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Senior Communications Officer – Media and Issues Management

You are an experienced strategic communicator who is at ease as a media spokesperson, advising executive team members, and crafting key messages for external audiences. A confident speaker and masterful writer, you are skilled at collaborating with your internal team to get to the heart of issues and understand immediate and long-term impact for your organization.

Smart, Savvy + Associates has partnered with our client, a large and well-established provincial organization, in their search for a Senior Communications team member. This role reports to the department manager and is a senior member of the communications team focused media relations and issues management. If you are experienced in government relations, media relations, and issues management, and enjoy working with a supportive team in a large organization, consider applying for this role today!

About the role:

The Senior Communications Officer supports the organization in media relations, issues management, and general communications to promote awareness and understanding. This role functions as a media spokesperson as required, and works directly with internal and external stakeholders including media, government, and executive leadership. Main areas of responsibility include:

  • Develops/writes/delivers communications strategy, plans, documents for a range of communication needs including marketing, issues management, media relations
  • Responds to media requests, develops briefing materials and communication plans
  • Collaborates with internal team members on issue analysis; develops issue management strategy and supporting documents and messaging
  • Functions as a corporate spokesperson; trains other in media communications; is included in the after-hours media response rotation
  • Communicates organization’s messages to external audiences using a variety of communication channels and tools
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external team members / stakeholders, including government officials and media outlet members

About you:

  • Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, or journalism
  • 4+ years’ communications experience with a focus on strategy, issues management within a large organization, ideally with exposure to government and stakeholder relations
  • Experience in media relations, issues management, and acting as a organization’s spokesperson for both proactive and reactive messages
  • In-depth experience developing communications strategy and key messages, using critical thinking, curiosity, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with high level of comfort in reaching out to media and external stakeholders, as well as interacting with internal team members across the organization
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with ability to write persuasively and with clarity for a range of audiences

About Smart, Savvy + Associates Recruitment Professionals

Smart, Savvy + Associates are experts in helping marketing and communications leaders find people and develop teams that thrive and deliver inspiring results. As a people performance company, we specialize in finding marketing and communications talent in the Pacific North West. Our specialty is strong relationships: we get to know our candidates and we take the time to explore the job requirements, workplace culture, and business objectives surrounding each hire.

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