We clear and settle trades for the options industry.
Chicago, IL

Associate Principal, Internal Communications at OCC

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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 3 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

What You'll Do

The Associate Principal Corporate Communications will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Company’s internal communications strategy. This role will collaborate across the business to develop, create and execute communications that align with corporate goals, engage colleagues and advance business outcomes. The AP will play an instrumental role in developing and implementing strategies and tools to enhance effectiveness of communications across a variety of channels using traditional and digital channels

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Create, implement and enhance communications strategies to engage and inform colleagues around the company’s mission, values, activities and change initiatives through a mix of channels and tactics
  • Write, produce and disseminate communications including, internal emails and presentations, , videos, scripts, FAQs, and print collateral in support of communication plans
  • Develop strong working relationships with business units to craft meaningful, understandable communications that resonate with their audiences
  • Ensure that internal communications reflect the voice, tone and culture of the organization and help apply related internal communications standards and policies
  • Develop, track and analyze metrics on employee communications; tabulate results, develop an executive summary and provide insights on opportunities for improvements
  • Research and implement innovative communication tools
  • Manage content development for company Intranet, including writing and posting content and generating new content ideas to support company initiatives
  • Help manage the logistics and planning elements of company events such as Town Halls, Leadership Lunches and other forums; support content development and executive messaging for these events
  • Collaborate with Corporate Communications peers, Human Resources and other internal groups and outside vendors to ensure message integration and consistency
  • Develop and actively manage a corporate communications editorial calendar to support companywide initiatives
  • Work directly with outside vendors, such as printers, to obtain quotes and produce materials
  • Assist with other communications-related work as needed and 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.

  • Experience working collaboratively on communications initiatives from conception to execution to evaluation, agency experience is a plus
  • Strong writing, editing and copy writing skills to AP Style; previous writing/editing experience in corporate communications, PR or journalism fields required
  • Must be highly detailed-oriented and a self-starter, with the ability to check facts and figures for accuracy, as well as manage the timeliness of approvals
  • Exceptional storytelling skills and creativity
  • Ability to carry a significant writing and project workload
  • Proven written and oral communications skills, including the ability to convey complex subject matter in an understandable and interesting style
  • Strong project management skills, including establishing performance metrics and milestones; planning, organizing and facilitating meetings; and working within established deadlines
  • Polished interpersonal and persuasive skills needed, especially the ability to develop relationships both internally and externally
  • Track record of effectively partnering with business areas to support initiatives

Technical Skills:

  • Highly developed MS Office Suite skills, especially Word and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in SharePoint and Poppulo are a plus

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English or related field 

  • Three to five years of experience or more in developing and executing corporate and/or internal communications

Certificates or Licenses:

  • N/A

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Where we are

Adjacent to the Willis Tower, close to CTA, Metra and expressways with plenty of food and entertainment options nearby.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PerlLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases

What are OCC Perks + Benefits

OCC Benefits Overview

Educational Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness, 12-week paid parental leave, technology stipend up to $2,000, mobile data reimbursement of $35 per month. Open offices, online health coaching.

Volunteer in local community
Each year, OCC employees select a locally-based charitable organization for each of our three offices (Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.). We offer multiple opportunities to get involved.
Partners with Nonprofits
OCC Partners with local organizations in Dallas, Chicago and DC to raise funds and support their missions. Employees select the charity and are eligible for up to 8 hours of paid time to volunteer.
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
OCC provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Fidelity. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
OCC provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
OCC employees receive between 22 and 32 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Eligible employees get 30 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
OCC Offers pre-tax commuter benefits for employees in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
OCC offers relocation assistance which varies based on the position level and location.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
OCC offers employees professional development opportunities including onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related certification courses, conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $1000.
Lunch and learns
OCC hosts leadership lunches on a regular basis so you can learn about your colleagues and their unique backgrounds.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Employees are strongly encouraged to stay current in relevant technologies and supports certification programs.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were just recognized as a best place to work for working parents! Take a look at our blog post here: https://www.theocc.com/Newsroom/Views/2021/04-26-OCC-Designated-as-Best…

An Insider's view of OCC

What are some social events your company does?

Monthly happy hours and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


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