Full Job Description
American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager with over 60 years of experience helping investors achieve their financial goals. Serving a broad client base including financial advisors, institutions and individual investors, we offer a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.
Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.
We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.
Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends—or more than $1.5 billion since 2000—to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 550-person, non-profit biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, we also have offices located in New York; London; Hong Kong; Sydney; El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area); and Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley).
For more information, please visit americancentury.com.
Background & Purpose:
As a direct report to the Chief Marketing Officer, the VP, Head of Corporate Communications & PR will lead the external and internal corporate communications strategy for the firm globally.
This is the perfect role for an experienced leader with vision who wants to develop and execute outstanding earned media programs. This individual will have access to our CEO, investment managers, and executive leaders to develop narratives and activations that resonate across earned media channels. They will also develop and lead all aspects of and execute our employee communications strategy as well as fully own our employee communication tools such as our employee website, surveys, etc.
The candidate has passion and curiosity for developing communication programs for purpose driven brands and should possess outstanding communication skills. They should have a proven track record in developing and managing critical communication plans, including leading the development and implementation of innovative / outstanding earned media programs. The goal is to improve the impact of our firm’s media exposure as well as generate employee engagement to support the firm’s business objectives and brand purpose.
Responsibilities and Deliverables :
Promote, protect, and improve the reputation of our business and brand(s) through building relationships and ongoing engagement with the media and other external partners / influencers
Serve as a trusted communications strategist and advisor for the C-suite
Lead and execute an audience appropriate, coordinated and innovative communications strategy, including public relations, traditional/social media, crisis communications and employee communications
Strengthen existing and establish new relationships with global, national, regional and trade media across digital platforms
Partner closely with paid media counterparts to ensure programs harness the power of paid and earned media
Conduct media relations in a proactive and strategic manner, establishing and maintaining relationships based on trust with key journalists, influential bloggers and other leading opinion-makers
Develop and share standard methodologies, including operationalizing measurement and reporting, as well as other pivotal initiatives that help to build the organization’s understanding and value of earned media and its ability to affect business goals
Work closely with the other areas of the firm as appropriate to execute on a cross-functional internal and external communication strategy
Build strategic opportunities, and capture relevant market events, through which senior leaders can share their points of view and expertise
Developing internal communications strategy, while advancing the employee experience. This is inclusive of all employee communication channels (employee website, town halls, email communications, etc.)
Leading and developing a team of 8 communications professionals
Using communications to spotlight and help drive growth in key global markets
Qualifications & Experience :
Significant external communications experience which has involved working closely and strategically with executive leadership
Experience developing market-positioning platforms for a CEO and/or other high-profile leaders
Deep Financial Services credentials along with a keen understanding of global financial markets
Global experience and view
Able to advance innovative communications concepts to support a corporate brand and an array of investment products and services
Adept in the appropriate use of multiple streams of communication - from traditional channels to digital and social media
Experience with addressing and developing communication strategies for the institutional investor, intermediary, and consumer direct audience
Strong writer and presenter, with a style and approach that is clear, concise and persuasive
Good judgment and the capacity to accurately assess complicated situations. Likewise, an ability to navigate complexity and ambiguity
Can effectively lead sophisticated initiatives that require collaboration across lines and teams
History of working collaboratively with the news media to achieve accurate and appropriate coverage in line with business objectives
Can handle critical issues in a calm and thoughtful manner, applying excellent judgment and proceeding with tact and care
Experienced leader and manager, who can encourage and bring together a team around a shared vision
Keeps a keen eye out over the environment for evolving issues and opportunities and continuously supervises the risk landscape to ensure consistency and impact
Substance, credibility and the ability to influence
Willing to do the work, not just lead efforts
The fire and opportunity to get results
Humble with high integrity and strong character
Enjoys fast pace and high visibility
Encourages and incorporates feedback
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.
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EOE Policy Statement : American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.