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  • VP, Gov't and Industry Communications

    Allegheny County Airport Authority
    Job Description

    The Allegheny County Airport Authority [ACAA] invites you aboard our mission to create meaningful travel experiences in the aviation industry. As Pittsburgh’s gateway to the world, both Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport serve as beacons of change and connectivity for our region. As a member of our crew, you will directly serve, inspire, and advance our community in significant ways that impact the daily lives of others and the future of our organization. Whether you have a passion for travel, an appreciation for aeronautics and aviation, or an unparalleled love for the city of Pittsburgh, ACAA provides the opportunity for the next chapter of your career to take flight. 

    Our culture is one that emphasizes high performance, innovation, and learning. We know that those things only happen when everyone who works in an organization is properly empowered, equipped, and enabled in their roles to make an impact. At ACAA success is a shared responsibility, and we look forward to supporting and developing the unique strengths you could bring to our team.


    Job Summary

    ACAA’s Vice President, Government and Industry Communications, will report to the Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications and assumes responsibility for developing and executing strategic communications targeted to elected and regulatory stakeholders, aviation industry stakeholders, investors, corporations and foundations, and regional/community influencers and thought leaders.

    Here is how the Vice President, Government and Industry Communications will help:  

    • Develop and drive strategic direction and storytelling as the leader of communications for the defined functions. 
    • In collaboration with the SVP, Marketing & Communications create communication strategies to complement and enable business unit goals. 
    • Develop and own communications plans for the defined functions, driving awareness, understanding, belief and behaviors.
    • Partner with Public Affairs, Creative, and Internal Communications Centers of Excellence on the development of communications materials including speeches, investor presentations and script writing for the defined functions. 
    • Support Blue Sky News writing and serve on the department’s crisis communications management team, and -- working with the Public Affairs Center of Excellence, support high-profile media interviews as needed. 
    • Implement a system for measuring return on investment from communications and use metrics and data, including insights from existing research, to guide performance improvement efforts. 
    • Partner with executive leadership of defined functions to promote the organization’s vision and mission while serving as a key liaison for timely, best-in-class integrated communications strategy & programming.
    • Partner with department Centers of Excellence and other function/business unit communication leaders to collaborate, coordinate and innovate in delivering strategic, results-focused communication solutions. 
    • Develop and manage communications budget for the defined functions.
    • Perform other related tasks as assigned or required.


     The successful candidate for the role of Vice President, Government and Industry Communications will demonstrate the following key competencies needed in our culture:

    • Communication - Articulates long-term vision in a compelling way that inspires the team; Actively engages in discussions with peers; Able to confront peers to challenge thinking respectfully
    • Strategic Thinking - Analyzes financial, brand and employee impact of major project decisions prior to implementation; Able to identify industry trends and understands competitive landscape
    • Team Leadership - Able to assess and deploy talent against project objectives; Focused on developing team talent; Leads through delegation and providing opportunity for team to excel; Takes decisive action with urgency
    • Customer Centricity - Understands cross-functional roles to produce a positive customer experience; Makes decisions based on the best interest of all or most stakeholders



    Requirements to apply for role of Vice President, Government and Industry Communications are:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications or Business Administration from an accredited college or university. Master’s Degree Preferred.
    • Ten years related experience in internal & external communications, corporate communications and/or investor relations.  5 years at the managerial level or above. 
    • Possess, or obtain prior to employment, a valid driver’s license. Note: license must be maintained throughout employment.


    We also expect that candidates will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities in most cases:  

    • Exposure to and working knowledge of media relations. 
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques in building effective integrated programs with internal and external communication strategies.
    • Strong cross-functional work style, incorporating executive counseling and partnership skills on communication strategy and solutions.
    • Strong writing and editing skills with outstanding attention to detail; Writing, editing and positioning - Create, review and finalize clear, concise, compelling and consistent content/messaging that effectively influences targets, using appropriate medium.
    • Proficiency in assessing needs, developing long-term plans and strategies, and excellent project management skills.
    • Audience assessment: conducts research on issues and stakeholder sets, and provides strategic counsel on the right message, messenger and forum for delivery. Ensures alignment on key issues across internal leader/stakeholders, working with Senior Executive partners.
    • Ability to work in a matrixed environment, using collaboration, coordination and alignment as critical enabling skill sets.
    • Research, interpersonal, organizational, reasoning, problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Capability to interact effectively with university, community and external customers, collaborating and building strong relationships.
    • Ability to provide strategic direction and advice for internal/external communications.
    • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
    • Strong communication measurement, analytics and reporting capabilities.


    Don’t meet every requirement?

    Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs if they don’t meet every single qualification. As a Smarter Airport, we recognize that talent is not always related job history and skills come from valuable experiences that aren’t always shown on a resume. If you are excited to make a positive change for our region, but your experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for our organization, whether it be this role or another.


    Caring For Our Crew

    At ACAA, we’ve got you covered. That applies to how we equip, empower, and enable our people to do their jobs. It also applies to our benefits, which are broader and more valuable than what many other employers offer:

    • We offer two plan options for healthcare coverage from high-quality insurance carriers, as well as an ACAA-funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) that will help offset the cost of many medical expenses.

                -  ACAA employees pay almost $1,200 less per year in healthcare payroll contributions than the average employee in other companies, according to market surveys.

               -  When HRA funding is included, the health-plan deductibles paid by ACAA employees are about $1,200 lower on average than the costs paid by employees of other companies.

               -  ACAA does not require that employees meet a separate deductible for pharmacy expenses before prescription-drug coverage kicks in.

    • ACAA’s dental plans (included with healthcare coverage) offer an option covering children’s orthodontia.
    • Employees also can take advantage of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to help pay for health care and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
    • All eligible full-time ACAA employees participate in the Allegheny County Employees Pension Plan, a defined-benefit plan that vests after 10 years of service.
    • Employees also may participate in a Deferred Compensation Plan, which allows them to contribute part of their pay on a pre-tax basis into long-term retirement investments.
    • A robust Employee Assistance Program (including access to free counselling sessions, financial guidance, and care coordination), life insurance options, a wellness program, and eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program round out ACAA’s exemplary benefits. 


    About Allegheny County Airport Authority

    Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Allegheny County Airport (AGC), is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader.  

    Pittsburgh International Airport serves nearly 10 million passengers annually on 17 carriers and was named by Fast Company magazine as One of the Most Innovative Companies in the World as well as a finalist in its World Changing Ideas awards, both in 2020. PIT’s first-of-its-kind microgrid – which completely powers the airport campus through natural gas and solar energy – has won numerous awards for resiliency and sustainability.  

    PIT is in the midst of an ambitious terminal modernization that will make the passenger experience more efficient and deliver real opportunity for the region. The $1.4 billion new terminal program will construct a smarter, greener airport, inspired by the best of our region. The updated terminal lands in 2025 and will be the first airport terminal in the U.S. to be built from the ground-up post-pandemic, designed and constructed with the highest public health standards in mind.



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