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Executive Communications & Speechwriter

Location: Plano, TX, United States -
Job ID: 1086801
Corporate Positions
Job Type: Full-Time
Date Updated: Nov 16, 2019

Executive Communications & Speechwriter

The Executive Communications & Speechwriter serves as a member of the JCPenney communications team and is primarily responsible for writing major addresses, brief remarks, talking points, and internal communications for the chief executive officer and other executive officers when necessary.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Primary writer of speeches, remarks, talking points, articles, opinion editorials, blog entries, and other public or internal comments.
  • Ensures that the relevant strategy, audience specific message development, branding, and other core goals are accomplished in each piece.
  • Under the supervision of the senior vice president of communications, works with the communications team, senior staff, and others to keep abreast of key events, issues and policy, and develop messaging and text that fulfills the relevant strategy.
  • Works with senior leadership to develop an understanding of their style and preferences for speeches.
  • Under the supervision of the senior vice president of communications, works with the media staff, or other senior staff during the review, editing and approval process to produce a high-quality final product.
  • Collaborates with design, video, other creative staff and/or consultants to ensure that powerpoints, flash movies, photos, video or other collateral elements that accompany the speech are prepared and help execute the strategy for the presentation.
  • Prepares and provides final, correctly formatted text for officers' use, for posting online, and for other purposes as needed.
  • Meets all deadlines to allow for review and advance delivery to officers.
  • Does independent research to support and strengthen presentations and articles. Maintains records of research and back-up materials that verify statements.
  • Works with the communications team to coordinate public remarks with information made available to the media.
  • Available to respond quickly and productively to last minute requests.
  • Maintains a comprehensive electronic archive of speeches, remarks, and presentations, both as prepared and as delivered.
  • Does other writing as needed by the communications department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned in support of the work of the department.

Education and Experience:

Bachelors degree in communications, journalism, or related field, and or five to eight years of related work experience or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Outstanding writing skills. Excellent verbal and analytical skills.
  • Through knowledge of correct use of grammar, construction and spelling.
  • Excellent proofreading skills.
  • Proven ability to write for diverse audiences and translate complex policy initiatives into speeches that effectively communicate.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategy on campaigns, such as political or legislative.
  • Thorough knowledge of media relations strategies.
  • Thorough knowledge of electronic and print media systems. Knowledge of advertising techniques and familiarity with all aspects of literature, audio-visual, and online production process. Demonstrated capacity to continuously develop knowledge and skills related to use of rapidly changing technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with principal officers of non-profit organizations, elected officials, or other principal officers, with proven trustworthiness for handling sensitive and confidential information. Ability to meet high standards for accuracy, quality, responsiveness, integrity and discretion.
  • Good interpersonal communications and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly produce high-quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented with strong project and time management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to take direction and editing from others.
  • Motivated self-starter with a positive attitude.
  • Experience working in a dynamic work environment essential.
  • Internet-savvy with solid technology experience, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and related programs.

What you get:

Our corporate office, located within the exciting new development of Legacy West in Plano, Texas, supports JCPenney stores and supply chain facilities nationwide. We offer a competitive benefits package including medical/dental/vision, term life insurance, paid vacation/holidays, 401(k) Savings Plan with company match, and an associate discount on JCPenney merchandise. On-site campus amenities include health clinic, pharmacy, daycare and preschool, full cafeteria service, a 24-hour fitness center and free garage parking.

About JCPenney:

At JCPenney, we share a passion for serving customers, supporting our communities and being the best retailer for all families. As a company founded on the Golden Rule, our success is rooted in the belief that we treat everyone the way we would want to be treated. At every touchpoint, customers discover stylish merchandise at incredible value from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Reinforcing this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 98,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company's mission to help customers find what they love for less time, money and effort.

Working at JCPenney means joining a dedicated team of associates who are encouraged to be uniquely themselves in a safe, caring and welcoming environment. It is a place where careers prosper, accomplishments are celebrated and diversity flourishes. It’s a place that’s meant for you.

For more opportunities to join our team please visit our careers page.

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Job Title: Executive Communications & Speechwriter
Location: Plano, TX, United States -
Job ID: 1086801

J.C. Penney Company Inc.
Plano, Texas

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