Washington, D.C., United States


External Affairs



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Be a part of a revolutionary change At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on one clear purpose – to deliver a smoke-free future. With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions. Our success depends on people who are committed to our purpose and have an appetite for progress. The Communications Director will be responsible for working closely with the External Affairs team and Global Communications Team to effectively communicate the U.S. Strategy. This position is responsible for leading the strategy, messaging, campaigns and regulatory communications for the US External Affairs Team. Candidates should have previous experience working in a fast-paced media environment directly with Members of Congress, Administration officials, Governors, other high-level principals and/or as a communications director for a political campaign. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and strong leader; with a strong political acumen, possess a broad media network, provide expertise in the use of digital/social media within issue campaigns, have a strong attention to detail; be highly organized and able to put in place effective and efficient processes to complete required tasks. Knowledge of the tobacco industry, health care, and the Food and Drug Administration would be valuable. Your ‘day to day’: • Lead, plan, evaluate, and operationalizing the regulatory communications strategy aligned with the company’s mission, vision, strategy and goals. • Develop and execute local, state and federal communications strategy in alignment with External Affairs and US strategy. This will include leading regulatory communications campaigns at the state-level. • Create, manage and measure the impact of communications campaigns targeting regulators and activists, in line with External Affairs • Coordinate at the strategic and tactical level with State and Federal Affairs Team • Develop annual operating plan and budget, and quarterly forecast updates, in partnership with External Affairs team • Counsel External Affairs Leadership on communications issues, strategies and events • Manage and supervise the Regulatory Communications team, providing clarity of roles and responsibilities as well as growth, development and engagement opportunities • Write and develop stories/content for different platforms (e.g., corporate website, social media) • Engage and influence key stakeholders, working closely on an ongoing basis, e.g., build and maintain relationships with key journalists and social media influencers • Initiate analyses of special situations that might impact PMI; develop and execute proactive/reactive plans for crisis management under • Execute rapid response communications strategies, adjusting priorities to manage new and emerging special situations external to the organization • Manage vendors on local assignments • Act as company spokesperson in different federal, state, and media settings • Work cross-functionally and build relationships inside and outside of the organization • Continually evaluate existing and potential communications channels to improve PMI’s presence and reach to maximize impact and effectiveness • Provide rapid, high quality executive communications support and counsel to the External Affairs Leadership • Maintain strong cross-functional relationships (Human Resources, Investor Relations, Government Affairs, site heads, Global Communications, etc.) to establish a deep understanding of the PMI’s business and culture and apply to communications programs. Who we’re looking for: • Bachelor’s Degree required, with preference for degrees in English, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Political Science • 10-15 years or equivalent mix of education and experience in Corporate or Government Communications • Previous experience supervising a team of communicators. • Working knowledge of Federal/State Government Affairs and the legislative process • Awareness of digital and traditional news influencers in the political space • The technological ability to work on a variety of digital platforms and also create web and mobile content. • Experience with operating within a real time communications environment • Background in political/corporate speechwriting would be appreciated • Ability to process complex details and simplify them for average audiences in all forms of communications and media • Exceptional writing (including grammar and punctuation) and presentation (oral and visual) skills • Strong leadership skills, assertiveness and ability to develop staff • Willingness to take and provide constructive feedback up, down and laterally within the organization • Ability to manage budgets, including the forecasting of annual and quarterly projections • Project management and planning • Experience with media pitching, booking television appearances interviews, prepping a principal for print & television interviews appearances. • Extensive relationships with DC and National print & television media • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline or in a fast-paced environment Annual Base Salary Range: $188,000 - $258,500 #LI-Hybrid What we offer • We offer a competitive base salary, annual bonus (applicable based on level of position), great medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k with a generous company match, incredible wellness benefits, commuter benefits, pet insurance, generous PTO, and much more! • We have implemented Smart Work, a hybrid model of working that promotes flexibility in the workplace. • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore. • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture where everyone’s contribution is respected; Collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong. • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress. • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: To improve the lives of a billion smokers. PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer PMI Global Services Inc. and PM Global Brands Inc. are a subsidiary of Philip Morris International Inc. Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company, its shareholders, and its other stakeholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as well as smoke-free products, associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the U.S. In addition, PMI ships versions of its IQOS Platform 1 device and consumables to Altria Group, Inc. for sale under license in the U.S., where these products have received marketing authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) pathway; the FDA has also authorized the marketing of a version of IQOS and its consumables as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP), finding that an exposure modification order for these products is appropriate to promote the public health. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI's smoke-free product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of September 30, 2022, PMI's smoke-free products are available for sale in 70 markets in key cities or nationwide, and PMI estimates that approximately 13.5 million adults around the world, excluding Russia and Ukraine have already switched to IQOS and stopped smoking. For more information, please visit and Philip Morris International is committed to a safe workplace. We have implemented COVID-19 safety protocols that meet or exceed local public health guidelines. Workplace safety remains our number one priority. As a result, PMI recommends all US- and Canada-based employees to be vaccinated in order to access any of our facilities; this is subject to change solely at the Company’s discretion.