Principal, Corporate Communications

What You'll Do

This role is responsible for the development and execution of day-to-day communications efforts that drive greater awareness and understanding of OCC’s transformation, with a primary focus on the company’s technology modernization project as well as an ongoing focus on organizational change management.

Working under the direction of the Executive Director of Corporate Communications, and in conjunction with various internal leaders, this role must effectively own, develop and implement strategic communications activities and work collaboratively with colleagues in a wide variety of roles across the company, including business functions and leadership teams.

The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional with a strong emphasis on organizational change management, solid executional skills, a strong writer able to deliver tailored messaging, and a proactive problem solver. This professional is committed to quality and detail. S/he is creative, analytical, works well with leadership and thrives in a deadline and change-driven environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

As part of the Corporate Communications department to lead, develop and execute proactive corporate projects around the company’s transformation, including the Renaissance Initiative. This role reports to the Executive Director of Corporate Communications.

  • Enhance and implement communication strategies; working closely with senior leaders, teams and individuals to adapt strategies and timelines, inform deliverables and reporting as Renaissance progresses

  • Understand goals of communications and works in partnership with Renaissance and Communications leadership to develop communications strategy; adheres to generally accepted principles of project management

  • Plan, develop, and deliver high-quality deliverables for internal audiences as well as targeted external audiences. Uses appropriate media (intranet, corporate announcements, discussion guides and talking points, Web site updates, etc.) to reflect company messaging, business strategy, employee and customer needs, and progress on the transformation

  • Measure effectiveness of communication activities and use feedback to improve future efforts

  • Maintain and adhere to corporate and department policies and procedures and brand/communications standards

  • Pursue ongoing professional development opportunities, staying current with communications and change management best practices as well as leading-edge concepts and technologies

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • N/A


The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

  • [Required] Demonstrated experience working on complex, multi-year corporate organizational change projects; an emphasis on technology implementation is preferred but not required

  • [Required] Extensive planning, writing, editing and content production experience across all dimensions of corporate communications for a broad variety of channels, including product-level communications and training

  • [Required] Strong writing and editing skills using different styles to best reflect stakeholder, audience, and message; ability to explain complex or technical concepts in an easily understandable format

  • [Required] Strong judgment and creative problem-solving skills that address strategic planning and tactical execution with the ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipating future needs

  • [Required] Strong verbal and interpersonal skills that demonstrate clear and concise communication and critical thinking with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output

  • [Required] Strong project management skills with an ability to manage and execute multiple programs and tasks with accuracy and efficiency under tight deadlines

  • [Required] Highly collaborative with colleagues; serve as a champion for internal and external stakeholders/customers through creative ideation, communications solutions and implementation to meet business objectives

  • [Required] Deep understanding of communication and engagement trends, emerging practices, and an ability to promote innovative ideas and solutions in change communication

Technical Skills:

  • N/A

Education and/or Experience:

  • [Required] Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or English, OR in a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and private/public sector experience

  • [Required] 10+ years of experience in a communications or public relations role in the public or private sector, or with an agency

  • [Required] Organizational change management experience

  • [Preferred] Fintech industry experience

Certificates or Licenses:

  • N/A

Who We Are

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include:

A hybrid work environment, up to 2 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision

Step 1
When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.  

Step 2
You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3
If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location. 

For more information about OCC, please click here.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply About OCC
  • REQ-3090
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Dec. 29, 2022

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3 - If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Numerous studies have shown that people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in financial services apply to jobs only if they believe they meet 100% of the requirements. We want to break down this mindset to further diversify our workforce.

We encourage you to review our open positions and apply if you think your experience may be a match, even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. Your perspective may be an element we need to continue building innovative solutions to support the markets and market participants we serve.

OCC is a globally recognized entity that clears a multitude of diverse and sophisticated products. We want to reflect this in the diversity of our workforce.

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