Job Posting: Senior Communications Leader at Williams Group

Position overview:

This position provides overall management for marketing communications projects, acting as the primary interface between Williams Group clients and our project teams. S/he leads the process of understanding and documenting client objectives; creating plans and strategies based on these objectives; facilitating WG writers, designers and project managers in creating excellent solutions that respond to all project requirements; and maintaining strong client communication.

This position leads a range of projects involving varying scales—from five-year programs to overnight requests. We create websites, infographics, presentations, reports, exhibits, advertising and more. In addition to bringing competence in the communication discipline, this position is essential to our approach to building long-term client relationships. WG people possess a deep service ethic and genuine dedication to the success of those who trust us with their business. Plus, this position requires appreciation of and commitment to the WG culture—modelling collaborative, caring and inclusive behavior.

This is a senior position within an entrepreneurial enterprise. We are a relatively small company that works with very big expectations. The communication leader will participate in and enhance direction-setting at WG, helping guide the company based on our continual intent to thrive as a vibrant business across generations of associates. The success of WG communication leaders is determined by individual contribution to WG client satisfaction, commerce and culture.

Skills and attributes:

WG seeks a person who combines the professional acumen and personal traits that are important to our company.

Professional acumen:

Proven communication strategy and management capabilities
Critical thinker, synthesizer and problem solver; well-developed analytical and conceptual abilities
Consulting skills—able to advise and guide clients regarding sound practice
Content development aptitude—able to generate quality outputs through assessment of multiple inputs and sources of information
Confidence with project planning, research, creative and budgeting processes
Capability with digital communications—able to lead website development and social media projects
Strong written and oral communication skills; effective presenter
Aptitude for business development—able to expand and sustain our base of clients

Personal traits:

Strong character and high integrity
Self-starter, motivated to perform
A continuous learner
Calm manner; capable of prioritizing and addressing multiple demands
Emotionally mature, easy to work with, adaptable
Active interest in community and the well-being of others
Bachelor degree, Master degree preferred
At least seven years of experience in communications, with leadership of multiple projects—particularly digital media
Ability to travel (typically 8 to 10 overnight trips by car or air per year)
Competitive salary, plus bonus, with opportunity to steadily grow personal income through increased contribution to the success of Wg clients, commerce and culture. Initial salary to be determined based on experience and ability to contribute at a senior level in the context of our enterprise.

To apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to Jayme DeYoung,

Or by mail:

Williams Group, c/o Jayme
70 Ionia Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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