• Region Lead, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications (NAUR)

    Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio
    Posted Date 1 week ago(6/11/2018 4:43 PM)
    Requisition ID
    2018-5448
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Other
  • Company Overview

    Apache Corporation is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas producers.  The company has a six-decade record of profitable growth, and is differentiated by its strong core values, entrepreneurial spirit, and operational focus.

    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    The position will be based in an Apache operating region and working in concert with the corporate office, will provide strategic direction and execution of internal communications, media and public relations, and government affairs at the region level. The lead will coordinate with the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs team in Houston and with the regional vice president/operations vice president to ensure local goals and corporate objectives are aligned and advanced.


    The role provides a direct link between the business, employees, and the communities where Apache operates. As such, the role acts as an important information channel to and from the region. The role collects and provides feedback and ideas to the region vice president and vice president of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in addition to other functional departments on regional issues. The role is a key member of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department and, as such, has responsibility for ensuring brand integrity, message alignment and standardizing communications with the rest of the company.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Serve as a key member of the Corrpoate Communications and Public Affairs team assisting in the development of key messages, region-specific narratives. and a region-specific communications strategy.
    • Maintain strong regional relationships and obtain thorough understanding of regional specific activities; maintain awareness of operational activities through relationships, meeting attendance, field office and site visits.
    • Coordinate with other regions leads to standardize communications efforts and share best practices across regions.

    Internal Communications

    • Serve as an adviser to the region vice president on region-specific messaging to employees. Draft and disseminate employee communications and coordinate tailored delivery of corporate communications to local employee audiences. Act as the primary distributor of mass region employee communications.
    • Obtain a thorough understanding of internal communication channels and coordinate with digital and creative services in Houston to develop materials that support region internal communications objectives.
    • Interact with departments throughout the region and identify opportunities for these departments to share their stories across the corporation.
    • Provide story ideas and content to corporate internal communications team.
    • Foster employee engagement by assisting region vice president with engagement strategy to include regular executive communications, town halls and feedback opportunities, increasing internal networking opportunities for employees.
    • Assist in managers’ communication efforts within the region by promoting use of Manager’s Communications Toolkit with region leadership team; proving training and increasing awareness of corporate messaging efforts at region level.
    • Coordinate internal events including town halls, employee appreciation, etc. and oversee final messaging for all other events, holiday parties, company picnic, etc.

    Media and Public Relations

    • Provide media relations support and respond to local press inquiries related to region activities in cooperation with Media Relations team in corporate office.
    • Serve as backup company spokesperson for VP and Manager of Media and Public relations.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with local press.
    • Identify local and regional opportunities for advertising and branding. Work with creative teams to execute ad strategy and implementation.
    • Generate region-specific content for press releases, editorials, annual report and sustainability report.
    • Assist with media training of regional company leadership in cooperation with Manager, Media and Public Relations.
    • Educate region employees about proper use of the brand; increase awareness of brand standard and use at the local level.
    • Increase employee knowledge and preparedness through Ambassador Program.
    • Serve as a member of the crisis communications response team.
    • Support local community engagement efforts in the operating region by establishing and maintaining local relationships with community organizations to build support for the company’s goals and activities.
    • Represent the company to the community through engagement in civic groups, business associations and at informational public meetings.
    • Look for opportunities to highlight local company leadership and facilitate introductions and local relationship building for company executives.
    • Liaise with the public on impacts of operations on the community and other public concerns. Develop responses and strategies to address public concerns through coordination with region leadership and relevant corporate departments.

    Government Affairs

    • Support corporate Government Affairs team with monitoring of region-specific issues and soliciting local employee feedback on important issues.
    • Attend trade association meetings to represent company interests and provide updates to operations teams.

     

    Job Qualifications

     

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

    • Bachelor's degree in communications, public affairs or relevant field.
    • Minimum of eight years of professional communications experience in agency, consulting or corporate setting.
    • Proven communications expertise with a wide variety of stakeholders including media, public and governments.
    • Previous experience in the oil and gas industry or other technical field preferred.
    • Ability to work closely across multiple departments and with senior-level executives.
    • Ability to travel throughout the year as required.
    • Comfort with matrixed organization and reporting structure.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Technical Acumen: Possess a strong technical acumen with the ability to understand and articulate region activities for communication and compliance efforts.
    • Strong personal work ethic: Demonstrates integrity, responsibility and a professional demeanor in all interactions. Client/customer-focused. Flexible personality and quick learner who operates with a sense of urgency. Ability to take initiative and be accountable for work produced.
    • Communication skills: Ability to communicate and work effectively with all levels of the organization.
    • Writing skills: Exceptional ability to communicate in writing clearly, with clarity and with proper pronunciation, grammar and style. Knowledge and ability to apply AP style.
    • Influencing and negotiating skills: Ability to develop strong networks and build credibility within the organization to drive projects forward.
    • Project management: Ability to manage the entire lifecycle of multiple projects with competing demands for limited resources, on time and within budget. Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.
    • Organization: Must be flexible and solution-oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills. Employs highly structured methods for managing tasks and information.
    • Attention to detail: Triple checks work, and seeks input from others, before submitting it. Particularly careful when examining documents and proofing communications.
    • Leadership: Strong leadership skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and vendors at all levels to meet business goals.
    • Team player: Ability to perform well in a team environment. Is enthusiastic, constructive, mature, eager to assist and collaborative. Willingness to roll up his/her sleeves to chip in to get the work done or go the extra mile.
    • Process-oriented: Diligently follows established rules and guidelines and holds others to them. Looks for ways to increase overall efficiency.
    • Self-motivated and resourceful: Takes initiative to identify options when confronted with challenges. Is creative in identifying solutions. Ability to embrace change and work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Results-driven: Ensures that strategies drive the required business results, persistently seeking to improve business performance, with energy and tenacity to address bottlenecks and barriers.
    • Computer skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and a willingness to learn new software programs as needed.
    • Language skills: Fluent in English and Spanish.

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