The Director of Communications leads the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies to advance the Bank's strategic goals and reputation. As the primary steward of the Bank's brand, this person directs the overall design, tone, and messaging of the Bank's official communications across all platforms. The Director of Communication is also responsible for overseeing public relations and media relations activity. In addition, the Director provides strategic guidance to senior leadership and other departments on internal and external communications initiatives. The ideal candidate should thrive in a fast-paced environment and have a strong writing background and broad communications experience working in a variety of disciplines including: marketing and communications, editorial content development, internal and external communications, crisis management, public relations, and media relations. Primary Responsibilities Lead the planning, development, and implementation of strategic marketing and communications initiatives that engage internal and external audiences in advancing the Bank's strategic goals and outcomes. Direct the messaging and development of the Bank's marketing materials and digital assets. Produce high-quality content for the Bank's communications and various ad-hoc projects. Support the Executive Team on any communication needs that arise. Lead public relations and media relations activity for the Bank and participate in FHLBank System initiatives. Provide guidance and counsel with respect to effective internal and external communications and crisis communications to senior leadership on matters of importance. Provide guidance, policy, processes, and resources for various departments to ensure brand consistency and effective reach in their communications to constituents. Identify key internal and external communications challenges, opportunities and initiatives, and provide guidance on strategy, messaging, content, policy, processes, and metrics that support outcomes. Serves on the Disclosure Committee and the Crisis Management Team. Oversee direct reports and direct key external agencies/partners. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or a related field Minimum of 10 years of marketing and communications experience A proven ability to execute quickly and accurately in a fast-paced environment Strong budget and management skills to effectively manage resources and the execution of multiple projects on an ongoing basis Proven experience managing freelancers and staff, as well as experience working with senior leadership Diplomacy in dealings Ability to influences at all levels Business acumen Excellent communications skills, with a strong emphasis on writing Strong interpersonal skills, including a positive and professional attitude Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite – with emphasis on Word and PowerPoint
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is a $72.0 billion wholesale bank and one of 11 district banks chartered in 1932 by the U.S. Congress to improve the availability of funds to support home ownership. The FHLB Chicago is a member-owned cooperative serving members in our district of Illinois and Wisconsin. All federally insured depository institutions, insurance companies engaged in residential ...housing finance, credit unions, and community development financial institutions located in our district are eligible to apply for membership. Today, the FHLB System, which is regulated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has more than 7,500 members.
The FHLB Chicago strives to be a valuable partner to our member financial institutions in Illinois and Wisconsin during all phases of financial and economic cycles. The mission of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is to partner with our member shareholders in Illinois and Wisconsin to provide them competitively priced funding, a reasonable return on their investment in the Bank, and support for community investment activities.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is committed to diversity at all levels of our organization from the employees we hire to the programs, institutions, and businesses we support. Our goal is to recruit, hire, and develop talented staff and to offer a work environment that allows them to do their best work.