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Communications Coordinator


Position Title

Mill Communications Coordinator


Pay Rate:


Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range.



Salaried Full-Time


Physical Location:

Springfield Mill



The Job You Will Perform:

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a facility communication plan, which includes strategies for enhancing both internal and external communications and addresses stakeholders, channels and facility and business objectives/deliverables
  • Provide tactical communications support to mill leadership
  • Create, collect and disseminate messaging that drives deliberate improvement, facilitates alignment to realize results and supports employee engagement
  • Develop, manage, enhance and sustain effective employee communication channels and feedback systems, such as a newsletter, message boards, mill-wide meetings, etc.
  • Develop systems for the ongoing collection of leadership and employee feedback to gauge effectiveness of communication channels, systems, material and alignment
  • Collaborate with mill leadership to create an environment that supports and encourages open employee feedback
  • Align with business and corporate communications to coordinate crisis communications and ensure crisis communication processes and protocols are in place
  • Work with corporate and business communications to respond to media inquiries and write news releases as needed
  • Coordinate media and crisis communications training to facility leaders and others as needed
  • Develop a community engagement strategy to manage community goodwill, identify key risks and manage implementation of community initiatives to support facility goals and align with the company’s community engagement strategy
  • Serve as IP Foundation ambassador (liaison between facility and IP Foundation) and manage end-to-end grant award process
  • Partner with government relations to facilitate local official visits as necessary
  • Support other facility or business special projects and/or initiatives as necessary
  • Minimal travel is required (less than 10%)

Key Challenges:

  • Managing multiple and diverse issues of leadership and employees (hourly and salary union/non-union)
  • Developing/maintaining employee trust, credibility and influence
  • Translating company/business communications initiatives into effective local mill communications
  • Balancing mill objectives and goals with company and business objectives and goals
  • Understand complex manufacturing process and become embedded as strategic business resource
  • Time management/balancing multiple priorities among various stakeholders
  • Advancing communications methods beyond present approach
  • The position reports directly to the Regional Communications Manager, Containerboard, with reporting responsibilities to the Springfield Mill Manager.


The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations or related major
  • A minimum of three years of communications experience
  • Demonstrated employee communications and community relations experience
  • Media relations experience preferred but not required
  • Ability to interact and build relationships with various levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Experience with graphic design software and web-based tools a plus
  • Manufacturing environment experience preferred
  • Key Leadership Competencies required: Interpersonal Savvy, Action Oriented, Listening, Time Management, Planning, Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Key Functional/Technical Competencies required: Message Creation, Channel Management, Speaking & Presentation Development


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k), Company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets. 


The Career You Will Build:

Leadership training, promotional opportunities within a global company


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture.


The Company You Will Join:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2022 were $21.2 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting

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Springfield, OR, US, 97478

Category:  Communications
Date:  Aug 8, 2023

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