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BMO Financial Group Corporate Communications Specialist, Summer 2023 (Internship) - 10 Weeks in Chicago, Illinois

Supports the delivery of external communication messages, programs and initiatives to increase BMO’s engagement externally. Communicates with employees, media and other stakeholders on matters related to corporate affairs & corporate messaging. Supports a wide range of campaigns and programs including special events, fundraisers, education and awareness, and relationships with internal & external partners. Ensures BMO’s brand is communicated in a way that reflects our values and corporate responsibility.

  • Researches and identifies position statements on specific issues to support a proposed program, initiative or event.

  • Executes program & initiative activities based on a detailed understanding of program/initiative requirements.

  • Builds effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders.

  • Ensures alignment between stakeholders.

  • Leads or participates in defining the communication plan designed to positively influence or change behaviour; develops tailored messaging; and identifies appropriate distribution channels.

  • Builds change management plans of varying scope and type; leads or participates in a variety of change management activities including readiness assessments, planning, execution, evaluation and sustainment of initiatives.

  • Provides input into the planning and implementation of operational programs.

  • Executes work to deliver timely, accurate, and efficient service.

  • Develops solutions and makes recommendations based on an understanding of the business strategy and stakeholder needs.

  • Provides advice and guidance to assigned business/group on implementation of solutions.

  • Develops knowledge related to external communications and/or area of specialty e.g. media relations

  • Collaborates with internal & external stakeholders to provide business context in the design, develop and implementation of external communication programs/campaigns and /or events

  • Supports the organization and execution of external communication related initiatives, programs, campaigns and events e.g. community sponsorship events, fundraising campaigns, etc.

  • Supports the development, production and distribution of communication, campaign, and special event materials across all delivery channels

  • Ensures that BMO’s brand is used correctly and effectively in all content by applying standards.

  • Breaks down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide insights and recommendations.

  • Monitors and tracks performance, and addresses any issues. Designs and produces regular and ad-hoc reports, and dashboards.

  • Supports development and execution of strategic initiatives in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Focus may be on a business/group.

  • Thinks creatively and proposes new solutions.

  • Exercises judgment to identify, diagnose, and solve problems within given rules.

  • Works mostly independently.

  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed. Qualifications:

  • Typically between 3 – 5 years of relevant experience and post-secondary degree in related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in media relations or external communications related field.

  • Specialized knowledge from education and/or business experience.

  • Verbal & written communication skills - In-depth.

  • Collaboration & team skills - In-depth.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills - In-depth.

  • Influence skills - In-depth.

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At BMO Harris Bank we are driven by a shared Purpose: Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. It calls on us to create lasting, positive change for our customers, our communities and our people. By working together, innovating and pushing boundaries, we transform lives and businesses, and power economic growth around the world.

As a member of the BMO Harris Bank team you are valued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact. We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and our customers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

To find out more visit us at https://jobs.bmoharris.com

BMO Harris Bank is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. BMO Harris Bank N.A. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

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