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NiSource Senior Director Stakeholder Engagement in Columbus, Ohio

Job Summary

The Senior Director, Stakeholder Engagement is responsible for overseeing business unit communications for Operations and Safety; Finance; Policy and Regulatory; People and Culture, Customer Experience; and Innovation and Technology. The Sr Director serves as a trusted partner and advisor driving well-designed, high-impact communications that elevate visibility and thought leadership while ensuring consistency across channels and audiences. This role is ideal for someone highly experienced in working with top-tier executives, crafting compelling content, leading diverse teams, and managing complex projects with precision and efficiency.

Essential Functions

  • Shapes communications strategies based on a deep understanding of business units to achieve their objectives, including engagement with employees, the media, industry, and local communities.

  • Strategic communications counselor to the company’s executive team and other senior leaders.

  • Stay updated with the latest communication trends and best practices, ensuring we remain at the forefront of innovative communication. Build and maintain relationships with key media contacts, influencers, and industry stakeholders to enhance the company's visibility and reputation.

  • Serves as a member of the Communications Leadership Team, providing direction, counsel, and mentoring while inspiring and motivating high-performing teams to achieve their full potential.

  • Develops and executes communications plans to support organizational changes and M&As, partnering with cross-functional teams.

  • Develops and maintains a culture of safety, diversity and inclusion; fostering innovation and continuous improvement.

  • Leads diverse team of qualified individuals with authority to hire, terminate, promote, demote, coach, develop and performance manage

Required Qualifications For Position

  • Bachelor's Degree in communications, journalism, or related field.

  • 12+ years of experience in communications with proven results across internal and external channels.

  • 10+ years recent Strategic Leadership experience.

  • Strategic mindset, business maturity, and experience advising and working with senior executives. High

  • Ability to navigate in dynamic business environments and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and teams to drive desired outcomes. High

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with senior executives, direct reports and peers. High

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to craft compelling messages for different audiences and communication channels. High

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate high-performing teams to achieve their full potential. High

  • Ability to analyze and leverage data and insights to build unique narratives and storylines. High

  • Savvy, strategic thinker with experience utilizing traditional and non-traditional communications strategies and technology. High

  • Ability to travel at least 30%

Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position

  • Master's Degree

Physical Demands

  • Standing - Occasionally

  • Walking - Occasionally

  • Sitting - Constantly

  • Lifting - Rarely

  • Carrying - Rarely

  • Pushing - Rarely

  • Pulling - Rarely

  • Climbing - Rarely

  • Balancing - Rarely

  • Stooping - Rarely

  • Kneeling - Rarely

  • Crouching - Rarely

  • Crawling - Rarely

  • Reaching - Rarely

  • Handling - Occasionally

  • Grasping - Occasionally

  • Feeling - Rarely

  • Talking - Constantly

  • Hearing - Constantly

  • Repetitive Motions - Frequently

  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination - Frequently

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position.

Work Authorization

Authorized to work in the United States without requiring sponsorship.

Inclusion & Diversity

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.

Safety Statement

Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program. Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries. Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers. Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$181,100.00 - $271,800.00

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At NiSource, you'll be part of the team serving nearly four million customers throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, who count on us to energize their homes and businesses. Whether speaking with customers by phone, analyzing financial data or installing new gas lines in a neighborhood, you’ll meet exciting challenges each day and make the most of your skills and talents. And you’ll be part of a company that was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers.

We're looking for talent from all backgrounds. We invite candidates of all abilities to come as they are and do what they love. Through our years of successful growth, we’ve stayed true to our roots by making a difference in the lives of millions of our customers. If you’re interested in joining an inclusive, innovative company that fosters opportunity for growth, NiSource might be the place for you.