AeroVironment is seeking a dynamic, hands-on Employee Communications Specialist to join their People & Culture team. In this role, you will play a critical part in supporting key projects that require major communication and change management activities. The role will be facilitating organisational initiatives, ensuring smooth transitions, and promoting employee adoption of various types of organisational changes. This will be a supportive role, reporting to the Vice President of People & Culture, where this role will focus on creating organisational change management content including but not limited to targeted communications, training content, surveys, coordinating OCM events, etc.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive content strategy for our First-Up digital engagement software, to elevate the employee experience and personalise engagement.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive communication plans to support organisational change initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, process improvements, and technology implementations.
  • Create engaging and informative communication materials, such as newsletters, emails, intranet content, presentations, and videos, to keep employees informed about changes, updates, and company news.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, including executives, department heads, and project teams, to gather information, provide communication guidance, and ensure alignment with overall business objectives.
  • Conduct audience analysis and tailor communication strategies to meet the needs and preferences of diverse employee groups.
  • Measure and analyse the effectiveness of communication efforts through surveys, feedback mechanisms, and data analytics, and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Provide coaching and support to leaders and managers on effective communication techniques, change management best practices, and employee engagement strategies.
  • Lead or support change management initiatives, including identifying change impacts, developing change management plans, and facilitating change readiness assessments.
  • Serve as a liaison between internal departments, ensuring clear and consistent messaging and coordination of communication activities.
  • Stay current with industry trends, best practices, and technologies related to employee communications, change management, and employee engagement.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of internal communication policies, guidelines, and standards.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Minimum of 5 years related experience with a Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, organisational psychology, business administration, or related field (Master's degree preferred with 3 years of related experience).
  • Proven experience in employee communications, change management, or related roles, preferably in a corporate or organisational setting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to create compelling content for various audiences and channels.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute communication plans, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience using communication tools and platforms, such as intranet systems, email marketing software, and social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools, such as Prosci's ADKAR model or Kotter's 8-Step Process.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to gather and interpret data to measure communication effectiveness and drive continuous improvement.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with a focus on quality and accuracy in all communications.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to leverage multiple communication technologies platforms including but not limited to First-Up, the Telometry System, SharePoint (Internet, Intranet) and Glassdoor/LinkedIn for AV branding.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

Special Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.
  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.

The Salary Range For This Role Is

$81,400 - $115,500

AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR

  • 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.