Director of Communications - Smart Savvy


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Director of Communications 

You are a highly experience communications leader who is in a word, simply unflappable. You are energized by working with dedicated and skills team members who can strategize, create, and deliver with professionalism whether on the fly, or through long-term planning. You take great pride in understanding your organization’s business goals for both internal and external audiences and lead your teams to develop and share meaningful stories that will reach your customers.

Our client, a regional governmental organization, is seeking an experienced Director of Communications to lead a dynamic division of communications, media relations, issues management, and community relations teams. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment in a large organization, enjoy working with top executives to develop complex strategies for multiple projects, and leading high performing teams, consider applying for this challenging position.

About the role:
  • Provides direct leadership for corporate communications, internal communications, customer communications, media relations, issues management and social media.
  • Collaborates with the Vice President of Communications on communications strategy; lead media relations for high profile, sensitive and time-constrained matters.
  • Develops short- and long-term communication plans in support of corporate objectives, day-to-day operational issues and high-profile projects and initiatives.
  • Develops strategies and drives innovation by using technology to expand the impact of social media on customer relationships, public awareness and public confidence.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with leaders across the organization, to ensure alignment to the over-arching communications strategy.
  • Represent the organization in the development of positive relationships with customers, the media, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Manages, develops and coaches reporting managers, and also oversees all people management for exempt and bargaining unit staff in reporting areas. Develops a strong team atmosphere, recruits high-potential and high-achieving individuals to join the team.

About you:
  • 10+ years’ progressive experience in corporate communications, public relations, media relations, and community relations
  • Post-secondary education in Communications or related discipline
  • Dynamic leadership skills to develop and retain department managers and their teams, and to sustain a respectful and productive work environment
  • Expert knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles, practices and techniques of internal and external communications, including issues management, media relations, public relations, community engagement, employee communications and other communication programs
  • Experienced in planning and executing communications strategy, encompassing integrated, proactive and reactive communications campaigns, including crisis management plans
  • A strong track record in developing messages for a variety of audiences; telling the organization’s story through visual and online platforms; developing and implementing effective social media strategy, tactics and technology.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including relationship building, influencing, writing and presentation skills, with ability to establish high-level rapport with senior management, board directors and elected officials.
  • Advanced level of business acumen and critical thinking skills to identify risks and leverage opportunities that can be addressed through communication solutions

About Smart, Savvy + Associates

Smart, Savvy + Associates are expert providers of recruitment of high caliber marketing, communications, creative, and sales professionals. Our specialty is strong relationships: we get to know our candidates and we take the time to explore the job requirements, cultural context and business objectives surrounding each hi
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