Director, Executive Communications

ACS - American Cancer Society

Atlanta, GA, United States

Position Description

The individual who holds this position plays a key role to advance the Society’s mission, goals and objectives by raising awareness and understanding of how the Society makes an impact in the fight against cancer. He/she serves as a strategic communications adviser to Society staff and volunteers. This individual leads a group of professionals to develop and execute communications strategies and tactics on projects that have the highest level of importance for the Society. He/she provides the full range of strategic counsel, including conceptualizing strategies, leading teams to develop action plans, overseeing the integrated planning, removing barriers, and enabling execution to bring those strategies to fruition.

Primary Position Accountabilities

  • This position has primary responsibility for managing all requests for executive communications and serving as the principal writer for all CEO communications needs. They will:
    • Serve as the primary speechwriter for CEO speaking opportunities;
    • Research and prepare correspondence, presentations, and special communications projects for the CEO, including book chapters, forewords, feature articles, and editorials;
    • Coordinate and respond to requests from internal clients, Region staff, volunteers, and external organizations for messages from the CEO;
    • Review and approve material prepared for the CEO by others as appropriate.
  • This position also:
    • Will work with other Corporate Communications leaders to develop and implement an executive positioning plan for the Society’s C-suite leaders;
    • Enables executive leaders across the enterprise to tell the American Cancer Society story through the development and management of easily accessible executive communications materials;
    • Supervises management of an executive communications speaking calendar;
    • Integrates messaging and materials across the C-suite and serves as a resource for other key leaders as needed;
    • Collaborates on the planning and preparation for internal meetings;
    • Provides on-site event support to executive leaders as needed.

Corporate Communications Team Member Responsibilities

  • Communications Counsel – Serves on the Organizational Communications team, providing communications counsel to the highest levels of the organization;
  • Communications Strategy and Execution – Conceptualizes, develops, and leads the execution of communications strategies and plans based on the enterprise-wide communications scope of work and consistent with other enterprise business and communications plans. Ensures the highest levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and customer service;
  • Management – Leads and manages a team of communications professionals in ways that ensure accountability and achieve measurable results;
  • Spokesperson – Represents the Society and Corporate Communications internally and externally, as needed;
  • ACS Knowledge – Serves as a key source for Society information and news;
  • Additional Responsibilities – Additional responsibilities include representing communications on interdisciplinary teams and with vendors, external partners, etc.; tracking progress and evaluating and reporting results; participating in Society events and activities; and handling other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of experience in a communications-related field, including several years in a management/supervisory capacity and experience directly advising C-suite leaders on communications strategy;
  • Speechwriting experience required;
  • PowerPoint experience required;
  • Additional formal knowledge and experience that would position this individual as a strategic communications leader for the Society are highly desirable. Such knowledge and experience may include experience in public health, health care or nonprofits; advanced degree; professional affiliations or other experience or training;
  • Experience that contributes to the overall diversity of perspectives within Corporate Communications and the Society is highly desirable.

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