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Do you have proven experience leading a high-performing communications team?  Our client is seeking a Senior Manager, Internal Communications leader that will serve as a key collaborator with the executive leadership team and internal stakeholders, providing strategic communications counsel and consistent corporate messaging that supports the business strategy, culture, and brand through all communication channels.


  • Develop, implement, and manage an internal communications strategy that increases employee engagement and commitment to delivering on business objectives.
  • Develop and implement effective corporate communications for all employee segments, including company-wide and targeted messaging that builds awareness, engagement, advocacy, and alignment around corporate priorities.
  • Lead communications strategy and messaging for high-stakes business communications such as merger and acquisition activity, new locations, and key business transitions.
  • Serve as an active member of cross-functional issue-management team.
  • Develop messaging for the ELT and senior leaders that align with strategic objectives.
  • Promote corporate culture, celebrate and recognize employee achievement, and increase employee engagement through communications, programs, and by example.
  • Help ensure leadership is attuned to the voice of team members.
  • Provides thought leadership and supports employer branding efforts internally in partnership with external communications team.
  • Provide internal communications support to cross-functional departments and corporate teams; builds relationships throughout the business.
  • Measure the effectiveness of communications and stay up to date on corporate communications trends and best practices. 
  • Directly supervises the internal communications team – responsible for the hiring, onboarding, development, and high-performance of team members and the team. 


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 10+ years’ professional communications experience, preferably in a corporate setting.
  • Exceptional written communications skills and ability to use original or innovative techniques
  • Demonstrated experience creating effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to top management, team members, and public groups.
  • Experience developing comprehensive communication strategies.
  • Familiarity with developing and managing a budget for a department.
  • Capability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • An understanding of all areas of an organization and vision to determine how communications and subsequent decisions affect all team members.
  • The agility to work and prioritize efforts in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Discretion to handle sensitive or proprietary company information in a confidential manner.
  • Advanced project management and communication planning skills. Ability to manage multiple complex projects concurrently.
  • Experience with a range of communication technologies and channels such as intranet, email, social networks, engagement platforms, video production, content management systems, etc.
  • Strong collaborative and consultative skills. Ability to cultivate productive working relationships at all levels, gain the trust of business leaders quickly, and influence without authority.
  • High level of self-motivation and the ability to work independently, as a member of a team, as well as with all types and levels of employees.
  • Strong business acumen. Ability to translate complex business objectives into readily understandable communications for a variety of audiences.
  • Proficiency in various media platforms, both traditional and digital.

**Position may at times require heavy travel; estimate is that travel could be as high as 20% annually and may not be evenly spread throughout the year.

Interested and qualified candidates can contact Jessie Kester at (515) 225-7000 or email Jessie at


Ref: JOB-36893

Jessie Kester

Senior Search Consultant

(515) 225-7000

3737 Woodland Ave, Suite 200, West Des Moines, IA 50266

    • Job type: Direct Hire
    • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:$130000 - $160000