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Since 1992, Ciena has been driven by a relentless pursuit of network innovation. We believe in a network that grows smarter, more agile, and more responsive every day. This means that when you digitally interact in your world - picking up the phone, streaming video, texting a friend or loved one - your interactions are being enabled by Ciena technologies. Ciena makes your social / entertainment / business existence REAL.

No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified below and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!


What will you do at Ciena as an Internal Communications Specialist, HR Programs and Global Employee Meetings, Specialist?

At Ciena, our success is rooted in people. The Specialist, Internal Communications, HR Programs and Global Employee Meetings will be part of Ciena's fast-paced Global Marketing & Communications (GM&C) organization, helping to bring our

People Promise

and employee experience to life.

Reporting to the Global Director of Internal Communications (IC), you will work closely with Ciena's People & Culture (P&C aka HR) leadership team and operational Centers of Excellence to communicate HR programs and policies that inspire and support our people. You will also engage with leaders and colleagues across the company to reinvent and deliver Ciena's quarterly Global All Hands and Manager Forum events.

P&C Communication Activities

You will partner with P&C leadership to translate strategic imperatives into concise and compelling employee communications that drive awareness and engagement for: performance and growth; total rewards; wellness; diversity & inclusion; talent acquisition; employee recognition; employee listening, etc.

Develop written and visual communications, including company-wide and regional emails; comprehensive campaigns; intranet content/stories/videos; and key messages/talking points/FAQs in support of P&C, assisting other lines of business when required.

Maintain ongoing editorial calendar for P&C communications, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), working with IC colleagues to sequence/coordinate with other enterprise communications and advise P&C team on optimal approach.

Event Communication Activities

Lead proactive planning and logistics for company Global All Hands meetings, Manager Forums, and other global events.

Develop themes, set the agenda, coordinate content, recruit and mentor presenters.

Assist in live production and facilitate Q&A behind the scenes.

Promote attendance and follow through with playbacks, key take-aways and opportunity to provide feedback.

General Activities

Distribute communications, using appropriate internal communications channels, in coordination with global and regional colleagues to ensure the right messages are shared with the right people at the right time.

Help develop and advocate guidelines and processes that ensure communications and plans are of the highest standard and effectively represent Ciena's brand and tone of voice.

Measure the effectiveness of communications strategies and tactics and continually seek to identify new ways to improve current approaches and practice.

Other duties as assigned by the Director, Internal Communications.


  • BA degree, specialty in Communications/Journalism, Human Resources, or Business Administration
  • 5 years in a communications specialist or HR generalist role, preferably within a global or technology company
  • Understanding of human resources fundamentals
  • Organizational Change skills are a plus


  • Planning/project management
  • Strong verbal/written communications
  • Creative and influential
  • Highly organized

Technologies Supporting the Role

  • Microsoft 365, SharePoint, CANVA, Adobe

Being You @ Ciena

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we want to foster an environment that values and respects all individual's strengths, perspectives, ideas, and ability to meet the needs of our customers globally. Ciena values the diversity of its workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status or any other category protected by applicable law. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. Ciena is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific accommodation measures required for you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

We do not charge any fee for employment and the same applies to the Recruitment Partners we work with. Additionally, we do not ask for any refundable security deposit to be paid in bank accounts for employment purposes. We request candidates to be cautious of misleading communications and not pay any fee/ deposit to individuals/ agencies/ employment portals on the pretext of attending Ciena's interview process or seeking employment with us.

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