Northwestern Mutual
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Milwaukee, WI, USA

Senior Director, Strategic Engagement

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Employer Provided Salary: $121,030-$224,770 Annually
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At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.
Manages and supports the personal engagement initiatives for the Chief Insurance Officer (CIO), as part of the office of the Chief of Staff. This role will focus on the design, development, and implementation of an engagement plan for the CIO, a functional engagement and communication plan, as well as manage all day-to-day engagements and communications needs of the CIO. This role will be responsible for planning and coordinating large/small meetings, developing presentation content, written/video messages, personal correspondence, while managing all related research and preparatory activities to accomplish those efforts. This role will partner with teams in corporate strategic communications, human resources, and corporate strategy to support the business direction and goals.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Take first pen on all CIO communications except for main stage presentations and BOT
  • Create decks and presentations to tell a story and drive decision-making for an executive audience
  • Craft timely communications for CIO that ladder up to the 2024 strategic communications plan and drives business outcomes
  • Create and execute on an engagement strategy with employees
  • Regularly gather feedback and insights (personal outreach, etc) from business areas to inform future communications
  • Create a network within the department to help inform timely topics
  • Work with colleagues in the OCOS to coordinate meeting/event prep materials for CIO
  • Serve as liaison to and partner of Strat Comms and PR
  • Provides a proactive, rapid response to time sensitive issues.


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred.
  • 10 or more years of experience at a leadership level in communication, public relations, organizational communication, marketing or related communication field.
  • Demonstrated experience project management.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and relate complex information; and develop and implement functional communications strategies.
  • Ability to adapt style and build consensus with senior leaders and executives.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills across multiple formats (presentations, emails, talking points, etc)
  • Strategic thinker capable of connecting dots for a broad audience
  • Comfortable tailoring messaging based on audience make-up, relationship, and disposition
  • Ability to coordinate messaging across multiple departments
  • An understanding of NM's business model and value proposition
  • Project management skills needed to execute on deliverables for a large event

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Northwestern Mutual pays on a geographic-specific salary structure and placement in the salary range for this position will be determined by a number of factors including the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; the scope, complexity as well as the cost of labor in the market; and other conditions of employment. At Northwestern Mutual, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. Please note that the salary range listed in the posting is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.
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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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We're excited about the potential people bring to Northwestern Mutual. You can grow your career here while enjoying first-class perks, benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Flexible work schedules
  • Concierge service
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Employee resource groups
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What are Northwestern Mutual Perks + Benefits

Northwestern Mutual Benefits Overview

Whether providing education assistance, competitive health benefits or time off for community service, Northwestern Mutual is committed to supporting employees so they can live their best lives. 

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Employee resource groups
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Northwestern Mutual offers a pension plan for employees.
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

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