8 Jun 2017

Full-Time Director, Communications Branch

Ministry of LabourToronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Ministry of Labour

Are you a sharp strategist and experienced communications executive looking to be a part of the Ministry of Labour? Then this is the ideal opportunity as the ministry is looking for a candidate to fill the role of Director of Communications who will report directly to a Deputy Minister and be a member of the ministry’s senior executive team.
The Director will oversee a communications team responsible for strategic planning, issues management, media relations, social media, marketing, events management and public correspondence.

What can I expect to do in this role?

As a key member of the executive team, you will provide counsel to senior government officials and be responsible for:
• Developing and implementing communications frameworks and strategies that effectively promote/create public awareness of the ministry’s services and programs
• Collecting and evaluating research and identifying insights that will influence both program delivery and communications approaches
• Overseeing social media channels and developing a strategy with the right mix of active marketing and reactive audience relations
• Working with counterparts in policy, program, operations and legal to deliver on the ministry’s mandate
• Providing strategic advice to the Deputy Minister and senior executives on branding and communication strategies, including how they align with broader government objectives
• Representing the ministry in communications and issues management planning with key stakeholders and other Ontario Public Service ministries
• Fostering and promoting a productive team environment and a culture of communications excellence across the ministry
• Effectively communicating and promoting important legislative matters inherent in a regulatory ministry.

How do I qualify?
Senior Leadership:
• You have experience in leading and mentoring high-performing teams to deliver results in a high-profile communications environment
• You have demonstrated political acuity and an ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders
• You have a track record of presenting to senior leadership and achieving consensus on plans and priorities

Strategic Communications:
• You have a proven track record leading strategic communications, including working with senior management to set objectives and execute tactics
• You have led effective public communication/education/awareness programs with measurable results
• You have experience in analyzing research in the development of evidence-based plans
• You have experience with the design and development of digital communication strategies on social media platforms
• You have current knowledge of strategic communications theories, techniques and planning methods

Issues Management and Media Relations:
• You have experience in identifying potential organizational risks in advance and developing plans to remove or mitigate those risks
• You have experience in managing incidents that pose a physical or reputational risk
• You have training and experience in the fundamentals of media relations
Stakeholder Relations:
• You have developed strong media relationships and demonstrated the ability to proactively build and expand your network
• You have demonstrated stakeholder management expertise with internal and external clients and the ability to revitalize existing relationships
• You have experience in public relations, including event management, consultations and other forms of public engagement

Salary range: $119,440 – $162,490 per year

Location: 400 University Ave, Toronto

How to Apply

Please apply online, only, by Sunday, June 25, 2017, by visiting http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Preview.aspx?Language=English&JobID=108784. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the Executive Talent Search Unit at careersexecutive@ontario.ca. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.


Job Categories: Communications. Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in 45 days.

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