The Walt Disney Company Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Communications - Tech & Innovation in Glendale, California

The Manager of Communications for WDI primarily focuses on technology and innovation and plays a critical role in shaping and sharing our stories with internal and external stakeholders and influencers. If you are an expert storyteller and writer, and passionate about technology, innovation and the rapid evolution of the themed entertainment industry, this just might be your dream job.

This senior communications role helps develop and execute communication strategies around our technology and innovation efforts, and leverages expertise and existing media relations to help position Disney as a leader in this space. Working closely with Disney Research, WDI R&D and WDI Project Design and Development teams, the individual in this role will help identify compelling content and our best spokespeople to deliver those messages, and help develop technology narratives for a variety of needs and audiences. Collaboration is key as this role will interact with communication teams across business units to integrate strategically key messages and storylines into various platforms and/or pitches.

Critical to success in this role is the unique ability to translate complex technology breakthroughs into easily consumable and engaging stories.

Responsibilities :

  • Work closely with the Disney Research, WDI R&D, and teams innovating at every level of project design and development to create strategic communication plans.

  • Lead the development of tech narratives, key messages and overall briefings to best tell our tech and innovation stories.

  • Write and produce communication elements such as pitches, press releases, key messages, assets and blog posts

  • Integrate stories and messaging into other site/segment/company communication strategies and plans to reinforce efforts and initiatives.

  • Proactively identify key stories and areas of differentiation, develop, produce and edit content for pitches or direct release.

  • Secure proactive coverage of our ongoing efforts and achievements.

  • Work with executive communications to develop a strategic plan for executive speaking engagements.

  • Pitch execs for key speaking opportunities and manage pre- and post- coverage.

  • Ensure executives are informed of relevant industry media coverage in a timely fashion

  • Lead management of all technical speaking engagements

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with press, bloggers and influencers in the technology and innovation space.

  • Oversee team responsible for communication related to WDI projects around the world

  • Oversee industry engagement and help review presentation materials and award submissions

  • Participate in forums where patent filings are discussed and review all materials prior to submission

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in technical communications or journalism.

  • Content development experience with emphasis on strong writing and editing skills

  • Great mix of technical knowledge, technical writing skills and creativity.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and share new and creative ideas

  • Ability to translate complex technical information into consumable communications for external audiences.

  • Experience in working with media and a track record of successfully placing stories

  • Strong relationships with technology press and influencers.

  • Experience working with senior level executives.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple deadlines and tasks

  • Innate sense of urgency with proven ability to work quickly, meet deadlines, manage competing priorities and communicate updates effectively while under pressure

  • Well organized and trustworthy with a high level of confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience working as a news media representative

  • Knowledge of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products business units

  • Knowledge of the travel and themed entertainment industry

  • Published writing

  • Business savvy

  • Bi-lingual abilities are a plus

  • Event management or speaker advance experience helpful

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited University or equivalent experience

Preferred Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism or Communications

  • MBA in relevant field

Additional Information :

#DisneyCommunications

Job ID: 551501BR

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts