• Communications Manager - Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) #2018-2422

    Location US-VA-McLean
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    Communications Manager - CMAA


    As the communications manager for CMAA, you will be responsible for creating technical documents, procedures, and guidelines. You will learn A/E/C industry standards and best practices and demonstrate ability to transform technical concepts into easily understood content. You will standardize, revise, and proofread articles, newsletters, and other materials for publication and distribution. This includes simplifying existing print and digital content and using photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and charts to help articulate information.


    In this newly created position you will report to the Vice President, Professional Development and work closely with the Director, Education Programs and the Director, Communications, to explain complex information in a clear and concise manner. You will work with subject matter experts to conduct thorough research on industry-related topics to plan, develop, organize, write, and edit new and existing content for 10 publications. This includes identifying industry trends, interviewing and working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and facilitating validation conferences and focus groups. Your success will be driven by your ability to work with internal staff to translate highly complex material into content with broad appeal that has maximum impact.


    Organization Overview

    The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has nearly 16,000 members which include individual construction management practitioners, corporate members, and construction owners in the public and private sectors, along with academic and associate members. CMAA also has 29 regional chapters and student chapters at colleges and universities across the country. Our mission is to promote the profession of construction management and the use of qualified construction managers on capital projects and programs.


    Responsibilities of the Communications Manager

    Manage, revise, and generate content including:

    • Write for a highly technical audience in various formats (e.g., newsletters, publications, online, and press releases).
    • Seek and compile comments and feedback to focus and structure new and existing documents.
    • Translate technical concepts into easily understood written deliverables.
    • Follow established document designs and standards.

    Assist with research related to A/E/C issues:

    • Develop process and procedure documentation for Construction Managers.
    • Maintain relationships with and interview SMEs to gain an understanding of industry topics and develop content.
    • Organize and host peer-review processes and focus groups to validate content.
    • Verify and document facts using standard reference sources.


    Qualifications of the Communications Manager

    • Bachelor’s degree in professional writing or related field is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Minimum five years of experience writing technical documentation, A/E/C industry preferred.
    • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently or collaboratively.
    • Ability to prioritize in a dynamic environment and meet association deadlines.
    • Highly organized with attention to detail and a passion for quality.
    • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.


    Attributes of the Communications Manager

    • Creative. You have the ability to think strategically and develop thoughtful messaging. You are naturally inquisitive.
    • Great communicator. You have excellent oral and written communication. You demonstrate poise, diplomacy, and tact.
    • Confident. You are self-assured and direct, not easily discouraged. You are capable of taking part in spirited conversations with leadership, peers, and external stakeholders.
    • Collaborative. You have a collaborative and inclusive work style with people at all levels, respectfully listening and learning to understand their goals. You are sensible, realistic, and matter-of-fact.
    • Gravitas. Colleagues respect you for your expertise and appreciate how you evaluate issues from both an individual and organizational perspective.
    • Self-starter. You are highly motivated and organized. You work well independently. You easily juggle multiple detail-oriented projects and always meet deadlines.
    • Organization skills. Your attention to detail is supported by your organization skills. You appreciate order and know how to achieve it efficiently.
    • Reliable and dependable. You have a strong work ethic and are highly productive, always looking to do more.
    • Flexible and capable. You manage changing priorities without difficulty and get the job done. You do whatever it takes.


    What’s Attractive to the Right Communications Manager Candidate?

    • This is an excellent opportunity to move into a new position and help mold it into what is best for our rapidly growing organization.
    • You will enjoy working in a supportive, respectful, and collegial environment.
    • You will have the flexibility to work remotely most of the time.
    • You will have a direct impact on making CMAA a success.
    • We offer a competitive benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, health and dental coverage, 401k match, and life insurance.


    To Apply for the Communications Manager position:

    Please submit your resume and salary requirements using the "Apply" button on this page or you can simply email your resume to Kim Kistner at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “CMAACommunications Manager #2018-2422 SA” as the subject of the email.


    Alternative Titles:  Communications Manager.

    Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.



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