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Strategic Communications Lead, DEI & Workforce

Date: Dec 5, 2021

Location: Moline, Illinois, US, 61265-8098

Company: John Deere


 At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith's shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Illinois  - Moline  
Function: Marketing / Sales
Title: Strategic Communications Lead, DEI & Workforce - 77249 


Your Responsibilities


As a Strategic Communications Lead, DEI & Workforce for John Deere located in Moline, IL, you will bring an innovative mindset to establish robust communication strategies and campaigns that will enhance John Deere’s reputation as a technology leader and employer of choice, while instilling employee pride.  In addition, you will:

  • Build strong relationships across the enterprise with stakeholders who are establishing and driving our DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) and HR strategies. You will work closely with these stakeholders to develop communications that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where all voices are heard and included.
  • Provide thought leadership and manage plans that will be implemented across internal and external audiences. This will include conducting research and benchmarking to gather audience insights and assess communication opportunities. You will leverage this information to influence, support, and facilitate cultural change through communications.
  • Navigate a matrixed organizational structure, collaborating within the department and larger organization, including working closely with external agencies.


Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • 10 or more years of developing and executing strategic communication plans, including aligning goals across complex organizations
  • 10 or more years of demonstrated innovative thinking, including a demonstrated ability to solve problems and drive change
  • 10 or more years of developing partnerships and building trust across all levels of a large corporate organization
  • 10 or more years of complex project or program management experience
  • 5 or more years of relevant DEI experience
  • 5 or more years of supporting strategic HR initiatives in a large corporate environment
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Entrepreneurial, collaborative style, with an emphasis on action and impact
  • High standards for writing and design, with strong attention to detail
  • Possess resilience, a sense of urgency, and the ability to handle challenging situations well
  • Ability to research, analyze, and consolidate complex content into cohesive, clear, straightforward messaging
  • Deep understanding of communication channels, including internal platforms and external marketing channels
  • Experience in measuring the effectiveness of communication strategies and approaches


Ideally, you will have a degree or equivalent related work experience in the following:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Communications, Marketing, or Journalism
  • Master’s degree preferred



What You'll Get


At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. We offer comprehensive relocation and reward packages to help you get started on your new career path. Click here to find out more about our Total Rewards Package.


The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business.  John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.





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