Director of Public Relations

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls: Enhancing the Intelligence of Buildings.

Your buildings have a purpose.

They are places for people to live or work. Facilities for learning or healing. Venues for entertainment and shopping. Sites for the specialized storage of tangible goods or mission-critical data. Your buildings have a huge variety of functions; they are central to your mission.

This is where Johnson Controls comes in, helping drive the outcomes that matter most. Through a full range of systems and digital solutions, we make your buildings smarter. A smarter building is safer, more comfortable, more efficient, and, ultimately, more sustainable. Most important, smarter buildings let you focus more intensely on your unique mission. Better for your people. Better for your bottom line. Better for the planet.

At Johnson Controls, we’ve been making buildings smarter since 1885, and our capabilities, depth of innovation experience, and global reach have been growing ever since. Today, we offer the world’s largest portfolio of building products, technologies, software, and services; we put that portfolio to work to transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play.

Johnson Controls: The power behind your mission.

Position Details

Director of Public Relations
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

What you will do:

He/she will lead the development of all media materials including press releases, Q&As, website content, executive talking points, fact sheets, etc., in collaboration with external agency partners and JCI colleagues and stakeholders.

How you will do it:

  • Recommend external opportunities including media interviews, speaking engagements at industry conferences and other forums to showcase JCI thought leadership, messages, and SMEs. 
  • Develop and advance the strategy and voice for C-suite and executive communications, including speaking engagements and media interviews. 
  • Prepare company spokespeople for media interviews and other engagements, including training spokespeople and ensuring that JCI’s most frequent spokespeople are prepared to address key issues as they emerge. 
  • Develop and own effective Public Relations (PR) plan for crisis situations. 
  • Serve as point person on media interactions to manage crisis communications, mitigate negative impact and reinforce JCI’s core messages. 
  • Create playbook of PR standards, best practices and templates that regional colleagues can leverage. 
  • Identify core metrics, establish measurement plan, track progress and articulate ROI on media activities. 
  • Lead and mentor a team using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis and promoting a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, high performance, and learning.

What we look for:


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. 
  • 10+ years of experience in one or both of the following: a) Leading a communications practice or major client in a corporate or agency setting and b) Leading a communications function on a political campaign or in government. 
  • Experience working with C-suite executives. 
  • Experience in managing a team and/or external communication agencies. 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized. 
  • Strong cross-functional partnership skills and experience operating successfully in a global, matrixed environment with high-performing teams across groups and at multiple levels. 
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills. 
  • Willingness to help set strategy, as well as execute. 
  • A proven ability to think internationally, and able to adapt and flex the message and delivery accordingly, as well as to understand the varied needs of the local teams. 
  • Experience measuring the impact and ROI of communications activities. 
  • Experience with crisis communications and operating with "calm under fire".


  • Master's degree a plus (Journalism, Communication, English, Business).

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