The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) is seeking an enthusiastic leader who will be responsible for the strategic direction, management, and coordination of all activities within the communications department.
The vice president of strategic communications needs to possess outstanding communication skills using various media including written, verbal, electronic, via social media, live and recorded presentations, and any other method of communicating AMEC’s message. This position will report to the CEO.
As vice president of strategic communications, you will be one of the most visible members of our organization, serving as the lead point person on media inquiries, news releases, and press inquiries, providing strategic direction and ownership of AMEC’s communications initiatives.
You will identify, develop, and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to address specific needs for AMEC and member cooperatives in public relations, media relations, community relations and events. This includes managing all cooperative ad placement in print, radio, television and social media for communications and grassroots. In addition, this position will oversee the production of Rural Missouri magazine. The Rural Missouri magazine is a print and digital magazine that reaches more than 584,000 homes across Missouri each month.
You will manage the communications department including supervise staff, staff recruitment, development, training, job performance, salary administration, and succession planning.
Other duties will include:
Oversee updates and maintenance of all websites and social media accounts associated with AMEC
Speak and provide talking points at functions, events, and programs about electric cooperatives on behalf of AMEC
Manage the cooperative emergency/crisis communications plan and serve as the cooperative’s communications leader and media liaison in a crisis
Develop and maintain the department’s annual budget including providing substantial input to the budgeting process and being accountable for area of responsibility
Provide monthly communications updates to the AMEC Board and committees
Working with the AMEC leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, public relations, communications, or related field
Five years’ experience in related field
Three or more years of management experience directing a comprehensive marketing, communications, or public department/area