Wanted: Communications Officer (Full-Time)

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Job #2018-58: Communications Officer (Full-Time)
Date posted: September 12, 2018
Closing date: October 9, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Job type: Permanent Full-Time
Start date: November 2018
Wage range: $67,121.60 to $81,554.20 per year ($36.88 to $44.81 per hour)
Hours of work: 35 hours per week, usually Monday through Friday, includes Council/Committee meetings, and the expectation to respond to urgent matters as required; flexibility in scheduling is necessary as there is the occasional requirement to attend change shifts, attend to functions outside of normal work hours, work weekends or holidays and/or work overtime including at special events as required/assigned.
How to apply: http://www.collingwood.ca/humanresources
Position Summary:
Reporting to the Clerk, the Communications Officer provides communications leadership for the Town of Collingwood in the form of strategic communication planning and advice.  The Communications Officer will manage internal and external corporate communications, in a proactive manner providing strategic advice, planning and communication services.
Main duties and responsibilities are in the areas of external and internal communications.  External communications responsibilities include the development and implementation of an integrated corporate communications strategy and corresponding programs consistent with corporate strategic plans.  Internal communications responsibilities include managing corporate internal communication efforts, including best practices in using communications mediums to consistently inform the Corporation on matters pertaining to the municipality.
Experience and Qualifications:
1. Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or other relevant discipline.
2. Minimum five (5) years related experience in a corporate communications role, preferably with a municipal government and specific experience in strategic corporate communications, issues management and media relations.
3. Extensive knowledge of good communication principles and practices especially as they relate to strategic corporate communications, issues management and media relations.
4. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of local government and the context in which the municipality operates and the roles of Council and staff in this environment.
5. Demonstrated sound political sensitivity and judgement and strong customer service focus.
6. Experience in emergency management as an Information Officer and/or Basic Emergency Management (BEM) certification preferred.
7. Knowledge of project management techniques and ability to meet critical deadlines.
8. Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
9. Ability to demonstrate tact and discretion in handling matters of a confidential nature and maintain confidentiality.  Familiarity with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
10. Ability to cope with interruptions and exercise good judgement.
11. Demonstrated superior oral and written communication skills.  Proficient expertise and experience in graphic design and English grammar.  Demonstrated ability to communicate strategically and in a manner that builds understanding and commitment.
12. Ability to establish and maintain co-operative and constructive relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization and representatives of external agencies.
13. Good understanding of municipal purchasing, budgeting and contracting processes.
14. Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, software applications including social media and graphic design software. 
15. Possess Valid Class “G” driver’s license.
16. Possess Police Information Check with results satisfactory to the Employer and a valid standard first aid with CPR/AED Level “C” certificate (or willing to obtain).