WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Reporting to the Co-President and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Executive Vice President of Communications will be responsible for working with the executive office on the development of the company’s communication strategy and contribute to the strategic planning process for the organization with a global focus. The EVP of Communications will develop a global communications plan directly managing communications objectives that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation. The EVP of Communications will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities and communications campaigns related to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will need to bring strong established relationships with the media and music industry as well as artist representatives across all genres of music domestically and internationally. The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents and drive broader awareness. The EVP of Communications will be responsible for Corporate Communications, Event and Entertainment Public Relations, and Brand Reputation and Crisis mitigation and management, including the client relations and deliverables of specialized Communication Agencies, as required.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership
- Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to further advance the organization’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences
- Create public relations and communications campaign strategies that will allow leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers
- Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to recognize external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
- Serve as communications counselor to the organization’s leadership
- Position the organization as a thought leader across multiple stakeholders, including members of the press, key publications and organizations
- Create impactful strategic PR plans around GRAMMY Season, including the organization's annual telecast, red carpet and media center as well as leverage artist participation to drive consumer engagement
- Set, manage and achieve OKRs for the department and any key interdependencies across the organization
- Provide input into marketing and print communications, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including corporate website and new media; manage relationships with relevant vendors and media
- Serve as spokesperson on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization
- Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and help prepare Executive talking points, biographies, presentations and other supporting material as needed
- Actively engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships with traditional and new media, as well as communicate with national media outlets to ensure coverage surrounding company’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
- Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development
- Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
- Mentor and develop communications staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
- Delegate projects and responsibilities appropriately and effectively
- Establish and monitor communications staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and commensurate salary adjustments, promotions.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations or related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred
- Minimum 15-20 years experience in a senior global communications management role either in-house or with an agency
- Demonstrated skill and track record in proactively building relationships with high-level media, and A-list artists teams, and successfully positioning to achieve high-impact.
- Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communication, media relations, and programs to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
- Must be creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized.
- A minimum of ten years' experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of press releases, marketing collateral, and other online and print publications.
- Innovative thinker, with a record of accomplishment for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
- Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications professionals.
- Excellent judgment, flexibility, and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Superior management skills: ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
- Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of stakeholders.
- Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.
- Excellent and persuasive communicator
- Must be energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical marketing and communication initiatives.
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, board members and staff.
- Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS FOR CERTAIN ROLES
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit for long periods of time, and work at a computer for long periods of time.
The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.
ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY AND ITS AFFILIATES
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.
LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.
The Recording Academy, its affiliates and the music industry have a strong culture of inclusion and respect for everyone. The Recording Academy makes intentional, courageous and principled decisions for stronger business outcomes and ensures that all creators and professionals live and work in a fair and safe environment. It is the Recording Academy’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Recording Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race (nor traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Recording Academy will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the Recording Academy. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training, recruitment, hiring, transfer, and social and recreational programs.