Job Posting Details

Columbia Basin Trust

Acting Director, Communications

Job Description

CBT is seeking an Acting Director, Communications to direct all matters related to communications and public affairs activities throughout the organization. With a department staff who are very competent in the technical areas of communications and public relations, the emphasis in this position will be on identifying, managing and resolving communication issues as well as providing managerial oversight and supervision to communications staff. CBT will therefore be willing to consider a broader, more generalist range of management experience in making a selection for this position. This is a 12-15 month term executive management position reporting to the CEO, and is based in Castlegar.

1. Responsible for providing issues management and strategic advice.
The Acting Director:
- Analyzes local issues and public opinion research, and identifies potential emerging issues that may directly impact CBT.
- Develops corporate positions and response options for consideration by the CEO and/or CBT Board.
- Provides support to CBT executive members on addressing sensitive issues and/or, as appropriate, independently addresses issues.
- Ensures effective integration of communications activities with CBT programs and services and maintains consistency with corporate strategies, communications policies and standards.
- Develops, implements and updates the corporate communications plan and long-term communications strategies.
- Contributes to organizational planning and policy development as a member of the Executive Management Committee.
2. Responsible for providing leadership and supervision to Communications staff and leadership in organizational communications and public relations to the organization. The Acting Director:
- Provides leadership, guidance, coaching, and supervision to the communications team.
- Directs and oversees the development and implementation of communications initiatives, action plans and department staff activities.
- Oversees the preparation of speeches, news releases, editorials, briefing notes, presentation materials, issue papers, and draft responses from executives to letters or inquiries.
- Prepares public announcements to be made by the Chair, CEO, and other executives.
- Provides communications advice to CBT executive, staff and Board of Directors.
- Supports program and liaison staff in maintaining effective and pro-active public relations with governments, partners, stakeholders and other external agencies.
- Directs effective community relations and public consultation programs and initiatives to ensure maximum awareness, understanding and acceptance by the community, partners, stakeholders, governments, regulatory agencies, interest groups, and the public.
- Oversees the production of a broad range of communications products and services including the design, printing and distribution of informational and educational brochures, broadcast messages, public venue displays, newsletters, press releases, and promotional material.
- Prepares cost and budget estimates for proposed communications initiatives.
- As required, may function as a media spokesperson for CBT.

3. Other related duties as required.

Training and Experience
- University degree in a related field such as communications, public policy and public
administration, OR an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- The completion of advanced courses in communication and public relations would be an asset.
- Considerable management and supervisory experience working within a complex corporate or public sector environment, preferably including aspects communications/public relations processes.
- Experience in providing senior level support and guidance in addressing complex policy and operational issues.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

- Sound understanding of issues management, communications and public relations strategies and techniques.
- Sound knowledge of effective leadership practices.
- Sound understanding of public consultation approaches, government processes and
- Sound knowledge of CBT objectives, operations and administrative and organizational structures.
- Strong interpersonal and relationship-management skills.
- Strong information literacy and computer skills.
- Well developed writing, presentation and communications skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to provide leadership, problem solving, and team-building to create and maintain a positive working environment.
- Ability to initiate, prioritize and manage multiple projects and contracts while ensuring accuracy and meeting deadlines.
- A strong commitment to collaborative and consultative processes.
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

How to Apply

Deadline: May 15, 2013, Noon PT

Debra Stewart
Human Resources Coordinator

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Contact for Position
Debra Stewart
Columbia Basin Trust
Suite 300 - 445 13 Avenue
Castlegar BC V1N 1G1

Telephone: 1-800-505-8998

Job Location

Job Level & Type
  • Senior Level
  • Full Time Contract Position

Listing to be posted until:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013