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Public Affairs Representative

Job ID 6548234 Date posted 12/20/2017
Location:Ishpeming, MI
Country:United States
Job Code:2641
Position Type:Salary

About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. Additionally, we operate an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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The Public Affairs Representative is responsible for promoting and maintaining a positive public image for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. through internal and external communications and media outreach.

This role is also responsible for direct involvement with regional stakeholders such as community leaders and organizations, government officials and Cliffs’ employees.

Specific Duties/Essential Functions:

  • Supports the development and execution of Corporate initiatives related to public affairs, community relations, environment, annual reports, quarterly reports and other related matters
  • Develops strong relationships with corporate staff and management related to internal and external communications.
  • Develops, manages, implements communications strategies and tools (e.g. speeches, presentations, press releases, Q&As, communication plans, key messages, public and internal communications, etc.) and organizes media events and interviews. Responds to media inquiries related to operations and other local issues as appropriate.
  • Works with Corporate Communications as necessary to develop community and/or media messages appropriate for local stakeholders.
  • Supports Environmental Department activities including stakeholder outreach in support of state and federal permitting activity.
  • Maintains a strong local Community Relations program through outreach and presence with local businesses, organizations and all other related stakeholders. Develops, maintains and increases presence in local communities and schools. This includes local community, government, environment and educational leaders and stakeholders.
  • Works with Cliffs’ government affairs personnel to develop and maintain relationships with elected officials and others working in local, regional, provincial, state and federal government.
  • Develops and maintains local contribution budgets and responds to local requests for company contributions and donations. Works with corporate public affairs to recommend and develop a strategic contribution plan for Cliffs’ Michigan Operations.
  • Works with local operations management to assist and support the development of key internal messages. Reviews and proofs for critical content in newsletters and/or other publications.
  • Anticipates potential issues, develops strategic planning initiatives and leads problem-solving strategies including crisis management.
  • Assists corporate and local management with public presentations, permit hearings and other general public interface regionally and locally. Provides public presentations related to Cliffs Michigan Operations when appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Media or related course of study and/or significant appropriate experience.
  • Minimum five years of experience in a public relations, communications or media role
  • Public, media and community relations experience including public presentations, event planning and management.
  • Experience in government relations, environmental issues and crisis communications is an asset.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with emphasis on editing skills and public speaking.
  • Microsoft Office Suite software experience and proficiency with emphasis on MS Word, MS Power Point & MS Excel.
  • Basic photography skills including camera use and photo composition.
  • Proven strategic vision, key idea and message development and implementation
  • Ability to understand and work within a technically oriented heavy industry environment.
  • Limited travel, occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.


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The U.S. Talent Acquisition team was awarded a 2012 Candidate Experience Award by the Talent Board. The Talent Board is a non-profit organization that showcases employers who deliver outstanding candidate experiences. This is the second year in a row that Cliffs has earned this award, which is based on feedback directly from our job candidates. Cliffs is the only Natural Resources company to receive this award.

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