These are temporary full-time positions working thirty-five (35) hours per week for approximately eight (8) months within the Communications Branch of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force. These positions are located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre
The Communication Strategist is responsible for communication outcomes in assigned business units. This role is accountable to build public awareness for the Municipality’s priorities and projects and for the development of appropriate internal and external communications that will further promote and enable the success of the business unit. Reporting to the Manager of Strategic Communications, the Communication Strategist will develop communication strategies that align with corporate goals and corporate communications standards, processes, and goals. The Communication Strategist works in collaboration with Elected Officials, CAO, Directors and other staff, consultants and contractors as a front line issue management advisor. This role requires working with a degree of autonomy, using earned credibility and professional judgment to manage political risk and preserve the Municipality’s reputation. Deliverables may include briefing notes, media responses, speeches for elected officials, social media messaging and news releases. This position is involved in confidential matters including labour/employee relations, legal proceedings, organizational design, operational reviews, budget, business planning and contracting services. The Communication Strategist is also a key member for crisis communications support.
This role acts as a business unit partner in key areas of public relations, media relations, social media, environmental scanning, issues analysis, internal communications and other corporate communication functions. The Communication Strategist will utilize the resources available by distributing and assigning project deliverables to other members of the Communication team as required and is accountable for the end result. May be required to attend Council meetings and Council committee meetings resulting in occasional evening/weekend work.
- Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or other applicable discipline is required.
Five (5) years’ experience in a public affairs and/or communications role.
- Experience in digital/social media/web based communication considered an asset.
- Experience working in a public sector environment with unionized and non-unionized employees considered an asset.
- An equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered.
You will possess the following:
- Demonstrated ability working with elected officials and senior management.
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing results-oriented communications plans.
- Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated skill working with media.
- Proven ability writing for different audiences and in using different social media platforms.
- Strong organizational skills and strong aptitude for effective teamwork.
- Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
- Ability to think strategically and tactically.
- Ability to understand and interpret verbal and written direction which may be complex in nature.
- Ability to work under pressure with short deadlines while recognizing emerging issues and prioritizing them in sequence.
In addition to the rate of pay, we offer:
- An additional bi-weekly payment of $480 which represents a cost of living allowance