Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations - Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239

Description:

At
KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery,
joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the
nation?s leading private provider in accredited early childhood education,
we?re committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational
opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them.

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We
see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world.
Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and
adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you?re in one of our centers
or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of
the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the
lives of children and families through the power of education.

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KinderCare
Education has three brands to meet the needs of busy families wherever they
need us\:
  • We?re
    in neighborhoods with our KinderCare
    Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and care for children
    6 weeks to 12 years old
  • We?re
    at offices with KinderCare Education at
    Work, our suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to
    their employees, including on-site and near-site early learning centers,
    Back-up Care for last-minute child care and Care Select
  • And
    we?re at schools with our Champions
    before and after school programs
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About Us

KinderCare Education LLC is an experience-based
provider of child care and early learning, with over 30,000 teachers and staff
serving more than 185,000 families every day, wherever they need us\:
  • In
    neighborhoods with our?KinderCare Learning Centers?and Rainbow Child
    Care Centers that offer early childhood education and child care for children 6
    weeks to 12 years old
  • At
    work through KinderCare Education at Work, family-focused benefits for
    employers including on-site and near-site early learning centers and Back-up
    Care for last-minute child care needs
  • And
    in local schools with our?Champions?before and after school programs
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The
company operates 1,500 early learning centers and over 500 Champions sites and
is supported by a corporate staff of 500 employees in ever-green Portland,
Oregon. In 2017 and again in 2018, KinderCare Education received a Gallup Great
Workplace Award ? one of fewer than 40 employers worldwide.

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Job
Summary\:

While making communications less, well,
corporate, the Sr. Director of Corporate Communications will lead internal and
external communication strategies to elevate the company?s profile and
reputation among stakeholders ? including news organizations, prospective and
current employees, and the families we serve today and in the future. This
master storyteller will galvanize support and excitement about the company?s
mission, culture and business growth that results in tangible outcomes to
ensure more families discover what KinderCare is uniquely able to provide the
children in our care and the families we support.

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Qualification:
Key
responsibilities include\:

External Communication
  • Enhance
    the company?s reputation by building and leading consumer-facing and B2B PR
    strategies that demonstrate the power of a KinderCare and Champions education,
    articulate what makes us a unique and compelling employer and highlight our
    position as the preeminent leader in early learning
  • Support
    the strategic objectives of the company by building and leading communications
    to government officials, education advocates, thought leaders and other key
    stakeholders
  • Protect
    the company?s reputation through timely and thoughtful responses to issues and
    crises
  • Collaborate
    with business and marketing leaders to build and implement communication that
    drives family enrollment, influences other employers on childcare issues, and
    builds the reputation of our brands
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Internal Communication
  • Enhance
    the employee experience by creating key opportunities to celebrate and promote
    organizational initiatives and stories that reinforce our mission, our brand, our
    daily work and culture
  • Articulate
    our company strategies and initiatives and help employees understand the role
    they play in bringing them to life and how they benefit children, families,
    employers and schools in our communities
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Department
Leadership
  • Lead,
    guide and develop a team of high-performing communications professionals who
    understand our industry and operations and who excel in project management,
    narrative and business writing, proactive and reactive communications as well
    as event production
  • Lead
    outside agencies, participate in industry associations, and build relationships
    with media
  • Collaborate
    with field and headquarters teams to drive company objectives and culture
  • Provide
    thought leadership to business leaders and senior executives
  • Participate
    as an active member of our Marketing Leadership and Executive Leadership Teams
    and have a hand in shaping our company as we impact the lives of children
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Key desired
skills and experience\:
  • Ten
    to fifteen years of leadership in Corporate Communications and/or Public
    Relations
  • Track
    record in building and managing relationships with media, key stakeholders, and
    business partners
  • Strong
    understanding of business operations and financials
  • Success
    managing team members, as well as external resources such as agencies and
    consultants
  • Proven
    experience in supporting culture through communications strategies
  • Ability
    to effectively engage and influence internal and external stakeholders at all
    levels, ideally with experience working with C-suite executives
  • A
    really good sense of humor
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KinderCare Education is an Equal
Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion,
disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status,
gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or
federal law.

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