Communications Advisor – Business Services

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Corporate Services Department
Branch: Business Services Branch
Status: Temporary Full-Time
Length of Assignment: Approx. 18 months
Location: Newmarket / Ontario
Date Posted: September 29, 2020
Date Closing: October 12, 2020
Number Of Positions: 1

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Position Title

Communications Advisor – Business Services


$44.63 to $48.51 per hour

Scheduled Hours

35 Weekly Hours

Scheduled Shifts


Position Purpose

Reporting to the Manager, Communications and Special Projects, is responsible for providing strategic communications advice to clients; supporting the development of strategic communications plans; creating executive-level speaking notes and presentations; developing communications approach and content for digital media including social media, intranet and corporate website; developing and executing event plans to support clients and department; supporting the department’s media relations, issues management and stakeholder relations efforts; providing support for corporate-wide initiatives, programs, special projects and communications for the assigned client groups in Corporate Services.

Major Responsibilities

•Provides communications counsel to client groups to determine strategic approaches to internal and external communications, media relations, employee engagement and issues management.
•Supports the Manager in the development and delivery of departmental communication strategies, programs and services, which includes providing executive communications support to the Commissioner, as needed.
•Provides key inputs in the creation and implementation of communications plans and strategies to support corporate events / initiatives, creates media releases and online communication content.
•Conducts research on best practices to support effective communications, as required.
•Drafts and edits copy for communication materials following plain language principles.
•Reviews copy to ensure consistency of departmental messaging.


•Successful completion of a University Degree in Public Relations, Communications or Journalism or related field or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Minimum of three (3) years communication experience in the development and delivery of strategic communication plans, executive communications support and advice, issues management, internal communications and stakeholder relations.
•Strong knowledge of communication practices and theory, including strategic communications, issues management, internal communications best practices, traditional and social media.
•Highly developed skills in writing, editing and presenting, using plain language best practices.
•Demonstrated experience fostering cooperative and collaborative working relationships, leading multiple projects, overcoming change and adversity.
•Experience dealing with confidential materials and exercising good judgement and discretion in dealing with politically sensitive and confidential matters.
•Proven political acuity and skills to respond to and deescalate issues.
•Demonstrated knowledge, experience and ability in event planning, media relations, communications training, social media, art direction and photography.

How to Apply

Please apply online by October 12, 2020. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

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