Job Posting 75228

Senior Communications Lead (Ontario)
Pembina Institute
Toronto Metro area
closed 3 days ago (Fri, 24 Sep)
full time

Position Overview

The Pembina Institute is seeking a strategic thinker with media savvy and strong writing and editing skills to join our communications team. Based in Toronto, this position requires a team player with strong interpersonal skills, positive energy, a high degree of organization, and the ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment.

The ideal candidate excels at big picture thinking while also being detail oriented. The senior communications lead is a key contact for journalists and members of the public as well as a key instigator of mainstream, social and digital media efforts on priority issues. Reporting to the senior manager, strategic communications, and working closely with the Ontario regional director, the senior communications lead also possesses strong project management skills, familiarity with emerging communications trends particularly in digital outreach/e-communications, and experience in digital publishing.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about Canadian energy and climate issues, have a good understanding of federal and provincial politics, and possess a deep interest in the Pembina Institute’s programs focusing on decarbonizing transportation and clean energy as we develop an equitable, resilient, and decarbonized economy.

Why the Pembina Institute?

The Pembina Institute is a national non-partisan think tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. Through research, consulting and convening, we employ multi-faceted and highly collaborative approaches to change to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use.

Our people are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to enabling positive social change. Our organizational culture encourages creativity and collaboration, and we offer a flexible and fast-paced work environment that rewards honest character, personal initiative and innovation. The successful candidate will join our dynamic team of nationally recognized professionals working on delivering clean energy solutions into the hands of Canada’s decision makers and key influencers.

Roles and Responsibilities

In this role, the senior communications lead will apply a wide range of communications skills to help staff communicate effectively and strategically with the Pembina Institute’s core audiences, which include government and business decision-makers, policy influencers, journalists, stakeholders and the general public.

This position also requires collaboration with our strategic partnerships team on fundraising efforts, proposal development and cases for support. Additional areas of responsibility include media outreach and strategy; editing and supporting technical writers; and active support for staff speaking on behalf of Pembina by providing media training and feedback on presentation skills.

Some travel and occasional work during evenings and weekends is required.

Skills and Qualifications

Candidates must clearly reflect the following skills and experience in their application:

  • Relevant educational background and a minimum of three years of work experience in journalism or equivalent editorial experience
  • A minimum of seven years work experience in communications, media relations, marketing or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and evaluating communications strategy and/or plans
  • Familiarity with provincial and federal policy and politics, particularly with respect to Canadian energy and environmental issues
  • Familiarity with Ontario media markets
  • A superb command of the English language (reading, writing and speaking)
  • Proven skills and experience in media relations, digital engagement, popular communications, technical and copy editing, social media, online publishing, and multimedia
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with basic HTML editing, blogging and online publishing
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise tact, discretion and sound judgment at all times

Other Valuable Qualifications

  • Experience using social media to build community and/or advocacy campaigns
  • Experience developing, editing and producing multimedia products (audio/video podcasts, audio slideshows, YouTube videos, etc.).
  • French language proficiency an asset (speaking and writing)
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Pardot or similar CRM software

The ideal candidate will be

  • An independent and confident self-starter
  • A creative and strategic thinker
  • A positive and collaborative team member
  • Adept at tailoring communications approaches to suit the intended audience and platforms
  • Able to juggle competing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Compensation and Benefits

The salary rate is competitive and will be based on skills, experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Benefits include:

  • extended health and dental 
  • four weeks of holidays per year
  • flexible work hours
  • RRSP plan
  • training and development opportunities

Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

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