Public Affairs Manager – Internal Communications

Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Aurora Health is the 11th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States. As a leading employer in the Midwest, Advocate Aurora Health employs more than 75,000 individuals including more than 22,000 nurses. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies, and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology and pediatrics.

Position Details

Public Affairs Manager – Internal Communications
Northern Illinois
Downers Grove, IL

This role will be responsible for internal communications, executive communications, as well as issues and crisis management. Focus is on providing creative, strategic and comprehensive communication that will further elevate Advocate Aurora Health and its senior leaders. Leader will be accountable for managing internal communication across the enterprise, providing executive communications support and other key organizational initiatives to drive growth.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of an internal communications strategy, to ensure effective communication across the organization in support of business goals and objectives. 
  • Manages the strategic communications needs of executives and key departments by providing appropriate counsel and comprehensive communications solutions to meet Advocate Aurora Health’s business priorities. 
  • Plans, directs and organizes content for Advocate Aurora Health’s publications and communications in support of the organization’s multi-faceted content strategy. 
  • Drives collaboration with all departments on broad, digital first communication approach to internal audiences. 
  • Oversees the design, production and distribution of communication through various vehicles and platforms. 
  • Plan for and respond quickly and effectively in the event of a crisis. Prepare response strategy in conjunction with site and system executives.
  • Responsible for understanding and adhering to the organization's Code of Ethical Conduct and for ensuring that personal actions, and the actions of employees supervised, comply with the policies, regulations and laws applicable to the organization's business.

Education Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related field, or Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations.

Experience Required:

  • Typically requires 5-7 years of experience in in supporting public affairs, public relations, internal communications or issues management.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Strong written and oral communications 
  • Deadline oriented, the ability to handle multiple tasks and complete work accurately and within a short timeframe 
  • Self-starter, ability to advance key projects independently 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Problem-solving skills 
  • Executive sensibility 
  • Proven ability to navigate complex and time sensitive matters 
  • Results oriented 
  • Flexibility is necessary and long hours are often required

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