Compass Minerals: Communications Specialist

Compass Minerals: Communications Specialist

10:27 02 May in KC IABC Blog, KC/IABC Job Bank for Members

Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K. Though the company’s history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and Named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering safely where and when it matters.

Compass Minerals is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us and where employees can thrive and deliver high-performing, sustainable organizational success. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is grounded in our company’s Core Values and is explicitly demonstrated in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse employees with the necessary skills to shape an inclusive organization. We especially strive to hire, retain and promote employees with a diversity of attributes, backgrounds, experiences and skills, who think differently, have varying perspectives and can bring forward unique ideas and points of view.


Corporate Affairs develops and manages a wide range of programs, including internal and external communications, media relations, government and community relations, corporate giving, corporate brand and external and internal web presence. This position is integral to ensuring the execution of these programs and other activities. This position will support both internal and external communications activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)

Work to amplify our communications efforts across an array of channels (e.g., digital signage, intranet, email messaging, corporate newsletter, etc.), with messaging and stories that inspire internal enthusiasm and employee engagement by managing all existing employee communications channels while continually seeking new channels to meet evolving company needs.
Develop compelling content to ensure consistent, integrated delivery of the company story, positioning and key messages across all audiences.
Manage planning and execution of all-employee events, including scheduling, content development, speaker assignments, CEO support, employee communications and feedback, post-event wrap-up and continuous improvement.
Assist with the development of employee communications strategies to drive impact, engagement and focus on Compass Minerals’ business objectives, strategies and reputational priorities.
Support external communication activities including corporate branding, media activities and management of the external website and other external communication channels.
Manage complex, fast-moving and unexpected communications challenges while providing clarity to key audiences and protecting the company’s reputation.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Communications, Marketing or Journalism
4-6 years of experience in corporate communications or related field.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


Proven capability to create and manage content for internal and external consumption, including, but not limited to: key messages, emails, presentations, scripts, news stories, manager resources, publications, etc.
Must be able to effectively collaborate and develop relationships with other departments.
Ability to develop and execute communications plans aligned with business goals.
Proven experience in handling several projects at once, while paying close attention to details.
Ability to manage events, from conceptualization to execution.
Comfortable working with employees at all levels of the organization and across functions, including supporting and counseling the C-suite.
Proven capabilities and sensitivity in working with confidential information/materials.
Project management experience including plan development, timeline management and issue resolution.
Experience in the development of content for traditional and new media channels with high impact and dynamic programming.
Ability to respond quickly and effectively in crisis situations to provide clarity to key audiences and to protect the company’s reputation.
Experience with a publicly traded company a plus.
Experience with a global business a plus.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent skills in Microsoft Office necessary.
Comfortable working in content management systems is necessary.
Skills in Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
Video production a plus.


Must be able to work with minimal supervision.

Decision Making

A motivated self-starter and creative problem-solver.

Compass Minerals in an equal opportunity employer that hires and promotes the best candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status or veteran status.

If interested and qualified, please apply online at



Kerry O'Connor
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