Chicago IL
Marketing/Public Relations

Senior Communications Manager

CM Legal

Senior Communications Manager
Essential Job Functions
Our client is seeking a Senior Communications Manager to support internal Firmwide communications, programs and engagement. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Manager will be responsible for supporting communications initiatives that contribute to their values and enhance the employee experience. We are looking for a savvy, creative and thoughtful communicator accustomed to supporting communications in a matrixed environment. This individual must be passionate about writing, editing and creating communications plans that track against business goals and opportunities.
The role will contribute to internal initiatives as part of a team with a hands-on, get-it-done ethos. The Senior Manager will contribute to communications that inform, equip and engage attorneys and staff, collaborating with colleagues across the Firm to drive results. Strong project management skills, attention to detail and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment are essential.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS  (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Serve as a strategic communications partner for the IT department; edit emails, support new projects, develop comprehensive communications plans and campaigns, and optimize messaging for enhanced efficiency.
  • Draft, edit and format internal emails, newsletters, one-pagers, invitations, presentations, and other communication materials.
  • Effectively analyze stakeholder requests using problem-solving skills, exercising good judgment, and distilling complex topics into concise, easily understandable language tailored to the audience.
  • Play a role in developing and guiding junior colleagues.
  • Partner with various internal departments to find opportunities to collaborate and tell stories.
  • Work with the Branding & Creative team to ensure consistency of Firm tone and branding.
  • Contribute to and support other initiatives as needed to assist the team.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a specialization in communications, journalism or an equivalent field. Professional services experience is a plus.
  • We are seeking a candidate with at least 10 years in a leading communications role, with management experience.
  • Strong writing skills and a solid command of the Associated Press style guide, grammar and journalistic writing principles is required.
  • Demonstrate a nimble, proactive and energetic approach to tasks and challenges.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to connect the dots, leverage resources around you and be creative.
  • Ability to decipher proper tone and approach used in materials for different audiences.
  • Professional, punctual, and dependable — understands the importance of this role; takes ownership and pride in responsibilities.

Technologies/Software

  • Technical experience should include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML at minimum, with a proven track record of easily adapting to new software and technologies. 
  • Experience with e-marketing platforms is necessary.

The expected salary range for this position is between $160,000 and $180,000. The actual base salary offered will depend upon a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.
 

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