Director - Corporate Communications in Portland, OR at Avangrid

Date Posted: 9/22/2018

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Publication date: 21.08.2018
REFERENCE: 5100375801

Company: Avangrid Renewables
Job Title: Director - Corporate Communications
Department: Corporate
Location: Portland, OR

Business and Department
Portland Corporate Office

Reporting to the Vice President, Corporate Communications, the Director - Communications for Renewables is a
demanding and visible position responsible for driving strategic communications supporting AVANGRID's business
objectives with external stakeholders and employees. Position will also work closely with parent company
representatives (Iberdrola S.A.) headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Main areas of responsibilities include media
relations, external communications and some varying communications.

The goal of this position include advancing AVANGRID Renewables external profile, protecting the reputation and
brand and aligning communications strategies and messaging with affiliated businesses and the parent company.
The position will work with senior team members on a range of reputational risk and corporate social responsibility
assessment and reporting requirements, devise community engagement strategies and work with the larger
corporate communications team. The Director will be a collaborative team player that works with corporate and on
initiatives assigned by corporate and Group level.

The position manages one FTE.


• In collaboration with key stakeholders and in alignment with a global strategy responsible for strategically
developing communications to achieve the AVANGRID objectives.
• Responsibilities also include a focus on other communications related to company positioning, strategic
initiatives, executive level support, corporate earnings and other corporate matters.
• Oversees external communications including developing press releases, interacting with media, preparing
executives for media interviews and a variety of other projects. Responsible for crisis communications and adept at
managing complex and sensitive business issues.
• The Director will work with employees at all levels throughout the organization and is relied upon to provide
decisive recommendations and strategic counsel as needed.

• Serve as AVANGRID Renewables primary authorized media contact, managing the media presence and
corporate responses in markets where AVANGRID Renewables has a physical presence or other interest. This
includes managing media inquiries directed to other parts of the company including field sites and development
• The Director will handle proactive and reactive media relations efforts in a quick and efficient manner to
ensure positive media coverage for AVANGRID Renewables in conjunction with Communications leadership. Act
as company spokesperson as needed on behalf of relevant communications programs and issues.
• The Director will coordinate communications initiatives with Iberdrola S.A and AVANGRID Networks in the
U.S. to ensure consistency in messaging and image.
• The Director will, at times, serve as a representative in several capacities, including making statements to the
media, and serving as gatekeeper for any and all company information that is to be disclosed to the public.
• The position requires the ability to quickly facilitate all media requests, including but not limited to, specific
questions on performance, executives, strategy, products, policies and historical perspectives, among others.
• Effectively manages communications staff for high performance; Manages budget.
• Works with AVANGRID Renewables CEO on top tier business initiatives consistent with overall AVANGRID
goals and objectives.
• Works with Vice President of Corporate Communications on regular, periodic assessments of reputational
risks and actions to mitigate those risks, with reporting as part of a corporation-wide assessment and monitoring
• Monitors industry and discipline trends, tools, and technologies and implements innovative initiatives.
• Travel to project sites and other business related locations will be required.
• AVANGRID Renewables is headquartered in Portland, Oregon

• Bachelors' Degree in Communications, Public Relations or Marketing or the equivalent combination of
education and experience.
• 10 years relevant experience
• Thorough understanding of communications strategy and be able to handle external communications and
media relations.
• Superior writing and editing skills for all forms of communication needs and detailed information for senior
• Strong relationship builder with solid budgeting and managerial experience.
• Strong budget management skills and reporting
• Proven manager of people and collaborative team player
• Ability to work across business units and the parent company.
• Superior verbal and written communication skills, writing, editing and project management skills.
• Strong strategic and analytical capability.
• Keen ability to manage change and crisis communications issues.
• Strong ability to work with and influence senior leaders and other key stakeholders throughout the company
on communications opportunities and issues.
• Ability to multi-task and quickly prioritize projects and work well under pressure and tight deadlines.
• Self-starter, independent worker, strong team and cross-functional collaborator.
• Attention to detail and an ability to plan and execute events and meetings on strict timelines and budgets.

• Create, maintain and foster relationships with key media, both traditional and digital, business and trade.
• Requires a high level of strategic thinking, creativity, comfort with digital/social media strategies.
• Must be able to have superior attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to function as spokesperson as needed, both taped and live media interviews in positive
and negative situations.
• Ability to make reasonably quick, well-informed strategic decisions.
• Excellent leadership and collaboration skills in effectively managing staff that may reside in different
geographical areas.
• Must have the flexibility to travel to necessary company locations in the northeast portion of the U.S.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check, references, drug
screen, verification of legal right to work in the U.S., and in some cases, a credit check. A credit check will be
administered when a prospective employee will be working in Finance, Accounting, Treasury or where duties may
involve handling of funds, accounts or cash.

Avangrid Renewables is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an
individual with a disability, or any other status or class protected by federal or state law.

This opportunity will offer
Full Time Exempt