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Sr Comm Rep

Location: 

Holmdel, NJ, US, 07733

Job Function:  Communications
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  15204

FirstEnergy at a Glance

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 17,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.  [SC00]


 

The position reports to Supervisor, ED/State Communications and can be located in Morristown or Holmdel, NJ.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing strategies that earn positive news stories supporting key company initiatives
  • Developing and executing comprehensive communications plans on a variety of topics
  • Leading development of news releases, fact sheets, video scripts and newsletter copy that is accurate, grammatically correct and completed on time
  • Cultivating and maintaining good working relationships with print, television and radio media
  • Strong ability to multi-task about a variety of subjects simultaneously
  • Fostering productive working relationships with other FirstEnergy work groups to identify and develop internal subject matter experts
  • Consulting closely with regional presidents and their leadership teams to ensure consistent message is presented to media, employees, customers, local officials and regulators.
  • Overseeing media training and coaching company spokespersons, as needed
  • Proactively identifying issues and pitfalls before they occur and developing appropriate responses
  • Learning about FirstEnergy’s utility operations, employees and interactions with outside organizations that can be promoted at the local level
  • Participating on company committees/task forces, as needed
  • Managing vendors

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or related discipline is required.  Advanced degree a plus.
  • Minimum 10 years professional work experience required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Office 365, SharePoint)
  • Proven media relations experience preferred; experience with New Jersey media a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a demonstrated competency in writing clear, persuasive, informative and compelling copy
  • Energy industry experience helpful
  • Experience with federal Incident Command System structure a plus
  • Working knowledge of social media tools.  Providing content for company Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools
  • Competency in using iPhone for taking photos and videos
  • Ability to stay poised and on-message when faced with difficult situations relating to storm outages, disgruntled customers, employee issues, and unpopular company decisions
  • Experience working with tight deadlines, ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with employees at all levels within the organization
  • Expected to participate in weekend and afterhours media on call rotation
  • Ability to independently work long hours during prolonged electric system outages or other emergency situations
  • Willingness to travel to other FirstEnergy locations, as needed, during crisis situations
  • Ability to take technical information and make it understandable for a broader audience

     


Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at www.firstenergycorp.com to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.

Safety

Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification

Exempt 

 

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