Internal Communications Advisor

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Job ID: J0421-1251
Classification: SEN-09
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 86050/Year
Maximum Salary: 108881/Year
Closing Date: May 25, 2021

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country's democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation's diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

The Internal Communications Advisor is responsible for directing the delivery of a wide range of strategic advice and services to the various directorates of the Senate Administration. Reporting to the Director, Communications, the Advisor takes requests from various directorates, assesses them, develops plans, negotiates deliverables and timelines and oversees the execution of various projects from beginning to end.

The position leads research and analyses communications needs, media coverage, public environment and their implications in order to formulate and propose strategic internal communications plans and objectives, innovative products and key messages. This requires managing multiple and concurrent projects.

The position also prepares internal communications material for senior management approval. This also involves advising them on employees’ consultations and engagement strategies on various internal initiatives, as well as identifies the possible internal/external impact and communications implications. These activities require prudence and probity as they have an impact on the image of the Senate.

Open to

The general public to staff one (1) indeterminate position in the Communications directorate. This selection process may be used to staff determinate OR indeterminate positions at the same level with similar requirements.


• A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field of study;
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in the communications field and a minimum of 2 years of experience in project management;
• Experience in the areas of creative services, content development, stakeholder engagement, and organization of events;
• Experience delivering presentations to senior managers;
• Extensive knowledge of communications theories, principles, methods and industry best practices pertaining to communications and journalism;
• Specialized expertise in writing for various targeted audiences and different platforms (web, reports, op-ed, news releases, speaking points);
• Knowledge of Parliament and the Canadian political landscape;
• Knowledge of employee engagement, change management and capacity building best practices;
• Experience with social media platforms on behalf of an organization, association or institution is an asset.

Linguistic Requirements



Teamwork & Cooperation

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.