Communications Specialist - Senior


Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

Position Details

Communications Specialist - Senior
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Your Role:

We are seeking a Senior Communications Specialist who will work directly with our Global Practice Area Leaders, specifically in our Work Sector, to drive an internal and external communications strategy that supports the mission of our firm. In this role you would partner with our Practice Area teams across the globe, as well as our Firmwide Marketing and Public Relations teams and the Gensler Research Institute.

What You Will Do:

  • Responsible for communications management supporting Practice Area Leaders on: Practice Area point of view materials, Practice Area trends, research and thought leadership, project benchmarking, special initiatives, 
  • Support content development and curate thought leadership and key project stories for internal and external communications. This would including impact stories, future forecasting, future of work strategies, workplace experience, future of cities initiatives 
  • Partner with Firmwide Public Relations team and Global Practice Area Leaders to develop a conference strategy and thought leadership approach for speaking engagements 
  • Partner with Global PA Leaders to develop and execute thought leadership for speaking engagements and publications 
  • Develop blogging strategy aligned with the firm’s Thought Leadership Calendar; develop employee advocacy program for Global PA Leaders to amplify key messages across their social media channels 
  • Develop and execute a conference call strategy to maintain connectivity between the Global PA Leaders, which includes developing agendas, coordinating the calls; capturing and circulating the call content 
  • Partner with Global Practice Area Leaders to develop key materials for internal firm meetings, including presentations, videos and printed materials 
  • Act as connective tissue with the firm to find and share the best-of in internal external research, PA best practices, benchmarks, thought leadership, top talent, and client relationship insights 
  • Lead a process to curate and package the best-of content from the Practice Areas including project proof statements 
  • Act as a conduit on Practice Area initiatives with Regions and Office Leadership teams 
  • Work with Practice Areas in the development of annual strategic plans including research on emerging market opportunities, potential new clients, competitor analysis 
  • Ensure innovative storytelling practices are adopted and messaging refined to convey a differentiated approach 
  • Support the LinkedIn presence of Global Practice Area Leaders by developing strategic content for their accounts to drive their market presence and increase followership 
  • Coordinate Practice Area talent tracking and recruitment initiatives

Your Qualifications:

  • 8 to 11 years of professional experience in communications, marketing, commercial architecture/interior design, advertising or brand strategy 
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in Communications, Business, Digital Media or Marketing 
  • Experience in the design industry, specifically with a workplace focus, is a plus 
  • Ability to be a self-starter, and work both independently and collaboratively, prioritizing multiple complex projects and initiatives at one time 
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, as necessary 
  • An abiding attention to detail and ability to lead projects effectively under tight deadlines 
  • Keen design sensibility evident in all work product; graphic design experience is a plus 
  • Exceptional communication and writing skills, project management and time management skills; executive presence 
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide range of senior leadership located in our offices across the globe 
  • Consensus builder and facilitator across a matrixed organization

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Suite 
  • Experience with Salesforce Sales Cloud and Pardot a plus 
  • Knowledge of and/or proficiency in Tableau a plus

Life at Gensler:

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.

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