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Communications Officer - Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

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Organization: Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Job Title:Communications Officer
Salary:$60,906.00 - $71,742.00 per annum
Category:Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Deadline: 9/23/2015: Expired
Location:Napanee, Ontario


Reporting to the Director of Education, the Communications Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of the board's internal and external communications strategies; creatively leading high-quality communications initiatives designed to advance the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board's vision and strategic plan; and foster authentic and mutually beneficial relationships between the Board and our Catholic schools, our Catholic community and the general public.


  • Serve in a leadership role with respect to crisis communications, issues management and key messaging for the Board;
  • Serve as first contact for media inquiries and build positive media relations;
  • Develop and implement strategic communications initiatives designed to increase student recruitment and retention;
  • Research and analyze local and provincial trends and emerging issues to proactively manage communications services;
  • Identify and monitor issues within the Board, Media, Catholic community and Ministry of Education that have implications for the Board;
  • Provide strategic communications advice, counsel and support to the Director of Education, senior administration, trustees and school and department staff;
  • Produce a variety of high-quality internal and external publications;
  • Plan and coordinate special events;
  • Produce and publish content for the Board website and social media.
  • Attends and reports on various Board functions such as, but not limited to, the Inaugural Board meeting, regular and special meetings of the Board and the Annual Recognition dinner;
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Experience and Qualifications

  • University degree in Communications or Journalism, or a directly related field; or Public Relations Certificate from a recognized educational institution; or Alternative educational qualifications judged to be comparable by the Board.
  • Four to five years public relations experience, preferably in the public sector.
  • Possess a valid Ontario Driver's License, have access to a vehicle and be willing to travel throughout the Board or as appropriate to the position.
  • Proven ability to utilize technology; proven skills in research and analysis of media information; Knowledge of the Catholic School System and a commitment to supporting its traditions, practices and philosophy. Up-to-date knowledge of emerging web and content management technologies and social media.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation, conflict resolution, analytical and problem solving skills; Strong mediation skills.
  • Highly organized, and the ability to work under high pressure and tight timelines, and to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Excellent judgement and political acuity to manage contentious issues and resolve concerns effectively and tactfully. Understanding of the public sector, Catholic education, and educational issues in general.
  • Regular work with confidential data.

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