The Vice President of Communications will be based in the Chicago office and is responsible for directing the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) advocacy and communication activities establishing the association as the preeminent voice of the middle market.
The VP will report directly to the President and CEO and is primarily responsible for implementing and developing a comprehensive communications program to support the Association’s policy, industry advocacy and membership goals. This will be accomplished through the design and execution of innovative external and internal strategic communications plans, including rapid response; establishing and maintaining contacts with media; the oversight of an award-winning publication; and supervision of a team of marketing, art & editorial, media & digital relations, and internal & external communications members.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
In close coordination with the Public Policy team, develop and implement industry-wide campaigns to advance ACG’s objectives including message development and talking points, white papers, reports, toolkits, grassroots activity and advertising.
Identify and develop speaking opportunities and other platforms for the President and Board members to support ACG’s policy and advocacy objectives.
Develop and maintain an active network of public relations contacts within the industry, federal agencies, international organizations, and other important sources.
Oversee the implementation of communication processes to improve ACG’s brand awareness.
Plan, initiate and conduct media activities to ensure positive working relationships with news media representatives and provide outlets for news and information generated by ACG.
Work with partner associations to identify common issues for concerted actions.
Draft materials for the President and Board members as needed, including speeches, messages, press releases, columns, presentations and introductions.
Oversee ACG’s content generation, strategy and placement within website and publications.
Keep highly informed of industry developments.
Present new strategic marketing initiatives to the President.
Develop and generate ideas for stories, opinion pieces and a cohesive narrative to present ACG's strategic priorities.
Support ACG’s chapters in consistent marketing and communication efforts that reflect the mission of ACG.
Develop new and innovative strategies to raise public awareness and effectively communicate the issues important to ACG to the general public.
Supervise a staff of 5 – 7 people as well as consultants and vendors.
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. As a representative to external firms and members, an individual must share the CEOs vision and expectations for organizational culture and service excellence. The desired experience listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to travel, display exceptional oral and written communication skills and demonstrate mature and professional relationship skills.
10 years of experience in senior management roles in an international non-profit organization preferably at an advocacy organization.
Record of orchestrating a systematic, goal-oriented, and highly strategic approach to comprehensive external relations activities that achieved both department-level and organizational goals.
Demonstrated ability to develop a distinctive brand and messaging that engages people across the deal community for a nonpartisan organization.
General knowledge of best practices and evolving trends in digital, print, and broadcast communications.
Experience orchestrating inspiring grassroots campaigns that convert enthusiasm into action.
Experience serving as a public representative of an organization and of coaching high-level leaders in public communications.
Proven ability to inspire, lead, and manage a multi-generational workforce and to cultivate an inclusive environment among team members.
About Association for Corporate Growth
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide representing 14,500 members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth.