SVP of Corporate Communications

Chicago, Illinois | Full-Time

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COMPANY OVERVIEW

Recently named one of Entrepreneur magazine's Top 100 Cannabis Leaders, Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. Employing a consumer-packaged goods ("CPG") approach to cannabis, Cresco's house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi and Mindy's, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal. Sunnyside*, Cresco's national dispensary brand is a wellness-focused retailer designed to build trust, education and convenience for both existing and new cannabis consumers. Recognizing that the cannabis industry is poised to become one of the leading job creators in the country, Cresco has launched the industry's first national comprehensive Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative designed to ensure that all members of society have the skills, knowledge and opportunity to work in and own businesses in the cannabis industry.

MISSION STATEMENT

At Cresco, we aim to lead the nation's cannabis industry with a focus on regulatory compliance, product consistency, and customer satisfaction. Our operations bring legitimacy to the cannabis industry by acting with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to regulations, and promoting the clinical efficacy of cannabis. As Cresco grows, we will operate with the same level of professionalism and precision in each new market we move in to.


JOB SUMMARY

As the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, you will co-lead Cresco Labs' corporate communications team from a strategy, planning, budgeting, and day-to-day team management, with an extra emphasis on the corporate relations function of the team. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, this role is a high-visibility, high-impact role working cross-functionally across our teams nationwide.


CORE JOB DUTIES

  • Oversee the development, management, and quarterly tracking of the corporate communications department annual operating plan and corresponding budget.
  • Develop a strategic external communications plan that addresses goals, strategy, tactics and narrative/messaging for multiple target audiences including, but not limited to: investors, regulators, media, consumers/patients and partners.
  • Develop an internal communications strategy, with a focus on building trust and connection with employees around the country. This includes driving engagement through innovative approaches and tools as well as high-quality storytelling that keeps manufacturing, retail and corporate employees informed about what's happening at Cresco Labs.
  • Manage communications with stakeholders to ensure there is cohesive, consistent messaging and communications aimed at employees to influence and drive engagement.
  • Serve as a key advisor to Chief Communications Officer and other senior executives.
  • Promote, maintain and defend corporate and brand reputation; build proactive strategies and execute rapid response to time sensitive messaging.
  • Oversee Cresco Labs corporate relations and digital communications function working with Executive Leadership and marketing teams to develop a cohesive brand image, in addition to managing the company's communications and engagement with consumers across online platforms and social media.
  • Support investor relations team with communications aimed at existing and potential investors including newsletters and collateral, following disclosure guidelines, and keeping the audience engaged and excited about Cresco Labs capital ventures.
  • Continuously assess competitive landscape and marketplace to understand Cresco Labs brand positioning and manage ongoing process to ensure brand is fresh, relevant and demonstrates an industry leadership position.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field.
  • 15+ years in an executive role leading/managing the Communications function for a large publicly traded organization developing and implementing successful and comprehensive communication plans.
  • 6+ years of progressive leadership experience.
  • Strategic planning experience across a vertically integrated company preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tell compelling stories and craft strong narratives.
  • Significant understanding of today's media environment, including the effective use of digital and social platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills in order to work with all business units and employees.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply
  • Must comply with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry

Cresco Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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