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Senior Communications Strategist - Electric Communications


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  8688

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.


Job Summary

Works closely with business unit leaders to understand business goals and initiatives in order to translate them into creative communications strategies that, when executed, help shape culture and drive business results. Develops and leads the implementation of high-visibility communication strategies and activities – both internal and external – to inform, engage and align all stakeholders, primarily employees, customers and the media. Engages with others in Corporate Communications and supported business unit to provide strategic communications counsel on appropriate use of communications to achieve business goals.

Key Accountabilities

  • Works with the business unit designee and Corporate Communications team to develop strategic communication plans, designs and implements effective communications and stakeholder management strategies achieve the enterprise and business unit priorities.
  • Acts as company's media spokesperson for a broad range of business issues and topics including complex high visibility and high-risk issues requiring crisis communications and issue management skills.
  • Integrates internal communication strategy and messaging with external/customer communication strategy and brand positioning.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with media contacts, including more senior media outlet representatives, to establish an ongoing communications path for company issues, development, products and services.
  • Interacts with local and industry media to disseminate key messages and information about the industry, company's programs, products and services.
  • Provides strategic internal and external communication, counsel, and support to senior leader(s) within the business unit including media relations assist in the development and implementation of strategic business unit communication plans.
  • Develops strategic, concise, useful, timely, and reliable communication materials for business unit leaders to effectively communicate with their employees.
  • Manages multiple projects with minimal supervision, ensuring budget compliance, and achievement of strategic communication objectives. Effectively manages all business unit communications from strategic, outcome-driven planning through tactical execution.
  • Maintains and fosters effective working relationships with business unit leaders and proactively provides strategic communications counsel, earning trusted advisor status with business unit senior management.
  • Gathers and analyzes relevant data from available resources and use it to continually improve communications effectiveness.
  • Drives new approach to deliver strategic communications in a more efficient and effective way by challenging current processes and recommending new approaches.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree discipline and at least six (6) years of related experience

Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Business Administration or related. 

Other Requirements

  • Experience working in marketing, public relations or media environment.
  • Project Management skills with experience managing external vendors
  • Strong writing and copy editing skills
  • Experience in editorial content planning for print and digital channels
  • Proficient written and oral communications.
  • Ability to manage multiple project deadlines, special events, and crisis communications.
  • Experience in crafting the communications efforts behind large companywide change initiatives.
  • Proactive contributor with strong customer focus and the ability to maintain relationships and create consensus in support of shared outcomes.
  • Experience in leadership and vision in determining and driving strategy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a matrix work environment.
  • Expert ability to lead content strategy and develop key messages.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit