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Principal Sr. Communications Specialist - Public Relations in Des Moines, Iowa

As a Sr. Communication Specialist on our Public Relations team, you’ll serve the needs of business and enterprise partners by supporting the strategic development production, and distribution of a variety of communications that enhance brand messaging, tell a Principal story, and support high-level enterprise strategy and business objectives.

Other things you’ll do:

  • Write and edit a variety of communications materials including talking points, media releases and pitches, social media posts, byline articles, and presentations on industry and Principal-specific topics for external audiences.

  • Ability to translate key business priorities and concepts and research into newsworthy stories.

  • Well-developed-skills in building and maintaining traditional and digital media relationships including national and trade media.

  • Experience with issues/reputation management

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • 5+ years related Public Relations experience.

  • Experience in media relations, corporate public relations or agency experience preferred. Asset Management industry experience is a plus.

  • Experience writing and editing all forms for a variety of audiences, including for social and digital platforms.

  • Adaptable, flexible and able to handle changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated project management and organizational capabilities with the ability to meet deadlines.

  • Experience working in variety of content production, and publishing programs.

  • Presentation, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next level (Communications Strategist) with the right experiences and skills.


Our Corporate Headquarters is located in Des Moines, IA, with offices throughout the globe. We are open to remote across the country.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links. and

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees – individually and all of us together. Explore our core values, benefits and why we’re an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 2021-30880

Business Area: Global Brand and Experience

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt