Communications Director

Tla'amin Nation

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Communications Director

The Tla’amin Nation is a dynamic, forward thinking, self-governing First Nation located along the coast of the northern Salish Sea (qathet Region).
Position Summary
The Communications Director is responsible forthe development of internal and external facing education and engagement programs and communications plans, products and resources that promote the understanding of Tla’amin Nation programs, services, policies, laws and governance objectives. Reporting to the CAO, the Communications Director provides a range of professional expertise and services on behalf of the Government. This includes preparing a variety of written communications products, developing and executing communications plans, and providing issues management advice, event coordination services, and media relations expertise. The Communications Director works on high-priority and complex files and serves as a mentor to other staff in the office.
Key Responsibilities
Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with Tla’amin laws, regulations, policies, practices and procedures as directed by the Chief Administrative Officer. Maintains confidentiality as required pertaining to Citizens, clients, employees and general matters of the Nation.

Program Management

  • Develops communications strategies and plans as part of the Tla’amin Nation Government’s strategic planning to improve the quality of government administration and increase the flow of relevant information up, down and across government departments.
  • Provides communications advice to EC, CAO and Senior Management Team to assist in communicating key initiatives and programs both internally and externally.
  • Develops and maintains content for publication on internal and external websites, develops graphics and compiles materials for publication.
  • Develops and implements approaches for Executive Council, Legislative Assembly, the CAO and senior management to connect with staff and/or service providers through workplace tours, meet and greets and special events.
  • Develops internal communications materials such as announcements, news items, executive messages, website updates, newsletters, employee surveys, videos, speaking notes, questions and answers.
  • Provides expertise and guides the coordination of Tla’amin Nation Government events such as citizen/member engagement events, recognition events and celebration of government milestones.
  • Identifies and assesses communication issues or potential issues related to program area activities. Recommends and executes approved strategies to support positive outcomes.
  • Leads the development of communications policies, procedures, products and technical standards, and provides advice on brand management.
  • Leads project teams (e.g., government staff, consultants, contracted specialists, volunteers), prepares project plans and manages budgets for the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic governance projects.
  • Develops work-plans, timelines and processes leading to the development and implementation of operational and strategic governance projects.
  • Drafts and reviews communications to the community and to other governments/agencies.
  • Acts as an ambassador/representative of the Nation.
  • Provides specialized expertise and guidance concerning engagement and communications best practices.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the CAO.

Communications Department Management

  • Provides leadership to the Communications department.
  • Responsible for hiring, orientation, supervision and training of direct report(s).
  • Communicates effectively and ensures clarity of roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensures a respectful, healthy and safe work environment.
  • Conducts regular performance planning and review with direct report(s), providing constructive feedback and managing performance as required.
  • Manages budgets and other financial matters of the department.
  • Oversees and monitors the administration of funding agreements.
  • Oversees records management for the department and ensures that filing and records management systems are maintained as required by law or policy.
  • Maintains a current level of knowledge or related external regulations, laws, requirements and programs.

Senior Management Team

  • Participates as a collaborative member of the Senior Management team.
  • Communicates a positive future for the Tla’amin Nation in ways that gain the support of employees, community, and external partners.
  • Provides updates, reports, and support to the Executive Council about Communications Programs.
  • Keeps the Senior Management Team and Executive Council apprised on emergent issues.

Qualifications

  • Degree in communications, journalism, political science, public policy or a related field.
  • 5-7 years of direct related experience with 2-3 years at a management level.
  • An acceptable combination of experience and education may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience in public relations, media relations, or government communications.
  • Experience developing and executing a strategic and multi-faceted communications plan.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with media, partners, clients and contractors, including at the executive level.
  • Experience in concisely and persuasively writing a variety of materials such as communications or engagement plans, newsletter articles, and key messaging for a leadership audience.
  • Experience leading, developing and mentoring staff or clients.
  • Experience working in proactive communications (event planning, announcements, strategic planning) and reactive communications (crisis communications, issues management, social community management).
  • Event management experience.
  • Knowledge and experience working with First Nations communities or First Nations governments.
  • Knowledge of the functions of federal, provincial, Treaty First Nation and municipal governments.
  • Able to provide an acceptable Police Information Check (PIC).
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License and acceptable BC Driver’s Abstract.
  • Genuine respect for Tla’amin Nation’s history and culture.

Working Conditions
Work is performed in an office environment and various community settings. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Some travel to attend meetings or training is required. Must follow Tla’amin Nation’s safe work practices including adherence to the Nation’s communicable disease and COVID-19 Safety Plan.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending your resume and a cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position online to: https://tlaaminfirst.bamboohr.com/careers/61 OR drop-off/mail to Tla’amin Nation, ATTN: HR Dept, 4779 Klahanie Road, Tla’amin, BC, V8A 0C4.

All applications must be received by closing date: Monday, February 13th, 2023 at 12:00 noon.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Benefits:

  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • RRSP match
  • Vision care

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Powell River, BC: reliably commute or be willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (required)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)

Experience:

  • public relations: 5 years (preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Powell River, BC

Application deadline: 2023-02-13

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