Vice President, Corporate Affairs
The Vice President of Corporate Affairs will be responsible for a broad range of communications and corporate philanthropy projects for Caruso. Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Communications, the VP of Corporate Affairs’ primary responsibilities are to lead communications strategies for new development projects, manage internal communications, the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, and oversee external engagements for senior executives. This role also will provide strategic counsel on wide-range of communications-related initiatives.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
- Serve as a thought partner and project manager for communications initiatives related to corporate positioning, new development projects and lines of business, and existing Caruso assets.
- Lead the public relations, messaging, and issues management strategy for entitlement efforts in collaboration with the development’s project leader and related departments.
- Prepare messaging and Q&A for media interviews and public testimony.
- Monitor key media outlets for stories relevant to Caruso and our various lines of business.
- Establish and maintain relationships with local media covering real estate development.
- Manage the company’s internal communications program in partnership with Marketing/PR, Human Resources, and Operations teams.
- Work with the CEO, CFO and EVP, Communications on advancing the mission of the Caruso Family Foundation and its major initiatives.
- Build and maintain close relationships with corporate and Caruso Family Foundation philanthropic partners, coordinate grant agreements and fund disbursement, and serve on related boards.
- Handle all incoming philanthropic-related inquiries; track and respond to all requests.
- Lead Caruso’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program and related philanthropy both at the corporate level and on the ground in local communities.
- Prepare quarterly CSR updates and an annual report including performance metrics and related media.
- Chair the company’s internal CSR Task Force and assist with employee volunteerism efforts.
- Oversee speaking and special event engagements for senior Caruso executives by identifying appropriate venues, drafting speeches/presentations, and coordinating related media opportunities.
- Assist the EVP, Communications with the CEO’s major speeches, media positioning, and special events
- Develop written content that supports the company’s business objectives.
- Collaborate with executive management team, peers, and direct reports on all projects.
- Minimum 8-10 years of experience in executive communications, corporate affairs, and public relations.
- Experience with land use and entitlement processes for a range of project types (infill, suburban, coastal, protected species, historic preservation).
- Awareness of development-related regulatory and policy trends especially at the local and state levels, especially in Southern California and the Los Angeles region.
- Experience working, collaborating, or serving in leadership roles (e.g. board) with philanthropic organizations.
- Experience delivering communications strategies and building corporate reputation programs that have a measureable impact on the bottom line.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced sometimes-ambiguous environment, and shift between long-term strategy and near-term priorities.
- Exceptional verbal and writing skills; demonstrated quick thinking and agility.
- Proven crisis and issues management experience.
- Excellent ability to organize, synthesize, and present information in a written and verbal manner
- Strategic, energetic, hands-on, self-starter.
- Strong influencer and relationship builder with internal leaders and external influencers.
- Experience with all media platforms including: print, social/ digital, and video in a global environment
- Ability to direct and supervise teams, outside agencies, and consultants.
- BA or BS preferably in communications, public relations, or journalism.
- MBA, MRED, or JD degrees a plus.
Caruso is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, termination, and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local law. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request.
Caruso considers all applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative