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Republic Services VP, Communications in Phoenix, Arizona

Republic Services is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through our subsidiaries, Republic’s collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills and environmental services provide effective solutions to make recycling and waste disposal effortless for our 14 million customers nationwide. Our 36,000 employees working in 41 states and Puerto Rico are committed to providing a superior customer experience while helping ensure a cleaner, safer and healthier world for future generations.

Why Work with Us

At Republic Services, we strive to create a workplace that is meaningful and rewarding at every level of our organization. Our employees thrive in an atmosphere where safety is revered, and each person can be a compassionate steward of our environment. We hire the best people to make Republic a great place to work. We are focused on attracting talented individuals across professions who are as committed to serving customers and the planet as we are. We’re proud to be recognized on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies, Forbes Best Employers for Women, Forbes Best Large Employers and Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies lists. Republic is also the only company in our industry that is a certified Great Place to Work.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Vice President Communications will plan, direct and implement comprehensive internal and external communications strategies that promote knowledge and understanding of Republic Services, Inc. while enhancing and protecting the company’s reputation among key constituencies. He/She will advise the Republic executive team on key communication issues, and will lead strategic communications programs that support Republic’s commitments to its employees, customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders. The primary goal of this job is to develop a clear, consistent message for the company across all internal and external communications functions. The message must be successfully delivered to all audiences and stakeholders on an ongoing basis. Working in a matrixed environment, this individual will lead a highly component and professional Communications organization, building strong relationships with business and community leaders to deliver strategic, high-value communications programs. The position also requires effectively advising senior management on the implications of decisions and events, anticipating and expertly handling current and emerging issues that affect the company’s image among employees, neighbors, shareholders, the investment community, business partners, customers, public sector thought leaders, regulators and the public.


  • Oversee corporate policy, standards and parties regarding communications. Ensure that plans, programs and messages are coordinated and align with Republic’s overall goals and objectives.

  • Serve as chief company spokesperson and communications counselor to senior management, providing proactive and strategic and issues management guidance and leading Republic’s response in high-stakes matters that could impact Republic’s interest.

  • Drive public relations strategies and tactics that support corporate-related areas, such as corporate image, brand management, reputation management, media relations, etc.

  • Oversee the development of a philanthropic foundation for corporate giving. Establish strategic alliances for corporate giving to support the community and position Republic as a key participant in the philanthropic community.

  • Lead the development of issues management as well as crisis planning and implementation. Keep the CEO and CMO advised on all issues affecting the brand and company’s reputation.

  • Work with internal marketing partners to send clear brand messaging across all marketing and communications channels.

  • Prepare and produce annual Sustainability Report.

  • Working in close coordination with Investor Relations, prepare annual report, quarterly earnings reports and Annual Meeting. Advise leadership team on primary messaging.


  • Minimum 15 years of progressive leadership experience in public relations and community relations. Experience with government affairs and investor relations. Marketing experience is a definite plus.

  • Strong track record of strategic decision-making and tactical execution.

  • Demonstrated record of success within a company or organization that has gone through significant cultural change and implemented a successful change management program.

  • Experience in producing an Annual Report and Sustainability Report.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and oversee large corporate meetings and events.

  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others across business units, functional department, geographies and disciplines.

  • Experience working collaboratively with communities, trade associations, environmental groups, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and the media.

  • Ability to effectively create and nurture relationships with external stakeholders including media contacts and government officials.

Rewarding Compensation and Benefits

Eligible employees can elect to participate in:

• Comprehensive medical benefits coverage, dental plans and vision coverage.

• Health care and dependent care spending accounts.

• Short- and long-term disability.

• Life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment insurance.

• Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP).

• Employee discount programs.

• 401(k) plan with a generous company match.

• Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP).

The statements used herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by an employee in this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required by an incumbent so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.

Republic Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, relationship or association with a protected veteran (spouses or other family members), genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

We work for Earth. Every day, we come to work with two purposes in mind – serving our customers and doing our part to preserve our Blue Planet®. Our commitment to both has led to such things as landfill innovations, solar energy projects, community education designed to teach people to properly recycle, ongoing efforts to reduce our vehicle emissions and improving safety through technology—to name a few. To put it simply, we are 35,000 guardians of the environment, striving to make the world a better place.

Republic Services is more than a recycling and waste services company. We are a company dedicated to turning waste into possibilities. Together, united under the Republic Star, we are working for a cleaner, safer and healthier world where people thrive, not just for today, but for generations to come.