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Communications Specialist

Location: 

Omaha, NE, US

Requisition ID: 165281 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: DHO Communications 

Department: Communications 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The internal communication specialist supports Kiewit’s employee communication strategies through their role on the Corporate Communication team. This individual should be adept at developing and executing results-driven communication plans and supporting content that solves problems, closes communication gaps and/or initiates change. 

District Overview

Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and abroad. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building, industrial and mining. With 2021 revenues of $12.1 billion, Kiewit's workforce includes about 12,400 salaried and hourly staff along with about 16,400 craft workers. Our corporate headquarters are in Omaha, Nebraska.

Location

This position is based out of Kiewit's headquarters at 1550 Mike Fahey Street. This is a shared service center in a professional office setting.

Responsibilities

This individual will work closely with internal clients and leaders across the company’s business units, including HR, benefits, recruiting, and the company’s operating districts and leadership.

A successful candidate will have strong writing and editing skills and enjoys building strategies and crafting content that drives those strategies toward results. They are adept at managing multiple responsibilities while working collaboratively with business partners at all levels as a communication consultant. Experience in employee communication and project management will be an important asset to the candidate. Kiewit demands a person with high attention to detail and time management skills to consistently meet deadlines. 

Essential Functions:

  • Serve an integral role in the development and execution of the company's global internal communication strategy to help Kiewit reach its business objectives and deliver against key priorities. 
  • Support the company’s Human Resources business strategies through targeted communication, planning and execution to influence employee behaviors, inform employees about key Kiewit people-focused initiatives and improve operational performance.
  • Develop and use effective, results-focused internal communication tools as part of the overall mix of solutions; ensure the consistent flow of key messages through all internal communication vehicles.
  • Manage communication for key internal organizational changes by preparing and implementing communication strategies and materials.
  • Research and employ key metrics to regularly assess the effectiveness of all internal communication.
  • Serve as a valued writing resource for Corporate Communication, including delivering content for the company’s internal news site and its flagship publication, Kieways magazine.
  • Leverage and help manage key internal technologies – including content management systems (SharePoint and WordPress) and internal social media platforms – to improve information sharing and collaboration. 
  • Work with other internal communication consultants and outside writing, video and design vendors.

Qualifications

  • Excellent copywriting and storytelling skills along with a strong attention to detail. A portfolio of recent work is required. Two or three writing samples preferred.  
  • Proficient in Associated Press Style
  • More than 3 years of communication experience, focusing on employee communication.
  • A bachelor's degree is required (journalism, communication or related field strongly preferred). 
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Microsoft Word and PowerPoint required, Excel desired)
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Some Premiere Pro, InDesign and/or Photoshop desired)
  • The ability to take a communication plan from concept to conclusion while measuring its effectiveness.
  • Previous track record of successfully meeting deadlines and project expectations.
  • A strong understanding of good client relations, consulting as subject matter expert
  • Ability to work closely, on a daily basis, with internal and outside professionals on a project team
  • Ability to work non-standard office hours, as necessary, and travel when/if required
  • Experience with a broad range of communication mediums (e.g., print, video, social media) and able to use them strategically to influence and inform important stakeholders.
  • Marketing experience is helpful.


Personal characteristics:

  • Strong written, oral, presentation communication skills
  • A high level of intelligence; analytical problem solving, critical thinking, planning and organizing skills (e.g., good at setting and achieving priorities, time management)
  • Resourceful with a high motivation to excel as an individual and as part of a unit
  • Strong ethics that will reflect positively on the company 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to establish credibility as a strong performer and can identify positively with people at all levels of Kiewit
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and changing environment; able to handle and manage change
  • Ability to learn quickly and help the organization think in new and innovative ways
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.


Nearest Major Market: Omaha
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs

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