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Manager - Executive Communications

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Summary of Role
Work with the senior leadership team, volunteer leaders and business owners throughout the organisation to raise the profile of the accounting profession domestically and globally with member and non-member audiences.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
  • Seek information/research on the business environment affecting the business environment generally and finance professionals specificially.
  • Identify trends and developments (technical and professional) providing members with opportunities to add value, expand or enhance offerings and remain relevant in serving clients and employers. Integrate these elements into presentations, talking points, bylined articles, videos, social media, publicity, infographics, web pages and other platforms, working collaboratively with other internal teams if needed.
  • Collaborate with member communications team to make sure information, resources and messaging is appropriately and sufficiently delivered to Association members and others on a timely basis.
  • Implement strategic communications plans that support significant initiatives regarding management and public accounting services that the public relies on (that is, core activities of the profession).     
  • Prepare dynamic PowerPoint slides, talking points, video scripts, speeches, articles, FAQs, bylined pieces and other resources to communicate on Association initiatives and key professional issues. Materials must be current, technically accurate and provided to spokespeople and volunteer leadership in a timely fashion. Presentations, articles and other materials often are tailored for the speaker and customized for the event/audience.
  • Contribute to the quarterly Key Issues Document highlighting the top professional issues and Association initiatives for the Board of Directors and senior staff.
  • Write regular and frequent magazine columns on behalf of CIMA’s President and Association executives, from topic selection through copy approvals.
  • Manage content for multiple Association web pages, including updating material and refreshing content as needed. 
  • Ensure message consistency and visibility throughout Association communications
  • Prepare bylined articles or other written pieces from leadership for third party books, magazines or publications.
  • Track results and prepare monthly metric reports on activities, providing insights and analysis on results and potential improvements.
  • Provide writing support throughout team as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • None
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
  • Understanding of sensitivities and nuances on multiple issues and involving different stakeholders
  • Leadership abilities to influence others and build consensus
  • Excellent project planning and management skills; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strategic thinking, solid data analysis and strong decision making
  • Effective researching, writing and editing skills
  • Strong script and speechwriting skills
  • Ability to spot trends in business, academia, careers and relate them to accounting profession
  • Ability to translate complex and/or technical information into thought leadership messaging
  • Ability to present complex and/or technical information visually (slides, infographics, images, charts/graphs, etc.)
  • Expertise in Microsoft PowerPoint and similar software or web-based solutions (Apple’s Keynote, Prezi). Familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign.
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to quality
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel
  • Ability to travel
  • Dynamic communicator.
  • A broad awareness of domestic and global business issues.
  • Self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and consistently demonstrates flexibility, agility and perseverance.

Required Experience, Qualifications & Education

  • Minimum 5-7 years communications experience in a corporate or agency environment
  • Demonstrated success in developing thought leadership collateral, using numerous data points and getting input from subject matter experts
  • Experience with producing, publishing or preparing creative slide presentations, backgrounders, talking/message points, articles, reports, emails, video scripts, executive summaries, blog posts, infographics, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or a related field
Preferred Experience, Qualifications & Education
  • Master’s Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or a related field
  • Experience or knowledge of accounting profession and/or financial service industry, or other technical field
  • Understanding of global business environment
  • Experience with website content management

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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