications related field

Four (4) plus years of experience in internal communications or related profession

Ability to independently draft written communications that are effective across a wide audience

Ability to actively engage in solution- and results-oriented discussions, and related communication of actions and decisions

Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint/Prezi, WordPress, SharePoint, and standard social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz)

Maintain the highest ethical standards in dealing with confidential information

Maintain composure in high-pressure situations

Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills

Ability to work in and maintain a highly functional team environment

Preferred Qualifications

Graphic design ability

Basic photography skills

Application Instructions: 

To apply, contact Christine Collins,