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The Director, Communications plays a pivotal role in providing leadership for strategic communications planning and public engagement for the Centre. The Director leads the implementation of communications strategies and plans for the Future Skills Centre and leads activities related to brand, messaging and organizational positioning, content development, promotions, social media, web design and tool development that promote FSC’s brand and profile. The Director works in close collaboration with FSC consortium partners to ensure brand alignment and strategic coordination of FSC products and strategies that are executed by the consortium’s partners. The Director collaborates with Management colleagues to ensure alignment between communications, stakeholder outreach, research strategies and all partnerships, including funded innovation pilots. This role oversees the development of all communications, brand materials, products and translation services in both the English and French languages. Ensuring timely communication, a deliberate brand presence, meaningful outreach and engagement and development of effective dissemination vehicles are key responsibilities of the Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, this leadership role supervises unilingual and bilingual communications and marketing staff and manages the workflow of external agencies and freelance writers who support FSC’s deliverables.

As the ideal candidate, you are a professional and passionate communications leader with a strong background in the public, private or broader public sector and at least 7 years in a leadership role, including experience leading and managing staff. You possess a degree in a related field (Communications, Public Relations, Marketing) and have experience leading strategic communications planning and brand strategies. You are highly skilled at developing and implementing communications strategies and have overseen the deployment of communications programs, activities and products. You understand brand positioning and the importance of brand recognition and awareness in a marketing context. You are experienced in stakeholder communications and knowledge mobilization and dissemination and bring strong media relations skills. You are adept at using communications as an enabler to build awareness, establish relationships and partnerships and engage key audiences. You are skilled at developing broad networks and managing relationships with internal and external partners across Canada and have the ability to engage diverse audiences and communicate to a variety of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy. Skilled at fostering a work environment and culture characterized by innovation, professionalism, collaboration, inclusivity, continuous learning and accountability, you are able to inspire, engage, and motivate others. Fluency in both official languages is preferred.

If you are interested in this 2-year opportunity offering market-competitive compensation and benefits, please submit your application online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. For more information, please contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw (asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca) or Leah Cunningham (lcunningham@kbrs.ca).

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The Future Skills Centre – Centre des compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is a forward-thinking research centre with a focus on how best to prepare Canadians today for workforce opportunities of the future. It brings together expertise from multiple sectors and leverages experience from partners across the country to test and rigorously measure innovative approaches to identify emerging in-demand skills, and help Canadians develop the skills they need to take full advantage of and succeed in the new economy. The FSC-CCF is a partnership of Ryerson University, The Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint. The consortium brings together deep knowledge of economic and technology trends, public policy, rigorous applied research and evaluation expertise, extensive knowledge mobilization and convening experience, and longstanding commitments to skills training and development. Working in collaboration, FSC-CCF will access a network of more than 150 partners linking thousands of services providers, employers, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers. Building on this growing community of practice, the consortium will complement existing structures and drive systems change by expanding understanding, reducing fragmentation, and promoting effective policies and practices. With leaders in developing and testing innovative practices, the FSC-CCF will identify, replicate, and scale evidence-based solutions to improve knowledge of trends and skills, promote more inclusive and responsive career development processes, and improve access to high quality training.

The FSC-CCF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

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