Job Posting Details

Town of Erin

Communications & Special Projects Officer

Job Description

Major Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements internal and external communications plans and strategies.
  • Manages the Town’s entire social media presence.
  • Develops community relations strategies and manages public awareness campaigns.
  • Under the direction of the CAO, works with department heads to develop communication processes within individual departments.
  • Drafts and disseminates bi-weekly communiqués to staff and Council related to Town business.
  • In conjunction with IT staff, develops content and updates the Town’s website.
  • Assumes responsibility for corporate brand management and develops procedures to ensure the Town of Erin brand is effectively and consistently managed.
  • Serves as the main point of contact for all media enquiries.
  • Drafts and disseminates any and all corporate newsletters, news releases, key messages and other corporate communication and media vehicles.
  • Works with department heads to develop corporate, public and Council presentations.
  • When necessary, works with the Economic Development Officer to develop marketing and promotional campaigns.
  • Develops and disseminates a post-Council communiqué for Town staff.
  • Monitors and tracks media issues of relevance to the Town and anticipates and develops a plan to address any potential matter that may arise.
  • Provides assistance in the writing of grant applications to the Federal/Provincial governments along with any funding agencies.
  • Under the guidance of the CAO, provides strategic communication advice and assistance as necessary to members of Council.
  • Assists the Mayor and members of Council with the preparation of key messages, speaking notes, speeches.
  • Develops plans to communicate timely information on important issues to the community at large.
  • Drafts speeches as may be required by the Mayor or member of Council for official functions.
  • Writes policy and other briefing notes for stakeholders including other levels of government as may be required.
  • Attends Town Council meetings to provide support and guidance as may be required.
  • When necessary provides support to members of Council for media relations, presentations or other public events.
  • Develops effective policies and procedures for consideration related to media enquiries.
  • Develops and maintains a current list of media contacts.
  • Undertakes responsibility for developing corporate messaging.
  • Participates in the development of corporate and departmental strategic plans.
  • Ensures active communications among departments, staff and Council and with external stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with Town staff, assists in the writing and framing of all grant applications to ensure consistency and a high-quality of writing to maximize the chances of a positive grant request.
  • Works with Town staff to minimize the costs of advertising by recommending new best practices and targets areas for improvement.
  • Works with all internal and external project teams to ensure communications plans are developed using best practices, coordinated internally and carried out for each corporate project.
  • Facilitates accurate and timely communication of information on Town issues to outside stakeholders.
  • Develops a media contact strategy for the corporation and ensures that all staff are familiar with the process and how to refer media enquiries either via phone/email or when they are out in the community.
  • Develops Town brand visual identify and usage standards, including relevant policies. Also provides support in the creation of all corporate advertising and branding activities.
  • Develops all corporate messaging, and ensures it is delivered in a consistent and effective manner.
  • Writes the CAO’s messages and updates to Council.
  • Ensures effective tracking and measurement tools are in place to measure the effectiveness of the Town’s coordinated communication efforts.
  • Ensures the effective communication of the Town’s Strategic Plan and key priorities to all relevant stakeholders.
  • In an Emergency, acts as the municipalities Public Information Officer and provides regular communication to all relevant parties.
  • Undertakes special projects as assigned.
  • Assists with the coordination of special events and programs, with a specific view to managing the Town’s corporate image.
  • Assists the CAO and the Executive Leadership Team with the planning, development and implementation of the corporate strategic plan.
  • In conjunction with the CAO, undertakes corporate strategic initiatives.
  • Works with the CAO and Senior staff on special projects as may be required.
  • Takes a lead role in the planning, development and execution of corporate special events such as Town Halls, public meetings, or community consultations.
  • Provides support on all issues management activities.

Position Requirements

Education

  • Successful completion of a University degree in a related field (ex. English, Journalism, Public Relations).
  • Additional specialized training typically acquired through obtaining a post graduate diploma or certificate in Communications, Public Relations or Public Administration is highly desirable.

Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in writing and producing various types of communications in a public-sector environment.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency, including software used for websites, social media, print publications, and graphic design.
  • The successful applicant will be creative, self-motivated, have demonstrated highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the public sector, preferably in local government.
  • Proven ability to manage communication via social media and websites.
  • Proficiency with the use of digital cameras, preferably with photography experience.

Working Conditions and Environment

  • This position will be based out of the Town Offices.
  • Normal office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday, however the incumbent will also be expected to attend Council meetings outside of normal business hours.

The forgoing represents a reasonable statement of the requirements of this position. Hiring will be subject to the successful passing of a Criminal Reference check and verification of education and required certifications.

Qualifications

Education

  • Successful completion of a University degree in a related field (ex. English, Journalism, Public Relations).
  • Additional specialized training typically acquired through obtaining a post graduate diploma or certificate in Communications, Public Relations or Public Administration is highly desirable.

Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in writing and producing various types of communications in a public-sector environment.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency, including software used for websites, social media, print publications, and graphic design.
  • The successful applicant will be creative, self-motivated, have demonstrated highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the public sector, preferably in local government.
  • Proven ability to manage communication via social media and websites.
  • Proficiency with the use of digital cameras, preferably with photography experience.

How to Apply

Email CAO@ERIN.CA

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Contact for Position

Town of Erin


Web-Site:
http://Erin.ca

Job Location
Erin

Job Level & Type
  • Intermediate Level
  • Full Time Permanent Staff Position

Listing to be posted until:
Thursday, August 17, 2017