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Manager, Corporate Communications

Date: May 25, 2021

Location: San Diego, CA, US, 92108 Long Beach, CA, US, 90806 Los Angeles, CA, US, 9001 Las Vegas, NV, US, 89107 San Bernardino, CA, US, 92410 Orange County, CA, US, 92859 Riverside, CA, US, 92501

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview


This position is a senior role on the Communications team and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing various communications strategies that effectively inform and engage Wawanesa employees who work in our U.S. offices.


The Manager, Corporate Communications  U.S. Operations will provide strategic guidance and leadership in the development of results-oriented multi-channel communications strategies and will possess the writing talents to create the tactics within those strategies. Reporting to the Director, Corporate & Employee Communications based in Winnipeg, Canada, this individual will have responsibility to lead, develop and support the communication needs of the President, U.S. Operations on a day-to-day basis. The incumbent will possess a passion for driving employee engagement, and be well-versed and ready to recommend best practices. 



•    Develop, manage and implement internal communication strategies and plans for Wawanesa General’s employees, operating in the United States. 
•    Working closely with the President of the U.S. Operations and senior management team, recommend and implement appropriate plans of action including strategy, messaging, tactics and vehicles to effectively engage employees;
•    Support the U.S. rollout of enterprise wide communications strategies as directed by the Director of Corporate & Employee Communications;
•    Prepare high-quality communications materials such as employee messages, PowerPoint presentations, speaking notes, poster copy, feature stories, key messages, intranet pages, toolkits and video scripts;
•    Track and report to senior management in the U.S. and Canada on the success of internal communication initiatives and programs;
•    Prepare speeches for the President and senior leadership team for internal and external presentations;
•    Use industry best practices, metrics, data and insights to help drive employee communications programs and activities as well as identify how well communication channels are working and where improvements are needed to perform in an ever-increasing digital environment
•    Develop and maintain exceptional working relationships with teams and leaders across the organization, responding to their needs and balancing them with organizational priorities and internal resources.
•    Act as spokesperson for local media if necessary


•    Bachelor’s degree or college diploma in Communications, Journalism, English or Marketing 
•    Minimum of ten years of experience in the communications industry, preferably with a focus on employee communications, and fluency in the most current communications practices 
•    Demonstrable success designing and managing national communications programs for employees
•    Expert writing and editing skills with the ability to write in a variety of styles and media, and exercise accuracy and attention to detail
•    Strong editorial judgement with the capability to fully understand business issues and manage high impact and critical communication situations
•    Media relations and prior spokesperson experience an asset
•    Ability to adjust priorities to manage new and emerging issues and opportunities
•    Strategic thinker with effective analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
•    Experienced at working effectively with senior executives 
•    Comfortable working on an international team 
•    Ability to align key stakeholders to decisions and work collaboratively to get desired stories told
•    Ability to manage projects effectively
•    Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to thrive in a demanding, fast-paced environment and manage multiple, concurrent deadlines under tight timelines; 
•    Highly self-motivated, reliable and responsible 
•    Enjoys building programs, developing people and educating an organization about the power of communications




Wawanesa General Insurance Company is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status.  If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation to assist in the application process.  You may request reasonable accommodations by calling the Human Resources department at 858-874-5404 or emailing Human Resources at


Nearest Major Market: San Diego