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Southern Company EEP Marketing & Communications Specialist in Naperville, Illinois

EEP Marketing & Communications Specialist


This position is responsible for demonstrating in-depth creative design and marketing expertise to support the execution of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program’s engagement and outreach strategies. Primarily responsible for graphic design, brand maintenance and style guide updates, marketing collateral, digital marketing design and other creative elements that are needed to support the program. Creates templates and champions the overall style aesthetic for the Energy Efficiency Program. Manages and executes Nicor Gas energy efficiency web pages and email marketing in support of the overall marketing planning and strategy. Tracks, analyzes, and reports marketing metrics for effective campaigns. Coordinates and delivers internal and external communications including print media and HTML emails. Strategically partners with corporate communications to ensure alignment and consistency with corporate branding. Produces collateral including (but not limited to) print media, display graphics, direct mail, email and HTML, digital graphics, and applications. Assists with brand development for events, customer outreach, and presentations. Coordinates with energy efficiency program staff and implementation contractors for customer, partner, and contractor engagement opportunities. Criticality:

Functional Expertise:

•Uses in-depth knowledge of project management to execute website traffic and review procedures in coordination with internal departments and external consultants.

•Review and edit department presentations, reports, and external-facing branded materials and recommend best practices.

•Design templates for marketing materials, presentations, display graphics, and other collateral.

•Oversees and executes Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency websites and email marketing strategy and tactics.

•Design templates for marketing materials, presentations, display graphics, and other collateral.

•Play key role in execution of the Energy Efficiency Program marketing and communications plan.

•Uses best practices and knowledge to review materials for consistency with brand and identity guidelines.

•Design, coordinate and manage production of print materials, promotional items, and other collateral

•Design, create, execute, and monitor HTML emails using email marketing products.

•Design digital communications including banner ads, web tiles, and Energy Efficiency Program website graphics.

•Optimizes existing resources and leverages research to author content for marketing materials and presentations.

•Design templates for marketing materials, presentations, display graphics, and other collateral.

•Makes updates as needed to the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency website.

Business Acumen:

•Ensure marketing collateral and external-facing materials align with corporate brand identity and guidelines, marketing plans, and strategic plans.

•Uphold brand integrity and message consistency aligning with corporate branding.

•Proactively recommends and drives process improvements.

•Respond efficiently and accurately to design and content needs.

•Keep current with industry trends and innovations in creative marketing and graphic design.


•Collaborate with executives and business leaders across the company to achieve marketing and communications goals.

•Coordinate information sharing and communication activities with Corporate Communications, consultants, business units, and other functional groups across the organization.

•Demonstrates honesty, respect, company values, diversity, and equity.

Driving Results:

•Manages metrics to make recommendations and improve design and marketing efforts.

•Accountability for achieving results relating to customer engagement with the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


•Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising, Design, or equivalent experience

•In-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

•In-depth knowledge of MS Office Suite including PowerPoint and Publisher


•5 years Graphic Design or Advertising experience

•Adobe Certified in Graphic Design and Illustration with Adobe Illustrator or Print and Digital Media with InDesign

•Project management experience

•Experience in energy or environmental-related industry a plus

•Experience in website management and traffic coordination a plus

Related Work Experience:


•Minimum 5 years work experience in marketing, advertising or some combination of related education and work experience

•Previous photography and/or videography experience a plus

•Experience working with Acoustic a plus

•Experience in website management and traffic coordination a plus


•Experience in energy or environmental-related industry a plus

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


•Enterprise-perspective with client-focused attitude

•Proficient use of Adobe Creative Suite

•Core marketing and advertising skills (graphic design, research, written communications)

•Proven relationship-building skills at all levels within an organization

•Exceptionally strong graphic design skills

•Ability to translate complex concepts into easy-to-understand and relatable ones for target audiences

•Proficient use of MS Office Suite with an emphasis on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formatting

•Self-starter with exceptional follow-up skills

•Ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines

•Ability to hold self and others accountable for results


•Google Analytics, Prezi and HTML experience is a plus

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

•Due to nature of role, employee may occasionally work beyond traditional business hours to meet deadlines or attend events as company representative.

•Occasional local travel: The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion.

oWorks in an office environment with remote working opportunities


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Other Locations: United States

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2003499

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