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Southern Company Communications Lead in Birmingham, Alabama

Communications Lead


Communications Lead - IT

Southern Company is a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. At Southern Company we are always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide.

Job Summary

The Communications Lead - IT reports to the CIO and serves as a strategic internal business partner for IT and is responsible for providing internal and external communications and executive communications inclusive of social media management, presentations, employee/town hall planning. The successful candidate will be a strong writer and communicator who is extremely detail oriented and develops communications plans and manages a variety of initiatives, including print or electronic publications, internal websites, collateral materials, talking points, videos and related projects. The position will ensure communications align with company strategy and branding and will work closely with Corporate Communications and provide counsel and execution support to other executives in the IT department.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary partner on department communications and coordinate with Corporate Communications on topics related to executives and all employees

  • Develop content and manage IT’s internal website

  • Research, write, edit, proofread, produce, and distribute print, online and video communications to targeted audiences within the company

  • Ability to translate technical terms/jargon into messages easily consumable by all audiences

  • Help implement and plan broader system-wide employee communications strategy

  • Create, implement and oversee communications projects – including messaging and strategic communications planning – that effectively describe and promote a specific organization’s products and initiatives

  • Meet with department subject matter experts to gather pertinent information and obtain clarity regarding goals and objectives, accurate messages and timelines. Develop content calendars for client.

  • Advise as to the most effective delivery timing, vehicles, and tone of communications projects

  • Manage the production of communication materials to ensure timelines are met.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in Corporate Communications or Public Relations

  • Experience in providing senior executive level communications support

  • Employee/internal communications experience preferred

  • Experience in writing and editing a variety of forms – print publications, websites, videos, correspondence, magazines, opinion columns, speeches, fact sheets, Q&As, etc.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, with a particular emphasis on attention to detail, ability to write concisely and clearly for a variety of audiences and vehicles with minimal editing

  • Collaborative team player with strong listening, creative thinking, analytical, organizational, problem-solving and relationship-building skills

  • Highly effective interpersonal, consulting and negotiating skills with a demonstrated ability to work and influence effectively throughout the organization

  • Experience in web communications, including content development, production of online newsletters, and site updates

  • Expertise in Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook required

  • Willingness and ability to travel

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Hybrid work – split between remote and in office.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. #LI

Job Field: Communications & External Affairs

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

Southern Company Headquarters - 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW (30ATLANTA)

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010464